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Euro 2012 Winner: My Predictions

June 6, 2012

Euro 2012 Winner: My Predictions Lets start with a rundown of the contenders Spain: With no Puyol, the heart of Spain’s defence is missing. Regardless of this Spain’s weakness is their defence and this is no secret. The most notable weakness is the left back position, Arbeloa at left back will struggle to compete with […] […]

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Have Spain’s competitors learnt how to stop tici-taca?

November 17, 2011

  Spain’s 2-2 draw with Costa Rica last night, and their 1-0 loss to England on the weekend, suggest that the European and World champions have become too predictable. Only a David Villa goal three minutes into injury time in San Jose prevented them from being embarrassed twice in four days. Since their triumph at […] […]

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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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Sir Alex fails to learn lessons from Rome while Messi breaks English duck

June 1, 2011

“We’ll be ready…We’re better prepared…The team has matured.” The positive noises coming from the Manchester United camp in the build-up to the highly anticipated Champions League final suggested that the tie would be a tightly contested one. Two European heavyweights standing toe-to-toe on the biggest of stages. […]

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Red Devil Resentment or Barca’s Brilliance?

May 27, 2011

Much has been made of the fact that this year’s Champions League Final will be held at Wembley, with Manchester United supposedly having ‘home advantage’ and therefore an upper hand in their unenviable task of stopping the imperious Barcelona on Saturday. However Alex Ferguson isn’t sure that such an advantage exists in the […]

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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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Weekly Report: Sh*t Shinpads and Horrible Headlines

March 10, 2011

Where to start? A lot has happened, so I’m going to skip all the important stuff and go to something meaningless. Something that I have wondered for ages came to the fore this week: Nani’s shin. I haven’t wondered about his shin for ages, more the protection he applies – and every other pro player […] […]

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Barce press Arsenal into ultimate claustrophobia

March 9, 2011

Last night, Arsenal were succumbed to the most terrifying of deaths; strangulation. This morning will be painted with headlines of ‘Farce’ and talk of red cards, where any unbiased consumer of the spectacle that was this match would realise that The Gunners were diving too deep, and oxygen was getting scarce. Many fans in the […] […]

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An alien in the England team

February 17, 2011

It is very difficult, as an Englishman, not to get carried away when assessing Jack Wilshere’s performance in Arsenal’s first leg victory over Barcelona. The 19 year-old showed composure, skill, tenacity, technical brilliance and did I mention composure to rival that of the man he was playing opposite, Xavi Hernandez. If ever there was a [&hell […]

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Arsenal vs. Barcelona-revenge for past heartbreak?

February 14, 2011

On the 5th of February we witnessed Cheik Tiote smash home the eighth goal in a wondrous Premier League affair in the North East. In the same afternoon another 35 goals were registered in record-breaking style as the most entertaining and exciting weekend in English Football dazzled the country. Seven days later we were found […] […]

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FIFA name World team – Do you agree with the selection?

January 11, 2011

Whether you love or loath FIFA you have to admit that they are always at the centre of talking points within the sport. Russia, Qatar, Sepp Blatter and his thoughts on gays – there’s always something interesting going on in Zurich. The latest round of backpatting was the recent announcement of Lionel Messi as the […] […]

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English league no longer the Premier attraction

November 5, 2010

Patrick Vieira’s comments on Thursday that the Premier League is going backwards wasn’t just the withering criticism of a star on the slide. It seems the legendary Arsenal captain has made good use of his time on the bench in Manchester by wryly observing the state of the competition and the failings of his contemporaries […] […]

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