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The Premier League’s Best of 2011

By Kevin Koczwara

It’s sad to see Blackpool’s “Tangerine Dream” come to a close this weekend. Ian Holloway’s side was one of the most entertaining and crowd pleasing teams in the English Premier League this year. Blackpool’s unknown players made a stamp on the Premier League this year, and hopefully the Seasiders find their way back up with Holloway captaining the ship again — it would only be right, and he is far more entertaining than Roy Hodgson, Roberto Mancini and Avram Grant added together and then multiplied by 1,000.

Birmingham did it’s best to stay up for a second time, but Alex McCleish’s no offense approach just couldn’t work for a second year in a row. It’s no surprise the Blues went down if one looks at the horrible goalscoring record the team had this year, 37 goals scored. That’s not a joke. In 38 matches, Birmingham scored a measly 37 goals, less than one a game. Hapless West Ham and Wigan scored more than McCleish’s team.

Speaking of West Ham, well, we all knew they were going down once they hired Avram Grant. Last year Grant lead a woesome Portsmouth team straight out of the Premier League, and he wouldn’t have needed the point deduction of the club going into administration to do it. He would have managed to lose those points anyways. He did get Portsmouth into the FA Cup final, but he lost that just he like he seems to lose every other cup final. If Grant is hired by another Premier League team next year, that one will surely go down as well, just as the Hammers did. It’s fate. I should be hired before he gets another job in the Premier League.

But enough with relegation. Let’s look at some of the best from a year that went by in the EPL.

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Bradley Should Stay in Charge of USMNT

U.S. Men's National Team coach Bob Bradley guided the team to a the knock-out stages of the World Cup this year. Courtesy USSOCCER.Com

By Ryan Fleming

Those who watched last week’s United States, Brazil friendly may have seen Bob Bradley’s last game in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Despite the Yanks’ 2-0 loss to Brazil, the headlining story was whether or not Bradley had coached his last game for his country’s team. Bradley has been linked with various positions in Europe this summer, such as Fulham and most recently, Aston Villa.

The former Aston Villa skipper, Martin O’Neill left his post earlier this week under mysterious circumstances. The former Celtic boss, we now know, left his post because he didn’t agree with the team’s transfer policy.

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Landon in the Merseyside

By Kevin Koczwara

The Landon Donovan Premier League experiment has started off well for both Everton and Donovan. The United States “premier soccer player” and MLS all-star has been tearing up small-time soccer in the U.S. Now he  is trying his hand with the big boys in England and so far so good. Continue reading

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