Sardines From The Trawler

A far-too-early look at the managerial sack race

Everybody loves pointlessly early baseless predictions, particularly about David Moyes and Manchester United, so let's take a look at who could be the first manager out of the door as the end of the second international break heralds the beginning of

Colombia and other dark horses for Brazil 2014

Colombia have been touted as potential World Cup winners for 2014, but do they really have what it takes to win? Examining their chances, along with several other potential dark horses for the tournament in Brazil.

Was 'player power' such a bad thing?

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Liverpool's Luis Suarez have been heralded as examples of the death of player power, but is that necessarily a good thing?

David Moyes' cowardice is excusable for now

David Moyes was disappointingly negative against Chelsea yesterday, but in the context of his position, it's excusable for now.

United vs. Chelsea: No hugging, no learning

Manchester United vs. Chelsea has a lot of potential to be a great game, but we're unlikely to find out much about either side.

A Mata-Rooney swap makes sense for all involved

There seems to be no reason José Mourinho would sell Juan Mata, but the player might fall into his managerial blind spot. In addition, it could be a deal that works out for all parties.

Classic José returns, for better and for worse

José Mourinho was back to his best form in the press conference following his side's narrow victory against Aston Villa, but on the pitch his side weren't so entertaining.

Will Tottenham finally have enough creativity now?

Tottenham Hotspur's opening-day result, a laboured 1-0 win over promoted Crystal Palace, shows they lack creativity. They'll need to find it if they hope to be competitive.

Newcastle need to lose Alan Pardew quickly

The reasons to persist with Alan Pardew, and the alternative explanations for Newcastle United's poor form, are diminishing rapidly. The club need to take action soon if they're not to have another wasted season.

Robin van Persie is still number one in England

For all the departures and arrivals on pitch and dugout, it seems that once more, no individual will have a greater say in the destination of the Premier League title than Robin van Persie

For the first time, Torres is happy

In January of 2011, Fernando Torres switched places with his long-lost twin brother Alberto. Now, both Fernando and Alberto are living their life-long dreams.

Good job, good effort, Olympique Lyonnais

The top three teams in Ligue 1 are tied on 35 points apiece, but following this weekend's result in Paris, the race might as well be over.

Across the Atlantic: Vitesse impressive in Holland

Fueled by an army of Chelsea loanees, Vitesse continues to fight for a Champions League place in the Eredivisie. Ligue 1 stayed interesting at the top, while Porto impressed in the Portuguese Liga.

This week in nerd ish: Crowd violence!

There aren't a lot of stellar games outside of the big four and MLS this week, but the games that we do have to watch have lots of potential for fun ... and crowd violence.

This week in nerd ish: A Uruguayan treat

Yep, this weekend's biggest match (other than Lazio-Roma) takes place in Uruguay. If you like tifo, elbows and absurdly loud stadiums, Nacional - Peñarol is for you.

Tigres win Clásico while Flu get closer to title

Atletico Mineiro slipped up on Sunday, virtually handing the Brasileirao title to Fluminense. In Argentina, Newell's stayed unbeaten, while Liguilla places got shaken up in Liga MX.

European review: Kung fu kicks and collapses

Most of the big sides outside of Europe's big four won comfortably this weekend, but two of the biggest stumbled ahead of big Champions League encounters.

This week in nerd ish: To Moscow and Montevideo!

An odd schedule packs almost all of the best viewing outside of Europe's big four and MLS on Sunday. Russia, Mexico and Romania all have big local derbies on tap.

This week in nerd ish: Argentina gets top billing


Are you wondering what kind of football matches insane people with too much time on their hands watch? Or perhaps you aspire to be one of those people? This is the column for you.

Across The Atlantic: Boring, Boring PSG


Paris Saint-Germain are yet to win a game in Ligue 1, and they're not even going down in entertaining fashion. In Russia, Zenit's reign of terror was halted, while Porto and Benfica impressed in Portugal.

Brendan Rodgers Manufactures Some Liverpool Deja Vu


Remember Roy Hodgson's first game in charge of Liverpool? It was a lot like Brendan Rodgers', only infinitely less disastrous.

From British Columbia To Buenos Aires: Atletico Mineiro Top Brasileirao, Chivas Still Winless


Ronaldinho and Atletico Mineiro won the biggest match in the Americas over the weekend, topping Vasco da Gama. Elsewhere, Boca and River both won while Chivas failed to grab three points yet again.

Across The Atlantic: Rangers Hit Rock Bottom, PSG Start Slow And Zenit Shine


Welcome to your new life, Newco Rangers! The Gers off to a rough start in the fourth tier of Scottish football. Elsewhere in Europe, teams like PSG, Zenit and Ajax played games that matter.

An AC Milan Golden Generation Finally Fades

Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf are finally departing the San Siro. Their teams were among the best ever, but it's time for Milan to move on.

The Ivory Coast Falls Short Again As A 'Golden Generation' Fades

Didier Drogba and the Ivory Coast came up short yet again against Zambia on Sunday. How do their Golden Generation's failings compare to those of other countries?

Barcelona's Road Woes Continue Just Down The Street From Home

Barcelona have looked like the best team in the world at times this season, but their road form in La Liga suggests that they can't keep pace with Real Madrid.

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