Archive for the ‘Professional Soccer’ Category


technical scouting gaining acceptance

December 19th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

The image of the wizened old scout stood in the cold scouring for talent at a provincial football ground remains. But like other facets of the game, scouting is changing. And technology is driving development. These days a football player is as likely to be discovered on a computer database several time-zones away as on [...]

New Professional Women’s League Announced in USA – will they follow my outline?

November 21st, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

A new women’s professional league which will start play in March. As I have written before Professional Womens soccer can draw large crowds for club games. They have done so in France and Germany, arguable the top women’s leagues in the world. Many mistakes have been made in marketing women’s soccer in the US. Will [...]

David Moyes of Everton is a golden god!

October 3rd, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

As I have said in this very blog on multiple occasions I think that David Moyes of Everton is one of the best professional football managers in the world. His consistency with meager resources is tremendous. Everton is currently second in the EPL ahead of the Manchesters. Finally, someone else recognizes David Moyes as a great manager. 3rd longest [...]

ManCity to Release Soccer Stats to help find the ‘bill james’ of soccer

August 16th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

On Friday, City will make available through its website the data on every player in every team from every game in the Premier League last season. That may not enrapture the supporter fixated on Robin van Persie’s next career move but to the growing number of researchers, sports scientists and bloggers seeking new ways to [...]

Olympic Women’s Soccer posts higher TV ratings than Men’s Basketball

August 1st, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

How popular is the U.S. women’s national team’s quest for a third straight gold medal? The audience for Saturday’s 3-0 win over Colombia on NBC Sports Network peaked at 3.346 million, higher even than the peak audience for Sunday’s men’s basketball team game with a peak audience of 3.036 million.

7 MLS teams lose to Amateurs teams – time for promotion and relegation?

June 1st, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

Granted, in soccer, the best teams don’t always win, but this would sure suggest that those that complain that expanding the number of teams in the MLS would “dilute” the talent, might not be arguing on as firm a footing as they imagine. Good on the NASL for the “street cred” and giving young players [...]

Euros may be in trouble. Poland ok, but Ukraine is a mess.

May 30th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

Not since the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo has Eastern Europe staged a sporting event the magnitude of Euro 2012. As co-host, Ukraine hopes to showcase itself 26 years after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and two decades after it gained independence with the dissolution of the Soviet [...]

Women’s Professional Soccer in Europe draws 50,000 fans

May 18th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

Women’s pro soccer may be struggling in the United States, but it’s growing in Europe. A record crowd of 50,212 at Munich’s Olympic Stadium — more than any WPS team totaled for the entire 2011 season — watched Lyon repeat as the UEFA Women’s Champions League champion with a 2-0 win over  FFC Frankfurt. Like [...]

Women’s Professional Soccer ended in the US because of stupidity and greed.

May 18th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

The Women’s Professional Soccer league has folded after three seasons. The league had canceled the 2012 season in January, at the time hoping to return next year. But the remaining five owners announced in a statement Friday that all operations were suspended permanently. “We sincerely regret having to take this course of action,” said T. [...]

Liverpool are Fools

May 18th, 2012Posted by BJ Pheasant

Liverpool had a great manager in Roy Hodgson (now the England National team manager). They fired him because the new owners listened to the fans (wait for the irony). They hired fan favorite, club hero, and retread Kenny Daglish. They gave him $160 million to waste (sorry spend) in building an old school english soccer [...]

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