The Back of The Net

A sideways look at Football/Soccer across the world

Looking Through The Crystal Ball At A Summer Of Changes

Making predictions is always a risky game. And in football it’s almost impossible given the ever changing variables attached to the sport. For example, last month several papers speculated that … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bale Shines As Barcelona Consider Transformational Summer

With Cristiano Ronaldo injured, the spotlight was turned to Lionel Messi to take centre stage and shine during yesterday’s Copa Del Rey final between Messi’s Barcelona and Real Madrid. Little … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Which Young Gun Will Steal The PFA Young Players Title From Bale?

With our minds fixated on the title race that comes to a conclusion in the next few weeks, let’s turn our attention to the individual prizes at stake. In particularly, … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is Getting Back On The Managerial Merry Go Round A Good Idea?

Former Catania manager, Rolando Maran, would have never thought his second term as manager would have lasted as long as it did. Originally, the Italian was removed from his post … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wing Wizard Harry Kewell Retires

Harry Kewell has made his final farewell down under after playing in his last game for Melbourne Heart against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday in a tear filled day for … Continue reading

April 14, 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

April 11, 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

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Shout out From The Stands – Spurs Manager Roulette Continues

Let’s take a step back from all the raw emotion and try to think clearly. Sherwood is in an invidious position. He inherited a dysfunctional, unbalanced squad with low morale … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Someone Ask For A Miracle?

Miracles are few and far between but it appears as though everyone in football is desperate to get one. From Cardiff’s Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer to Dortmund Jurgen Klopp to Sunderland’s … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hodgson’s Dilemma at Left Back – Youth vs. Experience

The emergence of Luke Shaw as a future England left back comes at a welcome time for England manager Roy Hodgson as he contemplates what to do with Ashley Cole. … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Forest Pick Psycho as Next Boss

Since the sacking of Billy Davies in late March, Nottingham Forest have been looking for a new manager, someone who can get them back on track after a turbulent period … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Transfer Ban Is A Mixed Bag For Barcelona

In a remarkable turn of events, Barcelona have been handed a 14 month transfer ban after breaking FIFA regulations when signing players under the age of 18. The Catalan club … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Can The Newly Expanded WSL Attract A New Following?

The newly expanded Women’s Super League will get under way this April and the popularity has increased season by season. It’s the highest division in the female game here in the … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

March Poll – What Madness Got You Talking?

  March is a crazy month. In the US, college basketball takes centre stage in its showcase tournament, affectionately titled March Madness. It was a term used in an essay … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Are Bayern Ready To Dominate European Football?

Bayern Munich have sealed the Bundesliga title with seven games to go after another commanding season, dropping just four points. It’s the quickest title to have been claimed in Europe … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Will Falcao be mentally ready for Brazil?

Radamel Falcao has always dreamed about playing in the World Cup and looked set to do so after helping Colombia book their place in this summer’s event in Brazil by … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

From Workhorse To Thoroughbred – Simeone’s Transformational Season For Atletico

In the Chinese Zodiac, 2014 is the year of the Horse, a powerful creature that symbolizes energetic enthusiasm and the tireless pursuit of goals. In the chase for La Liga … Continue reading

March 27, 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

March 26, 2014 · Leave a 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

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chase is On To Become Record Breaking Champions

In one of the most exciting title races in recent years, three teams lead the way in terms of goals and excitement. All three had high scoring wins this past … Continue reading

March 24, 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

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tambini To Provide A Much Needed Step Forward For The Beautiful Game

In a profession that has been historically dominated by men, one woman is now looking to challenge the norm and become the first female professional referee to officiate in a … Continue reading

March 20, 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

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Moyes Unable To Rescue United After Its Heart Attack

This week saw Manchester United fans finally lose patience with manager David Moyes, blaming him for their disastrous season so far and for ripping the heart of the club they … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Toronto Off To A Flyer But With A Long Way To Go

It was the perfect start to the new season for Toronto F.C. with Jermaine Defoe hitting a brace on his debut for the club as they brushed aside Seattle by … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Last Chance Saloon For Wenger As He Targets Cup Success

A wry smile crept over Arsenal Wenger’s face as he sat back and watched Wigan dispatch favourites Manchester City in the quarter finals of the FA Cup. He knew that … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Brazil’s Football Roots and Its Debt To Scotland

As Brazil gets set to play host to the world this summer at the kick off of World Cup 2014, few in the country will spare a thought for Scotland … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is It Time To Resuscitate The World Cup?

