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Tranmere Rovers vs Forest Green Rovers: League Two Playoff Preview

Forest Green Rovers vs Tranmere Rovers

For one of these Rovers, the season will soon be over. Be assured that this won’t be a little romp in the postseason clover. The team that keeps their composure will find themselves at the Wembley enclosure. The losers? With literal and financial hangovers. These two clubs, with very different propositions, find themselves in very…

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Leeds United vs Aston Villa: EFL Championship Match Preview

Leeds United vs Aston Villa

This Saturday, 27 April 2019, the Leeds United Peacocks take on Aston Villa F.C. at Elland Road in Leeds, England. Ten weeks ago, this match would have been called ahead of time as a Leeds victory. It would have been pointed out that it was a fixture of little consequence as middling Aston Villa were…

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The Sounds of the Phoenix Rising Home Opener

The first thing you hears as you walk towards the ground, across the gravel concourse with several thousand other football fans in this starved soccer town – is the distant beating drums. That constant rhythm is provided by the competing drums of the two Phoenix Rising supporters’ groups down the far end of the newly…

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How the title is won

Liverpool players hold the european cvup

We’re not talking about boxing belts here We’re roughly halfway through the season as this post is being written and there is already “title race” talk. You’ll hear it from commentators and supporters alike because *generally* the team leading at Christmas is usually the ones lifting the trophy at the end of the season. I…

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The Ups and Downs of Promotion and Relegation

Grown man having a full-on cry

Understanding how teams can possibly be shunted from the “major league” Arran Airs Possibly one of the most interesting aspects of the English professional leagues – and baffling from an American standpoint – is promotion/relegation. Put simply, each year, the three teams with the lowest points at the end of the season (in the Premier…

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A Game in Hand is Worth Two on the Table

foosball table with black and white players

Arran Airs A friend of mine, who we’ll simply call “Loser Josh”, became enamored with association football a few years back. His interest has waned some, as his team of choice, Everton, is a spectacularly mundane “mid-table” candidate. Year-in, year-out. He has learned a lot about the game since and now has Arsenal as his…

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Getting sacked in Association Football

Street sign with the words Time to say goodbye

Arran Airs UPDATE: Tuesday December 18, 2018. We are saddend to report that one of the most charismatic managers in the English Premier League, Jose Mourinho, was let go by his club, Manchester United. We’ll miss you, friend. To find out how this happened, read on!   Within the next few weeks in the English…

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