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Butler: With van Gaal unveiled, the swagger returns to United

With Thursday's official unveiling of Louis van Gaal as Manchester United boss and still fresh off of a world-record apparel deal with Adidas, it appears that the swagger has returned to the 20-time English champions following the most expensive "gap year" in the team's illustrious history. TSN's Noel Butler explains. ...more

Butler: Old World football comes together in Montreal

Over the last four weeks as I've circumnavigated the Montreal soccer streets I have taken in World Cup matches from a variety of establishments. But with soccer's grandest event winding down, Montreal's local soccer stakeholders need to feed off the fan frenzy created by Brazil 2014. Noel Butler has more. ...more

Butler: Presidential seal confirms there is triumph in defeat

The U.S. World Cup campaign formally ended Wednesday with a cosy two minute chat on the phone between the President, the captain and America's latest superhero. The team might not have scaled 2002's quarterfinal heights, but they leave Brazil with something not even Qatari petrodollars could buy. ...more

Butler: True to form, Suarez' inner demons on display

Luis Suarez has been handed a stiff ban and must watch both the duration of the World Cup and two months' worth of the coming BPL season from home. But why wasn't he handed any rehabilitation orders along with the ban? Noel Butler would like to know. ...more

Butler: Brazil 2014 is England's worst showing at a World Cup

Put your socks back on, turn off your calculators and no need to study up on the law of probability after Costa Rica followed up their demolition of Uruguay with a thoroughly well-deserved victory over Italy, the 1966 World Cup winners can pack their bags for home. TSN Soccer Analyst Noel Butler has more from Brazil. ...more

Butler: Azzurri go in search of slaying St. George in Amazon

With serious allegations of corruption monopolizing the news cycle, the last thing FIFA needed following the opening match of Brazil 2014 was for the headlines to be dominated by the awarding of a mystery penalty. Today's headliner without question is the rumble in the jungle, as the aptly named Arena da Amazonia plays host to Italy v England. TSN Radio 690's Noel Butler has more. ...more

Butler: Donovan out, Suarez injured on road to Brazil

What with shockwaves, death threats and sessions with the Shrink hitting the headlines, World Cup fever has certainly elevated itself these past few days. Landon Donovan's omission from the USA team and Luis Suarez' injury for Uruguay dominate the headlines. TSN Radio 690's Noel Butler has more. ...more

Butler: Impact shuffle the deck again ahead of DC encounter

The old adage a week is a long time in politics will likely be ringing in Collen Warner's ears as he made his way to join up with his new teammates. For a player who started all nine league games this season the last image Impact supporters are left with is of the walk to the locker room for Warner after his red card last Saturday. TSN Radio 690's Noel Butler has more. ...more

Butler: Odds favour City but sentiment in Liverpool's corner

Leaking goals and tears in similar amounts - nobody who witnessed the scenes from Selhurst Park Monday could not have a sense of sympathy for Liverpool as the title slipped from their grasp. Their misery completed 24-hours later as the Etihad was reminded yet again why, for many, Yaya Toure and not Luis Suarez is the player of the year this season. TSN Radio 690's Noel Butler has more. ...more

Butler: Drama at the top and bottom of the BPL table

With intrigue in the BPL title hunt among Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as teams at the other end of the table fighting for survival and avoiding the drop, the next two weekends of the Premier League season could have historical repercussions. TSN's Noel Butler explains. ...more

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Noel Butler

Noel Butler


Noel Butler is an analyst for TSN's soccer coverage and his blog can be read on TSN.ca. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/TheSoccerNoel and listen to his radio program oranges@halftime on TSN Radio 690 Montreal.

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