Written by Will Parchman

We’re all about the hyperbole-driven soccer commercial here at the 91st Minute. Nothing tugs on the heartstrings more than Cristiano Ronaldo’s fake statue unveil. Well, maybe a few things.

Anyway, this Carlsberg Premier League spot is easily the soccer commercial of the year so far. I can’t even pick it apart. It’s flawless.

 

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Written by Rudy Madrigal

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini was fired as the manager of Manchester City after apparently not fulfilling any of the clubs stated goals (except qualifying for next seasons Champions League). This comes almost exactly one year after Manchester City clinched their first Premier League title in 44 years under Mancini.

With PSG reportedly turning down Real Madrid’s offer to speak to Carlo Ancelotti, it makes me wonder if Real Madrid would be interested in this Italian (Mancini) since it appears they can’t have Ancelotti. After-all, Jose Mourinho is sad at Madrid and apparently wants to leave, which, if he does, leaves a coaching job open.

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Written by Meagan Speck

We have seen some great goals, some bad tackles, and some crazy antics this season in this Premier League, but I think Luis Suarez has just surpassed all of the crazy things that have happened thus far.

During Liverpool’s game versus Chelsea on Sunday, Suarez decided to bite Branislav Ivanovic’s arm. It’s not the first time Suarez has got in trouble for this, after he got a seven-game ban for the same offense while playing for Ajax. Somewhere, Mike Tyson is smiling.

 

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Written by The 91st

Thatcher

So there’s currently a heated debate going on concerning Margaret Thatcher, the former UK Prime Minister who died earlier this week.

Thatcher’s rule brought about some changes in British soccer as she curtailed hooliganism and introduced fan I.D. cards worldwide. But not everyone was pleased with her futbol influence and it’s led to a little indecision about how to handle her passing. The Premier League is currently not requiring teams to honor her, and that’s not sitting well with everyone.

You can read more of the heated details HERE.

[Sports Grid]

 

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Written by The 91st

Ok, I’ve had power naps shorter than this goal! Ridiculous. Graham Carey just loaded the left foot and fired from 35 yards out – back of the net.

St. Mirren took the match 2-0 but Carey stole the show.

 

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Written by Kristin Haseley

Super Bowl power

One moment the game was flowing with the fans heartily cheering on their squads, the next it was all but dark on the field. You know where this is going right? Endless tweets about how Beyonce’s show stole all the power or about how Bane is getting ready to take over the Super Bowl? Not quite.

Head a little more than 4,500 miles east and find your way to Craven Cottage, the footballing grounds of Fulham FC. That’s where the Cottagers had their hands full as they hosted the Premier League leaders, Manchester United on February 2. The match was halted just before halftime after a floodlight failure caused the grounds to go nearly pitch black. The teams went back into the dressing rooms as they waited the ten minutes for the lights to restart.

Manchester United went on to win the match 1-0 on a strike by Wayne Rooney and there were no complaints about the “momentum being halted” by the blackout. Come on NFL, man up!

 

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Written by Travis Clark

Just when it seemed like Toronto FC had passed the realm of bizarre, the much-maligned Canadian club wrote another bizarre chapter in its history Tuesday morning.

The club announced the hiring of its eighth coach in seven years, parting ways with Paul Mariner to bring in former D.C. United captain Ryan Nelsen, who currently plays in the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers. That’s where it gets strange: Nelsen was introduced as the club’s head coach Tuesday morning, but without a clear start date as he’s under contract with the London club until June 30.

So Toronto FC is not only hiring a coach without any experience (Fran O’Leary of Bowdoin College is joining the staff as Nelsen’s assistant and will oversee things while he is absent), they are also hiring someone still under contract as a player.

Wonder if that’s ever happened before — where a coach is a player, but at another team.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

NBC Sports is taking over the soccer television market, and given the quality of the telecasts, that’s not such a bad thing.

It was announced that they secured a three-year $250 million deal for the rights to the Premier League beginning next season.

They will show every match from the world’s most popular soccer league, taking coverage away from Fox and ESPN.

“The Barclays Premier League is the pre-eminent soccer league in the world, and is on the cusp of exponential popularity growth here in the U.S.,” NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus said Sunday.

NBC Sports picked up MLS last year and also provided strong soccer coverage of the London Olympics.

Next stop, college soccer? A blog can dream.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Manchester United won a spirited match against Chelsea 3-2 Sunday, claiming their first Premier League victory at Chelsea in 10 years.

Of course, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo wasn’t quite so excited about it all. In this pitiful press conference following the match he claimed that the refs “ruined” the match.

No, crying foul after a great game is what “ruins’ matches. Take it like a Man (U), bud.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

BREAKING NEWS: Wayne Rooney is overweight. I know this comes as a shocker but he recently confirmed as much in his new book My Decade in the Premier League (which is about as creative a book title as my new memoir, titled: Living, Breathing, Alive), saying that he showed up for the start of the season seven pounds above normal.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

“I’m like most blokes, I put on a few pounds after a holiday. Even if I don’t train for a week, I put on two or three … the scales in the club gym tell me I’ve put on a few more pounds than expected – seven. Seven! Then I remember – I drank a few bevvies while I was away. I’m stocky. I’m not like Ryan Giggs, all bone and lean muscle.”

First of all, I don’t appreciate being called a bloke, Wayne. Secondly, which holiday are you talking about? The weekend?

If this is what passes for juicy reading I think I’ll pass on the book. Wayne may want to do the same on dessert.

 

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