Jerrad Peters

  • Madrid reeling, no sure cure

    Cristiano RONALDO isn't talking. A Real Madrid teammate has slammed Gareth Bale in the Spanish press. Iker Casillas can't make a save. Florentino Perez thinks hard work can salvage the season. And quietly, peaceably, Carlo Ancelotti has risen above the chaos, conducted himself with maturity and serenity and advised, in his typically soft-spoken style, for everyone associated with Los Blancos to take a deep, calming breath.
  • Thoughtful questions outweigh whining

    Are you up in arms over the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar? Are you aggravated by the notion, as recommended by a FIFA task force earlier this week, that the tournament is likely to be staged in November and December of that year? Does the governing body's handling of the bid process have you in a huff? If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," you may want to respond to one more: Why?
  • Costa should bolster Chelsea

    BARCELONA -- Europe's most prestigious club competition resumes next week with matches in France, Ukraine, Germany and Switzerland. Tuesday, Premier League leaders Chelsea will look to take something back to Stamford Bridge when they visit Ligue 1 holders Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 matchup while Shakhtar Donetsk will welcome Bayern Munich to Lviv.
  • Defoe era is mercifully over

    Park the double-deckers and swallow your tea. The Jermain Defoe era at Toronto FC has come to an end, and with its conclusion the Major League Soccer outfit can close yet another bizarre chapter in its brief but wacky history. It was barely a year ago that the then-Tottenham Hotspur striker signed off on a surprising move to North America, and in their giddiness at acquiring him the brand-merchants at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment embarked on a kitschy advertising regimen that pictured flummoxed Londoners spitting their midday beverages from taxicab windows.
  • Soccer thriving amidst adversity

    Last May, Ashraf Nu'man Al-Fawaghra couldn't stop scoring goals. He opened his account at the 2014 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup with an insurance-marker against Myanmar and then bagged a brace in a 2-0 win over Afghanistan.
  • Top-rung footy on tap in 2015

    The Premier League rang in the New Year with some wildly entertaining matches during, and they got me excited -- excited for what soccer has in store for 2015. In addition to the rigours of club competitions, the next 12 months will feature a handful of compelling international tournaments involving men's and women's teams in various age categories from all over the world.
  • And the winner is... Winnipeg

    Winnipeg was the big winner at Saturday's 2015 Women's World Cup group stage draw in Gatineau, Que. With Canada previously scheduled for matches in Edmonton and Montreal, a section including one or two high-profile teams and their well-known players was always going to be the next-best thing for the other host cities. And it's exactly what Winnipeg got.
  • This time, Revolution could succeed

    They are the nearly-men of Major League Soccer, and they have come as near as near can possibly be. On four occasions, in 2002 and then in 2005, 2006 and 2007 consecutively, New England Revolution contested the annual final to determine the winner of MLS Cup.
  • Ballon d'Or voting a bloated farce

    One of the few things FIFA fully discloses is the voting breakdown for the Ballon d'Or. It makes for interesting, if not frustrating, reading. The highest honour available to male footballers, the trophy has been lifted by the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Johan Cruyff, Zinedine Zidane and, more recently, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Pressure on City in weekend derby

    For once, the Manchester Derby is less about United and more about City -- although not for the reasons that were supposed to define this rivalry in the current campaign, never mind the ones to follow. If the 2013 retirement of longtime United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was supposed to signal a rebuilding period at English football's record champions -- which it did -- the ascendance of City was supposed to coincide with their neighbours' decline -- something that also seemed to be happening when they lifted the trophy last spring.
  • Suarez champing at the bit to hit pitch today

    Luis Suarez just wants to play football. Since exiting the World Cup in disgrace after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, the Uruguay striker has done little more than train, contest the odd friendly match and answer questions about his alarming penchant for gnawing on the necks and shoulders of his opponents.
  • Raise a glass to yourselves, sports fans

    Is your favourite sports team a "we?" When you think about the games they'll play, do you ponder things like, "We've got to beat Chelsea this weekend"; or, "We could win the World Series"; or, "We really need a win against Calgary tomorrow?"
  • Derbies lifelong battles for fans

