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Arrivederci Nerazurri – Vieira Plans Exit from Inter
[13 Dec 2009 | One Comment | ]

HE’S a World Cup winner, European Championship victor and boasts a series of Premier League and Serie A winner’s medals. Now Patrick Vieira, aged 33, finds himself feeling the cold shoulder of football after being shunned by both club and country over recent months.
Former mentor Arsène Wenger has urged Vieira to leave the Nerazzurri to find first team football. Vieira has made no secret of the fact that he wishes to represent France at next summer’s World Cup and Wenger gave a blunt statement regarding the situation of his former …

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Is Didier Drogba the best forward in the Premier League?
[2 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

It’s time for the impossible question of the week. Who is the best forward in the Premier League? Some people might say that Fernando Torres‘ pace and clinical finishing makes him the sure fire choice for the majority. Others may claim that Wayne Rooney’s drive and determination set him apart from the rest. Several supporters may find that the craft and guile of Robin Van Persie is easy on the eye whilst biased Sunderland and Tottenham fans wouldn’t swap Darren Bent or Jermaine Defoe for anyone else.
However, there is one …

English Football, Featured »

[27 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

After 160 club appearances and taking charge of 127 games,  Middlesbrough’s adopted son Gareth Southgate was sacked as manager.
Southgate didn’t have the most perfect record with Boro’. Out of the 127 games that he took charge of, he won 36, drew 35 and lost 56. But what was the reason behind Southgate’s sacking? Middlesbrough are lying in 4th place in the Coca Cola Championship, just 3 points behind local rivals Newcastle United who occupy the top spot – this would lead me to believe that the current standing of Middlesbrough …

English Football, Featured »

Sol – How Many Fans Can Hate Him?
[5 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

In August 2009, former England defender, Sol Campbell, reportedly turned down several offers from Premier League clubs to join lower-league Notts County. By September, he was gone. I suppose when you are hated by the fans of the club you started your career with, it seems right to end your career in the same manner. However, it does seem Campbell is not ready to end his relationship with the game; only the club.
The ex-Arsenal centre-half signed a five-year contract with the League Two outfit, who were recently taken over by Munto Finance. …

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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 …

Featured, Football Rivalries »

Millwall Fans? Nothing But A Bunch Of Pansies!
[2 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

Almost 3,000 miles away from Britain, a vast city lays engulfed by the snow-capped Alborz Mountains. Home to one of football’s fiercest rivalries, Tehran is widely headlined as a city embroiled in debates over nuclear armament and terrorism. Liberal values are denounced, and alcohol is illegal. The nightclubbing section of the Lonely Planet guidebook reads as just two words; ‘Dream on.’ But beyond all of the diplomatic issues, there is something that matters much, much more to Iranian citizens. Football.
The Persian League is host to eighteen clubs, but sixteen of …

Featured, Football Rivalries »

Fireworks, banners and dancing: The Superclasico!
[1 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

The Superclasico is known worldwide as one of the most important and fiercest derbies in football. It is the name used to describe the match hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina between rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate. The name comes from the Spanish usage of “clasico” to mean derby with the prefix “super” used to emphasise the dominance of these two teams in Argentine football.
Such is the passion and anticipation surrounding this match that The Observer newspaper put the Superclasico at the top of their “50 sporting things you must do before …

English Football, Featured, Football Rivalries »

[7 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

You won’t find attendances of 79,000 at this game. Nor will you find overpaid, over hyped pre-madonnas or day-tripping “fans”. You won’t find a club shop selling replica shirts for £60 and you won’t find an expensive stadium, it’s walls adorned by pictures of multi-millionaire foreign investors. If you approached this game expecting any of these things, you’d have left disgruntled and disappointed. If you, however, attended this game seeking passionate, traditional “English” football, you’d have left feeling satisfied.

The biggest difference between Manchester United and FC United of Manchester is …

Featured, Money in Football »

[19 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

In essence, the game of football is a splendidly simple prospect.
Tracing its roots back to China, England and even Greenland, the very first players of the game used pig’s bladders or skins of possums, and it was even outlawed by King Edward III in the 1300s.
In the hundreds of years since, however, the beautiful game has become increasingly tarnished by the influx of money pumped into it. Indeed, football has evolved so rapidly that its disputes have even entered the law courts as clubs become increasingly dependent on the financial …

Featured, Players »

Lassana Diarra: a season review
[30 Jun 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Look up the word “indomitable” in the Oxford English dictionary and next to the definition you’ll probably see the smiling face of Lassana Diarra, such is his skill at overcoming setbacks that would wreck the career of many a professional footballer.

Indomitable: –adjective- that cannot be subdued or overcome, as persons, will, or courage; unconquerable: ie. The warrior was indomitable like Lass.

Things looked to be rosy for Lassana in 2005 when Chelsea signed him for £1 million, citing him as “the next Claude Makelele” but things never worked out for Diarra, …

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