About Nick Green

South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!

Watch every English Premier League game New Year’s Day on NBCSN as season hits halfway point

Get caught up on all the EPL action so far over the festive period here and look ahead to the slate of EPL games that will kick off the year on Thursday by clicking here for a complete interactive guide.

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Boxing Day English Premier League Television Preview

Your interactive, web guide to every game is right here.

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Video: Remembering the Christmas football truce of WWI exactly 100 years ago

Torrance Councilman Tim Goodrich certainly did on Tuesday in his invocation:

As Christmas draws nearer, let our thoughts draw closer to the things that matter most; our families and our friends.
And as we are in the midst of the 100th anniversary of the famous “Christmas Truce” in which the British and German fighters of World War 1 laid down their arms, let us remember “Peace On Earth, and Good Will to Others.”

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers speaks out against FIFA World Cup bigotry and homophobia

South Bay native Robbie Rogers was once so in denial about his sexuality he could not admit to himself that he was gay.

That’s changed and now the LA Galaxy defender has found the courage to speak out against the kind of FIFA stupidity illustrated above by the clueless Sepp Blatter. For more, read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column on the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

And happy holidays.

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Arsenal-Liverpool headlines English Premier League weekend television schedule live at 8 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN

Also recommended: Aston Villa-Manchester United live at 7 a.m. Saturday on NBCSN and Real Madrid-San Lorenzo in the final of the FIFA World Club Cup at 11:30 a.m. on Fox Sports 2.

For your interactive guide to all the EPL games, click here.

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LA Galaxy Notebook: Galaxy to open Major League Soccer season March 6 against Mike Magee and Chicago Fire

LA Galaxy II top scorer Chandler Hoffman was selected by the Houston Dynamo Thursday afternoon in the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

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Last-minute gift ideas for the soccer fan: FC Santa Claus gear

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FC Santa Claus — a real club based in the capital of Lapland — has its jerseys and other gear sold this year through WorldSoccerShop.com for the first time ever.

Here’s more on the club from the website’s press release:

FC Santa Claus is located in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, has a population of 65,000, and is said to be the home of Santa Claus.

Rovaniemi is just six miles south of the Arctic Circle with an annual average temperature of 33F degrees; snow covers the ground 175 days a year, which means soccer cannot be played between the months October and April.

But, the midnight sun can be seen from June 6 to July 7, which means soccer could be played for 768 hours straight in the daylight; the lowest temperature ever recorded in Rovaniemi was minus 54F degrees; the mercury in thermometers freezes at temperatures below minus 40F degrees.

The team gained promotion to the Finnish second division in September. Each July, FC Santa Claus organizes a midnight sun tournament for youth teams called the Santa Claus Cup. In February 2015, they will play in the open snow tournament, the Santa Claus World Cup.

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