PSG is primed to dominate Ligue 1

August 10, 2012


“When France’s Ligue 1 kicks off this weekend, it will likely attract more attention than any Championnat since the early 1990s, when Marseille ruled the roost and Monaco was led by a lanky, bespectacled young manager named Arsene Wenger. Now you have Paris St. Germain, whose net spend in the past 15 months is around a quarter of a billion (with a ‘B’) dollars. And if recent reports linking PSG to Lucas Moura are to be believed, it could go even higher. In terms of financial muscle, it’s on a par with anyone in Europe right now.” ESPN (Video)


Juventus must fight the right fight

August 10, 2012

“Fresh from completing an undefeated title-winning campaign, Juventus seemed to have finally put the horrors of 2006 and the Calciopoli scandal behind them. The club is under a completely new management structure, starting with president Andrea Agnelli – son of Umberto and nephew of the iconic Gianni – through to director general Beppe Marotta and ultimately ending with coach Antonio Conte, separating themselves further still from the murky behaviour of Luciano Moggi and his cohorts.” ESPN


Holland: preview of the 2012-13 season

August 10, 2012

“In a bid to clinch their first national title since 2008 – and, more importantly in financial terms, qualify for the Champions League after four consecutive years away – PSV have brought Dick Advocaat and Mark Van Bommel back to Eindhoven.” World Soccer


Reeling Bayern welcomes turmoil in wake of Champions league defeat

August 10, 2012

“Some games are never quite over. Bayern Munich’s defeat in the Champions League final at the hands of Chelsea took two-and-a-half hours to play out but nearly three months later, its effects still linger at Säbenerstrasse. Even by the standards of Germany’s most restless club, the offseason has been nothing short of tumultuous, marred by a wave of injuries, transfer market frustrations and staff changes. All it will take now is a sixth consecutive defeat against double winners Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup on Sunday night to plunge the Reds into full-blown crisis mode — two weeks before the new season kicks off in earnest.” SI


Santi Cazorla can be the symbol of Arsenal’s attacking play

August 10, 2012


“Mikel Arteta might be well placed to comment on Arsenal’s unfulfilled potential. He was in the Everton team that was thrashed 7-0 inMay 2005 by an Arsenal side that gave the most compelling argument for football as an art form. More relevantly, though, it was an Arsenal side which featured an amalgamation of the “Invincibles”, and a sprinkling of potentially world-beating youngsters who supposed to carry the club through the move to the Emirates. On that day they were devastating and even though the title was already relinquished to Chelsea, there was a feeling that there was enough talent on show to ensure they deliver more trophies in the future.” Arsenal Column


U.S.-Mexico Preview, Part 3: Predictions

August 10, 2012

“The first two installments dabbled in absolutes. In Part 1, the questions was who U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann might call in for Wednesday’s friendly against Mexico at Estadio Azteca if players’ club questions were not a factor. Part 2 imposed artificial restrictions on the coach and explored what the roster might look like if Klinsmann was limited to a pool of North America-based players.” NYT


Exclusive John Henry Q&A

August 10, 2012

“Earlier in the summer, TTT, as part of a new era of open communications between the club and its fans, was invited to ask Liverpool’s principal owner, John Henry, some questions. Recently I felt the time was right to submit a series of questions, which were devised by contributors to this site.” Tomkins Times