Post-Match

Keane Puts On a Show Leading Galaxy to a 4-0 Win Over Sounders

Keane Puts On a Show Leading Galaxy to a 4-0 Win Over Sounders

The Seattle Sounders were running a six-game undefeated streak before visiting the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday night. A streak they saw swiftly slip away, as the Galaxy made quick work of them, scoring the four goals of their 4-0 victory on the first half. The Galaxy had lost three of their last four matches prior [...]

English Football Weekly Wrap: End of an Era, Managerial Departures, Liverpool’s Future

English Football Weekly Wrap: End of an Era, Managerial Departures, Liverpool’s Future

In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend’s English Premier League and domestic cup action and the talking points that it throws up, as well as any significant news related to English football at large. Follow me @theredarmchair for regular updates throughout the week. Farewell: Ferguson, Scholes, Beckham, Owen, Carragher Perhaps [...]

English Premier League: Manchester United Finish the Season with Thrilling Draw While Arsenal Qualify for Champions League

English Premier League: Manchester United Finish the Season with Thrilling Draw While Arsenal Qualify for Champions League

Having already wrapped up the Premier League title, Manchester United capped off a wonderful campaign with an extraordinary 5-5 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. United twice led by a three-goal margin, but the home side – inspired by Romelu Lukaku’s second-half hat-trick – managed to battle back each time. Though Sir Alex [...]

MLS: Late Tim Cahill Header Lifts NY Red Bulls Past Landon Donovan’s Galaxy

MLS: Late Tim Cahill Header Lifts NY Red Bulls Past Landon Donovan’s Galaxy

Australian midfielder Tim Cahill leaped to the rescue for the New York Red Bulls yesterday afternoon after the side looked to be headed for a dire draw at home to the LA Galaxy. In second-half stoppage time, the man with the most headed goals in Premier League history rose to meet a Juninho free-kick and [...]

Newcastle United vs. Arsenal: Match Report and Reaction from Magpies 0-1 Defeat

Newcastle United vs. Arsenal: Match Report and Reaction from Magpies 0-1 Defeat

The curtain came down on Newcastle United’s season with a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in much lower spirits than it had gone up with a 2-1 victory over Spurs on the opening day back in August. Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew begin their inquest on Monday on what happened – or didn’t happen – over [...]

Copa Del Rey: Atletico Madrid Defeats Real Madrid on the Eve of Mourinho’s Exit

Copa Del Rey: Atletico Madrid Defeats Real Madrid on the Eve of Mourinho’s Exit

An equally divided Santiago Bernabéu saw Los Rojiblancos celebrating at the end of a 125-minute match. A header at the 98th mark from Miranda allowed Atletico Madrid to come back to lift their tenth Copa Del Rey title. Jose Mourinho’s side was favored as Real Madrid had beaten Atletico twice this season in La Liga [...]

Manchester United: Goalfest Sends Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes Out in Style

Manchester United: Goalfest Sends Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes Out in Style

On May 19, 2013, Manchester United and the world of football said goodbye to living legend, Sir Alex Ferguson. In what was the manager’s 1500th match in charge of United, his charges delivered a send off that was worthy of the 71-year-0ld. Likewise veteran midfielder Paul Scholes also saw what is believed to be his [...]

Reviewing Chelsea’s Season

Reviewing Chelsea’s Season

The 2012-2013 season has been another season that Chelsea might want to keep in their memories and at the same time forget. The season will end with another manager leaving Stamford Bridge and with many questions to be answered. The grade for Chelsea’s season will be based on performance and the winning potential Chelsea had [...]

Arsenal 4- 1 Wigan Match Analysis: Wenger Does His Homework on Martinez’s Stale Tactics

Arsenal 4- 1 Wigan Match Analysis: Wenger Does His Homework on Martinez’s Stale Tactics

When most of London was expecting Wigan to pull off another one of their dramatic last gasp escapes from the clutches of relegation, Arsene Wenger’s men destroyed any such Latics dreams in an inspired 2nd half display at the Emirates. At the end of the night Roberto Martinez’s men became the first team to be [...]

The Rise and Rise of Lionel Messi: A Statistical Look at Barcelona’s Argentine Genius

The Rise and Rise of Lionel Messi: A Statistical Look at Barcelona’s Argentine Genius

It is easy to say now that Lionel Messi is one of the best players the world has ever seen. The Argentinean magician has waltzed through far too many defenses now for us mortals to even consider him to be anything less. His ability seems to only improve yearly, and for football fans everywhere, it [...]

Over The Line – Newcastle United 2 Queens Park Rangers 1 – Match Report and Reaction

Over The Line – Newcastle United 2 Queens Park Rangers 1 – Match Report and Reaction

Newcastle United secured their Premier League status with a game to spare to the palpable relief of watching owner Mike Ashley, an under-pressure Alan Pardew and the nail-biting Geordie Nation around the world. Again, questionable refereeing decisions were at the centre of things with Alan Pardew particularly incensed with Robbie Elliot’s late red card and [...]

A Final Farewell: Old Trafford Says Goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson

A Final Farewell: Old Trafford Says Goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson

Let the tears flow football fans, Sir Alex Ferguson is only one match away from retirement.  After 26 magnificent years with Manchester United, Ferguson stole the show after their 2-1 victory over Swansea City as he addressed Old Trafford. On an evening where so many story-lines could be looked towards to overshadow the evening, Ferguson [...]

Tottenham Keep Champions League Hopes Alive Courtesy of Emmanuel Adebayor’s Strike

Tottenham Keep Champions League Hopes Alive Courtesy of Emmanuel Adebayor’s Strike

As Chelsea secured their spot in next seasons Champions League competition, Tottenham must anxiously await to see if they too can book a spot in Europe’s coveted competition.  Tottenham (20-9-8, 69 points) sit in the fourth and final Champions League spot with one match left in their season – however Arsenal are a mere two [...]

FA Cup Loss Adds to Tension for Manchester City

FA Cup Loss Adds to Tension for Manchester City

Take nothing away from Wigan Athletic’s gritty and energetic performance to win the FA Cup in stoppage time – but Manchester City had the tools to handle matters fairly easily, but once again faltered.  Roberto Mancini and the Citizens will end this season in disappointment.  After a glorious finish to last seasons Premier League title [...]

English Premier League: A Weekend of Farewells in the Penultimate Round of Premier League Action

English Premier League: A Weekend of Farewells in the Penultimate Round of Premier League Action

In Sir Alex Ferguson’s final home game of his career, Manchester United produced a performance typical of their iconic manager as Rio Ferdinand’s late strike sealed a 2-1 victory over a spirited Swansea City side. The defender volleyed home in the 87th minute for his first club goal in over five years, after Michu‘s clinical [...]

Wigan Athletic upset Manchester City to win first FA Cup

Wigan Athletic upset Manchester City to win first FA Cup

This afternoon of May 11, 2013, Manchester City looked set to take a hard fighting Wigan Athletic side into extra time as full time in the English Football Association(FA) Cup was nearly complete. However, that was not meant to be the case as a stoppage time header from Ben Watson got past 10-man Manchester City [...]