The Back of The Net

A sideways look at Football/Soccer across the world

The Falseness Of The False Nine

When David Villa suffered a broken leg months before the kick off of Euro 2012, the media went into speculation overdrive about who would lead the line for Spain. With … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

MLS Call Time On Chivas USA Experiment

Ten years after its inception, Chivas USA are no longer. As a subsidiary of Mexican club C.D Guadalajara, Chivas were seen as the perfect way to appease the strong growing … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nothing Fair About UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Rule

The inclusion of the word “fair” in UEFA financial fair play rules is somewhat ironic given that its intended purpose will be anything but fair. Introduced by UEFA president Michel … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Rangers Chaos Continues As Mike Ashley Tightens His Grip

The calamitous situation unfolding at Ibrox should surprise no one as yet another diabolical chapter of Rangers history is written. In the latest twist, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley who current … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

How Bureaucracy Almost Destroyed The Spanish Dream

To play in La Liga is every Spanish teams dream and for Eibar Fútbol Club reaching the promise land this year was an unforgettable journey to say the least. Having … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

FIFA Ignores Other Key Issues With Qatar World Cup As Heat Debate Continues

Call it what you like but farcical may be the correct way to describe FIFA’s handling on the 2022 World Cup. Surprisingly handed to the tiny Arabian peninsula of Qatar … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rodgers Puzzled By Liverpool’s Poor Start

The night started so well for Brendan Rodgers but ended much like most recent nights have with disappointment. The Liverpool manager appeared over the moon when he was spotted by … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Rebirth Of The Sweeper Keeper?

The evolution of football over the past three decades has led to the alteration of player roles. Whilst in the past a full back was only seen as such, now … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why Platini’s Tinkering Could Destroy UEFA

With the application phase firmly underway, there appears to be no turning back on Platini’s revolution of the European Championships. The next event, due to be played in France in … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

High Flying Southampton Singing To Koeman’s Song Now

Having sold half their squad and lost their manager during the summer, few expected Southampton to do much this season. But after eight matches under new head coach Ronald Koeman, … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wanted – One New Owner To Instill Pride Back Into Fallen Giant

Wanted – One football mad billionaire to invest in well established and popular club with significant history of success. Glasgow Rangers is looking for a buyer who can end the … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Raising Awareness Of The Silent Killer Affecting Football

On the morning of November 10th 2009, Hannover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke kissed his wife goodbye and said he was off to training. Two years later, Wales’s manager Gary Speed … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

World Cup Hangover Hands Hope To Europe’s Smaller Nations

Three games played and maximum points obtained for Northern Ireland and Iceland has placed them in a good position in their quest to end their respective hiatuses from international competitions. … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Platini Views Changes to Champions League Amidst Pressure From Others

Once a giant of European football, AC Milan have struggled in the past few seasons and as a result do not feature in this year’s Champions League. Given their absence … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Henry lines Up Ligue 1 Swansong

The name of Thierry Henry is one of the most recognised in world football. The World Cup and European Championship winning striker is second only to Lillan Thuram as the … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Could A Facebook Post Have Ended Jourden’s France Chances Before They Have Even Begun?

As France gear up to face Portugal on Saturday in an international friendly, spare a thought for Didier Deschamps.  The French national coach has had a torrid week not at … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Di Matteo Dreaming Of Champions league Success One More After Joining Schalke

After a brief hiatus, Roberto Di Matteo is back in football management after taking over at FC Schalke 04. The former Chelsea boss has been appointed by the German club, … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hope Solo Remains Part Of US Plans Despite Domestic Abuse Allegations

It’s been fourteen years since Hope Solo burst onto the international scene. The US goalkeeper has had to battle her entire career against a system designed for men but has … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Almunia Forced Into Retirement Due To Heart Condition

The news that Manuel Almunia has retired from the game probably raised few eyebrows given the long successful career that he has had. At aged 37 he was in the … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Changing Of The Guard In Scottish Football?

There was a time in Scottish football where two Glasgow teams dominated the country’s top league. The Old Firm, better known as Rangers and Celtic have for the last 30 … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Las Vegas Moves A Step Closer To A MLS Franchise

For anyone who has ever visited Las Vegas will know, entertainment options are a plenty. Everything from live shows from top performers like Britney Spears and Celine Dion to spectacular … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Calls For The Rooney Rule To Be Introduced To English Football Intensify

With the pressure mounting on Alan Pardew at Newcastle, the clubs fans are looking towards who could potentially become their next manager. A familiar name keeps reappearing on the fan … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

October Poll – Who Will Win This Years Champions League?

September saw the return of Europe’s top club competition, the Champions League and with it the speculation over who will lift the coveted trophy come May. Defending champions Real Madrid … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Man United’s Captain Calamity Will Remain For Now

The problems at Old Trafford continue with captain Wayne Rooney suspended for the next three games after wildly lashing out during Saturday’s crunch game with West Ham. Rooney received a … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Canada – The Safe Option For The FIFA 2026 World Cup?

With questions being asked about the selection of Russia and Qatar for the next two World Cups in 2018 and 2022 respectively, few are thinking about the 2026 event with … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Barkley Must Choose His Career Over Cash

Collecting the ball just outside the area, he fooled the oncoming defender with a dip of his shoulder, a clever switch of the ball at his feet before steadying himself … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pardew – Should He Stay Or Should He Go Now?

