England

Why Joe Hart's Torino Move Is Good For England

I have a theory as to one reason (of many) the England National Team tends to underperform in major tournaments: the players all play in the same league. Every England international plays in the Premier League. One might argue this breeds familiarity and is therefore good for the national team, but I think it leads to a lack of stylistic variety in the team and makes the payer pool stagnant. It's basically like inbreeding, is what I'm saying.

Record-Setting Attendance Of Over 31,000 Watches First-Ever WSL Manchester Derby

With men’s club soccer on hiatus due to the international break, the women’s game took center stage in England this weekend with the opening of the new Women’s Super League season. The marquee matchup was a first-ever WSL Manchester derby between City and United at the Etihad Stadium.

The previous attendance record for a WSL match was set by Arsenal last year with a crowd of 5,265; the crowd on hand yesterday in Manchester smashed that with a total of 31,213 spectators.

And they left happy thanks to an incredible strike from Scotland international Caroline Weir. 

In Most Frightening Cross-Promotion Yet, English FA Links With Pokémon

The English FA, apparently desperate to relate to young people, has partnered with Pokémon in an effort to promote futsal in the country.

The three-year deal will see the Pokémon Company International support the National Futsal Programme, for reasons we still can’t quite ascertain.

Cristiano Ronaldo Won Portuguese Footballer Of The Year For 10th Time, But Did He Deserve it?

Cristiano Ronaldo continued to make history earlier this week, being named Portuguese Player of the Year for the 10th time in his career.

England’s Georgia Stanway Scores A Stunner And Laughs It Off Like A Boss

After finishing fourth at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the England women’s national team has reconvened under Phil Neville with a squad that includes established stars like Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Toni Duggan, but the Lionesses are clearly building for the future with their sights set on capturing UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 on home soil.

North London Derby Is More Self-Loathing Than Rivalry As Both Clubs Commit Cardinal Sins

Arsenal’s business in front, party in the back squad met Tottenham’s unsettled ensemble on Sunday, and a 2-2 finish to the North London derby only cemented those thoughts of self-hatred rather than illuminating a way forward for either club.  

Playing With A Fractured Wrist, Raúl Jiménez Scores While Getting Kicked In The Face

While Liverpool and Manchester City again look a cut above the rest in England, there’s every indication that a club outside the “Big Six” may yet disrupt the hegemony and finish in the Champions League places. This morning saw a clash between two such sides — Everton and Wolves — at Goodison Park.

Aston Villa Equalizer Brought Back For Dive By Man Who Assisted Goal — Wait, What?

Can you get called for a dive if you make a match-saving pass as you go down?

According to referee Kevin Friend, yes, you can.

Aston Villa was denied a 96th-minute equalizer in a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday as Friend disallowed a Henri Lansbury goal for a perceived Jack Grealish dive, despite the fact Grealish assisted the goal.

Huh?

Solskjær On Possible Ibrahimovic Return: 'I'll Always Speak To Zlatan'

Maybe, just maybe, Ole Gunnar Solskjær doesn’t trust Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood as much as he led on.

The Norwegian had stated he trusts the attackers he has available in his squad. Yet, there could be a chance of a former player coming back to Manchester United.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said a few days ago that, “If Manchester United needs me, I’m here.”

Is a return to Old Trafford on the cards for Zlatan? Solskjær wouldn’t mind it.

Did Real Madrid Influence Ridiculous Europa League Player Of The Season Voting?

Eden Hazard won Europa League Player of the Season honors on Friday. 

And it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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