world cup

Is Abou Diaby, an enigma, or just plain unlucky?

July 1, 2015

It’s the news that all Arsenal fans were dreading, after nine long years, midfielder Abou Diaby has been released. The Frenchman joined the Gunners from Auxerre in 2006, but a succession of serious injuries limited his appearances to just 182. One must feel an element of sympathy for the lad, after all, it’s not his fault he [… […]

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“I’d change my religion before my team”, say football fans

June 20, 2015

Fans agree with Eric Cantona that:  “You can change your wife, your politics, your religion… but never, never, can you change your favourite football team.”Football fans are more likely to change their religion than the team they support, according to a national poll, published on the eve of Easter. Three-quarters (74.9%) of football se […]

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England are off to the World Cup, can we start enjoying ourselves now?

October 15, 2013

Shock horror, turns out all that worrying about the current England squad was for nothing. Victory against Poland guaranteed not only automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup Finals in Brazil but also a much needed and thoroughly deserved respite for manager Roy Hodgson. All the talk in the build to the final two group […] […]

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Is Joe Hart becoming complacent due to a lack of competition?

October 10, 2013

Joe Hart’s place in the Manchester City and England team has come under scrutiny, but is there sufficient competition to push him? After Joe Hart’s performance against Bayern Munich last week in the Champions League, there were further questions asked over his form and whether he should continue in goal for Manchester City. Manager Man […]

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Qatar 2022: the most baffling decision in football history?

September 25, 2013

I have vivid memories of the day Fifa selected it’s hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments. The day held extra significance in England due to our bid for 2018. Confidence was high that for the first time in over 50 years we would be chosen to host the Earths biggest football spectacle. […] […]

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“let the ball do the work” is a myth.

July 25, 2013

Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Spanish football team might dominate the beautiful game, but new research has quashed the myth they tire the opposition by keeping the ball. For years, coaches, pundits and fans believed teams should “let the ball do the work” because the other team will have to run further to regain possession. […] […]

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Bringing the game into the 21st century

April 18, 2013

Football’s governing body, FIFA, recently announced that goal line technology will be introduced for this summer’s Confederations Cup in Brazil. With FIFA having finally opened the door to technology, surely now is the time for the game to open its arms and fully embrace it in a way that so many other sports have to […] […]

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Things can only get Blatter

December 5, 2011

Considering the fact that Sepp Blatter has been working for FIFA for the best part of 40 years, it is remarkable just how good he’s gotten at annoying football fans, or should I say English football fans. Now if any other 75 year old man with a degree in business and economics (and has never […] […]

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Watch out; Qatar’s about

September 8, 2011

When it was announced on December 2nd that Qatar were to hold the 2022 World Cup, football fans around the globe collectively spat their coffee across the room in disbelief. Heck, I bet even the people of Qatar were in a state of shock when Sepp Blatter pulled their nation from the envelope. Cue a […] […]

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Road to Poland and Ukraine

September 7, 2011

Germany, Italy, Spain and Netherlands (plus hosts Poland and Ukraine) are the first nations to be qualified to Euro 2012 with still two more rounds of matches to play in October. In this moment Germany and Spain seemed the best European national teams.  Last saturday  Joachim Loew’s team has won 4-0 for the 4th time […] […]

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The English Model vs. the Continental Model

June 16, 2011

The recent successes of the Spanish National team in the last two international tournaments, 2008 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup has highlighted a wind of change in world football. Couple Spain’s international glory with the emergence of Barcelona combining winning football with fantasy, flair and creativity and you have a recipe f […]

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Will Manchester United stop the best of Barcelona?

May 27, 2011

The final of the Champions League at Wembley Stadium is almost upon us. The iconic twin towers of the old Wembley may be gone but the arch of the latest, rejuvenated and reinvigorated Wembley Stadium is all set to become just as famous. Saturday 28th May 2011 will the biggest day in the new stadium’s […] […]

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