Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Window Is Closed & Goals of the Week

Hump Day, yo! The Transfer Window is officially closed. Thank the Lord Maradona! Things can finally calm down a bit. So, how did each Premier League club fare? What about clubs in Spain, Germany, France and Italy? Winners? Losers? Sure. Grades? Fine.

We're going to do one final The Mill. Plus One. Plus Plus One. to tide you over until the window opens again in January.

Chelsea keep buying and loaning. And why not? Smart.

And that's it. No, really. That's all there is. The window is closed and now we're on an international break. Ugh.



Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Transfer Madness & Scribes

Oh, boy. Everyone is freaking out. The window is almost closed. Major awkwardness at Manchester United where David De Gea will not be moving to Real Madrid.


Where? Germany. Who? Raphael Honigstein. What? Bayern Munich end Leverkusen’s good start without defenders

Where? Italy. Who? Richard Hall. What? Inter Milan's pragmatism a new element under Roberto Mancini

Where? South America. Who? Tim Vickery. What? The Bolivian soap opera of Julio Baldivieso's coaching appointment

You want an interview? How about one with German Yank Abroad Danny Williams? You want MLS Power Rankings? Bird's on the case. Number One? New York Energy Drink. Number 20? Philadelphia Union.

Besides Scribes, we've got Marcotti's Musings today. Gab is gabbing...Chelsea's issues shared around by Jose Mourinho, Juve's woes, Real still shaky. Ben Lyttleton has a new column. It's called, "Around Europe." We'll give it a go.

And finally...even Heathrow is getting in on the transfer fun.



Monday, August 31, 2015

Transfer Deadline Day, Palace Beat Chelsea, Roma Beat Juventus, Swansea Defeat Manchester United, West Ham Win At Anfield, De Gea to Real Madrid

What is up, party people?! We've got loads of stuff to address today, including several shocking results and the end (finally) of the silly season. De Gea, Draxler, Pogba, Lamela, Chicharito, Martial, Borini, Stones, Austin, Januzaj. As noted in the subject line above, Chelsea's season continues to sputter, Liverpool lost at home to West Ham for the first time since the Oliver Cromwell administration, defending champs Juventus have lost consecutive matches to open a campaign for the first time since, well, the Cromwell Administration, and Swansea made LVG and Giggsy look awkward yet again. Let's roll, beginning in England and Wales...

Peter Berlin: Premier League Notes
Chelsea 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 1 - 2 Crystal Palace: Three Thoughts
Manchester City 2 - 0 Watford: Jamie Jackson at Etihad Stadium
Swansea City 2 - 1 Manchester United: Stuart James at the Liberty Stadium
Liverpool 0 - 3 West Ham: Andy Hunter at Anfield
Liverpool 0 - 3 West Ham: Three Thoughts

Down in Spain, Real Madrid rocked Real Betis, Eibar beat neighbors Bilbao, and Barcelona edged Malaga thanks to a goal from Messi Suarez Neymar Thomas Vermaelen (?!). Here's a Weekend Review. More on La Liga mañana con El Sid. In Serie A, besides the Roma/Juve clash, Inter beat new-boys Carpi, Sampdoria and Napoli drew, Chievo crushed Lazio, and Milan beat Empoli. Here's a Weekend Review. More on the Italian scene domani con Paolo.

They're playing footie Stateside, don't you know? Here are Five Things We Learned in Major League Soccer this weekend, along with a Recap. Highlights? Here.

That big USA/Mexico match is coming up in October. It'll be at the Rose Bowl. Grant Wahl has an interesting article about it here.

Russia 2018. Shitshow. SPECTRE FIFA. Alec Luhn reports from St. Petersburg.

And about a Gareth Bale goal?



Friday, August 28, 2015

Look Who's Back. Back Again.

If you were not aware, you might have guessed by now that the Champions League Group Stage draw took place yesterday. Here's some of what you need to know about that. Here's more. The matches begin on September 15. The folks in Malmo are freaking out, by the way. Why? Because The Zlatan shall return!!!

