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  1. Premier League Pass & Move: Human Sacrifice! Dogs and Cats, Livin...

    Grantland Staff

    What Is Even Happening? Chris Ryan: December is not April, as Everton manager Roberto Martinez and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew made sure to mention over the weekend. Big results against Arsenal and Manchester United saw the Everton and Newcastle mana...

    Blog | December 09, 2013
  2. Premier League Pass & Move: Blood Sport

    Chris Ryan and Brett Koremenos and Ryan O'Hanlon

    A look back at the action in the Barclays Premier League. What Happened? Chris Ryan: Arsenal benefited from a truly based Artur Boruc goalkeeping error and beat your annoying soccer fan friend's favorite team, Southampton, 2-0. The Gunners had th...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  3. Who Is This Man? And What Has He Done With Fernando Torres?

    Mike L. Goodman

    Now well into his third season at Chelsea, some are still waiting for the time when Fernando Torres goes back to being the player he was at Liverpool. And with three goals and an assist over two games last week, including a stunning late poached goal...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  4. Premier League Pass & Move: One-Horse Town

    Grantland Staff

    A look at this past weekend's Premier League action. The Tortoise and the Hare Mike L. Goodman: Ahh, the Manchester derby, where championships are won and lost, seasons decided, the fates of coaches and managers alike resting on the razor's edge....

    Blog | September 23, 2013
  5. The Outsiders: Understanding Tottenham Hotspur's Daring Rebuildin...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Soccer is a world of haves and have-nots. The richest teams in the world, by and large, are also the most successful. For the Real Madrids, Manchester Citys, and Chelseas, the summer transfer window has become a time for almost ritualistic restocking...

    Blog | September 04, 2013
  6. Boring, Boring Man United (and Chelsea, Too)

    Mike L. Goodman

    The reason so many people write so beautifully about soccer is that sometimes it's only in the writing that a game as dull as yesterday's Manchester United–Chelsea match, which ended in a 0-0 draw, can live up to its potential. The sad fact of ...

    Blog | August 27, 2013
  7. Sheer Counterattack: Christian Benteke and Aston Villa's Surprisi...

    Mike L. Goodman

    Aston Villa have certainly started the season with a bang. Going to Arsenal and winning, and coming within a few controversial no-calls from drawing at Chelsea to start the season is certainly a great way to make fans sit up and take notice. Villa ha...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  8. How Two Scottish Men in Glasgow Talking About Soccer Explains the...

    Graham Parker

    Scene: The writer is stuck in Glasgow for a day, waiting for a flight back to New York. He goes to a café for breakfast. He reads the paper, sips his coffee, and starts to plan the day. Two men sit down at the table next to him. The two men ...

    Blog | August 20, 2013
  9. Under Pressure: Why Does the Premier League Play So Fast?

    Mike L. Goodman

    Over the past five years or so, the Premier League has become almost uniformly focused on playing fast-paced soccer. It may be the legacy of Jose Mourinho's first Chelsea teams, which dominated through staunch defense, brute force, and physical trans...

    Blog | August 15, 2013
  10. Is There Value in the Guinness International Champions Cup?

    Andrew Lewellen

    Tonight, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Real Madrid will play Chelsea in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup, this summer's version of the now-annual American tour of friendlies by (mostly) elite European clubs. The ICC kicked off la...

    Blog | August 07, 2013
  11. What Chelsea's Europa League Win Says About the Differences Betwe...

    Michael Bertin

    With a looping back-post header well into stoppage time, Branislav Ivanovic turned Benfica goalkeeper Artur into a statued spectator and gave Chelsea FC a 2-1 win in the Europa League final. The easy explanation for Americans not well versed in the v...

    Blog | May 17, 2013
  12. Tree Bites Man: A Brief Video History of Biting in Sports

    Michael Bertin

    In the seventh minute of stoppage time, Luis Suarez somehow managed to get himself unmarked enough to flick a header past Chelsea keeper Petr Cech. It was the last touch of Sunday's match between Liverpool and Chelsea and it brought the Reds to a 2-2...

    Blog | April 23, 2013
  13. About Last Weekend: Miami Ready for an Encore

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy devising an elaborate fake game show so you could injure otherwise forgotten celebrities, here's what you missed in sports last weekend: LeBron James flirted with, but fell two assists shy of, a triple-double as his Miami H...

    Blog | April 22, 2013
  14. Champions League Underdog of the Week: Shakhtar Donetsk

    Spike Friedman

    If you're watching soccer on Wednesday, assuming you live outside of Donetsk and North Rhine-Westphalia (and if you are reading from one of those places, Pryvit or Guten Tag), you're going to be watching Real Madrid play Manchester United. I get it. ...

    Blog | February 12, 2013
  15. Eden Hazard and Seven Theories on When It Is and Is Not OK to Kic...

    Spike Friedman

    On Wednesday, in a League Cup semi-final match otherwise notable only for Rafa Benitez's tactical banality, Chelsea winger Eden Hazard kicked a Swansea ballboy in the chest. This has led to some confusion about when it is and is not acceptable for a ...

    Blog | January 25, 2013
  16. Why You Shouldn't Watch the Club World Cup

    Dermot Hunt

    The FIFA Club World Cup. Sounds like it should be kind of a big deal, doesn't it? After all, just four letters distinguish it from the infinitely important FIFA World Cup, and those four letters would seem to suggest an improvement on the formula: It...

    Blog | December 13, 2012