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Rafa to Stay as Newcastle Rebuild For The Championship

In what is viewed as a major coup for the club, Newcastle are set to announce that Rafa Benitez will remain in charge as manager despite the clubs relegation to the Championship. The 56 year old former Liverpool, Napoli and Real Madrid boss was widely expected to activate a break clause in his contract but has decided to stay in the role after being given … Continue reading Rafa to Stay as Newcastle Rebuild For The Championship

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Stuttgart’s Demise Was Avoidable If Lessons Had Been Learned

Failure to learn from ones mistakes often leads to the same mistakes being committed over an over again. In football, poor decision-making and lack of hindsight are a deadly combination as German side VFB Stuttgart found out this  the hard way. Their relegation from the Bundesliga for the first time in 41 years is a hard pill to swallow for a side that had regularly be … Continue reading Stuttgart’s Demise Was Avoidable If Lessons Had Been Learned

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Where Next For The King As Zlatan Prepares To Leave Paris

It was an ending fit for a king, so grand that even a self-proclaimed one such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be humbled. Pausing a game in mid flow after only ten minutes to applaud a player is remarkable but for Zlatan it was likely expected. Having given his all for the club and firmly rebooted a faltering French top division, Ligue 1 over the past four … Continue reading Where Next For The King As Zlatan Prepares To Leave Paris

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Tuchel Preps For Battle Of The Wits As Klopp Returns

Liverpool’s European quest continues tonight as they face Borussia Dortmund in their Europa league quarterfinal first leg clash. The game marks a return to the Signal Iduna Park for former boss Jurgen Klopp, now in charge at Liverpool. For seven years, this stadium deep in the heart of the north Rhine Westphalia was his domain that he ruled with a great deal of purpose and … Continue reading Tuchel Preps For Battle Of The Wits As Klopp Returns

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A River Runs Through It – How Relegation Reignited River Plate’s Fire

The date of June 27th 2011 is firmly etched into the memories of all River Plate fans but for the wrong reason. On that day, River Plate who are widely considered as one of South America’s greatest clubs faced its darkest hour – riddled with debt, facing and uncertain future and now relegated from the Argentine Primera Division for the first time in their history. … Continue reading A River Runs Through It – How Relegation Reignited River Plate’s Fire

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New Dawn On The Horizon As Bilic Brings Belief Back To West Ham United

With Leicester City stealing the limelight with their unprecedented run, the revival of West Ham United has gone somewhat unnoticed. The Hammers are in fifth place and chasing a Champions league spot and on current form look like strong contenders for it. The arrival of former favourite Slaven Bilic as manager replacing the reliable but uninspiring Sam Allardyce has sparked life back into the East London … Continue reading New Dawn On The Horizon As Bilic Brings Belief Back To West Ham United

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Wrong Move, Right Time As Neville Accepts Defeat In Spain

Despite giving his all, Gary Neville’s Spanish excursion has ended in failure. It was widely expected that the former Manchester United and England defender would depart Valencia at the end of the season but the club has decided to part company with Neville now so that they can start the build for next season. Manchester City’s exiting manager Manuel Pellegrini has already been installed as … Continue reading Wrong Move, Right Time As Neville Accepts Defeat In Spain

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Garde Loses The Battle As Villa’s War Continues

In late March 1916, the battle between the British and Ottoman empires for control of the town of Kut in southern Iraq was reaching its deadly conclusion with the Ottomans eventually breaking the Brits and gaining control of the garrison. Known as the Siege of Kut, it would later be described as the most abject capitulation in British military history. On April 29, exactly 147 … Continue reading Garde Loses The Battle As Villa’s War Continues

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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 said farewell to his colleagues at the BBC after filming Football Focus, saying he would see them next week. Unfortunately it would be the last time that anyone would see these men alive again … Continue reading Raising Awareness Of The Silent Killer Affecting Football

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Bosman Twenty Years On – The Ruling That Changed Football