Also returning this weekend is The Premier League. Week Three, to be precise. Here's your lot on that front:

Louise Taylor is up in the northeast keeping tabs on The New Newcastle. According to Louise, no swearing, a formal dress code and answering emails are all part of the manager’s plan to re-energise players and fans at St James’ Park. Good on you, Steve!

James Horncastle is in Italy talking about Juventus and Roma. Serie A title contenders? Hmmmm. Regardless, the two Italian giants clash on Sunday at noon (EDT) on BeIN Sports USA. As you might expect, that match is one of five must-see games on TV this weekend. The others? Click here.

Serie A Weekend Preview? Bam. La Liga Weekend Preview? Bam.

Oh, gosh. There's a Joy of Six. And it's Transfer Hijackings. And it's written by Barry Glendenning. We're cheering over here, people!

Who needs what to win the Premier League? Phil McNulty has a few ideas.

That'll do for today as we ease back into it.



Tuesday, August 04, 2015


Sorry, folks. We're shutting down SSN Headquarters for a spell so we can recharge and prepare for the long season ahead. We realize that the timing is not ideal, but it is what it is. You'll be forced to enjoy the beginning of the Premier League season on your own, we're afraid. We should be able to open up the Headquarters prior to the start of Serie A, La Liga, and Das Bundesliga, though.

Smell you later.



Monday, August 03, 2015

Arsenal Win Community Shield, Newcastle & Norwich Season Previews, Italy, MLS

Good Day! Let's just jump on in, beginning at Wembley:

Arsenal 1 - 0 Chelsea: Daniel Taylor at Wembley
Arsenal 1 - 0 Chelsea: Matt Law at Wembley
Arsenal 1 - 0 Chelsea: Barney Ronay at Wembley

The season for realz begins on Saturday and we need to continue the previews and predictions. Today, it's Newcastle United (14th), Norwich City (18th). In anticipation of the new campaign, let's take a look back at the best 5 games played in England's top flight since 1992.

Major League Soccer, people! MLS! Here are Five Things We Learned over the weekend, along with a Weekend Round-Up.

Gabriele Marcotti has a nice summation of weekend events here. He's gabbing about the Wenger-Mourinho spat, Wembley lessons, Bayern doubts, quiet Benitez.

Let's bounce to Italy for a second. Serie A fixtures are out.

And that's it for today.



Friday, July 31, 2015

Community Shield, Manchester City & Manchester United Season Previews, NASL, Canales on Herrera, Bundesliga on FOX, Ajax 1995

And so it goes. The week has come to an end. This time next week we'll be previewing the first matches of the Premier League season. Oh, wait. No, actually we won't, because we're taking a little sabbatical, but anyway...

The annual Premier League curtain raiser is on Sunday. The Charity Community Shield goes down at Wembley between Chelsea (league winners) and Arsenal (FA Cup winners). Paul Merson has a preview and his prediction here and there's a little preview here and there's another little preview here and there a bit more about both sides here and here's Richard Jolly talking about Arsenal. You can catch the match on Sunday at 10 a.m. EDT on Fox Sports 1.

The curtain-raiser for the Bundesliga is also this weekend. Tomorrow, in fact. Bayern Munich vs. Wolfsburg. Could be quite good, really. Just don't expect to see Yank Abroad Julian Green anywhere...

The season in Scotland officially begins this weekend. But, we don't care about that, because the league remains a mess. In case you're wondering, Celtic will win the title. Again.

A couple of biggies in the ongoing alphabetical season preview and prediction rundown today. It's neighbors Manchester City (4th) and Manchester United (2nd). Good stuff!

More problems for West Ham in the Europa League. The red mist descended yet again. Jacob Steinberg was at Upton Park and filed this report. Elsewhere in Europe, the match in Albania was abandoned. Lovely.

We've been waiting for Andrea Canales to update us on Herrera's sacking by Mexico. she is!

Calling Frank Fatpard. Come in, Frank Fatpard. Where are you? More MLS? What's going on this weekend?

The NASL is operating. Did you know that? Can they eventually match MLS? Interesting times for North America's second-tier.

