Outside of the Boot: A failed prediction and a happy fan — Manchester City advance

Last week, I predicted that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) would advance past Manchester City to secure a spot in the Champions League semi-finals. As a die-hard City fan, it was not difficult to see that the team was in a bad run of form. When Pep Guardiola was announced to replace current manager Manuel Pellegrini, City […]

Outside of the Boot: The return of the Champions League

The Champions League is back. For the next two weeks, soccer fans everywhere will be treated to showdowns between Europe’s best. On Tuesday, Barcelona looked to continue their quest to become the first repeat champion since 1989 when they hosted Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the quarterfinal. The game started with Barcelona dominant, but a […]

On the Spot: Why the world is thankful for Johan Cruyff

“In a way, I’m probably immortal.” In the 14th minute of the Netherlands-France friendly on Friday, the world stopped to pay tribute to a maverick. Johan Cruyff was perhaps the most famous player to have ever donned the No. 14 shirt, at a time when most players in the first team wore the standard 1 through […]

A Walk Alone – Liverpool’s Ticket Pricing Crisis

“You’ll never walk alone.” This is the famed motto of Liverpool. However, as many fans, and Steven Gerrard (a lifetime Liverpool player) will tell you, it is more than that — it is a way of life. The teary-eyed 45,000 that shook Anfield with their final serenade to hometown hero Gerrard last May will attest […]