Without a shadow of a doubt, mid-February has to be one of my favorite portions of the entire footballing calendar. The major European leagues are entering the home stretch of their seasons, with the races for final league places really heating up. The Champions League knockout stages have kicked off, presenting us with loads of […]

Monday in the middle of February. Everybody’s favorite day of the week in everybody’s favorite month. And though we’ve had some unseasonably warm temperatures here in the Midwest, the depression caused by lack of exposure to sunlight during the winter has seemed more palpable this year compared to last. But fear not, football fans: there’s […]

With my wife sick, this past weekend presented itself as an opportunity for a whirlwind of football viewing here at WSOTP. I’ve not kept any statistics on this kind of thing, but I can say with confidence that I watched more soccer this past weekend than I ever have before. Saturday included a marathon of […]

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 […]

I’ve found over the last few weeks that it’s a hell of a lot easier to write content for the blog when I’m not juggling a number of other side projects at the same time. And, thanks to all of you awesome readers, the WSOTP Soccer Pub Atlas project has been quite the time-consuming affair. […]

It’s time for the young 2012-2013 season’s first international break, and contrary to my normal reactions, I’m actually pretty excited for this one. The last few international breaks have featured the USMNT squaring off in friendlies against opponents preparing for other tournaments, meaning they’ve all been devoid of any of the passion and desire that […]

As you might have been able to tell, things have been hectic around WSOTP Central of late. Between two trips to New York for real world work, a family vacation in Charleston, South Carolina, and out-of-town weddings, it’s at least felt like a struggle to find the time for the blog. Which is odd, because I’ve […]

Thanks to his match-winning exploits in Italy’s Euro 2012 semifinal against Germany, Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli is once again drawing a huge amount of interest. Standard fare for Super Mario, though it’s admittedly for far better reasons than what he’s normally drawing everyone’s attention for. So with interest in the mercurial front man once again […]

A long week full of friendlies culminates this weekend, and for the most part, there have been some scintillating performances not normally found in matches of such insignificance. But with the Euros and World Cup qualification tournaments just around the corner, perhaps it shouldn’t be so surprising to see so many players giving their all to ensure […]

We human beings, regardless of which corner of the globe from which we originate, are inherently greedy little creatures. Our desire to accumulate wealth, valuables, personal effects, etc. — and the status derived from them — is the engine that drives the world. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m no different. I want stuff. […]