Twenty years ago on a cold December morning in a dusty court room a decision was made that would fundamentally changed football as we know it. On December 15th 1995 in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the Bosman ruling came into effect. Named after former player Jean Marc Bosman who brought the case to the court following a contractual dispute with Belgian side … Continue reading Bosman Twenty Years On – The Ruling That Changed Football

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Where Are They Now – Steaua Burcharest 1989 European Cup Final Team

Winning the Champions League (formerly known as the European Cup) is a difficult task that only a few clubs have managed to do. Since its start back in 1955, only 22 teams have won Europe’s premier club tournament with Real Madrid leading the way with ten wins. Some of Europe’s biggest clubs have lifted the prized trophy including Barcelona, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and … Continue reading Where Are They Now – Steaua Burcharest 1989 European Cup Final Team

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US stopper Tim Howard Agrees To MLS Return

  In a much anticipated move, MLS side Colorado Rapids have announced that they have signed US goalkeeper Tim Howard from English Premier League side Everton. The player himself announced his return with a quirky 15 second Claymation video by Uninterrupted. The move ends Howard’s thirteen-year stay in England where he has racked up 397 appearances so far, first with Manchester United and now with … Continue reading US stopper Tim Howard Agrees To MLS Return

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Why City’s Hidden Troubles Will Keep Pep Awake At Night

Given various factors including the failure to launch of arch rivals Manchester United, the capitulation of Chelsea, Arsenals past history of collapses and the unpredictability of results in this Premier League season, winning the title should have been fairly straight forward for Manchester City. Instead they find themselves struggling to get the points they need to climb to the top of the pile and stay … Continue reading Why City’s Hidden Troubles Will Keep Pep Awake At Night

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PSG Turn Focus To Champions League After Securing League Title In Style

Needing only three points, Paris Saint Germain knew that winning their fourth league title was in their own hands. Up against bottom club Troyes, PSG were strong favourites for the win but few would have predicted how emphatically they would do so. Dominant from the off, Laurent Blanc’s side controlled the game with ease eventually running out 9-0 winners. Goals from Pastore, Rabiot and Ibrahimovic … Continue reading PSG Turn Focus To Champions League After Securing League Title In Style

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Will Rafa Revival Save Newcastle?

It may have taken slightly longer than most fans had hoped for but eventually Newcastle got their man. Rafa Benitez arrival in the North East as the new manager of Newcastle United Football Club ends what has been a disasterous last nine months under Steve McClaren. Like falling pregnant only to give birth to a ginger baby, McClaren has been a huge disappointed to everyone … Continue reading Will Rafa Revival Save Newcastle?

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Aberdeen To Push Celtic All The Way For Scottish Title

The race for the Scottish Premiership title is alive and well after Aberdeen closed the gap on leaders Celtic with a gutsy 2-1 win over Patrick Thistle. Derek McInnes side may have laboured away in this match and indeed fallen behind after an hour but it only served to motivate Aberdeen to turn up a gear. Goals from Andrew Considine and Simon Church swung the … Continue reading Aberdeen To Push Celtic All The Way For Scottish Title

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The Dangers Of Social Media In The Hands Of Footballers

Things appear to be going from bad to worse for Aston Villa and to be fair their vice captain Jolean Lescott is hardly helping matters. The former England centre half has caught the attention of the media in the last few weeks with some off field tweeting that has done little to help the cause. It first began shortly after Villa’s humiliating hammering by Liverpool … Continue reading The Dangers Of Social Media In The Hands Of Footballers

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D-Day For McClaren As Defeat Will Spell Dismissal

After nine days in the sun, Newcastle returned to Premier League action on Wednesday. You would have thought they would have been brighter than they have been this season and for the opening twenty minutes or so they  were. But as usual Newcastle faded fast and eventually they were beaten once again. Rumours of a dressing room rift have surfaced once again following Wednesday nights … Continue reading D-Day For McClaren As Defeat Will Spell Dismissal