Trailing 2-0 to Hull with 20 minutes remaining, Pardew motioned to the bench for Papiss Cisse to warm up. After a quick warm up, Cisse was thrown into the game … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Shout Out From The Stands – The Future Of English Football

With England’s recent failures in the 2014 World Cup, questions are again being asked of the ability of young English players as world-class footballers, and also of the Academy and … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gattuso Bites Back in Press Conference After Media Criticism

No one can question how passionate Rino Gattuso is about football. The fiery former Italian midfielder had a reputation as a player for wearing his heart on his sleeve and … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cardiff Look To Scotland For New Boss After Solskjaers Departure

After a disappointing start to the new season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as Cardiff boss has come to an end. The baby faced Norwegian manager has vacated his position only … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez Recieving Treatment After Being Diagnosed With Testicular Cancer

Since his arrival on Tyneside, Argentine Jonas Gutierrez has established himself as a fan favourite at Newcastle. So it will come as a shock to them that Gutierrez is taking some … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

When Will The Nightmare End For Fulham?

Like a nightmare that they cannot wake from, Fulham fans find themselves in the depths of despair watching their beloved clubs sink into the abyss. Rooted to the bottom of … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

AC Milan Show Grit Needed To Lift Serie A Title

As far as excitement goes, the Serie A clash between Parma and AC Milan at the weekend had it all. Nine goals, two sending’s off, some sublime finishes and an … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Would Scrapping The Loan System Be Such A Bad Idea?

With transfer fees climbing year after year, there appears to be little solace for clubs who are barely struggling to make ends meet. The gap between those who have and … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Munir Enters The Fold With A Bang

With all the recent changes at Barcelona and the high profile arrivals of Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Thomas Vermaelen, the emergence of Munir El Haddadi into the first team … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Portugal Defeat Spells Trouble For Bento

After a disastrous World Cup campaign where Portugal failed to get out of first gear, many questioned were asked whether Paulo Bento should remain in charge. The former Sporting Lisbon coach has … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

India Gears Up For Football Frenzy With ISL Kick Off

In just over a month’s time, the inaugural season of the Indian Super League is set to begin with anticipation in the country reaching fever pitch. The league, which comprises … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Argentina Gets World Cup Revenge With A Little Help From An Angel

Less than two months after Germany snatched the World Cup away from Argentina in extra time, the two sides met again in a friendly in Dusseldorf last night with the … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Defoe To Remain In Toronto, For Now

It was a very long day for Tim Bezbatchenko and one that he won’t necessarily forget any time soon. Just a day after sacking manager Ryan Nelsen and his entire … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

September Poll – Best Transfer Deadline Day Move

And breathe. After a breathtaking transfer deadline day which saw some surprise moves and a few shock transfers, fans can start to rest easy knowing that their team is safe, at least … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

BOTN Transfer Window Premiership Special – Predicting Who’s In And Who’s Out

Ah the transfer window is upon us again. It’s an anxious filled day for fans who dream about celebrating new signings but dread the departure of their star players. The rumour mill … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Defender Becomes Ludogorets Legend With Double Penalty Shoot Out Saves

The Champions League qualifier match between Bulgarian champions Ludogorets and Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest should have been fairly non news worth game but instead turned into a memorable affair, at … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Tragic Tale Of Serhiy Scherbakov

The name of Serhiy Scherbakov may not be as well known as Puskas, Maradona or Cruyff but for a period in the early 90’s, Scherbakov was one of the world’s … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Friends Rally To Support Gazza’s Ongoing Battle With Alcoholism

The pictures released last week of Paul Gascoigne were startling to many including close friends of the former Rangers, Lazio, Newcastle and Tottenham player. Being helped into an ambulance by … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Moody And Mackay Careers In Football in Doubt After Text Scandal

The ongoing soap opera that is Crystal Palace Football Club this season took yet another unusual twist yesterday with the clubs Sporting Director Ian Moody forced to resign after revelations about … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Eto’o Looking To Avoid Football Wilderness With One Final Payday

After failing to spark with Chelsea and coming under attack from his own manager for being too old, it was hardly surprising that Samuel Eto’o exited Stamford Bridge in the summer. Since … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Barca Ban Upheld As FIFA Flexes Its Muscle

In a move that was never likely to suceed, Barcelona has seen its latest legal challenge to FIFA over an imposed two year transfer ban fail. The ban was handed … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

James Alexander Gordon – A Tribute To The Voice Of Football

The Scottish born broadcaster is one of the most famous people in British sport, but few would recognise him as he walked down the street. That would be until they heard his unmistakable tones which would indicate that they were in fact talking to a broadcast legend. For nearly 40 years, football fans all across Britain tuned in to listen to the scores being read out by Gordon and were hooked on his every word. His voice was captivating and his style was very much unique to him, often using slight inflections to give the listeners subtle hints as to who had one the game just before he read them out. Gordon’s exact pronunciation of every team in the British leagues helped many a fan learn more about the beautiful game and the teams within it.

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Summer Signings Offer Hope Of Brighter Days Ahead For Newcastle

Towards the tail end of last season, the glum looks that were present on the face of the Newcastle fans were a good indication of how bad things were going. … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pulis Leaves Palace As Parish Pulls On The Purse Strings

Tony Pulis resignation from Crystal Palace a day before the new season comes as a shock but in truth it has been simmering, ready to boil over for months now. The … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · Leave a comment
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