Petr Cech: The Signing that Will Win Arsenal the Premier League Title

I’m calling it right here, right now.* Arsenal signing world-class goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea is the move that will lead to their eventual Premier League triumph. The 33-year-old — just entering is his goalkeeping prime — is said to be in final talks with the North London club, and could be unveiled today. Maybe […]

Arsenal Players + Durian = Funny

English Premier League sides Arsenal, Everton and Stoke are coming here to Singapore in July for some pre-season exhibition matches. Ahead of the trip, Arsenal players were asked to try the notoriously stinky durian fruit, native to Southeast Asia. Love their reactions. The video is embedded above and on YouTube here.

Yes, This is a Photo of Me with Giorgio Chiellini

File under: Brushes with iconic soccer players in Jakarta. Related post from May: Meeting Fulham and Manchester United great Edwin van der Sar in the Jakarta airport. I’m back after an excellent holiday break. In the week or so I spent offline with friends and family, I had plenty of time to daydream, catch up […]

David De Gea’s Goalkeeping Masterclass Against Everton

David De Gea! We may've just witnessed the best goalkeeping performance we'll see this season. Final: Man U 2-1 Everton. #keepersunion — Newley Purnell (@newley) October 5, 2014 As I Tweeted on Sunday, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea was absolutely incredible in his team’s 2-1 victory over Everton. It was the kind of goalkeeping […]

Must-Follow World Cup Pundits: Men in Blazers

If you’re not following them already — and if, as I’m assuming, you love everything about the World Cup and the U.S. team — be sure to follow Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, a.k.a. Men in Blazers. The two pundits, Brits who are long-time U.S. residents, combine in depth knowledge of the sport with an […]

On England and the World Cup

Snips from “A Soccer Empire, Deeply Confused,” David Winner‘s contribution to the New York Times‘s feature on the World Cup and national playing styles: Soccer has long been a bastion of a peculiarly 19th-century conception of Englishness the nation seems reluctant to relinquish. The game was born during the era of empire when the country’s […]