Michael Wallace-Bruce is a junior who is studying International Relations (BA). Michael can be reached at [email protected]

Over The Top Football: The Derby crisis

Following their loss against Queens Park Rangers on Monday, Derby County has been relegated to League One. While many relegated teams suffer their fate through poor performances, Derby County’s demise occurred for a special reason. Wealth is an important aspect within soccer. In some ways, there is a blueprint associated with wealthy teams and success. […]

Over the Top Football: The race for the top four

In December, Manchester City demolished Leicester City 6–3 to enter the New Year eight points clear of Liverpool. After scoring 17 goals in three games, it looked like the gap would continue to widen. However, following their draw against Crystal Palace on Monday, their momentum and point advantage to win the league have tremendously declined. […]

Over the Top Football: The role of performative acts in the Premier League

While the game is played with a ball on a field and two goal posts, soccer transcends the events within the pitch. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the demand for peace throughout Europe’s top five leagues illustrated the binding effect of soccer. In the Premier League, fans and players stood behind banners calling for anti-war. […]

Over the Top Football: AFCON highlights

After being postponed by a year, the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finally began in January  2022. The tournament brought many memorable moments from heated arguments breaking out between referees and players to upsetting wins by underdogs. Senegal’s Success Before I delve into the shocks of the tournament, I must congratulate Senegal who were crowned […]

Over-the-Top-Football: Digging more holes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking

The Premier League is about a third of the way finished, and about six managers have been fired, with the last one being Manchester United’s club legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. His team was underperforming, and the argument for his sacking is convincing — Solskjaer won only three out of his last ten games in all […]

Over-the-Top Football: The effects of financial takeovers in Premier League soccer

On Oct. 7, 2021, multiple newspapers and sports channels confirmed that the Public Investment Fund, a Saudi Arabian wealth fund, had bought the English football team Newcastle United. The $400 million deal makes Newcastle United, nicknamed the “Magpies” by local fans, the richest football club in the world.  Although the confirmation seems to have surprised […]

Over-the-Top Football: The new reality on transfers

There’s something I need to get off my chest. Players’ transfer fees should not be used to assess the quality of a soccer player in modern soccer. Here’s why. As a Manchester United fan, I am happy to say that we are always rumored to sign big players like Lionel Messi, Neymar, Sergio Ramos, etc. […]

Major League Soccer approaches conference finals

The Major League Soccer playoffs began on Nov. 21, 2020. The first game of the playoff featured Orlando City SC and New York City FC.

A surprising view: Teams performing in the Premier League

One of the most exhilarating leagues in the world has returned and has already produced potential goals of the season and video assistant referee drama within a month and a half. Sitting atop the league so far is Everton and although it is early to give a verdict on the end of the season standings, the dazzling performances of Everton, Aston Villa, and Leeds makes them the teams to keep an eye on.