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Arjun Balaraman is a Sports Columnist at the Tufts Daily. He is a junior majoring in Quantitative Economics. He can be reached at [email protected]


Off the Crossbar: Quieting the neighbors

“Sometimes, you have a noisy neighbor. You cannot do anything about that. They will always be noisy. You just have to get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder.” Oh, how times have changed since that now infamous quote from Sir Alex Ferguson in 2009 following Sheikh […]


Off the Crossbar: Upending the status quo

English soccer in the 21st century has been largely dominated by a so-called “Big Six” — Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City. In England, the top four teams in the league qualify for the prestigious UEFA Champions League and, over the last 15 years, clubs from this “Big Six” have been England’s […]


Off the Crossbar: Utter chaos at City

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) sent shockwaves through the soccer world last week when they announced that Manchester City would be banned from the UEFA Champions League for two seasons after violating Financial Fair Play rules instituted to prevent clubs from spending more money than they generate. City will appeal the decision, so […]


Off the Crossbar: United making amends

With most English Premier League teams on a winter break, Romelu Lukaku and his Inter Milan club stole the headlines in the soccer world this weekend after beating cross-town rivals A.C. Milan 4–2 in the Milan derby. The comeback victory put Inter atop the Italian Series A over Juventus,  the winners of the last eight […]


Off the Crossbar: Young players fighting for their futures

Sander Berge shocked the soccer world late last month when, despite being sought after by many of Europe’s elite, he decided to sign for Sheffield United. A newly-promoted side, United has vastly surpassed expectations sitting in sixth place, perched in between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the English Premier League standings. Breaking their transfer record […]


Off the Crossbar: Ferguson, Wenger and replacing legends

What a whirlwind three months it has been for Quique Sanchez Flores. After being reappointed as Watford boss in September, the Spaniard was fired just 81 days into his second spell, following Liverpool’s  2–1 loss to Southampton last weekend. It was a cruel decision by the club, which is now looking for its third manager […]


Off the Crossbar: Club affairs in the England camp

After last weekend’s hotly contested heavyweight bout between Liverpool and Manchester City, players from both sides made their way back to their home countries for international duty. Tempers flared in the match, called by some an early-season title-decider and reached a boiling point when Liverpool’s Joe Gomez and City’s Raheem Sterling enjoyed a little shoving […]


Off the Crossbar: Is the title race over?

In the most anticipated match of the season, the Premier League’s elite met on Sunday for their first encounter of the year. Liverpool stood unbeaten at the top of the table with 10 wins and just one draw in their first 11 games, while Manchester City trailed six points behind. The matchup was eerily similar […]


Off the Crossbar: The dying art of the central midfielder

One of the most prominent trends in sports broadcasting has been the introduction of ex-players as pundits. Former stars, like Charles Barkley and Shaq on TNT or Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville on Sky Sports, often offer valuable insights regarding the intricacies of the game and usually do a good job of capturing the player’s […]


Off the Crossbar: Chelsea, Pulisic and the value of competition

Ever since Christian Pulisic broke into the first team at Borussia Dortmund in 2016 as a bright-eyed teenager, he has been hailed as American soccer’s savior. After thriving in the German Bundesliga for two full seasons as a 19- and 20-year-old, Pulisic moved to Chelsea over the summer for $73 million, making him by far […]


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