August 26 – The current 12-week summer transfer system means some top leagues kick off with managers, merchandisers and fans all unsure of who exactly plays for whom. INSIDER columnist Terry Baddoo instead proposes a one-week window not unlike the NBA or NFL draft.
Aug. 19 – With NBC’s investment, growth in MLS attendances, Jurgen Klinsmann’s appointment as US national team coach and the star-studded World Football Challenge, this was a super summer for soccer in the USA. INSIDER columnist Terry Baddoo ponders whether this can be the catalyst to turn the game in America from minor to major.
Aug. 2 – During United’s pre-season US tour Sir Alex Ferguson was quoted as saying that his team have just got to accept being second best to Barca right now. But don’t believe a word of it. Second best is not in the man’s DNA, writes INSIDER columnist Terry Baddoo.
July 22 – Second best is among the most un-American concepts imaginable. But the US women’s side gave us drama and entertainment. They showed us character and were passionate. And, in defeat to Japan in the final, they were gracious. INSIDER columnist Terry Baddoo examines the team’s contribution to the Women’s World Cup.
July 15 – A good little’un should never beat a good big’un. That’s been pretty much the theme ever since Qatar upset the odds by winning the 2022 World Cup hosting rights. INSIDER columnist Terry Baddoo gives his view on the Gulf state’s troubled year.
July 8 – New Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas believes there’s a direct correlation between building character and self-respect off the field and achievements on it. New INSIDER columnist Terry Baddoo, a former CNN World Sport anchor, offers his assessment.