Jerrad Peters

  • Scousers will be out in droves

    It has been a mostly discouraging nine years on Merseyside. Yes, Liverpool Football Club's winning of the 2006 FA Cup can perhaps reduce by a year the period of tribulation, but domestic cup runs and mid-table finishes are not what the biggest institutions in football are supposed to be about.
  • Fast times at humble Everton

    Don't look now, but Everton is poised to make a late run for a Champions League position. The same Everton that lost longtime manager David Moyes to Manchester United last spring; the same Everton that went three matches before posting their first win of the season back in August.
  • Tremble in fear of mighty Bayern

    How can club football's most dominant team become even better? It's a question Pep Guardiola no doubt obsessed himself with after succeeding Jupp Heynckes as Bayern Munich manager last summer.
  • Sad shame Rivaldo best known for fakery

    There are two images that stand out from Rivaldo's near quarter century as a professional footballer. The first is the attacker upside-down in mid air -- executing a spectacular bicycle kick that completed his hat-trick in Barcelona's 3-2 win over Valencia on the final day of the 2000-01 season.
  • Man U's superhero cape has a big tear

    It isn't merely the sixth-place position in the Premier League standings that has ramped up hysteria in and around Old Trafford. Nor is it the domestic cup defeats or a 2-0 loss to Olympiacos that threatens to cut short their Champions League campaign. Naturally, an accumulation of failures both on the pitch and in the transfer market was always going to be cause for concern at a club like Manchester United, but with each successive shortcoming what is being increasingly risked is something far bigger, and considerably more definitive, than seven month's worth of poor results.
  • Bratwurst with a side of sauerkraut

    As far as extended metaphors are concerned, it was almost José Mourinho-esque. "The Champions League is like a good meal in a good restaurant," remarked Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola this week. "The Bundesliga -- it's like eating pizza or hamburgers every day."
  • Mourinho's Chelsea revamp pays dividends

    Last Monday, the football world was given a sneak peak at Jose Mourinho's new operating system: Chelsea 2.0. The immediate response was overwhelmingly positive, with notable exceptions in Manchester and pockets of London.
  • For now, Diego's back where his heart is

    Diego RIBAS DA CUNHA never wanted to leave Spain in the first place. In the summer of 2011 -- just a year after completing a club-record 15.5-million-euro move from Juventus to Wolfsburg -- the enigmatic Brazilian known simply as Diego joined Atletico Madrid on a year's loan.
  • Time for Canada to up its game, consider hosting World Cup

    Is Canada ready for a truly national conversation about soccer? About something more close to home than the popular European leagues, more widespread than the population pockets supporting Major League Soccer franchises, more penetrating than the technical, albeit important, language presented in the Canadian Soccer Association's latest strategic plan?
  • Rossoneri get live wire in Seedorf

    When AC Milan director Adriano Galliani remarked that incoming manager Clarence Seedorf would "give a jolt" to the slumping Serie A side he wasn't exaggerating. Just four days removed from his retirement as a player and yet to oversee his first match in charge of the Rossoneri, Seedorf's return to the San Siro has nevertheless been all that anyone around the team -- players, administrators, reporters, fans -- has wanted to discuss.
  • Old Argentina foes face off in Spain

    In early 1988, long before becoming notorious for getting David Beckham sent off in a World Cup knockout match, Velez Sarsfield midfielder Diego Simeone managed to trick the referee into ejecting Newell's Old Boys opponent Gerardo Martino during an Argentine Primera Division encounter. This weekend, not quite 26 years since the confrontation, the two will once again go up against each other, and just like during their playing days the crafty, devious Simeone will be looking to pull one over the thoughtful, creative Martino.
  • Mata, Chelsea should part ways ASAP

    Juan MATA had every right to vent his frustration after being withdrawn shortly after the restart at Southampton on New Year's Day. A fringe player at Chelsea since the return of Jose Mourinho -- and this after twice being named the club's Player of the Season -- his removal in favour of Oscar was yet another reminder he remains mostly outside his manager's plans, that his place in the Spain setup just five months before the World Cup is in jeopardy due to a sudden and surprising lack of first-team football.
  • Now they can kick each other around pitch

    Rarely has the Derby della Madonnina been contested by teams so far removed from the top of Serie A. Rarer still has it been as important to either of them. "I do not look at the standings," remarked AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati in a pre-match press conference. "I saw them once and felt like crying."
  • Brazil's mighty Kaka gets his grin back

    Few sights in world football are as joyous as the image of Kak°, having just scored a goal or set up a teammate, strolling back to the centre circle while trying to hide a boyish grin that simply won't be suppressed. He may be 31-years-old, but Kak° needs to enjoy his football the way a child enjoys it to be successful, and over the past two months that enjoyment, that pure pleasure of playing, has once again infused everything the Brazilian has done on the pitch.
  • Messi transfer very possible

    Lionel MESSI is the social network "king." This, according to Barcelona-based Internet analysis company Covelo & Co., which earlier this week revealed Messi's name had come up in more than 47 million blogs, tweets and other digital media in recent months.
  • Unlikely title contenders Arsenal, Liverpool square off in north London

    Think back exactly two months from Saturday. As of Sept. 2., both Arsenal and Liverpool had played a trio of Premier League matches to start the current campaign.
  • Newcastle-Sunderland derby uniquely quirky

    Bud is back! Six months after being punched in the face following Sunderland's 3-0 win away to Newcastle -- their first victory at St. James' Park in nearly 13 years -- Bud, a police horse with the West Yorkshire force, will return to duty for Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby between the two teams at the Stadium of Light.
  • Risky roster gives England 4-1 win

    It was ambitious; it was brave. It was... England? Some hours before Friday's World Cup qualifier between England and Montenegro at Wembley it was leaked (the England teamsheet is always leaked well in advance of official confirmation) that 22-year-old Andros Townsend would be making his Three Lions debut in the starting lineup.
  • Qatar: Examining the talking points

    Let's talk about Qatar. More specifically, let's talk about the FIFA World Cup that will be held in the Gulf state in 2022.
  • Man oh Man, it's on

    The Manchester Derby is already among the most-watched sporting events in the world, but Sunday's contest between local rivals City and United is being even more highly anticipated than usual.  
  • Hyuri's goal will make your jaw drop

    If you watch only a minute of football today, make it the otherworldly goal scored by Botafogo playmaker Hyuri in Thursday's match against Coritiba.  
  • Ronaldinho hot again

    Remember Ronaldinho? It was 10 years ago last week that the Brazilian playmaker, who helped get his country a record fifth World Cup the previous summer, made his debut for Barcelona in a friendly match against AC Milan.
  • Toronto FC should just disappear

    They are winless in five, have triumphed just once in their last 17 outings and on Wednesday lost to a dreadful Chivas USA side that was reduced to 10 men after just 25 minutes. Today, they'll host Thierry Henry and New York Red Bulls at BMO Field -- a ground where they haven't picked up a Major League Soccer win in more than a year.
  • Alas, all is lost... mere fool's hope for Canadian men

    It is at times such as this, when Canada's men's national team is once again bumbling through an international competition, that it can be helpful to remember the words of Gandalf the Grey: "There was never much hope; just a fool's hope." (It's fascinating how many of The Lord of the Rings wizard's speeches can be repurposed for sports.)
  • Gold Cup tourney not entirely worthless

    The past few days I have been trying to come up with a list of reasons why the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup means something, both to the Canadian men's national team and as a soccer tournament generally. I have so far thought of the following two items:

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