Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hiatus to Focus on Pitch Rivals

Hello! It's time to close SSN Headquarters for a spell to focus on Pitch Rivals. A few of us are working hard to get that fun site flying and that means SSN will have to take a back seat while we refocus our energy. Not to fear, SSN will be back, but for now, please follow Pitch Rivals on The Socials.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What's In Your Wallet?, Sid in Spain, Paolo in Italy, Tim in Brazil, Bournemouth

Hey now! Good Day to you! We're going to jump right into today's fray with our Scribes. Lovely.

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? Higuain back for Argentina but will Martino pass his Brazil test?

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Aubameyang rockets into the hearts of Borussia Dortmund fans

Wow! ESPN The Magazine has an article about Bournemouth's rise to the top division. We should have a look, no?

Barney Ronay is taking a look at the Premier League situation. He says this: A settled-looking team and strong form give Arsenal reasons for cheer but Manchester City and United are better than the derby suggested and should soon hit their stride as players bed in. Mike Goodman is also taking a closer look. But, he's interested in the race for fourth.

Tuesday! Time for Marcotti's Musings. This week, Gab is gabbing that the Manchester derby lacked star quality, Mourinho woe, Madrid and Barca win.

OK. Matches today. We've got a bunch of tasty League Cup matches in England and one match in Serie A in Italy. And this from Alan Smith: Carvalhal makes Wednesday feel special after José Mourinho’s help. Oh, and Charlie Nicholas has some Carling Cup Predictions, too.

Right! That'll do.



Monday, October 26, 2015

No Goals in Manchester, Chelsea Crisis, Villa Sack Sherwood, Fiorentina Beat Roma, Súarez Hat Trick, Grant Wahl on Thiago, MLS Decision Day

"Go up there."
He's up there.
Hello there! Welcome to another week. It was a fairly decent couple of days of footie, all things considered. Sadly, no goals in the BORING Manchester Derby, but there were plenty of other interesting results. Like West Ham's defeat of Chelsea. And Roma's win in Florence. Let's hit it.

West Ham 2 - 1 Chelsea: Paul Doyle at Upton Park
West Ham 2 - 1 Chelsea:
Iain MacIntosh: Chelsea in Crisis
Manchester United 0 - 0 Manchester City: Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford
Manchester United 0 - 0 Manchester City: Barney Ronay at Old Trafford
Manchester United 0 - 0 Manchester City: Five Talking Points
Manchester United 0 - 0 Manchester City: Three Thoughts
Liverpool 1 - 1 Southampton: Paul Wilson at Anfield
Liverpool 1 - 1 Southampton: Three Thoughts
Arsenal 2 - 1 Everton: David Hytner at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 - 1 Everton: Three Thoughts
Sunderland 3 - 0 Newcastle: Louise Taylor at the Stadium of Light
Bournemouth 1 - 5 Tottenham: Dominic Fifield at the Vitality Stadium

Hungover today? Double your fun with a La Liga Hangover. Maybe the two will cancel each other out. Oh, and here are Five Things You Need To Know from La Liga's weekend fun. Review? Here. Really!? You want more from Spain? Geez. Fine. Here.

So. Villa sacked Tim Sherwood. No surprise, really. They sit bottom, they're not winning, they're far from convincing. Stuart James is on the case in Birmingham, where Sherwood's successor simply needs to keep the club up. Also taking a gander at the situation at Villa Park? Phil McNulty, that's who!

As mentioned above, the big match in Serie A was a big win for Roma at Fiorentina. Here's a Report of that encounter. And here's your Weekend Review.

Grant Wahl interviewed Bayern Munich's Thiago. Read it. Enjoy. Do it.

Right. So if you click on any of those MLS links just above, you'll note that MLS did something called Decision Day. It's the first time they've done it. Bird is on the case and says it went pretty well. Ok, then.

That'll do just fine. See youz tomorrow!



Friday, October 23, 2015

Manchester Derby, Celta Vigo vs. Real Madrid, West Ham vs. Chelsea, Fiorentina vs. Roma

There goes another one! Alas, SSN Headquarters has to be fumigated so we can't do a proper post today. The big ones are up above you in the subject line. City at Old Trafford is Sunday at 10:05 EDT on NBCSN.



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Racism in Kiev, Fighting in Manchester & Anderlecht, No Goals in Paris, United Draw, City Win, Grant Wahl on Klinsmann, Manchester Derby Fever

Coincidence? Ummm, no.

Happy Thursday. Good times in Kiev. This happened. Asshats. If the powers that be are going to do anything about this crap, they need to just shut the games down. Close the stadium. No soccer for you if you've got racist shitheads attending your matches. Speaking of matches, there were a few yesterday in Champions League. Let's go...