The pressure is building on Brazil to be ready by June with some stadiums only partially completed whilst infrastructure still leaves a lot to be desired. However the tournament itself … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lazio Defend Youngster In Another African Age Scandal

As we reported in a previous story, the problem with age verification of African players due to a lack of birth certificates or falsification of these documents remains a huge … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Where are they now – Ajax 1995

After both teams drew a blank on the first leg of their European Cup semi final clash, Ajax FC entertained a strong Bayern Munich side at home knowing that 90 … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bleak Future For Bolton After Posting Debts Of £163.8m

Once a permanent fixture in the Premiership, the future of Bolton Wanderers Football Club looks bleak after it announced that the club is in debt to the tune of £163.8m. … Continue reading

March 10, 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

March 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

An International Friendly That Actually Means Something

In amongst the list of international fixtures played on Wednesday night was an unassuming game with huge significant importance. The clash between Kosovo and Haiti was not the most glamorous … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

King Carles Breaks Barca Hearts As He Heads For Exit

With his floppy hair and short stature, Carles Puyol looks more like a surfer than a footballer. But anyone who has been unfortunate enough to play against him will testify … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pardew’s Enders Game

It’s all got Pete Tong for Alan Pardew. The Newcastle manager looked to have managed to escape the axe after his last troublesome boss, Joe Kinnear left the club but … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

February Poll – What Story Captivated You Last Month?

Hard to believe that we are now into March but the weather is starting to change (well at least in some places) and the football season has stepped up a … Continue reading

March 3, 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

February 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Liverpool Keen To Offer Zidane An Escape Route From Real Madrid

Being the son of a famous footballer can heap pressure and unnecessary expectation onto a young players shoulders. The belief is that if your father displayed immense technical ability then … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Greek Tradegy For Moyes As Slump Continues

David Moyes must be wondering what he has to do to catch a break. After a convincing 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, Moyes took his United team … Continue reading

February 26, 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

February 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Reading FC And The Worry Of Foreign Ownership

Reading are right in the midst of a promotion battle after their 3-1 win away at QPR pushed them up to sixth. But behind the scenes, the club are wobbling … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Arsenal Curse Resurfaces As Ozil Suffers From Wenger’s Cold Shoulder

Another Arsenal performance, another disappointing Mezut Ozil performance. The German, who was brought in for a record fee from Real Madrid in the summer was expected to be the catalyst … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Newcastle Must Grapple Control Away From Ashley In Order To Grow

Whilst speculation around WWE owner Vince McMahon’s interest in buying Newcastle may have been a tall story, there were elements that may in fact be true. Reports surfacing last weekend … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Preston Mourns The Passing Of The Legendary Sir Tom Finney

English football mourned the loss of one of its greatest player, Sir Tom Finney who sadly passed away last Friday aged 91. The iconic English front man was born on … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Logo Hopes To Sell Belonging To Potential NYC FC Fans

Even before a single ball has been kicked, the frenzy around the Big Apple’s latest team, New York City FC has begun. The franchise, which was announced in May by … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Moyes Desperate To Have The Last Laugh As United Slump Continues

The Theatre of Dreams has turned into the comedy club with teams lining up outside the turnstiles waiting to have their kicks and some points of the current Champions of … Continue reading

February 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fan Revolt At Stockport Over Revolting Fans

It’s usually the football that stinks and not the fans, but at Stockport County the fans are staging a revolt against two revolting fans. Fans of the Edgeley Park side … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jenkins Business Decision That Could Haunt Swansea

Running a football team is like running a business – you need to have the right people in place to build a successful future. At the top, the chairman has … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beckham Brings Soccer Back To Miami

It was the soccer’s worst kept secret but yesterday David Beckham officially revealed that he is indeed fronting a new MLS team to be based in Miami. The now retired … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Road To The Glory Land – Who Will Win Promotion From The Championship?

This year’s race for promotion from the English Championship is looking very close with many teams fighting it out for a place in the Premier League next season. In one … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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