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  1. World Cup Memories: Steve McManaman

    Roger Bennett

    ESPN FC writer Roger Bennett visited with players from past World Cups to collect their memories of football's biggest stage. The following is an excerpt from Roger's conversation with former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City player Steve Mc...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  2. Liverpool's season through an Everton fan's eyes

    Roger Bennett

    I grew up in the dark yet magical Liverpool of the 1980s, a time when Liverpool FC won so many trophies that the team seemed to be on a permanent victory parade through the city's streets, showing off their latest piece of silverware (watch the Super...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  3. Toure talks ahead of his Barcelona reunion

    Roger Bennett

    British author Simon Kuper once wrote that great football players are traditionally either warriors or artists. Manchester City's Yaya Toure, however, defies categorization. On the field the Ivorian has demonstrated the tactical discipline and phy...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  4. Confident Kompany talks up Man City's chances

    Roger Bennett

    Vincent Kompany is very much the same man off the field he appears on it. Intelligent, fluent, imperturbable and above all, the leader of his club. Direct one minute, subtle the next, he is always ambassadorial. Part world-class defender, part a foot...

    Blog | February 16, 2014
  5. Is Man Utd's form hurting their global fanbase?

    Roger Bennett

    Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton was not the only one left shaking his head this week at the end of another dismal defeat under David Moyes. Although the four home losses United suffered by the defending Premier League champion since D...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  6. Bennett: United, Moyes' poor form harming their global brand

    Roger Bennett

    Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton was not the only one left shaking his head this week at the end of another dismal defeat under David Moyes. Although the four home losses United suffered by the defending Premier League champion since Dec...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  7. Seven questions raised by the Prem's holiday period

    Roger Bennett

    For fans of the Premier League, the holiday period is a sporting orgy in which leaden-legged players trudge through four games in eleven days, while we gawk at their straining limbs like Roman crowds screaming in the Coliseum, or oligarchs distracted...

    Blog | January 03, 2014
  8. Everton fans are familiar with Moyes' methods

    Roger Bennett

    15 league games into David Moyes' transition from Everton to Manchester United, the Scot has firmly established himself as football's most artful reverse alchemist: a man perceived as a master of turning gold into base metal or, in his case, a squad ...

    Blog | December 11, 2013
  9. Giroud or Suarez: Whom would you pick?

    Roger Bennett

    As anyone who grew up playing soccer on a schoolyard can tell you, the best teams are selected in the same simple yet crude way: Two captains are crowned out of a gaggle of sweaty, excited kids. They quickly select their teams, one player at a time, ...

    Blog | November 01, 2013
  10. Young Oscar has earned the right to lead Chelsea

    Roger Bennett

    In my imagination, Chelsea's midfield fulcrum Oscar has the clean-shaven face of the angel-voiced chorister who recorded the high-pitched squeal of the Champions League anthem. Although his passport suggests he is 22, the Brazilian international's bo...

    Blog | October 25, 2013
  11. Can David Moyes adapt to Man United's needs?

    Roger Bennett

    It is shocking how quickly David Moyes has aged. Watching the Manchester United manager attempt to project an exterior sense of calm as his charges meekly submitted to West Bromwich Albion in front of the traumatized hordes at Old Trafford, the Scot ...

    Blog | October 04, 2013
  12. An in-depth look at America's Premier League allegiances

    Roger Bennett

    It is hard to believe just how many Chelsea fans there are in the United States. In England, the club has a complex brand that elicits conflicting "love or loathe it" emotions. Yet, after watching the Blues play twice in America this summer -- once d...

    Blog | September 24, 2013
  13. Decoding Moyes and Pellegrini with David Peace

    Roger Bennett

    Bill Shankly, the obsessive Scot who is widely recognized as the British game's first true "modern" manager, had a very simple way to capture the total devotion and sacrifice it took to be successful at the elite level: "My life is my work, my work i...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  14. Already, Man United and Chelsea playing for more than points

    Roger Bennett

    When Manchester United host Chelsea in this week's blockbuster game, there are so many parallel subplots, machinations and scores to settle, it is hard to believe there are just three points on offer for the winner. Yet with the season not yet two we...

    Blog | August 23, 2013
  15. Man City keeper Joe Hart calls it like he sees it

    Roger Bennett

    Joe Hart has a habit of littering conversation with the phrase "to be honest." Few words could be more redundant because the Manchester City and England goalkeeper is a straight-talking truth teller, traits which make him the somewhat rare footballer...

    Blog | August 11, 2013
  16. Americans' constant self-loathing obscures gains in MLS, U.S. soc...

    Roger Bennett

    American soccer fans are a self-critical bunch with a remarkable willingness to wallow. Though the sport is one of the fastest-growing in the nation, the domestic MLS is often stigmatized and tarnished as declasse; a shiny aura still cloaks any playe...

    Blog | July 30, 2013