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England’s Hunt For A New Manager Takes An All Too Familiar Path

Abject failure, catastrophe, disaster beyond repair, calamitous. All over exaggerations heard about the current problems facing the England national team following their disappointing exit from Euro 2016. Yes, it was a surprising exit at the hands of Iceland, but one that truthfully those closest to the game would know was coming for some time. It all started during the qualifying campaign. England qualified for France … Continue reading England’s Hunt For A New Manager Takes An All Too Familiar Path

LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 19:  Granit Xhaka of Switzerland's ripped shirt during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between Switzerland and France at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 19, 2016 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Euro 2016 – Ten Takeaways From The Group Stage

1. Let’s not get shirty Generally one of the quietest men on the technical bench is the kit man but that wasn’t the case for the Swiss representative who was kept extra busy during the France vs Switzerland match. In a fairly heavy handed and tempestuous match the Swiss kit man was called upon not once, nor twice, but five times to replace ripped strips. It … Continue reading Euro 2016 – Ten Takeaways From The Group Stage

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Beginners Guide to Euro 2016 – Part 2 – Groups D, E and F

Group D – Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic + Turkey Q: Who should top the group? – Spain Q: Who are the dark horses – Turkey Q: One to watch: Emre Mor (Turkey) Having won back to back Euro’s in 2008 and 2012, Spain are looking to make history by completing the treble and lifting the trophy in Paris on July 10th. However a poor performance … Continue reading Beginners Guide to Euro 2016 – Part 2 – Groups D, E and F

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Beginners Guide to Euro 2016 – Part 1 – Groups A, B and C

Watching the European Championships or any major international tournament with your friends is generally highly enjoyable. That is until your so-called friend starts spouting stats and facts about each team making you feel simply like you don’t know anything about football. But fear not, we are here to help. Below is your group by group cheat sheet which should help impress your friends and shut … Continue reading Beginners Guide to Euro 2016 – Part 1 – Groups A, B and C

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Key Challenges Facing Ronald Koeman at Everton

Ronald Koeman’s move from Southampton to Everton may have come as a bit of a surprised given his recent comments rebutting any notions of such a switch but in fairness it makes a lot of sense. Whilst just over 238 miles separate the two clubs geographically and five positions part them in the most recent league standings, the differences between the two clubs are few … Continue reading Key Challenges Facing Ronald Koeman at Everton

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Three Reasons France Will Win Euro 2016

Along side World Cup winners Germany, former winners Spain and Italy and outside bets England and Belgium, France enter Euro 2016 as one of the early favourites and rightly so. This will be the 15th time the European Championships have taken place and the third time France has hosted (1960 and 1984 the other two). In 1960, France reached the semi finals losing out to … Continue reading Three Reasons France Will Win Euro 2016

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European Championships 2016 Review

The European Championships in France are vastly approaching and with less than two weeks until the tournament starts. It may be time to consider the contenders for the tournament and what footballers may impress. Here are five potential winners to consider. France When host nation France kick off the tournament on June 10th 2016 at the iconic Stade De France stadium in Paris, expectations will … Continue reading European Championships 2016 Review

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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