The Back of The Net

A sideways look at Football/Soccer across the world

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

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

July 17, 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

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

July 15, 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

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

July 3, 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

July 2, 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

US Strategy Prevails Against Ghana But Will It Hold?

US head coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s war of words with Landon Donovan doesn’t appear to be fading away anytime soon. In the latest spat, Klinsmann insisted that the US won’t win … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Messi Shines As Spain Implodes

It was always going to be an explosive start but no one could have predicted this. In the opening 11 matches, we have seen 37 goals, 2 red cards, one … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Calls For FIFA To Embrace Technology To Remove Human Error

It has been four years since Frank Lampard watched in anguish as his strike against Germany was incorrectly judged as having not crossed the line. TV replays showed clearly that … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Winning Isn’t Everything, But It’s Something Especially For American Samoa

Last Saturday was not a day to remember for the Greenock Morton fans. The Scottish Championship side was on the wrong side of 10-2 defeat at the hands of Hamilton, … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Five Games That Could Define The World Cup

With the World Cup now on our door step, fan excitement is growing around the drooling line up of games ahead. Whilst matches like Spain vs. Holland, Germany vs. Portugal … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why, Why, Why Deila. Who Exactly Is Celtic’s New Manager?

Following the surprise departure of Neil Lennon last month, Celtic made yet another surprise announcement last week with the appointment of Ronny Deila as their new manager. The 38 year … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

BOTN Poll – Who Will Win The World Cup?

With less than a week to go until the big kick off, the attention of the world’s media has finally turned to the tournament itself and who will ultimately come … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Spotlight On The Eight Players Who Could Provide That World Cup Spark

In any World Cup, there are star players who are expected to shine. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Andrea Prilo and Robin Van Persie will all be looked at to … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dortmund Kickstarts Revolution with Two New Signings

This summer’s departure of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski marks a change for the better for Borussia Dortmund. The prolific striker is set to join arch rivals and reigning Bundesliga champions … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Injury Robs World Cup Of Star Players

He was given as long as possible but in the end it wasn’t enough. The devastating news broke across Colombia yesterday that star striker Radamel Falcao had not recovered enough … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tweet Revenge For Arsenal Players In New Advert

The invention of Twitter has revolutionized the player/fan relationship in a way no thought possible before. It has provided a vital link between the two that has allowed the fans … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is Lambert’s Move To Liverpool The Wrong One?

Last season was for Rickie Lambert the thing that dreams are made off. Starring in a high flying Premiership side as their lead striker, pulling on an England Jersey aged … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Behind The Murky Curtain Of Neymar’s Barcelona Transfer

Arguably one of the most anticipated transfers of the last five years, Neymar’s long awaited switch to Barcelona from Santos appeared to go without a snitch. That was until a … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

African Teams Keen To Show They Are Not Just There To Make Up The Numbers

Four years have past since the World Cup was held on African soil for the very first time and it’s safe to say that the buzz in that continent still … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pochettino Installed To Breathe Life Back Into Lamela and Spurs

After an extensive search following the departure of Tim Sherwood, Tottenham announced yesterday that they had appointed Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager. Whilst the fans may have preferred … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sleepless Nights Ahead For World Cup Managers Sweating Over Striker Fitness

Several World Cup managers are having sleepless nights worrying if their star striker will be fit and ready to go come kick off of the World Cup. The head coaches … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Simeone Loses His Head as Ancelotti is Confirmed As One Of The Greatest

As far as great managers go, Carlo Ancelotti is without doubt one of the finest managers to have ever graced football. Having just guided Real Madrid to their 10th European … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Donovan Out As Klinsmann Holds Onto Long Standing Grudge

We should know by now that there is no such thing as a sure thing but we would have all put money on Landon Donovan being part of the USA … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · 3 Comments

Lennon Departs Celtic To Chase Premiership Dream

The resignation of Neil Lennon as Celtic manager comes at an interesting time for Scottish football, where next season’s Premier League race will likely be the dullest in its history. … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

European Squad Announcements Shock Few – Part 2

Fresh from helping Manchester City secure their second Premier League title in three years, Edin Dzeko’s will now turn his focus towards leading the line for Bosnia in their first … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Atletico La Liga Victory Parade On Hold Due To Travel Issues

Imagine waiting a long time for something and then not being able to do it due to bad planning. Well that’s exactly what Atletico Madrid are going through right now. … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rodgers Grabs LMA’s Top Award But Did He Deserve It?

Gaining recognition for the work that you have done is important in any job but none more so than in football management. For every managers getting acknowledgement for a job … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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