May 8, 2012, 7:00 AM EST
Birthdays of Note: Former England player and longtime Ireland manager Jack Charlton turns 72. In his playing days Jack Charlton (brother of Bobby) was a center half. Not a “center back.” They didn’t know what a center back was in England back then. It was a center half. In fact, it was a centre half. Now Marvell Wynne of the Colorado Rapids, for instance, he’s a center back. And he turns 26 today.
Big Important Story of the Day: With the European Championships now just one month away (beginning June 8), expect to see more stories like this one, where an official of the world players’ union worried over violence in and around the grounds. Or this one, where we see the world of politics and sport intersect.
What you should watch on TV: Liverpool meets Chelsea for the second time in four days (3 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Chelsea still has an outside chance of climbing into a Champions League qualification spot; Liverpool, having just lost to the Blues in Saturday’s FA Cup final, gets the chance to finish off those hopes.
Ahead on the blog today*: Early reports from the initial facility tours offered down at BBVA Compass Stadium plus some early talk on the upcoming U.S. national team camp.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Tony DiCicco
Twitter dap: MLSSoccer.com writer Jonah Freedman (@jonahfreedman), on Monday’s Premiership relegation development: “Anyone else surprised that Blackburn actually had stayed up this long? To me, far more stunning than their relegation.”
We’ll leave you with this: I always wonder why more players don’t figure this out: If you want to slow play legally when challenging for a ball near the sideline, don’t kick it into the stands. Instead, whack in off signboard, back into the field of play.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
Dec 22, 2014, 8:30 AM EST(Edit)
No need for a Latvian passport, as Yedlin is granted UK work permit.
Dec 22, 2014, 7:55 AM EST(Edit)
Geoff on how to stop Chelsea, marking Hazard and the busy festive period in the Premier League.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:59 PM EST(Edit)
Antoine Griezmann breaks out with three goals in Atletico’s 4-1 result over Athletic Bilbao.
A day of Ronaldo: Real Madrid star erects statue of himself, thinks Real can win Champions League again
Dec 21, 2014, 10:21 PM EST(Edit)
Cristiano Ronaldo has made headlines twice today, for erecting a statue of himself and claiming Real Madrid could repeat in the Champions League.
Dec 21, 2014, 9:07 PM EST(Edit)
The sky continues to fall in Dortmund.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:17 PM EST(Edit)
Tim Howard converses about his recently released autobiography, “The Keeper.”
Dec 21, 2014, 7:40 PM EST(Edit)
Jeremy Menez has done a fantastic job as AC Milan’s primary attacker, and he’s primarily aiming for the French national team call-up.
Dec 21, 2014, 6:20 PM EST(Edit)
Ally McCoist has left Scottish Championship team Rangers, as the club has recognized the former star striker is now on “gardening leave.”
Dec 21, 2014, 5:30 PM EST(Edit)
Catch up on Premier League Round 17 action from this Sunday.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:55 PM EST(Edit)
According to Brendan Rogers, Liverpool’s prime attacker, Daniel Sturridge, will make his return from a multi-month injury in early January.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:05 PM EST(Edit)
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson on game-winner and Tyne-Wear derby triumphs: “Three years in a row, they must hate me here!”
Dec 21, 2014, 3:39 PM EST(Edit)
Brendan Rodgers gives his thoughts after a 2-2 draw despite what he called “dominance” on the ball.
Dec 21, 2014, 3:12 PM EST(Edit)
With polarizing halves separating the teams, Arsene Wenger said a draw was the correct result based on performance.
Dec 21, 2014, 2:29 PM EST(Edit)
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to bring a grudge with him to Morocco.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:44 PM EST(Edit)
With Newcastle yielding late, Alan Pardew thinks he may have left his team a little too exposed as the clock ticked towards the final minute.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:08 PM EST(Edit)
Martin Skrtel returned from a nasty injury and took full advantage of the resulting stopptage time.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:58 AM EST(Edit)
A day to forget for the American central defender in Germany’s top flight.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:26 AM EST(Edit)
The boyhood Newcastle fan scored at St. James Park for the third year in a row as Sunderland stole the Tyne-Wear derby late.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:16 AM EST(Edit)
Raheem Sterling looks to be the lone attacking option for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has left both his available strikers on the bench.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:52 AM EST(Edit)
A magnetizing first touch leads to a meaningless but nonetheless beautiful goal by the man who gives us magic weekly.
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- Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal: Wounded Skrtel turns away Gunners at the death (video) 1
- Arsene Wenger says Arsenal could spend big in January, if the deals are right 0
- Real Madrid outclass San Lorenzo, win 2014 Club World Cup 6
- Premier League Sunday preview: Loaded morning sees Tyne-Wear Derby and Liverpool vs. Arsenal 0
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