The Back of The Net

A sideways look at Football/Soccer across the world

The Failings Of Football In Singapore

Professional football in Singapore is dying. No, wait, is it already dead? I’m sure the officials of the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) would disagree with me, after all I’m just an … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Football Mourns The Passing Of Legend Dave MacKay

Football in Britain during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s was not for the faint hearted. Characters like Billy Bremner, Norman “Bites yer legs” Hunter and Ron “Chopper” Harris ruled the … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Goal Rout Sends Hearts Racing

Hearts romp to the Scottish Championship title stepped up a gear this past weekend with a 10-0 thumping of Cowdenbeath. It really was a game of men vs. boys as … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is This The Most Exciting Europa League Ever?

Once considered the poorer little brother to the Champions League, the Europa League appears to be on a quest to show just how good a tournament it can be. With … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

How A Dip Could Have Cost Cannavaro Everything?

There is nothing better on a warm day than going for a dip in a pool. Even better if that pool happens to be in the back yard of your … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

From World Cup To Oscars As Frank Lebouef Turns To Acting

Last Sunday’s Oscar ceremony saw British actor Eddie Redmayne pick up the Best Actor award for his portrayal of famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in the movie ”The Theory of … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Parma Face Uncertain Future As Debt Mounts Up

Time is running out was the message from bewildered Parma captain Alessandro Lucarelli who is facing up to the realistic proposition that he may be unemployed soon. The Italian side … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mourinho Moaning or Media Manipulation Masterclass?

Like him or loathe him, Jose Mourinho has a point. After Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley, the Chelsea manager didn’t hold back on his opinions calling out four moments during … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Football’s Data Epitome On The Horizon

The evolution of technology within football over the past decade has dramatically changed the game arguably for the better. Whilst goal line technology is still in its infancy, other hi-tech … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Understanding The Rangers EGM

In two weeks’ time, the board of Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) are obliged to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) for the company’s shareholders. After two London hotels withdrew … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Yet Another Black Mark In The Fight Against Racism In Football

Yesterday’s showcase game in Paris between hosts Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea should have been the poster boy for this round of the Champions League but instead the actions of … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lookback Series – When Steaua Bucharest Ruled Europe

May 7th 1986 is a date engrained into the memories of one particular set of fans. On a warm May evening in Seville, Romanian side Steaua Bucharest etched their names … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 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 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Like Father Like Son As Brooklyn Beckham Starts His Football Career

It should come as no surprise that the offspring of David Beckham have decided to pursue football careers with his oldest son Brooklyn becoming the first to gain a contract. … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lambert Out As Villa Slide Closer To Relegation

After months of protests, Aston Villa fans finally got their wish yesterday with the sacking of manager Paul Lambert. The Scot, who has managed Villa since 2012 leaves the club … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Everton Hamstrung by Hamstring Injuries

It’s widely believed that the English Premiership is one of the quickest leagues in the world. The speed of the league in comparison to other European leagues like in Italy … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Defoe Enters Record Books For Goal Scoring Exploits

Love him or loathe him, Jermain Defoe is a goalscorer. The former Tottenham, West Ham and Toronto striker scored his second goal for new club Sunderland at the weekend, and … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

To Sack Or Not To Sack, That Is The Question

Leicester’s race for Premiership survival took an unusual twist over the weekend when manager Nigel Pearson was reportedly sacked only for the club to backtrack and insist he was still … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Equatorial Guinea’s Fairytale Ends As African Cup Of Nations Draws To A Close

It was almost the fairy tale story for Equatorial Guinea in this year’s African Cup of Nations. The hosts came within 90 minutes of a dream final appearance, only to … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dortmund Drama Deepens As Klopps Team Hit Rock Bottom

There comes a point where you realize that you are fighting a losing battle and accepting defeat is the best course of action. Form bewildered Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp … Continue reading

February 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

QPR Looking For Road For Recovery As Redknapp Checks Out

The surprise resignation of Harry Redknapp from QPR has been met with the usual slice of skepticism from the British media who struggle to believe his reasoning. On the morning … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Does A Dull Window Indicate A Tightening Of The Purse Strings For Premiership Clubs?

Maybe it was the bitterly cold weather hitting the UK or just a lack of interest, but this January’s transfer window was as dull as dishwater. Yes it heralded the … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 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

February 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Asia Awaits Its New Champions As The Asian Cup Draws To A Close

After 28 games over a period of three weeks, the final of the Asian Cup takes place tomorrow with South Korea taking on host nation Australia. Whilst not considered as … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Scottish Future Looks Bright With Latest Batch Of Talented Youngsters

Once considered a breeding ground for new talent in the 70’s and 80’s, Scottish football entered into a somewhat dormant phase of its history with few Scottish born players making … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Juan Roman Riquelme – The Last True Playmaker?

