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Football Fans, Aren’t we all just cowards by heart?
[5 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]

I know by looking at the title you will think this is just another sweeping generalisation by another writer trying to give another opinion but there is evidence to prove this.
Now that the incident at Eastland’s or `Middleastland’s` as it also known as (due to Manchester Cities owners place of origin) between Emmanuel Adebayor and the Arsenal has died down, its time to think on how us fellow football fans think that because one player reacts to years of abuse through provocation, the fans still think they are in the …

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Additional Assistant Referee’s – Yay or Nay?
[1 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]

You’d have to be some sort of recluse to have avoided the controversy behind France’s dubious qualification for the 2010 World Cup. Thierry Henry clearly handled the ball twice before crossing for William Gallas to head home from point blank range.

Thierry Henry won’t be ordering a pint of Guinness in Dublin any time soon
This clearly strengthened the case for the introduction of new measures in football. Whether it’s video technology or extra officials behind the goal, there’s no doubt either of these would have prevented such an event from happening …

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Should the Dundee clubs share grounds?
[27 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

This is a topic which is quickly dismissed by fans of both Dundee and Dundee United, as you would expect, their rivalry is one of the most fierce in Scottish Football. Dundee are based on Dens Road, hence the name, Dens Park, with a capacity of 11,200. Their rivals, United, play at Tannadice Stadium which, ironically enough, is located on Tannadice Street with a capacity of 14,209. However, on Sandeman Street, the two clubs are just a few hundred yards away from each other on the same road, making them …

Current Affairs, European Football »

[25 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

When you think of inspiring Liverpool European performances, the magnificent triumph in the Champions League Final in 2005 springs to mind. In 2009, Liverpool face a different challenge, as they prepare for three matches which ultimatley will seal their Champions League fate for this season, Lyon, Debrecen & Fiorentina stand in the way of Rafa Benitez’s side. Would the failure of Champions League exit at the groups and not winning the Premier League crown be the catalyst for a Bentiez exit?
Firstly, Liverpool will travel to the French city of Lyon …

Current Affairs, English Football »

City firing on all cylinders
[20 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

Manchester City sit fourth in the Premiership today with four wins from five games, they have scored 11 goals, only conceded 6 and today they have narrowly lost to their fierce rivals Manchester United however they have done all this without their £32million talisman Robinho which shows just how far Mark Hughes’ men have come.
 
There is no doubt that last season Robinho was City’s playmaker, their inspirational player who changed games in their favour with moments of brilliance; but many are unsure what impact Robinho’s fractured ankle will have on City’s fortunes this season. …

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Three unfancied Championship promotion candidates
[20 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

The Coca-Cola football league championship, the Premier League’s slightly more interesting little brother, has long had a reputation for exciting matches and unpredictable results, and this season (thankfully) promises to be no different. Whilst the highest tier of English football is monopolised by the “big four”(and in reality, only two of those four clubs look capable of winning the title this year) the Championship is well and truly up for grabs.

Anyone and everyone has a chance of lifting this trophy come the end of the season

The introduction of two traditional …

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Will Phil Neville’s absence halt Everton’s European charge?
[19 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

If one man could write a book on how to manage a Premier League club on a limited budget whilst coping with injuries, that man would be David Moyes.
Not a season passes by where the Everton manager isn’t forced to make the best from an injury deprived squad. Only a couple of months ago, Moyes led the team to an impressive 5th place league finish despite playing a large proportion of the campaign with only one fit striker.
The injury jinx recently struck again as Everton captain Phil Neville damaged his knee ligaments in the …

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[19 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

 
Job Safe
After Scotland came so close to qualifying for Euro 2008 many people expected the Scot’s to come even closer this time. In their Euro 2008 qualifying group they had the 2 World Cup finalists. In their World Cup qualifying they had Holland and Norway, so no wonder the Scottish public expected more. On Wednesday 9th September Scotland were beaten 1-0 at home by Holland, that meant Scotland had no chance of qualifying. After the game there was alot of talk in the papers about George Burley, should he stay …

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Cost cutting measures can only be a good thing
[19 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

UEFA have finally put plans in place to encourage clubs to curb their spending. Michel Platini has decided that enough is enough and wants clubs to “live within their means” which, I think most will agree, is a good thing.
So what exactly is the plan of action? Well for a start the strategy council (which consists of some of Europe’s richest clubs) has agreed on a deadline of 2012 for clubs to balance their books. Something that may well be much easier said than done when you consider that at …

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Eduardo row sets European precedent for long diving debate
[18 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

A dive or “simulation”, as UEFA use in their crusade to make football’s greyest area more technical, can generally be described as a theatrical motion made by a player in close proximity with an opponent to gain an advantage for his team. Adjudicating when a dive is not a dive is regarded as one of the most difficult tasks that officials face.

However, when Eduardo did his now infamous “sniper impression” against Celtic, the authorities decided to move. The great white beaks, capes n’all, were ready to make their mark, set …

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