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Galatasaray vs. FC Schalke 04: Players to Watch in Champions League Round of 16 Clash at Veltins-Arena

Galatasaray vs. FC Schalke 04: Players to Watch in Champions League Round of 16 Clash at Veltins-Arena

On Tuesday, Champions League action resumes as Turkish giants Galatasaray travel to Veltins-Arena to take on a resurgent FC Schalke 04.  The Germans tallied  a crucial away goal in the first-leg and will look to build off their success, hoping that new signings Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder produce a few memorable moments. One of the [...]

EPL Injury Report: Nani Leaves with Hamstring Problem

EPL Injury Report: Nani Leaves with Hamstring Problem

With three of the top four Premiership teams involved in FA Cup quarterfinal play this weekend, the league fixtures were put on the back burner. On Saturday, Manchester City showed the difference between a top Premiership side and a Championship side as they pounded an over matched Barnsley 5-0. Without striker Sergio Aguero (knee injury) [...]

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Manchester United Comment: Is Wayne Rooney Worthy of Captaincy?

Manchester United Comment: Is Wayne Rooney Worthy of Captaincy?

Since his move to Old Trafford from Everton in 2002, Wayne Rooney has been the face of the Red Devils.  From his magnificent bicycle kick game-winner against Manchester City to  his fury in tackles, he has really grown from an ill-tempered youngster to now one of the worlds finest strikers. Rooney embodies the philosophy of [...]

Ten reasons the Nani sending off was justified after all

Ten reasons the Nani sending off was justified after all

The sending off of Nani in Manchester United Champions League game against Real Madrid this week was seen by most as a terrible injustice, varying from a wildly excessive punishment for a moment of nothing worse than carelessness, to the first instance in football history of someone being sent off for trying to control the [...]

Liverpool Comment: Luis Suarez, The Best Striker in the Premier League

Liverpool Comment: Luis Suarez, The Best Striker in the Premier League

What is it about Luis Suarez that makes him one of the most successful strikers in the Premier League, let alone the world? It can be summed up by these qualities: His tenacity, will to win and, most importantly, his knack for goal. The Uruguayan currently leads all Premier League scorers with 21 in in [...]

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (60-56)

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (60-56)

SWOL analyst Mohamed Al-Hendy continues his countdown of the best U21 footballers in the world that you should watch in 2013 as we break into the 50′s with places 60-56. 60. Panagiotis Tachtsidis Panagiotis Tachtsidis has been a force to be reckoned with for youth-oriented AS Roma this season. Originally a product of the AEK [...]

Shinji Kagawa finally shows his class for Manchester United

Shinji Kagawa finally shows his class for Manchester United

Until last Saturday, Shinji Kagawa was almost the forgotten man for Manchester United. Last summer, he was one of two reigning footballers of the year to arrive at Old Trafford, and while Robin van Persie came as a known quantity – and proven quality – after several years in England, many were drooling over the [...]

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (65-61)

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (65-61)

SWOL analyst Mohamed Al-Hendy continues his countdown of the best U21 footballers in the world that you should watch in 2013 as we close out the 60′s with places 65-61. 65. Viktor Fischer A product of the fabled Ajax academy, Viktor Fischer has been a terrific addition to Ajax’s squad this season. Since moving to [...]

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (70-66)

SWOL Top 100: The Best U-21 Footballers to Watch in 2013 (70-66)

SWOL analyst Mohamed Al-Hendy continues his countdown of the best U21 footballers in the world that you should watch in 2013 as we break into the 60′s with places 70-66. 70. Jordy Clasie Our second Feyenoord talent on this list is Jordy Clasie. Clasie made his name at Excelsior, Feyenoord’s city rivals. In his season [...]

Arsenal Comment: Santi Cazorla knows a North London Derby loss is unacceptable

Arsenal Comment: Santi Cazorla knows a North London Derby loss is unacceptable

Tottenham are the current top form club in England after a torrid run of class, and a little luck, in February. Arsenal face a tough challenge in traveling to their bitter rival’s  famed home ground, White Hart Lane, this afternoon. That was a thought echoed by the Gunner’s leading Spanish midfielder, Santi Cazorla in a [...]

Hatem Ben Arfa to Add Final Flourish to Newcastle United’s French Renaissance

Hatem Ben Arfa to Add Final Flourish to Newcastle United’s French Renaissance

Situations change quickly in football. One month ago, Newcastle United were just two points above the relegation zone and nervously looking over their shoulders after a shocking home defeat to Reading. At the same time, Hatem Ben Arfa was questioning his Newcastle future and whether the board’s ambitions matched his own. Now, six games later, [...]

Ryan Giggs set for 1000th appearance with new Manchester United deal

Ryan Giggs set for 1000th appearance with new Manchester United deal

It is official, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs will be playing another season for the Red Devils according to ESPN on Mar.1, 2013. The veteran is set to make his 1000th appearance this weekend when he is expected to take the pitch against Norwich City at Old Trafford. The 39-year-old will now look to complete [...]

The Spotlight is On Ineligible Striker Romelu Lukaku as West Bromwich Albion Visit Chelsea

The Spotlight is On Ineligible Striker Romelu Lukaku as West Bromwich Albion Visit Chelsea

West Bromwich Albion will travel to Chelsea in a fixture with multiple levels of implication on Saturday. First of all, both sides are in a heated battle to qualify for the Champions League. Chelsea currently hold the fourth-placed spot, which would put them into the qualifying stage of the competition. West Brom sits three spots [...]

Locked and Loaded: Is there a better EPL player than Tottenham’s Gareth Bale at the moment?

Locked and Loaded: Is there a better EPL player than Tottenham’s Gareth Bale at the moment?

Tottenham’s Welsh youngster, Gareth Bale, continues to look the part of the English Premier League’s next superstar coming into his own. The 23-year-old left winger has been on a ravenous run of form for the North London club and has his eyes fixed on the coming weekend’s North London Derby against close rivals, Arsenal. Bale [...]

Marseille “Bad Boy” Joey Barton Making Waves in France

Marseille “Bad Boy” Joey Barton Making Waves in France

Every team needs a bad boy. AC Milan have Mario Balotelli, Real Madrid have Pepe, and Liverpool have Luis Suarez. But, none of them are as notorious as Marseille’s bad boy. Joey Barton is a one of a kind player. He speaks his mind, and does what he feels is right. He has no fear [...]

SWOcial: Wayne Rooney designed custom motorcycle sells for $66,000 to raise money for KidsAid foundation

SWOcial: Wayne Rooney designed custom motorcycle sells for $66,000 to raise money for KidsAid foundation

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is known mostly for his footballing talents on the pitch for the current English Premier League leading Reds Devils. However, it appears that the skilled English international forward also has a few other hidden talents stored away from a rainy day. Earlier this week the player unveiled a custom designed [...]