Three players Manchester United must sign to win the Premier League title

Three players Manchester United must sign to win the Premier League title - originally posted on Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes that Manchester United have taken giant strides under Louis van Gaal and are serious contenders for the Premier League title next season.  Neville believes that United do not need a total overhaul of the squad, rather they need...
Via Soccerlens
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Could you pass a Premier League club’s fitness test?

Could you pass a Premier League club’s fitness test? - originally posted on The days of George Best turning up at Old Trafford half-an-hour before kick-off, quickly getting changed into the red of Manchester United and running out onto the pitch to torment the opposition are well and truly over. The modern game has incorporated sports medicine and science to prime...
Via Soccerlens
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2015 Season Preview

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL Stadium: Lockhart Stadium (~19,000 capacity, after recent renovations removed seating) Head Coach: Marcelo Neveleff (first year) Supporter Groups: Flight 19, The Tri Rail Firm, & The Tri-County Ultras 2015 Kit: Home: Nike Red & Gold hoops with new-aged Strikers word mark, Away: Nike solid white on white (Strikers Crest on the chest of each)...
Via Total MLS
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Alcoholism, violence and neglect: life as George Best's son

LONDON (AP) There's one place where the memory of George Best is forever of the stylish winger who bamboozled defenders and thrilled fans. Immortalized in bronze outside Old Trafford, a statue featuring Best is as much as a crowd-puller as the Manchester United icon was in his footballing prime. It's where Best's only child now goes for a glimpse at what one of the game's first...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

From Scotland to Tottenham; remembering soccer legend Dave Mackay

Not many people would connect Hearts from the Scottish Premier League and Qatar the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, but Dave Mackay who passed away this week at the age of 80 would be that connection. He started his career for the Edinburgh team and ended his football career life as national coach of Qatar some 42 years later. Whilst Mackay may not be recognizable to a younger soccer...
Via World Soccer Talk
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi fall short of all-time greats without World Cup title

Cristiano Ronaldo was the best footballer in the world in 2014. His third Ballon d'Or victory on Monday was 100 percent deserved, and he now sits among a group of only five players to rack up such a hat trick.   But until he can place a World Cup or European Championship winner's medal alongside his three golden trophies, he will never be spoken of in the realms of the greatest...
Via Fox Sports
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Why You Should Support Manchester United

This weekend, we at 32 Flags are celebrating one of the most competitive, historic and fiercest rivalries in soccer. We’re talking about the derby between Liverpool and Manchester United. We’ll cover both teams inside and out in preparation for the game on Sunday. In this article, we’re telling you why you should support Manchester United in the derby.   Summary: The Yankees...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The History Of Squad Numbers In Soccer, and How They’ve Evolved

There are some players that don’t look quite right in their shirt numbers. Etched into our soccer consciousnesses are intangible, requisite criteria when it comes to the number a player should have emblazoned on the back of his jersey. It’s the reflex that niggles at us when we see Samuel Eto’o donning No. 5 for Everton, or the uncomfortable feeling that festered when William...
Via World Soccer Talk
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Angel the answer to United’s prayers?

Originally posted on Manchester United suffered utter humiliation in midweek when they were dumped out of the League Cup 4-0 by Milton Keynes Dons. The competition has been much maligned in recent years with the big Premiership clubs content to field weaker teams. Despite this, United were still expected to account for a team...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Ronaldo warns Di Maria number seven shirt carries heavy burden

Cristiano Ronaldo has warned Angel de Maria that filling the number seven shirt at Manchester United will be "a big responsibility" but has backed him to rise to the challenge. Di Maria will be following in the footsteps of Ronaldo in playing in that shirt after his £59.7million move from Real Madrid, as well as other United greats including George Best and Bryan Robson. Ronaldo...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Van Gaal warns United fans not to expect miracles from Di Maria

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has warned not to expect instant miracles from Angel di Maria, who joined the Red Devils this week in a record £59.7million deal from Real Madrid. The 26-year-old Argentina international has been handed the club's famous number seven shirt and his arrival has the potential to excite fans after a poor start to the season. Van Gaal, however...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Angel Di Maria passes Manchester United medical ahead of record move

Argentina winger Angel Di Maria has passed his medical at Manchester United's Carrington training complex as they move a step closer to completing a British-record £59.7 million ($99 million) transfer from Real Madrid. The 26-year-old flew in from Spain on Monday night and has now undergone a medical before signing a long-term contract to join Louis van Gaal's side. It will complete...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Man United To Break Bank To Sign Angel Di Maria From Real Madrid

Manchester United is looking to spend its way back to the ranks of the Premier League elite by making Angel di Maria its marquee summer signing. Manchester United is in advanced talks with Real Madrid about buying di Maria for a British-record transfer fee worth around £56 million ($92.8 million), according to Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague. “So advanced, in fact, are the negotiations...
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United Close In On £55 Million Signing Of Angel Di Maria

