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  1. Football, punk as a way of life

    James Martin

    We all come to football for different reasons. It may be as simple as geography: You support your local club. Or perhaps your maddening devotion is passed down through generations in your family. The equation takes on a layer of complexity if you gr...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  2. Stoke City and the existential crisis of the Potters

    James Martin

    On Saturday night, after watching a bunch of football matches, I sat down to have some beers and finally watch "Skyfall." I'd always meant to see it in the theaters, but football viewing tends to monopolize your time during the arduous nine...

    Blog | March 18, 2013
  3. Theo Walcott inspired Arsenal to a 2-2 draw against Liverpool

    James Martin

    When Liverpool went up 2-0 at Arsenal, the thought crossed my mind that Brendan Rodgers might not use those infamous envelopes (you know, for the three players he will cut from Liverpool Football Club at the end of the season, realty show-style) and ...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  4. Tale of two halves for Real Madrid and Dortmund

    James Martin

    One of the favorite pastimes of football fans is blasting Roberto Mancini for his tactical tinkering. The man is a virtual pin cushion for criticism. Likewise, at the weekend, Arsene Wenger's substitutions were too long in coming against Manchester U...

    Blog | November 06, 2012
  5. Mancini suffers another setback in Europe

    James Martin

    The Champions League must give Roberto Mancini cold sweats at night. The dapper Italian has demonstrated that league football is no problem for him - three Scudettos with Inter and the historic Premier League title with Manchester City last season. A...

    Blog | October 24, 2012
  6. Football must do more against racism than bumper-sticker politics...

    James Martin

    It's a crying shame that Bill Maher doesn't watch football. Because, like him or not, the agitprop comedian would skewer the hypocrisy, idiocy, do-nothing measures and double standards being applied to the sport's problem with racism. But we can ce...

    Blog | October 21, 2012
  7. Welcome to ESPN FC

    James Martin

    Welcome to ESPN FC, your new home for comprehensive soccer coverage. This is not the place for someone who can't tell the difference between a full back and a running back. This is the place for fans to get their fix of club football. The place to fo...

    Blog | August 14, 2012
  8. Welcome to ESPN FC

    James Martin

    Welcome to ESPN FC, your new home for comprehensive soccer coverage. This is not the place for someone who can't tell the difference between a full back and a running back. This is the place for fans to get their fix of club football. The place to fo...

    Blog | August 14, 2012
  9. Champions League -- Chelsea exorcise ghosts of Moscow -- James Ma...

    James Martin

    Chelsea exorcised the ghosts of Moscow by defeating Bayern Munich on penalties to win its first Champions League, writes James Martin.

    Blog | Conversation | May 19, 2012
  10. Dream Team -- Picking the best starting XI in football -- James M...

    James Martin

    Pop Quiz: What's your best starting XI in football? Before you answer, remember one key caveat -- you can only pick one player per team. Here are some thoughts.

    Blog | Conversation | April 12, 2012
  11. Manchester United -- Antonio Valencia impresses again -- James Ma...

    James Martin

    Forget Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez. Winger Antonio Valencia is Manchester United's MVP this season, as he proved again against Blackburn, writes James Martin.

    Blog | Conversation | April 02, 2012
  12. Manchester City stays in the title race with pragmatic win over C...

    James Martin

    Manchester City stay in the title race with a come-from-behind victory that proved, yet again, pragmatism trumps principal in modern-day football, writes James Martin.

    Blog | Conversation | March 21, 2012
  13. Manchester City's and Manchester United's Europa League adventure...

    James Martin

    Both Manchester clubs crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday, but while United were outplayed by Bilbao, City showed great heart against Sporting, writes James Martin.

    Blog | Conversation | March 15, 2012
  14. Are Rangers too big to fail? Scottish Premier League -- James Mar...

    James Martin

    One of Scotland's institutions, Rangers, has filed court papers signaling its intention to go into administration. We chatted with ESPN's SPL expert, Derek Rae, to see what the future might hold for one of Scotland's two legendary clubs.

    Blog | Conversation | February 13, 2012
  15. Manchester United defeat Liverpool amid tensions between Luis Sua...

    James Martin

    Manchester United defeated Liverpool 2-1 amid ugly tensions between Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez, writes James Martin.

    Blog | Conversation | February 11, 2012
  16. Fabio Capello resignation is another sign of a footballing cultur...

    James Martin

    From Fabio Capello's resignation to Harry Redknapp's trial and John Terry's controversy, English football has taken a dark turn this season, writes James Martin.

    Blog | Conversation | February 09, 2012