The Back of The Net

A sideways look at Football/Soccer across the world

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

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

August 29, 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

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

August 26, 2014 · Leave a 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

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

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Can Anyone Stop Real Madrid?

Sevilla’s run to the Europa League title last year was anything but pretty but a combination of perseverance and teamwork got them over the line in the end. They claimed … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

August 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Arsenal Draw First Blood In New Season With Win In Community Shield

Arsenal grabbed the first silverware of the new season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the FA Community Shield but what does it really say about both … Continue reading

August 11, 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

August 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Celtic Defeat Heaps Early Pressure On Deila

To be fair it was always going to be an uphill struggle to claw back a 4-1 first leg deficit but Celtic fans believed that their side could. Unfortunately what … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pepe Reina’s Master Plan Takes Surprise Detour To Germany

It’s clear that Pepe Reina wanted out of Liverpool. Whether it was for personal reasons or due to a falling out with manager Brendan Rodgers, Reina appeared to be looking to exit … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Champagne On Ice As Blatter Considers Fifth Term

It should have been a straight race but now candidates for next year’s FIFA presidency are facing up to the possibility of it being a one horse race. Outgoing chief … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

August Poll – Who Will Win This Years EPL Title?

The wait is almost over, with less than two weeks to go before the kick off of the new Premiership season, fans are reaching fever pitch. The transfer activity between … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

How Euro 2004 Could Have Solved England’s Defensive Problems

The European Championships held in Portugal in 2004 will be remembered as the year that Greece shocked the world by beating the home nation in the final to lift the … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Premier League Gets With The Program By Accepting Vanishing Spray

After a successful trial at this year’s World Cup, the Premier League has announced that it will use vanishing spray in the forthcoming season. The spray is used by referees … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Commercialized Preseasons Taking Their Toll On Players

Preseason training is supposed to be gruelling as clubs get their players back to peak fitness ahead of the new season starting. But recently concerns have been raised about the … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Scotland Take Aim For France And Euro 2016

In 1998, Tom Hanks starred in the hit movie Saving Private Ryan about a team of men on an almost impossible mission to rescue Matt Damon (Private Ryan) from deep … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

New York City Ready To Be King Again

After months of drawn out speculation, Major League Soccer announced that its 20th franchise team would be based in the city that never sleeps, New York. Aptly named New York … Continue reading

July 28, 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

July 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fantasy Football As Real Madrid And Barcelona Ramp Up For The New Season

After a sensational World Cup that saw him score six goals in five games which earned him the golden boot, it’s hardly surprising that the name of James Rodriguez was … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

La Masia Legend Krkic Signs On At Stoke

As far as summer transfers go, the decision by Bojan Krkic to move from La Liga to the English Premiership is hardly unexpected. But what is surprising is his choice … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Qatar World Cup Dealt Another Blow As FBI investigates Corruption Claims

In the never ending saga that surrounds the 2022 FIFA World Cup, due to be held in the tiny Arab peninsula of Qatar, English newspaper The Telegraph is now reporting … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Deconstructing Brazil – What Went Wrong

With the dust now settled on what was a stunning World Cup, the inquest into what went wrong for Brazil can now begin. Whilst other teams like England, Spain and … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Calling all Soccer Loving Bloggers – BOTN Needs You!

Do you have a passion for soccer and a talent for writing about it? Ever wanted to express your opinion about football/soccer and give a different point of view to … Continue reading

July 18, 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

July 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

German Engineering Proves Too Strong For Messi and Argentina

It may have taken 112 minutes to come but Germany’s World Cup winning goal was 24 years in the making. For a country known for producing quality automobiles refined over … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Adidas Beats Nike In This Years Brand World Cup

When David Beckham was 15 years old, he was viewed as a talented kid with a bright future in football. After being spotted by an Adidas rep, they signed him … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

July 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

German Blitz Brings Brazil Crashing Back To Reality

No one could have predicted it and few could believe what they were watching. In the crowds, Neymar sat dejected, his dream diminishing before his eyes. Brazilian supporters fought to … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Football Mourns The Passing Of The Blond Arrow – Alfredo Di Stefano

Spanish and Argentinian football were plunged into mourning yesterday with the death of the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano. The 88 year old former River Plate and Real Madrid front man … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Van Gaal Masterstroke Sends Holland Into The Semi’s

It was a bold move, one that could have easily backfired but in the end proved inspirational. Holland manager Louis Van Gaal’s decision to replace goalkeeper Jesper Cillessen with Tim … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Scotland’s Mini Messi Destined For Greater Things

Once in a lifetime is how 18 year old Ryan Gauld described the opportunity to move to Sporting Lisbon. After completing his £3million move from Dundee United, the dazzling midfielder … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Shock and Awe In Group Stage But What Moment Stood Out The Most?

This has certainly been one of he most exciting and interesting World Cups in recent memory. Controversal moments, Jaw dropping goals and the ocassional shock result have left many praying … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Van Gaal Tinkers With United Squad Ahead Of His Arrival

Holland’s progress in the World Cup appears to not have halted Louis Van Gaal’s revolution from happening at Manchester United. Last week, the Red Devils announced the signing of Spanish … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Sexism Forces First Female Boss Helena Costa To Quit

The departure of Helena Costa from Clermont Foot 63 only days after her appointment should be as disappointing as it sounds with football once again taking two steps back. Only … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Crunch Time For The US As Their World Cup Fate Lies In Their Own Hands

Two games in, four points gained. Not a bad start for a team expected to struggle in a supposed group of death but for US head coach Jürgen Klinsmann it’s … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

From Hero To Villian As Suarez Bites Again

You would have thought that Luis Suarez had learned his lesson after being caught last year biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s arm, earning him a ten game ban but it … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Real Madrid To Rebuild Los Galacticos With Summer Move For Falcao

It’s been nearly ten years since the breakup of Los Galacticos, Real Madrid’s star studded team but now President Florentino Perez wants to rebuild it with a haul of impressive … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nations Look To Copy Belgian Blueprint for Success

It may have taken 88 minutes for Belgium to grab their second win in the World Cup group section and secure qualification for the knockout stages of the tournament but … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Five World Cup Stars Looking To Move Up In The World

With the first week of the World Cup now completed and the tournament now entering the second round of the group stage, fans across the globe have now had a … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

End Of An Era as Ineffective Spain Crashes Out

This was meant to be their fairytale send off, a chance for a group of genuine legends in the game to make history once more by becoming the first team … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Can Koeman Convince Southampton Starlets To Stay?

Ronald Koeman faces an uphill challenge from day one in his new job as Southampton manager. The Dutch legend, who signed a three year deal on Monday, must spend the … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment
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