Category: Barclay’s Premier League

I am Back!So is the Premier League!

Good evening all! After a brief hiatus chasing the ever elusive perfect GMAT score, I am officially BACK! AAAAAAAND so is the premier league! (Try not to contain yourselves too much, I know you missed me more). So many important events have occurred while I was on “holiday”, so I would like to begin my comeback by giving to you basically a tweet preview (120 characters….ish) of each Top Flight english squad to help kick off the 2015/2016 campaign! Should be easy…right?

Lets start with the easiest team to dissect:

ARSENAL

WIll Petr Cech be the high-caliber keeper that turns the gunners from choke-artists to proper contenders?Will Wenger sign another striker…Benzema?

AFC BOURNEMOUTH 

1899: Inaugural season; 1997:Club almost folds due to more than 7 million pounds of debt and unable to pay its players, supporters raise 1.4 million pounds; 2015: 1st EVER BPL season. #Moneyball

ASTON VILLA

No Benteke, delph, or Cissokho. Lets see what Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew can do. Brad Guzan… better be ready for action. Adama Traore?????

CHELSEA

Will the deadly Fabregras, Matic, , Oscaar, Hazard combo troll the BPL again and win the League? Is Douglas Costa more injury-prone than the glass-kneed RVP? Is John Stones the Batman to John Terry’s Bane?

MANCHESTER CITY 

Bye-Bye Dzeko. Is Sterling Liverpool’s or ManCity’s reckoning? Is he a selfish, underdeveloped youngin that will crack under pressure faster than batman’s back smashing on Bane’s Knee. Pellegrini out? Pep in? (Lots of Batman analogies today, huh?) 

MANCHESTER UNITED

No RVP. No Di Maria. LVG vs De Gea. LVG vs. the Glazers. LVG vs. Wayne Rooney. LVG vs. BPL. Rooney, Schweini and Schneiderlin to lead the way.

LIVERPOOL

RODGERS’ LAST CHANCE. No more Stevie G., Onto the Henderson Captaincy era. Will Benteke or Ings become the Luigi or Bowser to Super Mario. Millner earned this contract and will become a fast leader of the team. 

SWANSEA CITY

The Succesful Monk philosophy for 3 more years. Couple new faces…ahem Eder. Season opener vs. returning champs Chelsea is a tough draw.

SUNDERLAND

Coates, Kaboul, M’Vila in. Veringi, Wickford out. Giacherini stay.  Adam Henderson’s off-field woes postponed to next year. Will they be in the vyng for relegation. 

SOUTHHAMPTON

Big shoes to fill from Schneiderlin loss. Will the Stingiest defence in the BPL last season returrn to its surprising form. No Osvaldo and possibly no Fonte. Can Graziano Pelle score at the same rate this season. Lots of questions.

TOTTENHAM

Mo Po has his hands full. Spurs need a return to consistency. Lloris is looking for UCL football, will he convince the talented shot-stopper to stay. Is Harry Kane truly the next Bale? Sell Lamela?

LEICESTER CITY

Bad Choice in hiring Ranieri (Roma fan here). Already lost your best player in Esteban Cambiasso, who’s next? Son of Schmeichel?

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Steve McClaren has arrived. He now works for the worlds Stingiest Owner. Good Luck. Atleast you resigned Coloccini… lets hope for less reds this year.

CRYSTAL PALACE

My dark horse of this years BPL. Yohan Cabaye? What a steal! An influx of talent will only help solidiy a young and scary XI. Cabaye, Bolasie connection will be nice.

Norwich City

Fighting to not be relegated right back down to the Championship. 

WEST HAM UNITED

Farewell big Sam. Farewell Upton park? The era of Bilic is already in shambles by “sacrificing”Europa League. Andy Carroll may be healthy for once. Valencia injured. Downing was sold to his hometown club. Will Payet actually make the hammers better?

WATFORD

The signings of decent players like Behrami, Berghuis, Nyom and Britos will help this team produce some surprising results. Let’s hope they can remain afloat and stay in the top flight.


WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Ricky Lambert + Saido Behrani connection may be a match made in heaven. The 22 year-old is loooking to build on last year’s successful campaign that was filled with 20 solid goals.

EVERTON

Tim Howard looks like he enjoyed his off season, possibly too much. Let’s hope he wwill come into the season strong and in top form.  Romelu Lukaku will look to net many more with the help of new-boy Tom Cleverly.  May be a contender. 

STOKE CITY

May be a surprising contender as well to finish close to the top of the table.  What they lost in Asmir Begovic, Stoke gained with Shay Given. Look to Marco Van Ginkle to shine and push this young team throughout this season. Xherdan Shaqiri could definitely help!

Do you agree? disagree? please lets us know what you think! Thats all for now folks. 

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From Liverpool to Los Angeles | EPISODE 1: THE SIGNING

GalaxyTV takes you behind the scenes of Steven Gerrard’s journey from longtime Liverpool captain to LA Galaxy star. Footage courtesy of Liverpool F.C. and FOX.

As you may have not realized in my previous posts I am a huge fan of Steven Gerrard. He is absolute class and a soccer LEGEND who deserves all of his accolades. He started to regress in his last season at Liverpool but his accomplishments can not be forgotten. He will absolutely dominate MLS. I don’t mean be too detrimental of MLS since the league does have a lot of talented soccer players. However, it is notably a step below the English Premier League and Steven Gerrard could still have competed in the English Premier League for a few more years in a lesser role so he should be one of the best MLS players as soon as he plays his first game. With his addition I would pencil in the LA Galaxy for the 2015 MLS Cup no question.

