Off the Crossbar: Can City win the quadruple?

Unlike American sports teams that only compete for one trophy, almost all soccer clubs around the world enter multiple competitions each year. And, while some trophies carry more weight than others, a trophy is a trophy. All the prominent European leagues have one or even two domestic cup competitions, where teams from tiered professional leagues […]

Off the Crossbar: The power of loyalty

Earlier this week, amidst speculation that he would be leaving his Kentucky Wildcat program for the Bruins of UCLA, coach John Calipari signed a deal to keep him in Lexington for the entirety of his coaching career. In 2010, he took over the struggling but big-name Kentucky program that was without a Final Four appearance […]

On the Spot: Congratulations, Pep

As a bitter Manchester United fan, congratulations, Pep. You’re no longer the noisy neighbor, you’re now just a constant thorn in my side. Chances are, come Saturday afternoon José Mourinho’s Manchester United will lose at the Etihad Stadium and Manchester City will win their third league title in seven years. Pep Guardiola will join an elite group of […]

On the Spot: Arsène, oh Arsène

Arsène, oh Arsène. How times have changed. If the Carabao Cup final from a fortnight ago and last week’s game at the Emirates were anything to go by, it’s almost evident that the baton for the most innovative coach in the Premier League has now most certainly passed on from Arsène Wenger to Pep Guardiola. The 3–0 scoreline was […]

On the Spot: Where is the real Paul Pogba?

The real question Manchester United fans want answered is who the No. 6 on the field really is. Because he doesn’t seem to be the same confident young man who decided that he had had enough of waiting and walked out on Sir Alex Ferguson. Pogba’s performance on Sunday at St. James’ Park summed up […]

On the Spot: Why Guardiola has finally arrived

On Saturday, Pep Guardiola delivered his strongest performance yet as Manchester City manager with a 1–0 victory at Stamford Bridge against defending champions Chelsea. While many will point to the statistics of the previous three games — beating Watford 6–0, Crystal Palace 5–0 and 10-man Liverpool 5–0 — as evidence that Guardiola’s brand of attractive, attacking soccer […]

On the Spot / Outside the Boot: What a year

What a year it’s been. From Chelsea’s meltdown to Leicester’s meteoric rise, it’s been a magical year. Thankfully it continues in the summer with the various regional tournaments. We’ve taken some of your questions and added our own as we look back at yet another amazing season. Best Moments of the Season Ryan: Jamie Vardy’s record […]

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 […]

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 […]

Outside of the Boot: Caballero’s saves and Pellegrini’s swan song

The Capital One Cup final this weekend, which featured Premier League giants Manchester City and Liverpool, took the form of a stereotypical cup final: thrilling but nerve-wracking. After plenty of squandered chances and a goal apiece for Fernandinho of Manchester City and Coutinho of Liverpool, it was 1-1 after 90 minutes. Extra time passed with both […]