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Chelsea: Why Can’t We Be Liked?

February 23, 2012 by


It gets tiring supporting a club that’s not liked.  It’s quite fun initially, especially if you’re winning things.  Snide comments and ‘buying the title’ jibes are bearable when your side has just won the league for the first time in 50 years.  Though, as said comments persist, they start to become less enjoyable.  The feeling […]

Real Madrid 1-2 Barcelona – Copa Del Rey QF First Leg

January 18, 2012 by


These games are a real highlight in the footballing, nay, cultural calendar. The speed and intensity of the drama, coupled with the exceptional technical and mental prowess exhibited by the competitors, make even cup quarter final first-legs between Real Madrid and Barcelona, the best two teams in the world, unmissable. First half: Tactical line-ups: The […]

Arshavin: All He Needs Is Love

December 30, 2011 by


With The African Cup of Nations just around the corner, many domestic fringe players are presented with the opportunity to impress their manager and supporters whilst others are away. Andrei Arshavin will be hoping to do just that. If I were to say that Andrei Arshavin will be replacing Gervinho for the next couple of […]

Bayern Munich vs Manchester City – Tactical Preview

September 27, 2011 by


I love games like these. It should be a great test for a City side growing in confidence week-by-week. This is how the teams will probably line-up (Arjen Robben has been injured, so a place on the bench is most likely): The basic shape for both sides will probably be a 4-2-3-1, but there are […]

Britain needs talent

July 28, 2011 by


‘If England had the equivalent of the French youth academy Clairefontaine they would already have won another major championship.’  Sven-Goran Eriksson Clairefontaine academy is a haven for young French footballers. Located near Paris – the heart of France, players are taken at 13 years of age, made to be good, and then pumped out into the […]

The Belgian New Wave

June 20, 2011 by


As the cogs of the summer rumour mill begin to gather momentum any glance at the football gossip pages will reveal a curious pattern… “Arsenal are looking to land Lille’s Eden Hazard”   “Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku hopes to finalise a £20m move to Chelsea on Saturday”   “Standard Liege’s central midfielder Steven Defour could […]

Why sign for Chelsea when they don’t have a manager?

June 19, 2011 by


At this time of year there is little more to do than speculate about where a player’s future may lie. The Under 21 European Championship is underway but is only followed by a dedicated minority. Similarly, Fifa Women’s World Cup kicks off next week. Apart from those fairly under-the-radar events taking place, the domestic football fan […]