LINSEY | The Goalkeeper: a Positional Analysis

Joao Moutinho slipped the ball to Eder. The Portuguese striker dribbled and fired a seemingly harmless strike from twenty-five yards out. French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, one of the world’s best, normally saves nine out of 10 shots from that distance. Yet, two crucial, unlikely occurrences happened at the same time. First, and most crucially, Lloris was leaning to his left.

LINSEY | Premier League: New Managers in New Positions

When Abel Hernandez kicked the ball back towards his orange-clad teammates, Hull City’s Uruguayan striker made the first pass of the 2016-17 Premier League season. Perhaps the most prominent feature of this new season is the many excellent managers who have taken their talents to the Premiership over the summer. Let’s run the rule over each of the new arrivals and evaluate who will be deemed successful once the season’s last ball is kicked in May. Two weeks into the season, it seems like Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho is best positioned for instant success. Mourinho brings a pedigree of success, both in England with Chelsea FC and on the continent with Real Madrid, Porto and Inter Milan.

LINSEY | Jose Mourinho, Manchester United, and the Power of Rumors

Global soccer is a sport unlike any other. Its unique worldwide infrastructure and international interconnectedness result in a nearly 24-hour news cycle. However, due to the difficulties of communication in the information age, most of this news is unreliable. Newspapers from England to Thailand delight in printing various rumors that range from the probable to the ridiculous. Using a case study of a certain rumor, columnist Kevin Linsey writes about their inaccuracies and allude to the inescapable amount of rumors in the soccer world.

LINSEY | Jose Mourinho, Manchester United and the Power of Rumors

Global soccer is a sport unlike any other. Its unique worldwide infrastructure and international interconnectedness result in a nearly 24-hour news cycle. However, due to the difficulties of communication in the information age, most of this news is unreliable. Newspapers from England to Thailand delight in printing various rumors that range from the probable to the ridiculous. Using a case study of a certain rumor, columnist Kevin Linsey writes about their inaccuracies and allude to the inescapable amount of rumors in the soccer world.

LINSEY | Rafa Benitez and the Midseason Manager Swap

Liverpool F.C. famously came back from three goals down to win the 2005 Champions League in Istanbul. Other players from that team, such as Steven Gerrard, are more memorable, but Rafa Benitez was the man who orchestrated the historic Liverpool team of that era as the manager. The legendary manager has also coached Valencia, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid. However, the transition periods between his times at these clubs were not smooth. He often was fired mid-season and picked up another job a few months later.

LINSEY | Tough Times for the FA Cup

The FA Cup is the oldest soccer competition in the world. The tournament, which has been played annually since 1871, is contested by soccer clubs from Britain’s top divisions in a knockout format. The winner gets a chance to lift the iconic trophy at London’s famous Wembley Stadium. At first glance, this would seem a competition worth winning.

LINSEY | Are Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris Saint Germain Just Too Good for Ligue 1?

A six-foot-five tattooed talismanic Swede with a ponytail, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an imposing striker. Coupled with this tough persona, Zlatan can do an insane array of tricks and flicks with a soccer ball, topped off with a powerful shot. He has scored more than 400 career goals, at a rate of almost two every three games. In short, he is one of the 10 best soccer players in the world. Zlatan plies his trade for Paris Saint-Germain, a club that competes in France’s Ligue 1.

LINSEY | Premier Predictions for the Premier League

A grueling 38-game season from August to May determines the Premier League champion. The teams play most weekends, with several additional games squeezed in over the holidays. Therefore, a good chunk of the season happens between early December and late January, which is inconveniently overlapped with winter break, devoid of Daily Sun soccer articles. As a result, I could have written this week’s article as a laundry list of everything that happened in the soccer world in the last seven weeks.

LINSEY | Claudio Ranieri and Leicester City’s Incredible Rise

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?” This classic Beatles song asks whether people remain relevant when they reach a certain age. In the Beatles’ home, the United Kingdom, a 64-year-old is at the forefront of one of the most stunning sports turnarounds in some time. Claudio Ranieri has a storied career at the top level of soccer management. The Italian has managed first division clubs in England, Italy, France and Spain, including such legendary clubs as Inter Milan and Chelsea. Having managed for over 30 years, the 64-year-old should logically be entering a decline.

LINSEY | Soccer From A-Z

“Swansea’s Andre Ayew — signed on a Bosman transfer from Marseille this summer — just received a yellow card.” You will find sentences and terms like this in a discussion on soccer. Plenty of people, terms and teams are unique to the sport; soccer is an in-depth world. Today’s column, a “soccer alphabet,” is designed to teach everyone something new about the sport, no matter if you are new to soccer or if you follow it religiously. A: Advantage
The advantage rule means that if a foul is committed on a player attacking, the referee may allow play to continue to let the team have a chance at scoring. This is called “playing the advantage.” It is designed to prevent defending teams from intentionally fouling to stop the play.