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Bundesliga Baby

In October 2015 following the sacking of manager Markus Gisdol, the Hoffenheim management team found themselves in deep discussion about the clubs future and who should replace Gisdol in charge. Having failed to reach their potential in recent seasons, it was felt that the club needed to go in a new direction and plan for the long term rather than focusing on just this campaign. … Continue reading Bundesliga Baby

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Europe’s Elite Gather to Discuss Escape Plan

Its been less than a week since Gianni Infantino won the FIFA presidential election but already he could face one of his biggest challenges. The man chosen to replace Sepp Blatter in last Friday’s vote could be staring down the barrel of his worst nightmare, with the top clubs in Europe looking set to change club football across the region. In a meeting held in … Continue reading Europe’s Elite Gather to Discuss Escape Plan

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Premier League Relegation Battle Prediction

With Aston villa almost certainly down with only a miracle turn in form able to save them now, the question turns to what other two teams will join them in the Championship next season. Five teams are caught in the fight – Sunderland, Newcastle, Norwich, Swansea and Bournemouth with West Brom, Crystal Palace and Chelsea likely to have done enough so far to be safe. … Continue reading Premier League Relegation Battle Prediction

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MLS Pressure Will Do Little To Help Morris Progression

The name Jordan Morris is hardly well known in many football circles but there are several key individuals who are getting very excited by him and his progress.  The 21 year old US born striker has a rapidly growing reputation and has even gained unfair comparisons with a certain Landon Donovan. As one of the brightest prospects to emerge from the US since Donovan (Freddy … Continue reading MLS Pressure Will Do Little To Help Morris Progression

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Will FIFA chaos end with new president?

After years of mental abuse at the hands of its last master, today football’s governing body FIFA will finally welcome a new President. Following the shock resignation of Sepp Blatter last June only days after winning yet another term in office, FIFA delegates gather in Switzerland today to vote for his replacement. The new president will be the first since 1998, when Blatter was elected. … Continue reading Will FIFA chaos end with new president?

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Alive and Kicking – The Original 22 Stars Of The Premier League

When the Premiership launched in 1992, the League decided to take the risky decision and give the rights to their games to one pay for television provider, Sky. At the time, the idea of having to pay to watch football on TV was fairly unusual as the public had been spoiled over the years with free viewing courtesy of the BBC and ITV. However with … Continue reading Alive and Kicking – The Original 22 Stars Of The Premier League

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How a Chain Smoking Coach and Bad Milk Changed Barcelona’s Fortunes

I have watched a lot of football through the years and seen thousands of goals but for some strange reason one strike plays back time and time again. Ronald Koeman’s thunderous cup winning strike against Sampdoria in the 1992 European Cup final wasn’t the prettiest but it was enough to engrain it forever in my memory as a great goal. Perhaps it wasn’t Koeman’s goal … Continue reading How a Chain Smoking Coach and Bad Milk Changed Barcelona’s Fortunes

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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 advancements especially in the treatment and conditioning of players are more broadly accepted and are being incorporated into clubs across the world. But one area that had for a long time been untouched and … Continue reading Football’s Data Epitome On The Horizon

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Nightmare Scenario For Premier League As Italy Gets Set To Steal a Champions League Spot

  With twelve games to go, the race for the Premier League title is heating up. Four clubs (Leicester, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City) have pulled out in front whilst Manchester United, Southampton, West Ham and Liverpool are leading the chasing pack. Whilst only one team can win the title, the desire to finish in the top four places is strong given that they all … Continue reading Nightmare Scenario For Premier League As Italy Gets Set To Steal a Champions League Spot

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End of a Era As Terry Gets Set To Leave Chelsea

There has been a dark cloud over Chelsea as late as their fans try to get to grips with the departure of the special One for the second time, Jose Mourinho. Today that could became a little darker when they awoke to hear the news that beloved captain John Terry would be leaving the club as well. The club has revealed that discussions with Terry … Continue reading End of a Era As Terry Gets Set To Leave Chelsea