December 19, 2018

Mourinho’s firing was a long time coming

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

So what do we call Jose Mourinho now? The Sacked One? The Special Gone?
Whatever you want to call him, it’s no longer going to be Manchester United’s manager.
Mourinho was relieved of his duties on Tuesday morning, days after his team was torn apart by rival Liverpool, leaving it 19 points behind the first-place Reds in [...]

December 11, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Man City’s walls fall at Stamford Bridge

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

It was bound to come sooner or later.
Manchester City, the side that most figured would have the best shot to run the table as an invincible, has fallen. And you can’t really blame it, either.
City had its hands full facing a Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge, which up until a few weeks ago, was unbeaten.
The [...]

December 4, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Mourinho-Pogba feud coming to a head

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

We’re here, again, to discuss what Jose Mourinho has done/said this week.
If you think that this is a weekly feature, it isn’t, but it probably should be.
But with things between the United manager and star midfielder Paul Pogba seemingly worse than ever, it’s an impossible story to ignore.
After United’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, Mourinho reportedly [...]

November 28, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Which ‘Invincible’ side is more bullet-proof?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

And then there were two.
After a listless Chelsea side fell to Spurs at Wembley on Saturday, we now have only two “invincible” teams remaining in the Premier League. It’s actually surprising that there are two remaining heading into December, but here we are.
Manchester City and Liverpool are just two points apart at the top of [...]

November 7, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: FFP allegations could put Man City in world of hurt

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Even with some fantastic football on the pitch this week, the biggest story was off it.
German news magazine Der Spiegel has published more leaked information from Football Leaks regarding Abu Dhabi’s involvement with Manchester City and how the club is allegedly skirting FIFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
It’s no secret that City has been flush with [...]

October 31, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Loss of Leicester City chairman shakes more than just football

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Sometimes there are things that take precedence over football and this week we saw just that, with the tragic helicopter crash and death of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Srivaddhanaprabha was a true man of the people, giving away free beer and hot dogs to fans on his birthday. He bought the club when it was [...]

October 23, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Are the Gunners, like, good now?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

I think it’s about time we start talking about Arsenal.
And in a good way – which is rare, it seems, in these parts.
Quietly, while everyone has been paying attention to the table-topping troika of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, Arsenal has slowly and surely climbed up and taken the fourth spot on the chart. After [...]

October 2, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Mourinho at the centre of Manchester United’s turmoil

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

You’d have to be blind, deaf and dumb to see that there’s something wrong at Manchester United.
The team is in a funk, Jose Mourinho is feuding with his players and the press, and the club’s highest-paid player was just left out of the squad completely.
And this is just the stuff that we know about.
Before the [...]

September 25, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Blues, Hornets well ahead of last year’s pace

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Even six weeks into the season, it can be hard to tell just how well a team is doing.
You have other factors that contribute, mainly strength of schedule.
While the old adage is that you can only beat who they put in front of you, that doesn’t tell the whole story for some sides.
But, BBC did [...]

September 18, 2018

EPL FREE KICKS: Reds and Blues headed towards clash of 100-percenters

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

Can you feel that? It’s the anticipation building for a true clash of the titans in two weeks’ time.
September 29: Liverpool at Chelsea.
Here’s hoping that both teams will keep their 100% records intact next week and we get a true battle for the top of the table.
This weekend we saw Liverpool pass its first true [...]

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