1. 5 Reasons Why FIFA Rankings Are a Joke

    Am I the only person who grits his teeth whenever I hear the FIFA rankings mentioned? The FIFA rankings might be the most annoying recent development in international soccer...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 1 year ago 2,101 reads 2 comments

  2. 5 Players Who Would Have Made Good Gangsters

    Football is a tough game. Anyone who has played the game knows that it requires immense physical demands and sacrifices from players. It also flourishes in poor neighborhoods, where youngsters don't have many options out...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about over 1 year ago 1,007 reads 2 comments

  3. 6 Great Players Whose International Careers Were a Disappointment

    International soccer is a curious animal. It generates intense passion among the fan, but in all honesty, I would suspect that most club managers find it a pain...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about over 1 year ago 626 reads 3 comments

  4. Hopefully This Is Not the Final Chapter in the Story of Super Mario

    So Mario Balotelli 's Manchester adventure has finally come to an end. While his time was lively, both fans and pundits will have mixed feelings about seeing him leave the Eithad Stadium and head off to AC Milan ...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about over 1 year ago 328 reads 0 comments

  5. 7 of the Best No. 7s in English Football History

    In most parts of the soccer world, the No. 10 is the magic number given to the star player, but not so in England. While there have been more than a few special No. 10s in England, the number that many youngsters grow up coveting is the No...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about almost 2 years ago 10,304 reads 15 comments

  6. Loss to United Highlights All the Gunners' Problems

    If you had the misfortune to watch the Arsenal - Manchester United game over the weekend, then you have my sympathies. The game, which Arsenal lost 2-1, is pretty much indicative of everything wrong with Arsenal's season...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about almost 2 years ago 555 reads 3 comments

  7. Lack of Black Managers Shows British Soccer Still Has Room for Growth

    As an African American, it's tempting to look across the Atlantic to Europe and see it as a more racially tolerant society than the United States...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about almost 2 years ago 539 reads 1 comments

  8. 5 Star Strikers Who Suddenly Stopped Scoring

    So your team spends a fortune on a hot-shot striker who scores goals for fun, but after his multimillion dollar transfer, he suddenly forgets the path to the net...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about almost 2 years ago 6,072 reads 13 comments

  9. 5 Reasons Why Fewer Ex-Soccer Players Are Going into Management

    Once upon a time, ex-soccer players all had to look for jobs after their playing careers. Most of them tried out for coaching positions, which were few and far between. There was a time when many ex-players started pubs or ran sports shops...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about almost 2 years ago 2,993 reads 2 comments

  10. Five Fantastic Players Who Made so-so Coaches

    Soccer is a funny old game. There are players who are blessed with great natural talent and leadership abilities, who you would think would be able to translate those skills into management...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about almost 2 years ago 827 reads 2 comments

  11. Has Liverpool Star Steven Gerrard's Loyalty Cost Him an EPL Title?

    It's hard to believe that Steven Gerrard is now 32 and will be likely negotiating his final contract with Liverpool ...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about almost 2 years ago 2,913 reads 13 comments

  12. The Five Craziest Managers in Modern Day Soccer

    There is an old saying in soccer that you have to be crazy to be a goalkeeper, but maybe they should add manager to the list...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 2 years ago 558 reads 5 comments

  13. 5 Reasons Why England Needs to Drop Chelsea Star John Terry

    After a tumultuous summer, in which John Terry was both hero and villain, Terry is back in the England squad for the Three Lions World Cup qualifiers. But the real question is should he be? Although he is regarded as Mr...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 2 years ago 3,265 reads 36 comments

  14. 5 Reasons Why Man. Utd. Star Wayne Rooney Won't Play Abroad

    Rumors coming out of the red half of Manchester claim that Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson are at logger heads ( Daily Mirror ). This is not the first time the pair has fought...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 2 years ago 244 reads 9 comments

  15. Former Arsenal and Sweden Star Freddie Ljungberg Retires

    On Friday, Former Arsenal winger Freddie Ljungberg announced his retirement from professional football to Swedish television via his press advisor (h/t The New York Times )...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 2 years ago 940 reads 5 comments

  16. Soccer: 5 Players with Unusual Names

    Soccer is a pretty mad game. Crazy fans, nutty managers and even wackier players. We have also had our share of players with odd names such as: former Reading keeper Steve Death; ...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 2 years ago 6,647 reads 5 comments

  17. Michael Owen: 5 Reasons Why Former England Star's Career Stalled

    Remember Michael Owen? Yes, he used to be the golden boy of British soccer until Wayne Rooney came along. At one point, Owen was the hottest property in British, if not world soccer (he was briefly a Galactico)...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 2 years ago 4,678 reads 10 comments

  18. World Football: 5 Ways to Improve the Beautiful Game

    Soccer is the most popular game in the world. Sorry to disappoint American viewers, but the American sporting triumvirate of baseball, football and basketball will never be as popular as the beautiful game...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 2 years ago 470 reads 2 comments

  19. Does Messi Need a World Cup Title to Be on Par with Pele, Maradona and Zidane?

    Lionel Messi is the biggest star in world soccer. His superlative displays in the Champions League have nosed him ahead of his La Liga rival Ronaldo in the race to be the world's greatest player...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 2 years ago 3,143 reads 48 comments

  20. England National Team: 6 Reasons Why England Fails at Big Tournaments

    With Euro 2012 now recent history, we have yet another tournament and another failure by the England national team. Here are a few reasons why the Three Lions continue to stumble...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 2 years ago 907 reads 14 comments

  21. Arsenal FC: 5 Reasons Why the Gunners Are Already Doomed

    Not so long ago, Arsenal FC was a top four Premiership team capable of challenging bitter rivals Manchester United for national and domestic honors. Also not so long ago, Arsenal faced Barcelona in the Champions League final...

    Manny Otiko Written by Manny Otiko about 2 years ago 374 reads 51 comments