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Galaxy Adds a Bad Attitude Named Ashley Cole

February 4th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, Galaxy, Rome, soccer

For 2.5 years I sat across from an Englishman who detested Ashley Cole, who at the time was a left back with Chelsea. My coworker inevitably would get around to paraphrasing the quotes from Cole’s biography, My Defence, in which the player said he was “trembling with anger” in the summer of 2006 when his […]

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Supersoft Twins: Arsenal and UCLA

December 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, College football, English Premier League, Football, UCLA

I am a fan, more or less, of the English Premier League club Arsenal and the American football team from UCLA. It occurred to me today why it is that I settled on each of them: My own appreciation of skill and style … ahead of the more significant essence of physical and mental toughness. […]

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Chelsea Meltdown, Leicester Breakthrough

December 14th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, English Premier League, Football, soccer

Anyone who follows the English Premier League knows it has coughed up two big stories, so far this season. –The rise of Leicester City. –The fall of Chelsea. The former, last season, nearly was relegated (sent to the second division) before a sprint to the finish raised them to 14th place in a 20-team league. […]

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A Champions League Convert

December 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, Barcelona, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, Italy, Paris, Rome, soccer, Spain, The National, UAE

After six years on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean, I can safely identify two additions to Sports Competitions I Follow. The English Premier League … which is a subdivision of the ultra elite European Champions League. This is where the world’s most famous sports teams come to play because, really, we must concede […]

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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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