June 16, 2018

You can’t top World Cup excitement

by Dan Bilicki In: Picks, Soccer

It has only been two days and the games, aside from Portugal-Spain, haven’t been the most exciting affairs, but you just can’t top the feeling that settling down to watch the biggest tournament in the world gives you.
We’ve seen a blowout, some late-game heroics, an upset and a top-class thriller between two contenders. What more [...]

May 16, 2018

FREE KICKS: Our Premier League Best XI + more

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

The marathon that began last August has reached its conclusion and, while we’ve know the victor for a while, the final week of the season offered some intrigue.
We saw Arsene Wenger say goodbye to the team that he has managed for a generation, three Premier League mainstays get relegated and last year’s champion slump into [...]

April 24, 2018

FREE KICKS: Which Arsene Wenger will we remember?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

This week, Arsenal supporters had their dream come true: Arsene Wenger announced that he would be resigning from the club the end of the season.
The long-running #WengerOut campaign has spanned years, becoming one of the biggest memes in soccer.
There have been silverware droughts, a string of fourth-place finishes and last year’s ignominy of finally finishing [...]

April 18, 2018

FREE KICKS: City are the champions, but Salah is the real winner

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

A coronation that has been months in the making finally took place this weekend, with Manchester City clinching the Premier League title following Manchester United’s loss to lowly West Brom – more on that later.
There’s not much left to say about City’s dominance of the league this season that hasn’t already been said, but seeing [...]

April 9, 2018

FREE KICKS: Man City’s coronation delayed, deeper worries exposed

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

What was supposed to be a coronation became a second nightmare result in the span of just days for Manchester City.
The league leaders were set to clinch the Premier League title in fantastic fashion: At home, against their cross-town rivals, setting the record for the earliest date and fewest games to secure the championship.
Instead, after [...]

March 13, 2018

FREE KICKS: The league belongs to Manchester

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We’ve been so preoccupied with Manchester City running away at the top of the table, that we haven’t really been noticed how well its neighbour is faring in second place.
With a nice win over Liverpool this weekend in an age-old rivalry game, United has now opened up a four-point lead for second place.
Sure, it certainly doesn’t mean [...]

March 8, 2018

FREE KICKS: Which EPL contender is actually doing the best?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We can examine the table all we want, but that’s not a fun exercise week in, week out.
Instead, let’s look at where the teams in the top six should be, relative to the strength of their squad.
First, let’s just get Manchester City out of the way and say that its huge lead in the league [...]

February 27, 2018

FREE KICKS: Guardiola’s first of many pieces of silverware?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Manchester City didn’t have too hard of a time dealing with Arsenal to win the Carabao League Cup on Sunday. The Gunners looked like amateurs against a truly great side.
This marks the first silverware for Pep Guardiola at City after failing to capture any titles last season – a rare shutout for one of the [...]

February 13, 2018

FREE KICKS: How to solve a problem like Mahrez

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

It’s an age-old problem in European football: What do you do with wantaway stars?
They’re capable of derailing a team and can hold their club hostage. It’s something that we rarely see in North American sports because of the way that transfers and player power works in Europe.
There’s much more power on the players’ sides during [...]

February 6, 2018

FREE KICKS: Did the transfer merry-go-round solve anything?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

While we should all be resigned to the fact that Manchester City has wrapped up the title, sitting 13 points up on Manchester United after this weekend’s draw against Burnley, the race for the top four looks like it will be as tight as ever.
After this weekend’s fixtures, Arsenal sits sixth place with 45 points, [...]

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