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Always a Sports Partisan

December 5th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Arsenal, Dubai, English Premier League, Football, soccer, UAE

Is this just me, or does anyone else find a rooting interest in every sporting contest ever invented? Seems a bit odd, now that I think about it, but that’s how it works. And not just with teams I know. Within five minutes of watching a match between teams I do not know … I […]

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Diego Costa and the Hottest Corner of Hell Reserved for Him

September 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, soccer

If Satan played soccer, he would look and behave exactly like Diego Costa. He would cheat. He would taunt. He would be sneaky evil. He would be a player with some skills who still chose the dark side. He would scratch and push and kick when God wasn’t looking. He would subvert the rules of […]

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The Quiet Hopelessness of Arsenal Fans

August 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, Hong Kong, soccer

I am a sort of Arsenal fan. Not a live-and-die fan. I would never say that. Not when I was only vaguely aware the club existed for at least the first half of my life. Not until we spent four months in Hong Kong, 2008-09, did I consider the concept of having a preferred Premier […]

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When Coaches Attack

October 6th, 2014 · No Comments · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, soccer

It was one of the most absurd moments in recent English Premier League history. Arsene Wenger, 64, advancing on Jose Mourinho, 51, on the sidelines of the Chelsea vs Arsenal match yesterday — and shoving his rival manager in the midst of Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Wenger’s Arsenal. It was silly on a number of […]

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The European Summer Soccer Invasion

July 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, soccer, Travel

It has been remarkably, really. The number of elite European soccer clubs who have been in the U.S. this summer is … astonishing. Real Madrid. Bayern Munich. Manchester United. Manchester City. Liverpool, Arsenal. Atletico Madrid, Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Monaco, Olympiakos. Those names look like most of the final 16 team in the European […]

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The L-o-o-ong Soccer Meltdown

April 6th, 2014 · No Comments · Arsenal, Football, soccer

Watching a team fall to pieces in European soccer is unlike seeing an American sports club go bad. The fall-into-ruin can drag out three months, easy. In baseball, teams can blow big leads, and it may seem forever, but it generally is a month, maybe two. In the NFL,  a collapse can be measured in […]

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UAE Football and a Western Tourist

March 23rd, 2014 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Arsenal, Football, soccer, tourism, UAE

The most genuine of UAE sports events is a domestic football match. Perhaps the national team is a bigger deal than the upper-tier clubs … but not always. Especially when it is a leading rivalry, like Al Jazira home to Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi rivals whose stadiums are about three miles apart. When opportunities like […]

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Embracing Arsenal Pessimism

December 13th, 2013 · No Comments · Arsenal, Barcelona, Football, soccer

I “self-identify” as an Arsenal fan. This goes back years and years, all the way back to, oh, 2010, when I figured out I was an Arsenal fan without ever having made a conscious decision on the matter. Now that I am a fan of three years standing (albeit one who has never seen Arsenal […]

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