Brian Canever

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Originally from Northeast NJ, Brian currently works as a mortgage collector in Knoxville, TN. He is a Featured Columnist for the Bleacher Report and Associate Editor at SWOL.

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David Moyes’ Departure Guarantees Anxious Summer for Evertonians

David Moyes’ Departure Guarantees Anxious Summer for Evertonians

Over the past week, the football world has exploded with the news that not only would the most successful football manager of all-time be leaving Manchester United, but that he would be replaced by David Moyes, a compatriot who has achieved only moderate success with Everton in his 11-year reign at the club. It was [...]

Everton’s Issues Run Deeper than a Lack of Funds

Everton’s Issues Run Deeper than a Lack of Funds

Anyone unfortunate enough to watch the latest edition of the Merseyside derby will have noticed the dire position that Everton find themselves in after failing for the 13th straight season to overturn city rivals Liverpool at Anfield. But, the bleakness for the club doesn’t arise out of their league position — sixth place and with [...]

The Death of Tiki-taka and Barcelona’s Over-reliance on Messi

The Death of Tiki-taka and Barcelona’s Over-reliance on Messi

Aside from all of the obvious observations one could have made from Bayern Munich’s 7-0 aggregate victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals, there was one that seemed so blatant it is surprising journalists haven’t made a bigger deal of it. It seems that once and for all Barca-brand tiki-taka is dead. That may sound [...]

Borussia Dortmund Should be Fan Favorites to Win the Champions League

Borussia Dortmund Should be Fan Favorites to Win the Champions League

Around this time in most knockout competitions, supporters from all of the remaining clubs start making their claims for why their team deserves the trophy more than the others. But, with the massive squads and budgets at Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, it is probably safe to say that no team currently in the [...]

Everton’s European Chances Hurt by Near Record Number of Draws

Everton’s European Chances Hurt by Near Record Number of Draws

Since the first matchday of the season, when Everton unexpectedly triumphed 1-0 against the now almost certain league champions Manchester United, the side have been competing near the top end of the table. A mix of skill and ability, physical strength, and veteran leadership has seen the Toffees surpass expectations, on the brink of European [...]

Germany and Spain Reign Supreme in Champions League

Germany and Spain Reign Supreme in Champions League

The debate as to which nation boasts the best league in European football is not a new one. But, in the past few seasons, it has especially come to a peak with the televised expansion of the Premier League overseas and the worldwide attention to the Spanish superclasico, pitting the in-mode tiki-taka of Barcelona against the polemical [...]

Everton Face Crucial Test with Tottenham Hotspur Trip

Everton Face Crucial Test with Tottenham Hotspur Trip

On Sunday afternoon, Everton face the first of many late season tests to their European ambitions for the following campaign. Victorious in their last three Premier League matches, David Moyes’ side will not be short on confidence against Tottenham Hotspur, despite missing star playmakers Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini to three-match suspensions. However, the manager [...]

CONMEBOL Qualifiers Roundup: Argentina Survive Bolivian Altitude, Venezuela and Chile Pull off Surprise Wins

CONMEBOL Qualifiers Roundup: Argentina Survive Bolivian Altitude, Venezuela and Chile Pull off Surprise Wins

It has been said that World Cup qualifying in South America is more tightly-contested than in any other of the continental federations within FIFA. Pitting the likes of Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina, who have all graced the top 12 of the FIFA World Rankings in the past year, against each other for a spot [...]

The FA’s Inability to Suspend McManaman for Horror Tackle on Haidara Underlines Further Issues in Professional Game

The FA’s Inability to Suspend McManaman for Horror Tackle on Haidara Underlines Further Issues in Professional Game

Earlier this week, it was announced by the FA that Wigan Athletic forward Callum McManaman would not be fined or suspended for his horrific high-challenge on Newcastle United’s Massadio Haidara in the Latics’ 2-1 home win last Sunday. Images of the tackle have spread rabidly throughout the football world and condemnation has fallen heavily on [...]

Barcelona’s 4-0 Demolition of AC Milan Show Signs of Renewed Vigor for Catalan Giants

Barcelona’s 4-0 Demolition of AC Milan Show Signs of Renewed Vigor for Catalan Giants

Hosting an AC Milan side known for their defensive resilience and organization, and down in the aggregate score 2-0, it was expected that Massimiliano Allegri’s Rossoneri would be too much for a sputtering and leaky Barcelona last night. In fact, most pundits had already written off the Catalan giants, especially after poor form that has [...]

Everton 0-3 Wigan Athletic: Terrible Toffees Stumble Out of the FA Cup in Embarrassing Fashion

Everton 0-3 Wigan Athletic: Terrible Toffees Stumble Out of the FA Cup in Embarrassing Fashion

With Everton, nothing is ever certain. And, when the media started blowing up this fixture against relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic as a quick-and-easy way for David Moyes to get his side into the FA Cup semifinals and potentially claim the first trophy of his long tenure, it just seemed like everything would go wrong. But, even [...]

Inter Milan’s Fall from Grace Epitomized in 3-0 Loss to Tottenham Hotspur

Inter Milan’s Fall from Grace Epitomized in 3-0 Loss to Tottenham Hotspur

It was a shocking loss for Inter Milan in North London last night. But, even more shocking than the lopsided scoreline has been the club’s absurd fall from grace since the departure of Jose Mourinho in 2010. Only three seasons ago, they were celebrating their first Champions League victory in over 40 years. At that [...]

FA Cup Results: Everton Push Ahead with 3-1 Victory over Oldham Athletic

FA Cup Results: Everton Push Ahead with 3-1 Victory over Oldham Athletic

Although it proved a testy affair at Goodison Park, Everton eventually overwhelmed a spirited Oldham Athletic 3-1 to book a meeting in the FA Cup quarterfinals with Wigan Athletic. David Moyes’ side struggled at times to penetrate the League One strugglers, but a clinical finish from Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas set the tone in the [...]

By February 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Everton Youngster Shane Duffy Finally Set for Bigger Role under David Moyes

Everton Youngster Shane Duffy Finally Set for Bigger Role under David Moyes

Although Everton has been praised for nurturing some of the brightest talents in England, a strange oversight has been visible at the club when it comes to potential first-team players from the academy in recent seasons. Perhaps, it has been as a result of manager David Moyes’ overreliance on veteran players to compensate for the [...]

By February 23, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Everton News: David Moyes Refuses to Discuss New Contract, Robert Martinez Emerges as Possible Replacement

Everton News: David Moyes Refuses to Discuss New Contract, Robert Martinez Emerges as Possible Replacement

Everton manager David Moyes could not have been more clear last week, when he stated for the umpteenth time that he is not planning on making a decision in regards to his contract until the end of the season. The Scotsman has been with the Liverpool-based side for 11 seasons and has been praised for restoring [...]

By February 18, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Crushing 3-0 Home Loss for Valiant Celtic Illustrates the Consequence of the SPL’s Weakness in Europe

Crushing 3-0 Home Loss for Valiant Celtic Illustrates the Consequence of the SPL’s Weakness in Europe

Several months ago, I published an article on the Bleacher Report regarding Celtic’s Cinderella story and how it would likely and unfortunately come to an end in the Champions League Round of 32. I received a lot of hateful comments for the piece, especially of supporters who thought Celtic’s miracle run was far from over in the competition. [...]

By February 13, 2013 0 Comments Read More →