    Rivalries are at the heart of sport. Whether regional, local or based on rather more severe factors, such as socioeconomics and religion, the fissures that divide one side from another have a way of evoking the sort of passions that turn a game into so much more.
  • Benzema does more than score

    Karim Benzema doesn't shy away from criticism -- which, in itself is impressive given the volume of it that follows him on a day-to-day basis and the detractors who generate it. But he also meets the disparagement head on, both in his tempered, public comments and the quality of his play on the pitch.
  • Bad times for the Three Lions

    England's Wednesday win over Norway began in a less than half-filled Wembley Stadium, was watched by a smaller television audience than that which tuned in for the Great British Bake Off (actually) and concluded with an expletive-filled rant from manager Roy Hodgson. In between, the Three Lions managed just a pair of shots on target (the poor journalist who pointed out that fact was the subject of Hodgson's tirade), and while Wayne Rooney scored the game's only goal from the penalty spot in the 68th minute, his teammates seemed to play better upon his substitution in the 70th minute.
  • Xabi's decision smart, classy move

    Xabi Alonso is sharp as a tack. Following Spain's hasty exit from the 2014 World Cup -- and his own, prominent role in the three-match travesty -- the midfielder on Wednesday announced his retirement from international football, helping open the door to the country's next, up-and-coming generation.
  • Blues can't lose

    Jose Mourinho is out of excuses. Last season the Chelsea manager deployed some curious delay tactics when addressing his side's ability to contend for the Premier League title, offering the Blues were a "little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump."
  • American icon will be missed

    Four months ago, I asked Landon Donovan about his retirement plans. Having recently turned 32, the Los Angeles Galaxy forward was about to set the all-time goal-scoring mark in Major League Soccer and was eagerly anticipating the upcoming World Cup.
  • Messi idolized, but Maradona has own church

    Lionel Messi was 11 years old when the Hand of God chapel went up in his hometown of Rosario. Consecrated as Iglesia Maradoniana, the "Church of Maradona," it became a shrine to Argentina's favourite hero -- a gathering place where El Diego's works and wonders could be venerated, his outfoxing of the English and harassment by FIFA recalled and revered.
  • Germans starting to own this autobahn

    "Off his sick bed and into the headlines," was how broadcaster Peter Drury decribed the miracle of Mats Hummels.
    Just four days after being left behind as his Germany teammates traveled to Porto Alegre for a round of 16 match against Algeria, the central defender was out from under the covers and heading home the winner against France in Friday's World Cup quarter-final.
  • Will Neymar's magic continue vs. Colombia?

    The World Cup of upsets, hockey scores and wild entertainment has become the World Cup of defensive suffocation, anxiety and extra time. Apparently the eight teams remaining in the tournament learned their lesson during an unpredictable group stage that saw many of the supposed superpowers -- Spain, Italy, England and Portugal among them -- dropped at the first hurdle.
  • Costa Rica the Cinderella story

    Cinderella has wavy, silver hair, a fiery temper and, a few hours after a shave, the hint of a moustache. No, we're not talking about the fictional girl, typically illustrated as virtuous and blonde, but rather the archetypal Cinderella -- the subject of neglect, obscurity and mistreatment.
  • All quiet on the England front

    Listen carefully. If you don't make a sound you just might hear it. Or not. That's the thing with silence. It's an absence, not a noise. The way white is not a colour. With their World Cup opener scheduled for today, the England football team is an absence of colour and sound.
  • World Cup is a spectacle — not a tournament

    By the time the World Cup final kicks off on July 13 at the iconic Maracan£, few people will actually have a direct, rooting interest in the outcome. Only two countries will be preparing a celebration and the pride of victory will be experienced by only one of them. But everyone will party.
  • Return to Liverpool poetic justice

    Rickie Lambert's soccer story started at Liverpool in 1992 when the forward joined the Reds as a 10-year-old. He remained on the club's books for five years until, as he recalled last summer, he was told he "wasn't good enough."

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