Manchester City 2 - 1 Sevilla: Chris Bevan at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 2 - 1 Sevilla: Barney Ronay at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 2 - 1 Sevilla: Three Points
CSKA Moscow 1 - 1 Manchester United: Jamie Jackson at Arena Khimki

Oh, dear. Want a Nazi doll named Bastian? Here ya go! Sticking with Germans, Raphael Honigstein is over there and filed this interesting report on the situation at Bayern Munich. Traditional midnight post-Champions League banquet? 

If it's U.S. Soccer, you know Grant Wahl is on the case. He's got some Insider Notes here that might be of interest. More U.S.? How about Bennyball in D.C.?

Klopp will face the Kop for the first time today. Liverpool play at Anfield in the Europa League. Spurs, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, and Fiorentina are all in action, as well. Here's a Preview. Here's another.

And fans fighting. Sevilla? Man City? Slask Wroclaw? Anderlecht? Does it matter?



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Arsenal Beat Bayern, Chelsea Draw, Barcelona Win, Roma Drama, PSG vs. Real Madrid, Rooney at 30

Hump Day! Wow. Bayern Munich lost a match. How about that? Chelsea didn't win again and The Special One complained. How about that? Let's get to yesterday's Champions League action ASAP!

Manuel Neuer: The Save

Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Phil McNulty at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Daniel Taylor at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Barney Ronay at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Iain MacIntosh at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Three Things We Learned
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Five Talking Points
Arsenal 2 - 0 Bayern Munich: Five Talking Points II
Dynamo Kiev 0 - 0 Chelsea: Dominic Fifield at the Olympic Stadium
Dynamo Kiev 0 - 0 Chelsea: Three Points
Barcelona 2 - 0 BATE Borisov: Three Quick Thoughts

So Roma and Bayer Leverkusen drew 4 - 4. Conor Dowley has a piece on how Roma's Miralem Pjanic is finally becoming the star he was always supposed to be. Read it here.

Julien Laurens in in France and has this question to pose: Could Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo reunite at PSG next year? Well, could they, Julien?

Now, then! Matches today. Here we go...

PSG vs. Real Madrid: Preview
Manchester City vs. Sevilla: Preview
Manchester City vs. Sevilla: Preview II
CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United: Preview
CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United: Preview II

Back when his hair was real...
Ugh. We're old. Wayne Rooney is now 30. Let's look back at his career, shall we?

Time for the Mail Bag! Grant Wahl's addressing (oh!) The Diving German, MLS, Jozy, and more.

And finally...the Bayern Munich bus crashed on the way to the match yesterday. That's the second time in a month it's had trouble.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Champions League, Scribes, Stoke Beat Swansea, Jamie Vardy, Goals of the Week

Good Grief! We've loads to get through today. Sooooooo much is happening. First off, last night in Wales, Stoke continued their fine form with a 0 - 1 win thanks to a Bojan penalty. Stuart James was at the Liberty Stadium and filed this report.

Before we move on to Champions League previews, let's check in with our Scribes.

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? The Copa's David vs. Goliath battle

Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? German FA leaves too many questions unanswered over 2006 World Cup bid

Major League Soccer! Ever heard of Cyle Larin? Dude is a rookie and dude is tearing it up down in Orlando. More? Here are Five Things We Learned in MLS over the weekend. More? Power Rankings, Thoughts, and Bext XI from Bird!

Here we go. The time is now for some teams to get their shit together if they want to advance past the Group Stage. Bayern Munich at Arsenal is grabbing the headlines, but Barcelona, Chelsea, and Roma are all in action, too. Check it:

Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Preview
Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Preview II
Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich: Amy Lawrence's Video Preview
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Roma: Preview
Dynamo Kiev vs. Chelsea: Preview

James Vardy. He's leading the Premier League in scoring. Why isn't he getting more recognition? Well, he did racially abuse a Japanese dude once. That could have something to do with it. Stuart James digs deeper...

And finally...more fun with Klopp.

Good Lord! That was a lot. Get to a TV or computer this afternoon if you're able.



Monday, October 19, 2015

Derby d'Italia Draw, No Goals at White Hart Lane, United Win at Everton, Napoli Beat Fiorentina, Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoffs, Monday Night Football

Howdy! Monday, friends! No goals between Juventus and Inter Milan, no goals between Spurs and Liverpool, two more goals for James Vardy, another goal for Wayne Rooney, a 324th goal for Cristiano Ronaldo, the fastest goal in MLS history for Mike Grella, and four goals for Georginio Wijnaldum! Let's hit it!

