• The joys of picardia vs. the boredom of tactics
    Diego Maradona has always known about soccer's extra dimension. Even as a frighteningly young teenager.
  • VARs -- a new elite group among referees, something soccer does not need
    The responsibility for what happens on the field during a soccer game is shared by players, coaches and game officials.
  • Memories of Chumpitaz and Cubillas: Welcome back Peru
    That Brazil should have reached the final of the 2019 Copa America can hardly surprise anyone. After all, Brazil is the host nation, the disruptive Germans are nowhere to be seen, so the Brazilians have advanced pretty smoothly.
  • The VAR/goalkeeper mess -- an IFAB production
    The International Football Association Board -- the IFAB -- has presented us with an extraordinary document.
  • Ukraine vs. South Korea -- an unlikely final to an unusual U-20 World Cup
    An under-20 world championship without Brazil, Germany, Ghana, Spain, Russia, England and the Netherlands?
  • What happened to Atlanta's sparkle?
    I developed, last MLS season, the habit of watching all of Atlanta United's games. Not as a fan of the club, but as a fan of the vibrant soccer that they played.
  • The FA Cup: A Good Idea that became a Fairy Tale and then a Horror Story
    Manchester City has won the FA Cup. With a resounding 6-0 wipe-out of Watford.
  • Oh dear, defenders feel threatened ... again
    Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham's Belgian defender, is worried. "I think we have to change the way we defend," he says.
  • A good referee decision nixed by a woeful VAR verdict
    The various shades and intricacies of VAR continue to intrigue -- and, yes, disturb me.
  • Fan violence and the dangers of encouraging passion
    While MLS Commissioner Don Garber has been getting himself into trouble for not being tough enough in his condemnation of neo-Nazis -- criticism that he does not deserve -- disturbing soccer-related nastiness has been re-surfacing in England. Nastiness that arrived at a wretched climax (we must hope that this is as bad as things will get) over the weekend during a game between Aston Villa and Birmingham. A second division game in which Jack Grealish, the Villa captain, was attacked on the field by a fan. Probably you have seen the video, so no elaborate description ...
  • The opening week -- and yet another appeal to MLS for a Best Assist award
    The disappointment -- flop, really -- of the first 2019 MLS weekend was obviously the trite showing of Atlanta against D.C. United.
  • A diving call in England that invites open derision
    At issue: Did Harry Maguire foul Son Heung Min? Or was the tackle quite legal, and Son took a dive?
  • At last Burnley gets a penalty kick -- but Coach Dyche still has a major problem
    Sean Dyche. Coach at Burnley, in the English Premier League. He's having a difficult season, down at the wrong end of the league.
  • Trying to fathom Atlanta's switch from Latin to Dutch
    When the new coach takes over a team that is going through a rough patch, you can be pretty sure that he will crack the whip.
  • Man City 9 Burton Albion 0: The fantasy world of cup soccer
    I recently watched a fantastic soccer occasion, one that must, I'm quite certain, have set all sorts of records.
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