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The Uncomfortable Middle: Our 2015-16 Premier League Preview, Pt. 2

For the American sports fan, following soccer means a reorientation about what constitutes success. With the success of the top teams reinforced by Champions League appearances and an enhanced global profile, there is a virtuous cycle to being good that makes it even harder to break into the top. At the other end,… »8/06/15 5:47pm8/06/15 5:47pm

How Harry Kane Owned The Best Weekend Of The Premier League Season

You want to know why the Premier League is the best league in the world? It's for weekends like this past one, which feature a handful of headliner games, a couple more you didn't think would be that competitive but end up going down to the wire, and even when the title race is all but decided already, there's still… »2/09/15 4:05pm2/09/15 4:05pm

How Long Can Southampton Realistically Keep This Run Going?

We figured that, by the turn of the year, we'd have a better idea of what exactly Southampton were. Are they a real threat to the Premier League's giants? Are they a club that could hang on to their top-four place? Or is their hot first half of the season a blip, a bit of good fortune that would sooner or later peter… »1/09/15 12:50pm1/09/15 12:50pm

Manchester United Are Back Where They Belong, But Can It Last?

Well, they've done it. They've survived the year from hell, with a hopelessly overmatched manager, a rumored but never unveiled treasure chest meant to revitalize a squad whose actual age was catching up to their prematurely graying and receding hairlines, a humiliating season of unending self-inflicted calamities,… »12/09/14 11:38am12/09/14 11:38am

Manchester United's Luke Shaw Is The Next Gareth Bale, Even If He's Not

This summer, Manchester United bought left back Luke Shaw from Southampton for £30 million. Luke Shaw is 19 years old. If you're not familiar with soccer's transfer fees, that is a staggering amount of money for a teenager. It's more than the fee paid for Wayne Rooney, another English talent of great ability and the… »9/19/14 4:38pm9/19/14 4:38pm

Soccer Player Who "Went For A Shit" Pretends To Wipe His Ass In Goal Celebration

Back on January 21 against Everton, Southampton midfielder Jason Puncheon left the pitch for a brief moment and returned to a chorus of "He went for a shit" chants. Everyone laughed and had a good time at his expense. Yesterday, Puncheon scored against Man City in the seventh minute and returned the favor.… »2/10/13 1:15pm2/10/13 1:15pm

Soccer Fans' Chant At Player Who Temporarily Left Match During Play: "He Went For A Shit"

During Monday night's 0-0 English Premier League draw between Everton and Southampton, Southampton midfielder Jason Puncheon briefly left the pitch during the action and vanished into the tunnel, only to return a short time later. Upon his return, the hometown fans eloquently serenaded Puncheon with their best guess… »1/22/13 11:25am1/22/13 11:25am