Back in Spain, Atlético Madrid and their black on black on black manager Diego Simeone are gearing up for another campaign.  They have a lot of attackers.

And finally...Ajax 1995. Champions League winners. Where are they now?



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Leicester City & Liverpool Season Previews, MLS Year One, Fiorentina, Copa Libertadores

Drogba selfie.
Hey, now. Thursday it is. Things are a wee bit quiet. The Major League Soccer All-Stars dispatched Spurs last night to the tune of 2 - 1. Kaká provided a lot of what was good and nice about the All-Stars' performance. And Big Daddy Harry Kane had a nice goal for Tottenham. Bird was out in Commerce City, Colorado, and filed this report. Doug McIntyre has Three Quick Thoughts. Grant Wahl has Three Thoughts.

Speaking of Grant Wahl, he's done a load of work to get this Birth of a League piece together. It's pretty damn interesting, too. For example: "They had another proposal to make throw-ins kick-ins."

Back across the pond, they're gearing up for the Premier League season. We've got the latest round of alphabetically arranged previews and predictions. As such, today it'll be Leicester City (19th) and Liverpool (5th).

Right. It looks like Di Maria is off to PSG. What went wrong for him at Old Trafford?

Tim Vickery is in South America keeping tabs on Copa Libertadores where the Tigres-River Plate tie remains tense after a first-leg draw. James Horncastle is in Italy and is wondering if Paulo Sousa and Giuseppe Rossi can continue Fiorentina's purple patch.

Oh, look. A Diego Costa book. Sweet.

And finally...your Premier League team's season in a sentence.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Crystal Palace & Everton Season Previews, Mexico Sack Herrera, Kaká

Not a bad squad if you're still living in 2005...

Good grief! Is it Hump Day already? They say time speeds up as you age, but this is getting ridiculous. Since the SSN Staff is on the older side, we're all freaking out as these weeks fly by. The only positive? The club season is almost here! And with that, the alphabetical previews and predictions continue. Today, we're graced with Crystal Palace (11th) and Everton (8th).

Kaká belongs to Jesus. He's told us so himself. But...he also belongs to Major League Soccer and is living up to the hype in Orlando by kicking some major ass. MVP? Seems logical. Sticking with MLS, does the league now have their Greatest Ever XI? Oh, and the MLS All-Star game is today. Apparently, Columbus have a decent couple of guys.

As noted in the subject line, Mexico's easily-excitable gaffer Miguel Herrera was canned yesterday. SSN Mexican National Team Expert Pedro predicted it would happen in a discussion around the water cooler at SSN Headquarters on Monday, but few of the staffers believed him. We suppose that's why Pedro is our SSN Mexican National Team Expert. He's usually correct when it comes to matters regarding the Mexican National Team. Farewell, Miguel.

And finally...could Villa be the EPL's surprise package this year?



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Scott Murray on Carrow Road, Bournemouth & Chelsea Season Previews, Goals of the Week, Drogba to Montreal, The Zlatan Interview

Hi, friends. Welcome. Carrow Road is now 80 years of age. Just how did Norwich build the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ in 81 days? Scott Murray takes a gander.

Next up in Premier League Season Preview & Predictions department are Bournemouth (17th) and Chelsea (First).

Speaking of Chelsea, Didier Drogba is the latest old geezer to join Major League Soccer. He'll be getting his poutine on up in Montreal with the Impact. But, wait. Didn't Chicago have his MLS rights? What happened?

Who's been spending what at the top of the Premier League?

This summer was quite interesting for United States Soccer. The women were great. The men...not so much. Graham Parker takes a look at the questions raised for both sides over the last couple of months. Sticking with North America, Bird has MLS Power Rankings and a Weekend Review of sorts here.

Backheel Breakfast (Yesterday)

Can we go to Spain? Please? Fabulous! Graham Hunter is examining Real Madrid, Barca, and Sevilla's different approaches to the transfer market.

Can we go to South America? Please? Fabulous! Tim Vickery is talking Copa Libertadores.

The Zlatan speaks! SI interviewed SSN's favorite Superhero. Check it out:

And finally...some Vietnamese fans are pissed at the Man City players.