Topic: Premier League

November 12, 2014

At the moment, half-time in soccer games is more or less an opportunity for players to urinate off-camera. Surely we can do better than that. Or maybe not, who knows.

January 7, 2014

How does a small-time team from a small town make it onto the doorstep of the Premier League? By refusing to think of themselves as a small-time team, for starters.

May 9, 2013

The greatest possible tribute to what Sir Alex Ferguson did during his 26 years with Manchester United is how hard it is to imagine the team, or the game, without him. Even when he retires, though, Ferguson won't quite be gone.

April 4, 2013

Despite his claims to the contrary there's a pretty good case to be made that Sunderland FC's newest manager, Paolo Di Canio, is at least sort of a fascist. A wee bit of the iron fist never hurt anybody, right? 

January 18, 2013

For those lucky enough to be  born into a family of United or City supporters, life is filled with the hopes and dreams of the Champions League or sitting atop the Premiership. For those who follow those teams in the lower divisions there is only one thing to hope for: (relative) success through avoiding (abject) failure. 

December 10, 2012

Arsenal isn't just a soccer team, it's an expression of a philosophy about the sport. But Per Mertesacker, the quiet, constant and deceptively remarkable defender who is the team's best player, embodies a different and more practical philosophy simply by playing the way he does.

December 6, 2012

Luis Suarez is one of the best scorers in the Premier League, and on earth, right now. He's probably not one of the best people in or on either. So: which one matters more to you?

September 12, 2012

With his triumphs as a member of the Gunners behind him, incandescently brilliant striker Robin van Persie has begun a new life with a new team at Old Trafford. But that doesn't mean that the Gooners have forgotten about him or his silhouette. And that's not as weird as it sounds.

September 10, 2012

Arsenal hasn't made a big impact in the English Premier League in some time, but it is one of the most financially responsible and intelligently run teams in big-time sports. Which is nice, but can the Gunners keep going like this and hope to win big, again?

November 7, 2011

This week in soccer, the clubs give way to the national teams. For some followers of the game — the special, enlightened, deeply attractive ones — it is a time of intrigue, with World Cup qualifiers taking place across the globe, and the final slots in the European Championships being filled. For others, it is anything but; to them, this is the first day of the Interlull.