Author Archive: Michael Jenkins
I am a sports fan and I say that with a smile on my face.
Graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism. Written professionally for a number of newspapers including the Arizona Daily Wildcat and El Independiente. Worked in TV at Fox 10 News in Phoenix. Worked in professional sports with the Bakersfield Condors of the East Coast Hockey League.
Currently writing for a number of different sports blogs and websites including Bleacher Report (Featured Columnist- Phoenix Coyotes, Chelsea FC), Golfnow.com (Contributing Writer) and VenomStrikes.com (Editor-in-Chief- Arizona Diamondbacks).
Last Thursday in London, Chelsea were able to take advantage of a number of Rubin Kazan mistakes and jump out to a 3-1 lead in their two-game quarterfinal match-up in the Europa League. While the away goal scored by Bibras Natkho of Rubin Kazan could prove to be pivotal for the overall outcome of the [...]
It’s been a busy week already for Chelsea as they look to build on a monumental victory over Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the F.A. Cup on Monday. Next up: a quarterfinal date in the Europa League with Russian side Rubin Kazan at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. The Russian club is not to be [...]
With Chelsea F.C. still involved in three competitions late this season, many feel that the Blues will come home with some type of silverware. Whether it’s the Europa League trophy or the F.A. Cup (Premier League is out of reach), Chelsea fans need some type of consolation to feel that their season was worth something. [...]
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team defeated a game Costa Rican squad on Friday night in Commerce City, Colorado by a score of 1-0. Clint Dempsey scored the lone goal off of a deflection in the first half, that led the U.S. to three critical points in the hexagonal fourth round of CONCACAF World [...]
Last week, Steaua Bucharest pulled off the shock of the Round of 16 by defeating defending European champions Chelsea by a score of 1-0. The second leg of this fixture takes place on Thursday at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea seek to overturn the deficit and qualify for the Europa League quarterfinals. Chelsea should be buoyed by [...]
Chelsea v Steaua Bucharest: Five Players to Watch Chelsea continue their Europa League campaign on Thursday as they begin their aggregate series against Romania’s FC Steaua Bucharest in Bucharest. Chelsea advanced to this stage after eliminating Sparta Prague in a tightly contested two-game series and is coming off of an important 1-0 victory in league [...]
In December, Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez had seen his club dispatched from the Champions League and into the Europa League after a disastrous run of results. At that time, the mercurial Benitez stated that he would strive to capture Europa League glory. Trophies and silverware were still attainable and Chelsea would attempt to bring home as many [...]
With Chelsea bringing home a 1-0 lead to London after their Europa League victory in Prague last week, the return fixture in the Round of 32 should be an interesting match. Stamford Bridge should be rocking as the Blues will seek to advance to the Round of 16 with a win or a draw on [...]
Chelsea travel to the Czech Republic on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie against Sparta Prague. It may be hard to imagine the Londoners taking this competition too seriously, bu Sparta Prague will be eager and ready to send shockwaves throughout Europe by knocking out last season’s Champions [...]
When Rafa Benitez took the Chelsea job partway through the season, he took it on an interim basis. But, Rafa hoped that by implementing his system and achieving success with the plethora of talent that surrounds him at Chelsea, that he would become the obvious choice to retain the job on a permanent basis at [...]
A drab encounter between Chelsea and Reading spurred to life with three minutes left to play in regulation as Reading completed a remarkable comeback, scoring two late goals to draw with the European Champions 2-2 at the Madejski Stadium this evening. Reading continued their comeback trend as they stunned the Blues with two quick strikes [...]
With an eye toward the future, Chelsea have snatched up 13-year-old Brooklyn Beckham, the son of English footballer David Beckham, and signed him to their Academy after a successful trial on Wednesday. Beckham and his famous father worked out with the Blues at Cobham (Chelsea’s training complex) and shortly thereafter he was offered a spot [...]
Capital One Cup: Swansea City Add European Champions Chelsea to Casualty List with 2-0 Aggregate Victory
Yesterday, Chelsea knew they would need to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the second-leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. As a result, one would have expected the inconsistent Blues to take the pitch with intensity and a fire to truly take the game to the Swans [...]
As the weather turned nasty in London on Saturday, many looked at the snowy pitch at Stamford Bridge and wondered whether their beloved Chelsea were a pretender or contender still for the English Premier League title. Some looked at the pitch and felt it was an omen for this year’s campaign for the Blues. Being [...]
Some looked at Chelsea’s loan deal of Brazilian wonder kid Lucas Piazon to Malaga as a chance for the 18-year-old to refine his game in La Liga. According to the London Evening Standard, Chelsea had a deeper purpose in mind. As part of the deal that sent Piazon to Spain, Chelsea will get the first [...]
For one half of their game today against Southampton, it looked like Chelsea was going to reverse their poor recent home form. Goals from Demba Ba and Eden Hazard put Chelsea up 2-0 going into half against a team that was in the bottom five in the English Premier League table. This was the same [...]