Michael Owen: Past His Prime or Past His Time?

25475Toward the end of his book Inverting the Pyramid, Jonathan Wilson writes about the changing nature of modern football.  A player he brings up to emphasize this is Michael Owen.  To Wilson, Owen is a relic of a previous era.

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Don’t Blame Beckham’s England Career

David Beckham gave a press conference, concerning his return to the LA Galaxy.  After Grant Wahl confronted him, the meme became how Beckham’s England career adversely affected his commitment to MLS.  Beckham has been culpable for much since his arrival in the US.  However, criticizing him playing for England is unfair.

Beckham misses MLS-time for international duty.  Every international player misses MLS time, because MLS does not honor FIFA’s international breaks.

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OB: Americans are Heroic and Beckham Sets a Record

Americans Are Heroic and Beckham Sets a Record: Here is the roundup from a tepid international soccer weekend.  The U.S. fought back in the final 20 minutes to draw with El Salvador.  Beckham set record for most England caps by an outfield player.  Pele debuted with a lad.  Elton John is funding Watford’s transfers with a benefit concert.  Disaster at an Ivory Coast match.

Is Steven Gerrard the Best Player in the World?

steven_gerrard_5_footballpicturesnetjpg Is Steven Gerrard the Best Player in the World: Zinedine Zidane said that Steven Gerrard may be the best player in the world.  I attempted an honest, sober assessment.  Not surprisingly, I was shouted down by a rabble of illiterate Liverpool fans.