Tottenham 0 - 0 Liverpool: Phil McNulty at White Hart Lane
Tottenham 0 - 0 Liverpool: Barney Ronay at White Hart Lane
Everton 0 - 3 Manchester United: Paul Wilson at Goodison Park
Everton 0 - 3 Manchester United: Three Quick Observations
Chelsea 2 - 0 Aston Villa: Three Quick Thoughts
Watford 0 - 3 Arsenal: Three Quick Thoughts

Fiorentina still top Serie A despite a loss to Napoli yesterday. Here's a Serie A review. More tomorrow with Paolo.

In Spain, Ronaldo is now Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer, and Celta Viga remain unbeaten. Here's a review for La Liga. And here's some additional Spain fun with Balague. More tomorrow with El Sid.

The matches just keep coming! Tonight it's Swansea vs. Stoke. Here's your Preview.

We mentioned MLS up top in regards to Grella's quick goal. Here's a Round-Up of the weekend's action, where Grella's New York Energy Drink claimed the top spot in the East.

And finally...Giggs and Gary Neville are allowing the squatters to stay. For now.



Friday, October 16, 2015

Club Soccer Returns, Derby d'Italia, Sid Lowe on Gerard Deulofeu, Tottenham vs. Liverpool, Simon Kuper on the Dutch

Derby d'Italia memories...
And...there goes another one! It's Friday and we're pumped! The Klopp era gets out of the gates early tomorrow at White Hart Lane, Internazionale host Juventus, and much more!! Check it.

Everton vs. Manchester United: Rooney in decline vs. Barkley on the rise

Everton have a stylish young Spanish player in the form of Gerard Deulofeu. He and Sid Lowe had a chat. Lovely!

Well, well, well. It would appear that the next Copa América will be played in the U.S. after all. Geez.

Sticking with the U.S., it's almost playoff time in MLS. Here is your Guide to the Weekend.

Everyone wants to talk about Albania now that they've clinched a spot in France next summer. Craig (Phil) McCracken is the latest scribe to tackle the minnows. Enjoy.

Footie economist extraordinaire Simon Kuper shall grace us with his take on the Dutch disaster. Time to reinvent themselves, it would seem.

Italy! Serie A! Juventus go to the San Siro to face Inter in the weekend's biggie. Inter sit in second while champions Juve sit in 12th! Here are some Serie A Talking Points to get you rolling.

Spain! La Liga! Here's your Ultimate Guide to the Weekend.

And finally...There's Only One Raúl.

That'll do, that'll do. Keep it tite.



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Scott Murray on Liverpool History, Gentleman Ultra on Inter, Sam Kelly on Argentina, The Search for Ali Dia

We're right there with you, pal.
It's all fairly quiet today as we prepare for the weekend festivities. We're itching with excitement for Saturday's and Sunday's fixtures, but, alas, it's only Thursday. We'll begin in Liverpool where the euphoria of the Klopp arrival has been tempered by the announcement that Danny Ings is out for the season after getting crocked in training. You feel the guy was just about to explode so it's certainly a bit of a wind out of the sails type situation all of a sudden at Anfield. Speaking of Liverpool, friend of The SSN Scott Murray over at the Guardian has been running some pieces to bring the USA audience up to speed - should they be unaware of certain aspects of footie history. Today, he's all Liverpool: A brief guide to … Liverpool's failure to recapture the glory days.

Back in Major League Soccer, Sebastian Giovinco continues to light things up. His sick strike last night means Toronto have made the playoffs for the first time ever. Here's a Recap from last night.

Belgium are now tops in the SPECTRE FIFA rankings. Andy Brassell is wondering if this generation can bag a big prize. On the flip side, without Messi, Argentina have been struggling. Sam Kelly reports from South America. Tim Vickery is also down there, and he's going to tell us who has been lighting up the CONMEBOL scene in World Cup 2018 qualifying. Frank Fabra, for one...

Since 2007, both Internazionale and Milan have won the Champions League, the pinnacle of club competition in football. At the end of the 2015-16 season, the Champions League final will be played at the shared home of the two teams, the San Siro. But, for the first time in 60 years, neither team is playing in Europe. Richard Hall of the Gentleman Ultra attempts to find out what Inter are doing to change matters.

Richard Jolly has an article today. It's about Chelsea. Will they even make the Top Four? Gasp!

Ali Dia. Remember that guy? Yeah, we didn't think so. Some of the older staff members at SSN Headquarters do, however, and some dude named Steve Menary is looking for him.

Hey. That's it! All the previews for the weekend will be up tomorrow.