Steven Gerrard: 186 Magical Moments

One-club men do not exist. Not in the money-laden footballing culture that we live in today. This make Steven Gerrard’s accomplishments at Liverpool even more impressive. He consistently turned down moves to other clubs because he truly loved and truly believed in what he was a part of. Even more impressive is that Gerrard found the net 186 times. His role in the team changed drastically over the years, from a young-energy filled box to box goal-scoring machine, to a deep-lying playmaker that could ping the ball wherever he wanted. The transition was impressive as were his exploits at the club. Take some time and appreciate the 186 goals below:

Harry Kane: “When I Was 11 Defoe Stopped His Car To Play Football With Me”

And just like that I have a new found respect for Jermaine Defoe. Imagine if you were a kid playing footy on the streets and a professional soccer player stopped to play with you? That would go down as one of the top five moments in my life. It is hard to quantify how much that affected Harry Kane’s development into a world-class professional soccer player but I bet it had at least a little effect on who he became. It’s also an extra dash of class that Defoe gave his number to Kane when he left the club. What a great guy who clearly saw the potential of Harry Kane before many of us got to see it play out on the pitch.

Raheem Sterling Will Demand To Leave Liverpool- On The Verge Of Big Mistake

From ESPN FC:

Raheem Sterling is set to tell Liverpool he wants to leave the club in the summer when talks between the two parties resume this week, sources have told ESPN FC.

Multiple news outlets reported on Monday night that the England forward would inform club chiefs that he sees his future away from Anfield. Those reports came after a well-placed source told ESPN FC last month that Sterling will not sign a new contract at Liverpool as he waits to see what offers come his way this summer

Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward will meet Liverpool’s chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday to express Sterling’s desires, the reports say, and the player already told Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in person before the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on May 10 that he wanted to leave, according to the BBC.

As a soccer fan I have seen how young talents, especially young English talents, are overvalued and fast-tracked way too quickly in their careers. The USMNT has a proclivity for this when in their rush to anoint the next big “savior of American soccer” they force young players such as Freddy Adu and Julian Green into the spotlight too early and end up doing irreparable damage to their careers (Jury is admittedly still out on Julian Green but recent events in his career have been worrisome). These actions are understandable. Finding the next young player is a lot cheaper then the transfer market and if the gamble pays off you have a stud who will be good for many years to come. It is no wonder that Liverpool are so protective of Raheem Sterling and why teams are so eager to sign him just like teams were with Martin Odegaard.

Young players, however, are very volatile. In fact, it is not just a problem with professional soccer players, since most kids that age are also volatile. At that age these boys are becoming men and the road to becoming a man is filled with many pitfalls. Some boys navigate it successfully while others fail miserably. That process is then magnified ten-fold when these boys are navigating that road as professional soccer players. Most boys their age can make one mistake and slip it under the rug whereas any mistake a professional soccer player makes is blown out of proportion. Take for example Raheem Sterling’s “hookah” fiasco. It is not a drug and many kids do it on occasion but because he is a high-profile soccer player he was vilified for it. It’s hard to go through life like that and it is even harder to go through life like that when you also have loads of stress on the training field and during games. All of this stress can ruin young players without proper guidance.

Brendan Rodgers has shown that guidance towards Raheem Sterling and the other young Liverpool players. He has protected them, given them guidance, and even put his career at risk by letting Raheem Sterling visit family in Jamaica during the middle of the season so that he could recoup both mentally and physically. Not many managers would do this for a young player especially when his team was struggling and needed all hands on deck. Most managers would just run the player into the ground regardless of age because they are just an asset that he bought to win games. At the end of the day Raheem Sterling does not know how cushy he has it. Liverpool is willing to pay him more than he’s worth and treat him with special care because they want him to succeed in a red shirt.

If Sterling goes to another squad like a Manchester City or Real Madrid he will just be benched and booed when he fails to perform. Gareth Bale is ten times the player Raheem Sterling is and he’s been thrown to the wolves at Real Madrid. Raheem Sterling, like all other players in professional soccer, is entitled to chase money and titles but he also should consider his career. He could still leave Liverpool in four years and be a a mature player with his entire career ahead of him. Therefore, he needs to take a step back and realize his development could be seriously stunted by a premature move. If he plays his cards right he has a long career ahead of him.

Fan Makes His Girlfriend Take An Arsenal Exam

From ESPN FC:

Obviously feeling that their relationship had reached something of an impasse and that his significant other wasn’t pulling her weight in the football department, one Arsenal fan decided to make his girlfriend sit an Arsenal exam in a bid to really test their compatibility.

The exam featured a ridiculously professional-looking cover sheet, explaining that 50 marks were available and that all answers should be filled in using black ink, etc.

As it happens, the girl performed admirably, ending with a thoroughly respectable score of 87 percent (43.5 out of 50).

What’s more, it later became clear after the results had been returned that an insufficient total pass percentage would have resulted in the relationship being terminated!

“Well done Saskia. As a result I will not be dumping you! (lucky you),” her assessment page read.

I’d like to think my girlfriend would ace a test on my favorite team but I doubt she would. She already puts up with enough when I make her watch games at 7:30 AM in the morning and complain to her about my team losing a game. It’s too much to ask for her to memorize the players and the team’s history. That’s why this guy is playing with fire. If a girl can put up with your soccer obsession then you should just be satisfied with that. Don’t get greedy and try to make her a super fan. Not only is it unnecessary but you need your girlfriend to be unaffected by a devastating loss so she can comfort you in your time of need. If you are both devastated by the loss then you are both screwed.

Van Gaal is Spicy After Chelsea Result

Soccer is a brutal game. You can play your best, have a dominating performance and come out the wrong side of a 1-0 result. This was the fate of Manchester United this past weekend and Van Gaal did not hold back his frustration in the post-game interview below.

Proud and frustrated is a tough way to win the league but United look poised to secure a Champions League spot, something we would not have been talking about around Christmas time.