Reports from Spain and England are gathering momentum, as it appears Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid winger, Angel Di Maria. Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has revealed that the Argentina international is expected to hold talks with United next week to discuss a move to Old Trafford; a switch that could see the Premier League club...
Via World Soccer Talk
August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Reliable journalist says man Utd ‘look certain’ to sign Di María

Reliable journalist says man Utd ‘look certain’ to sign Di María - originally posted on Reliable Spanish football journalist Guillem Balagué says Manchester United ‘look certain’ to sign Real Madrid left winger Ángel Di María next week. Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Balagué said: “At long last there is significant movement in the seemingly never...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Analyzing Louis van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation at Manchester United

During the World Cup we saw the renaissance of the 3-5-2 formation. Typically known as the classical continental formation of the 1970′s and 1980′s. Louis Van Gaal, who took charge of The Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup, has stood by a philosophy akin to the Dutch “total football” during his managerial career. However, there’s a twist, having adopted the formation with...
Via World Soccer Talk
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Manchester United Youth Players Could Break Into The First Team

A big part of Manchester United’s success comes from the youth system that has produced legends such as Bobby Charlton, George Best, Ryan Giggs, and Paul Scholes. The United youth system has been such a big factor, that there has been a youth ... Read More
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Number 7: The Evolution Of Soccer’s Mythical and Lucky Shirt Number

What do Billy Meredith, Stanley Matthews, Raymond Kopa, Manolo Garrincha, George Best, Allan Simonsen, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, Luis Figo, Raúl González, Andrei Shevchenko, David Villa and Cristiano Ronaldo have in common? Besides all of them being legends of soccer, they have all played a crucial role in making number 7 a mythological shirt number in the history of soccer....
Via World Soccer Talk
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

What Are the Odds of Playing on a World Cup Winning Team?

This is arguably one of the most exciting and controversial World Cups in decades. We’ve seen some cracking play, incredible shots, a few extremely questionable calls as well as Suarez cement his reputation as FIFA’s least loveable vampire. Whether you’re a footballer yourself, an armchair manager or just a footie fanatic, you’ve probably daydreamed about what it would be...
Via World Soccer Talk
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The MLS is Growing: Better Late Than Never

There's something brewing in the United States these days, and it isn't another political controversy. At least that's not the topic of discussion here. Granted, Major League Soccer is almost at the age where it could have a beer if it were a living, breathing human being, but its growth has been exponential as of late. It is ever-expanding. The league currently sits at 19 teams...
Via The Sports Post
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Champions Cup brings soccer’s best to Denver

DENVER—While most of the talk this time of year surrounds how well Denver’s most recognizable football team has done in the draft under the guidance of John Elway, the Denver Broncos VP of football operations has also played a part in bringing a different kind of football to Sports Authority Field this summer. As part of a unique tournament involving some of the biggest soccer...
Via Mile High Sports
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dispelling the Top 4 Cliches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

The World Cup is nearly upon us and as the anticipation is ramping up for the biggest sporting event on the planet, so will the debates, talking points, narratives and clichés.  No doubt soccer fans from all over will gather together with like-minded friends and discuss everything there is to talk about regarding the World Cup. In the course of a conversation people may throw out...
Via World Soccer Talk
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Soccer’s 9 Best Attacking Trios From Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Eredivisie History

While so much of the attention during the past few months has been on dynamic duos in soccer such as Luis Suarez-Daniel Sturridge, Alan Shearer-Chris Sutton and Andy Cole-Dwight Yorke, just to name a few, we thought we’d share some of our favorite trios instead. 9. Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema (Real Madrid) This season, Real Madrid has the most attacking trio on the planet following...
Via World Soccer Talk
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Russian State Duma Deputies Call for Ending of US FIFA Membership: Daily Soccer Report

Last week, two Republican senators told FIFA that they wanted Russia kicked out of the 2014 World Cup. Now, in retaliation, deputies in the Russian State Duma have called for the USA’s FIFA membership to be terminated. One of the Russian deputies wrote on his Twitter page: “It’s an eye for an eye, a ball for a ball. Don’t let the USA take part in the 2014 World Cup! End their...
Via World Soccer Talk
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Book Review: Arthur Hopcraft’s Classic, ‘The Football Man’

Football does not ask for faith: it compels examination. So writes Arthur Hopcraft in the introduction to The Football Man, reissued late in 2013 as part of the Aurum Press Sports Classics series. When I started reading the book, I kept a blank piece of paper as a bookmark to take notes, a simple page number and one word of a sentence that stood out. I filled up one slip of paper...
Via World Soccer Talk
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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