It didn’t always used to be this way, Serie A. Back in the 80’s and 90’s, the Italian top flight was legit. The ish, even. Many of the world’s best players — to name a handful, Maradona, Baggio, Weah, Maldini… even a quite young Totti — plied their trade in Italy. They played with clubs who […]

If you’ve been around these parts any amount of time, you probably already know of my obsession with soccer tees. My shirt preference is usually to buy from the small-shop designers too, instead of the ones coming from the big boys. That helps to explain why I have a closet teeming with shirts from the likes […]

Season 1 Episode 18 In a week that appeared barren compared to the one that proceeded last week’s podcast, there was actually still a ridiculous amount of stuff to cover on this week’s edition… some of it easier to talk about than others. The guys review the Champions League group stage finales and who did […]

With the Champions League group stages now complete, a look down the list of the 16 clubs that qualified for the first knock out stage reveals a group of usual suspects. As had been expected, Europe’s elite populate the narrowed field as usual. But surprisingly, few of the tournament’s most familiar faces didn’t manage to […]

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had a busy schedule lately. Between all of the normal fall activities that need to take place (raking the leaves, wrapping up the amateur league outdoor season, drinking at tailgates, etc.) and real world work, there’s hardly enough time to take in the copious amounts of Champions / Europa […]

It may just be me, but I feel like my recent posts have taken a rather pessimistic view of the beautiful game. A quick look at my front page shows a total of seven non-round-up posts, and four of them are nothing but me bitching about some current aspect of the game. I must think […]

Welcome back, distinguished readers, and thanks for reading my latest article on wrong side of the pond. I am attempting to keep today’s posting very formal, proper, and short as this blog needs to get into in-season form for the start of this European campaign. So with that in mind, let’s skip the silliness today and get […]

this is part VI in the “wrong side XI” series, where i’ll be selecting my very own starting eleven, assuming of course that i could choose any player from any team in the world. you can read the rules i’ll be following to make my team selection, and what formation i’ll be squeezing them into, […]

europe is in full swing now, with the last of the major european leagues kicking off this weekend. my spurs pulled off their second miracle in less than four months by qualifying “spanking young boys” in the second leg of their champions league qualifier. so needless to say, i’m in a pretty upbeat mood. so […]

is it bad that i think a total of four posts in the last two weeks is a “flurry” of activity on the blog? yes, yes it is very bad. downright depressing even. so to help put myself at ease, i need to post again. because five posts is way better than four. and because i […]