Friday, September 18, 2015

Chelsea vs. Arsenal, David Conn on the Glazer Money, Europa League, Inter Milan, Southampton vs. Manchester United

Chelsea vs. Arsenal. February 7, 2010. Photo by The Editor
First it hit one computer, then another, then another, and before you knew it, all 74 computers at SSN Headquarters were down. Caput. Finito. We're back, though, and just in time for what should be another rocking weekend of Le Foot. Let's hit it, beginning with Premier League previews and such, where the London Derby down The Bridge dominates the headlines...

Iain MacIntosh: City must beware West Ham

Check out what Scott Murray's into: A brief guide to Man Utd v Southampton: The fixture that shaped the Premier League. Indeed! Lovely.

There was Europa League action yesterday. Liverpool drew at Bordeaux, Spurs beat Azerbaijani Giants FK Qarabag (seriously), and Borussia Dortmund beat Krasnodar. Here is a wrap, tables, results, yadda, yadda. More? How about Five Talking Points?

Manchester United. Oh, dear. They're to pay £15m to the six Glazer siblings every year. WTF?! David Conn is on the case and says this: "A club founded by railway workers in 1878 has become a vehicle for paying six siblings £2.5m a year each – and Greg Dyke and Richard Scudamore have not said a word."

James Horncastle wants to talk Serie A and he wants to talk Inter Milan and we want to listen, dammmit! 

Jim White wants to talk The Redemption of Arsene Wenger: Arsenal's Stubborn Sorcerer Ready to Rise Again. We want to listen, dammmit!

Back Stateside, Seattle take on Vancouver. Here's a Weekend Preview for MLS.

Woop! We out.



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Payet Brace Lifts West Ham Over Newcastle, The Champions League Returns, Sid in Spain, Paolo in Italy, Rafa in Germany, Forest Trailer

Tuesday = Awesome! Great pieces from the Scribes below, Champions League football this afternoon, and the hint of autumn in the air. Glorious. Let's get going!

There was Monday Night Football last night and it took place in East London. The Hammers defeated Newcastle on the back of two goals from Dimitri Payet. Dominic Fifield was at Upton Park and filed this report.

There are matches this afternoon, as well. Champions League matches, in fact. There are a slew of them, but Manchester City vs. Juventus and PSV vs. Manchester United catch the eye. Here are some previews to get you prepared:

Manchester City vs. Juventus: Preview
Manchester City vs. Juventus: Preview II
PSV Eindhoven vs. Manchester United: Preview

It's Tuesday and that means it's time to go IN DEPTH and get to the heart of the matter. It's...Scribes!

Where? Italy. Who? James Horncastle. What? Reviving Juve will take time

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? The Bolivian soap opera of Julio Baldivieso's coaching appointment

Tuesday also means Marcotti's Musings. This week Gab is gabbing about Man United progress, Liverpool do not; Inter's derby win; Ronaldo, Messi star.

Do you believe in miracles? Do you? Here's the trailer for the upcoming film on Forest's improbable run to the European Cup in 1979. We can't wait to see the film!

We should probably catch up with Major League Soccer as the league heads toward the end of the campaign. Here are some Power Rankings and reviews and updates and such.

Podcast! Today it's...Special times call for a special pod and on today's Football Weekly, AC Jimbo welcomes Barney Ronay, Paolo Bandini, John Ashdown and Ian McCourt to near-earth orbit as they marvel over Anthony Martial's Manchester United debut and riff on Chelsea's continuing misery. United saw off a sorry Liverpool 3-1, and will quite likely do the same to PSV in the Champions League on Tuesday night – but Chelsea look ripe for the picking at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv having slumped to another disastrous defeat, this time away at Everton. We look ahead to the rest of the big games in the Champions League, including Juventus' trip to the Etihad to take on unbeaten Manchester City, and Arsenal's trip to a Zagreb side that hasn't been beaten in 11 months. Finally. we praise Leicester for their astonishing comeback against Aston Villa, get the lowdown on the Milan derby, and even show some love to mighty Aberdeen, who are off to their best start in decades.

Hey look! Ben Lyttleton is taking us around Europe. How thoughtful.

And finally...the Premier League Most Injured XI of the 21st Century!



Monday, September 14, 2015

Liverpool Listless, Chelsea Calamitous, Inter Intriguing, Leicester Loving It, Boca Beat River, Ronny Fires Five, Messi Boosts Barca, Monday Night Football

Hello! A very pleasant Monday to you and yours. Tons and tons and tons of stuff to get through today. We knew it would be a big weekend, and it was. Hopefully you were able to enjoy some of the action. Let's take a look at what went down, beginning with the Premier League...

Manchester United 3 - 1 Liverpool: Phil McNulty at Old Trafford
Manchester United 3 - 1 Liverpool: Daniel Taylor at Old Trafford
Everton 3 - 1 Chelsea: Paul Wilson at Goodison Park
Everton 3 - 1 Chelsea: Mandeep Sanghera at Goodison Park
Arsenal 2 - 0 Stoke City: Amy Lawrence at the Emirates Stadium

Down in Spain, Messi came on as a sub to save his mates with a late winner. Here are Three Quick Thoughts from Barcelona's win at Atlético. Not to be outdone, Ronaldo netted five times to become Real Madrid's all-time La Liga leading scorer. Wow. Here's more from the weekend in Spain. More tomorrow with El Sid. Over in Italy, as mentioned above, Inter won the Milan Derby. Here's a weekend wrap for Serie A. More tomorrow with Paolo. And here's a little Double Shot of Spanish and Italian Weekend fun.

In Él SUPERclásico, Boca edged River 1 - 0. Here's a report. Apparently nobody died, so that's good.

European Round-Up? We'd love to! Focus on Siena? Why not?

There one more match in the Premier League this week. Newcastle travel down to London to face West Ham this evening. Here's your preview.

That's quite fine to get the week rolling.