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Butler: London, Manchester, Liverpool BPL roads paved with gold

As Canadians vacationed this summer, the BPL Twenty invested a staggering £850m [$1.5b] combined in upgrading their playing squads. To put this into a clearer context, this total surpasses the combined spending of the next big four European Leagues - La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1. ...more

Butler: Impact failings lead to fall rejuvenation

The Montreal Impact have undergone a great deal of changes over the summer, but as TSN Radio 690 soccer analyst Noel Butler writes, there's reason for optimism as fall arrives. ...more

Butler: Remembering the Patron Saint of Stamford Bridge

Chelsea lost one of its most recognizable figures this week, but it was a man that never once suited up to step on the pitch. Noel Butler remembers the Stamford Bridge legacy of Lord Richard Attenborough. ...more

Butler: Stuff of legend awaits Canada's U20s in Edmonton

Tuesday's U-20 game at Olympic Stadium between Canada and North Korea vaults right contention as Noel Butler's most unforgettable moment in a football stadium. And as TSN Radio 690's soccer analyst writes, imagine what it could be like at Olympic Stadium in Montreal next Wednesday night if Canada is in the semifinals. ...more

Butler: It's U20s - Come all ye Canadian football faithful!

Once again, Canada is hosting a FIFA tournament and once again, the visitors' crowd looks and sounds a lot more boisterous than the red and white faithful. And as TSN Radio 690 soccer analyst Noel Butler writes, no manner of moaning and laying blame with the Canadian Soccer Association will change this. ...more

Butler: Face and Force of Impact moved upstairs

If we could use some of that vanishing spray from Brazil 2014 to remove the 1999 A League Season which was spent in Raleigh, North Carolina as the Impact sat out an outdoor season - Saturday afternoon's league match at home to arch rival Toronto FC will represent the first time in over two decades the Montreal Impact will take to a football pitch without Nick De Santis leading from the front. TSN 690's Noel Butler has more. ...more

Butler: MLS continues to punch above its world weight class

This time last year, ESPN reported Clint Dempsey was coming home to a league that in 2007 set him on his way to a successful six- year stint in the BPL. Over the intervening 12 months, we have witnessed unprecedented growth for a league which next year will celebrate its 20th season. TSN 690's Noel Butler has more. ...more

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

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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.

Podcasts

TSN 690: oranges at halftime: Frank Klopas: Sept. 18

Following Wednesday night's Champions League win, we catch up with the Impact's Head Coach

TSN 690: oranges at halftime: Tommy Smyth: Sept. 18

We recap the UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 and sneak a peak at Tommy's legendary prediction ways.

TSN 690: oranges at halftime: Patrice bernier: sep 11

In depth chat with the Impact Captain who celebrated a milestone 50th Cap for Canada.


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