In terms of great examples of illustrious attacking playmakers, there is no one better that Juan Roman Riquelme. The sublime Argentine is one of the finest players to grace the … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Defour Loses His Head As The Fans Lose Theirs

The rivalry between Standard Liege and Anderlecht in the Belgian league is not to be underestimated. Like many rivals across the world, tempers can flare when the two sides meet … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Giant Slaying In FA Cup as Bradford and Middlesbourgh Progress

Humbling, embarrassing, shocking – all words used to describe the FA Cup exits of the Premierships’ two top clubs Chelsea and Manchester City over the weekend to lower league opponents. … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Goal Celebration Ends In Tragedy With The Death Of Player

Goal celebrations are a fairly new affair having only started in the past few decades. Previously players celebrated with a hearty handshake or pat on the back but in recent … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Norwegian Wonder kid Odegaard Signs For Real Madrid

Touted as one of the hottest prospects in the game, it was only a matter of time before he left his home in Norway for pastures new. After months of … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Badge Too Far As DC Comics Sues Valencia Over Use Of The Bat Symbol

In one of the strangest football stories of this year, Spanish side Valencia find themselves fighting a legal battle over their club crest. Comic book publisher DC comics which made … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 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

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Toronto Prepare For Life After Defoe

After the drama of last week which finally saw troubled the English striker leave the club, Toronto FC are gearing up for life after Jermain Defoe. Replacing the English hit … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Need For Change As David Ginola Enters FIFA Presidential Race

FIFA president, David Ginola has a nice ring to it. In truth anything besides Sepp Blatter has appeal. But for the Frenchman who is more known for cringe worthy shampoo … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Show Must Go On As The 2015 African Cup Of Nations Gets Set To Start

This Saturday sees the kick off of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with host nation Equatorial Guinea taking on Congo in the opening match. The start of this year’s … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Defoe Calls Time On Love/Hate Relationship With Toronto

In truth it was a love affair of convenience rather than choice that brought Jermain Defoe to Toronto FC. Desperate to remove himself from the White Hart Lane bench in … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Further Changes At The Valley As Peeters Walks

Twenty years ago, Alan Curbishley walked through the doors at Charlton FC as manager, heralding a new dawn and an end to a period that the club spent in the … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

YouTube Star Roche Makes FIFA Goal Of The Year List

There are a couple of familiar names on this year’s FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year and one not so familiar. Irish striker Stephanie Roche is hardly a … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Aberdeen Mount Serious Challenge To Celtic’s Title Aspirations

It’s hard to believe that it has been thirty years since Aberdeen last won Scotland’s biggest honour, the Premier League title. Led by Sir Alex Ferguson, Aberdeen were the dominant … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Monk Tempted By Astronomical Fee For Bony

Sources close to Manchester City have revealed that they are in advance discussions with Swansea about signing striker Wilfried Bony for an undisclosed fee. The move is being made by … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Fight Is On For Ownership Of Rangers

Remarkably almost three years on from entering administration, Glasgow Rangers remain in tatters. Financial mismanagement, greed and self preservation on behalf of certain individuals has tarnished this once iconic football … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Spurs Blitz Adds To Mourinho’s Woes

Not quite the start to 2015 that Jose Mourinho had hoped for as he watched in horror as his title hopes took a major dent. With Manchester City firmly on … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · 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

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tabloid Sensationalism Hinders Palace Manager Search

The names listed as potential replacements for Neil Warnock in the Crystal Palace hotseat went from the sublime to the ridiculous yesterday as the tabloids desperately grapple for readership by … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

It Takes All Kinds – What Type Of Manager Do You Have When It Comes To Transfers?

As the January transfer window prepares to open, clubs across the world will be thinking about how they will strengthen their team. At the heart of that decision is generally … Continue reading

December 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Last Christmas Present Of The Day – Ten Wonder Strikes In 2014

So it’s late afternoon on Christmas day. All the presents have been opened, family greetings exchange and enough food consumed in twenty minutes to feed a small army. As the … Continue reading

December 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Football Remembers – Even In War, Football Prevailed

In the winter of 1914, the world was slowly being torn apart by war as Europe was engulfed in conflict.  Started following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Even Santa Claus Plays The Beautiful Game

Whether you believe in him or not, Santa Claus is the heart of all things good at Christmas. Depending where in the world you are Santa Claus has different meanings … Continue reading

December 23, 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

December 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Switch To Morocco Adds Little To Farcial Club World Cup

For a tournament that is seeing diminishing interest season after season, the annual FIFA Club World Cup continues to rear its ugly head much to the surprise of many. This … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · Leave a comment
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