The Complete 2009/10 Champions League Group Stage Preview

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Ah, Champions League soccer. The thing that spices up midweek, mid-afternoon days for unemployed sportsbums or just lazy college kids. And it's pretty damn good entertainment - footy fan or no. It's the best in the world doing something very few can. Appreciate it. Last year, Lionel Messi led Barcelona to the ...

TheBaker’s Annual English Premier League Preview

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The English Premier League season begins this weekend, and as you know, we hear at Rumors and Rants are big footie fans. We try to keep you in the loop each and every EPL season. And for the most part, we're wrong. We always overrate Tottenham and believe this is the ...

Welcome To Manchester, Carlos!

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Man do I love soccer rivalries. Not only do they often make things like Cowboys/Redskins look like a Twitter-fight, sometimes they allow for wonderful, wonderful moments like the above billboard. This would be so much funnier if Manchester City weren't the richest club in the whole, entire world. And yet, ...

Ronaldo And Real Madrid Not C-ing Eye To Eye

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Real Madrid splashed out $131 million to land Cristiano Ronaldo. You’d think that sum, along with $300,000 a week after taxes and a 50 percent share of shirt sale profits would turn the world’s Footballer of the Year into a compliant and happy employee. Fast cars and easy women keep the Portuguese ...

Russell Crowe Beats More Than Photographers

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Move over Vince Lombardi. Goodbye, Gipper. God? Nice try. Nowadays, there's only one guy coaches turn to in that time when motivation is needed and they don't trust themselves to inspire. His name? Russell Crowe. And English champions Manchester United are the Oscar winner's latest victim. Ten minutes prior the Champions League ...

Even The Vatican Hates Manchester United

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Wow, talk about piling on. After Manchester United's 2-0 upset loss to FC Barcelona in the Champions League Final yesterday, the Vatican daily newspaper praised Barça's performace and took a subtle shot at Man U. The headline in Thursday's L'Osservatore Romano, next to a picture of Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, was ...

Fake Controversy! Fake Controversy!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Well, it's not so much fake as contrived by the media, but whatever. On the heels of their otherwise nondescript 0-0 draw between Manchester United and Internazionale, some enterprising soccer writers decided to make a big deal out of ManU manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Inter manager/Special One Jose (joe-say) Mourinho not ...

That’s One Expensive Pile of…

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

So you’re in a two-team town. The city’s fan base isn’t exactly split 50-50 either. One team wins trophies; the other, well, it used to. One team is an international brand, while the other is more like Stephen Baldwin's political opinion, you know, an afterthought. And no, I’m not talking about ...