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  1. Liverpool strike at the heart of Everton's season of hope

    Roger Bennett

    LIVERPOOL -- For an Evertonian, watching the 222nd Derby at a crackling Anfield was akin to having your wisdom teeth extracted without anesthetic while being forced to watch the Grammys on a loop. In an intense, passionate gut check of a game, Liverp...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  2. Jurgen Klinsmann: No guarantees for U.S. players at the World Cup...

    Roger Bennett

    PANAMA CITY -- Jurgen Klinsmann is having a blast. To paraphrase the American Outlaws chant, his U.S. men's national team is "going to Brazil." When we meet on the eve of the final game of the Hex, the American coach is ebullient, a pulsating heart o...

    Blog | October 15, 2013
  3. Lucky Spain through to "World's Derby"

    Roger Bennett

    FORTALEZA, Brasil -- When Sergio Ramos roofed his penalty kick during Thursday night's tense, tight shootout, you could see how much this game meant to the Spanish team. After struggling through muggy conditions, and 120 minutes of play in which the ...

    Blog | June 27, 2013
  4. Diego Forlan celebrates his 100th cap in style

    Roger Bennett

    SALVADOR, Brazil -- Here are three quick thoughts from Uruguay's 2-1 Confederations Cup victory over Nigeria at the Arena Fonte Nova in which the South Americans snapped their opponent's team-record 18-game unbeaten streak, all but assuring themselve...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  5. U.S. gets back on track with win over Costa Rica

    Roger Bennett

    DENVER, Colorado -- Time to take your hand off the panic button, America. After a week in which we wondered who would win this game, collective spirit or Anonymous Source, the former won the day, albeit amidst farcical scenes. The U.S. beat a fe...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  6. U.S. in need of answers after losing to Honduras

    Roger Bennett

    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Against a backdrop of carnival frenzy, hysterical support, trumpets, beer, Drakkar Noir and swampy heat, the opening game of the Hexagonal offered Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. men's national team a physical, hard-running challe...

    Blog | February 06, 2013
  7. The ultimate Premier League wish list

    Roger Bennett

    Few periods are more sacred than Christmas, for both the theologically inclined and those who believe in football as their religion. Games come thick and fast as teams charge through the schedule like they are playing blitz chess. Prepare for Sir Ian...

    Blog | December 21, 2012
  8. Would you hire Avram Grant?

    Roger Bennett

    When Rafa Benitez was appointed Chelsea's interim first team manager, I jotted down in my notes that the best thing the Spaniard had going for him was that he was not Avram Grant. I almost spoke too soon. Just three games into Benitez's regime,...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  9. In the struggle against racism, England finds hope

    Roger Bennett

    This season, the stench of racism emanating from English football has been contagious. Barely a weekend has gone by in which the game has not been overshadowed by a distressing tangle of accusations, handshake snubs, T-shirt boycotts and monkey chant...

    Blog | November 06, 2012
  10. Merseyside derby: It's the hope that kills you

    Roger Bennett

    To the outside world, the Merseyside derby may just be a regional scuffle between the Blues and the Reds, but growing up in Liverpool in the 70s and 80s, it always felt like something more. The game was nothing less than a savage battle against which...

    Blog | October 26, 2012
  11. It's nothing personal ... it's just business

    Roger Bennett

    It is not too often that a top-five Premier League clash can be mistaken for the climax of a good Wes Anderson movie, but this weekend's Tottenham-Chelsea derby comes close. The fixture feels less a game of football and more like the finale of "Rushm...

    Blog | October 19, 2012
  12. The Hex is next for the U.S. men's team

    Roger Bennett

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business" blared not once but twice from the sound system at Livestrong Sporting Park ahead of the game as if to reassure the United States men's team it could overcome its patchy form i...

    Blog | October 16, 2012
  13. Is diving ruining the game of football?

    Roger Bennett

    The world's footballers appear to be increasingly sensitive to gravity's pull. On Saturday, players young (Swansea's Ben Davies) and old (Fulham's John Arne Riise), foreign (United's Nani) and homegrown (Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson) had their leg molecu...

    Blog | October 03, 2012
  14. How video game is changing face of soccer

    Roger Bennett

    A one-bedroom apartment in the Yorkville section of Manhattan is an unlikely venue to glimpse the shifting mechanics of American sports fandom. The living room is sparsely furnished; a 42-inch television rises proudly above a video game console. Empt...

    Blog | September 25, 2012
  15. U.S. gets a 'little bit of payback' against Jamaica

    Roger Bennett

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tim Howard had talked ahead of Tuesday's game of "wanting to get a little bit of payback." In front of a sold-out and rowdy Columbus Crew Stadium, on the anniversary of 9/11, the United States were able to do just that during a 1-0 ...

    Blog | September 11, 2012
  16. 5 Must-Reads to Enlighten Your Day

    Roger Bennett

    Here's the best reads from this mornings papers that are not about Andy Murray (and one mediocre one) Today You Are A Man England hobble towards Brazil with a game against Ukraine. Twelve injuries mean 17-year old Liverpool flavor of the month Ra...

    Blog | September 11, 2012