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Four talent-strewn leagues, a World Cup and a transfer market gone mad: why this season is promising to be one of the best yet
[21 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Football fans have a multitude of reasons to expect the forthcoming season to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. With four blockbuster leagues, a number of fascinating transfer deals and a World Cup to ponder over, it’s fair to say this season won’t be short on entertainment.
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The English Premier league is often criticised for being predictable, with Manchester United being the title favourites most years, but this year the league really has been blown open. The loss of Ronaldo has weakened United whilst both Chelsea and Liverpool …

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19th United title or is it time for a change?
[21 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

The 2009/2010 Premier League Season promises to be one of the most competitive and exciting seasons we’ve ever had, after the spending-spree of Man City who have spent in excess of £90 million. In that same time United have spent only £17 million and Chelsea £20 million. Is money the answer to breaking into the top four?
Two games into the Premier League season and we have already had upsets and shocks. Tottenham, who this time last year were bottom of the league, are sitting proudly on top of the League …

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[21 Aug 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

When Chris Foy’s final whistle reverbarated around Villa Park in May and Newcastle United were relagated to the Coca-Cola Championship, Toon fans would have been forgiven for fearing their club was beginning to fade into footballing obscurity.
Luckily for them – and frustratingly for others – there is very little chance of that now happening, with the producers of the BBC’s ‘Football League Show’ apparently insistant on giving Newcastle disproportanate coverage at every opportunity.
Newcastle’s first game in English football’s second tier at West Brom, for example, was always going to be …

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Experience the key to United’s nineteen
[19 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

So we’re one game in and the jury’s already out, cast it’s vote and gone off to eat their cocktail sausages. Arsenal are back to their scintillating best, Rooney’s in his favourite position and the Hull manager still cares more about his fake tan than anything to do with football.
However, with a couple of weeks still left of the transfer window there’s still time left for a few more swings and roundabouts. Rumour mongering is still fierce and before proper form kicks in our best avenue for crystal ball gazing …

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A Season Of Intrigue Begins
[19 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Well, here we are at the start of another season of football. There will be goals aplenty, controversial decisions, penalties, off sides, back passes, career threatening challenges, but how will it all end?

This could be one of the most open Premier League races in five years or more. The monopoly of the big four, threatened by big spending Manchester City and the gutsy performances from the likes of Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

At the other end of the table, newly promoted sides Burnley, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham will …

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Arsenal set to surprise in tightest season yet!
[19 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

With another summer of transfer madness thankfully slowing to a gradual standstill, it seems that everybody has a different opinion as to who will win the Premier League.
“I’m going for Liverpool to win the title. They looked so good at the end of last season and I also think they’ll have the top goalscorer in Fernando Torres.” – Teddy Sheringham
“Adebayor up front with Tevez – unbelievable. And they have Roque Santa Cruz and Robinho too. What a strike force. That’s it. City are champions for sure.” – Jose Mourinho
“I think this …

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Stability the Key to Unlock Non-League Challenge
[19 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

‘It’s a marathon, not a sprint.’ Overused, perhaps? Put this term into Blue Square Premier context, and you end up with, ‘It’s forty-six marathons, not one.’ Forget slick, passing football. Forget under-soil heating. Cold Tuesday’s at Barrow and Eastbourne, sub-thousand crowds, tea in mugs, and banter beyond all belief. This is where real football transpires.

A ‘massive’ attendance at Altrincham’s Moss Lane home

Don’t be surprised if a club goes into liquidation this season. The recession, coupled with the demise of non-league broadcaster Setanta, has seen some clubs’ budget cut by almost …

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Will Money Previal This Season?
[18 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

With a summer where the Premier League has lost some of its greatest players to La Liga; a summer where Manchester City have been the only club able to attract “world class” players; I thought I would attempt to answer the question: why money prevail over stability.
The 2009/10 season promises to be one of the most competitive campaigns of the decade, where a club’s summer activity could decide their fate. Manchester City will, no doubt, be hoping to challenge, after spending in excess of £90 million. But as we …

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