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Jan 5, 2011

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Jan 4, 2011

Anderson to change Selecao's game

By Mohamed Smaili

Anderson is playing well again, started up in the last seven games for the Red Devils, leaders of the Premier League with 41 points. participated in the last 8 matches as he entered against Glasgow Rangers on the 67th minute.

Dec 17, 2010

Silly season is back as Chris Hughton becomes first Premier League casualty

By Simon Glanville

Newcastle United like surprises. First it was the return of ‘King’ Kevin Keegan. Then they plucked Joe Kinnear back from the football wilderness. This time it’s the ruthless sacking of Chris Hughton.

Nov 25, 2010

The Special Case of Right or Wrong?

By Simon Glanville

José Mourinho has been labelled many things since bursting on the football management scene, but rarely has he been referred to as a ‘cheat’. Last night, however, his Real Madrid side pushed the boundaries of the rulebook.

Nov 19, 2010

Still not getting it right: Why Man City still have much to do before they win a trophy

By James Phillips

Following on from their last two matches, both goalless draws, it has struck me that Roberto Mancini is going about building a trophy-winning team at Manchester City in completely the wrong way.

Nov 18, 2010

Bright future at Villa Park

By Simon Glanville

Manchester United’s last-gasp comeback stole the headlines from their clash with Aston Villa at the weekend, but the performances of Villa’s young stars should not be forgotten.

Nov 12, 2010

Belgian football on the way up as exciting new talent emerges

By Richard French

Not generally considered as a powerhouse of world football, Belgium have largely had to look on with envy as their prestigious neighbours, France and Holland, have had success at international level. But could that be about to change?

Nov 10, 2010

Why Newcastle should secure the future of Chris Hughton

By Simon Glanville

Newcastle United have long been associated with a gung-ho approach when it comes to managers.

Since their entertaining phase under the great Sir Bobby Robson, the Magpies have struggled for both consistency and stability.

Nov 8, 2010

England would prefer to win the World Cup rather than host it

By Jake Harrison

England’s hopes to host the 2018 World Cup took a turn for the worse recently as it was revealed that the media have “significantly damaged” their bid to host the coveted tournament. But do England really want to stage the World Cup in eight years time?

Nov 5, 2010

The FA bottled it over Redknapp

By Jake Harrison

Manchester United’s second goal on Saturday continues to cause great debate amongst football fans, pundits and even managers alike.

Nov 1, 2010

Football: Just a game?

By Richard French

“Whoever invented football should be worshipped as a God”
- Hugo Sanchez, former Mexican footballer

It unites and divides communities, families and nations. It provides endless hours of waiting room small talk and heated debates in pubs and on radio talk shows. It gives some people their raison d’etre, so why is it that so many people write off football as a mere game?

Oct 29, 2010

Bright future for the Three Lions despite current troubles

By Simon Glanville

Nominations for the FIFA Ballon d'Or were revealed this week and not one Englishman was named in the 23-strong party.

Toon Must Give Hughton a Chance

By Marcus Cleaver

Newcastle crashed out of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night to a young Arsenal side who seemed to dominate every blade of grass at St. James’ Park.

Oct 28, 2010

FIFA Ballon d'Or: Who is the Best Player of 2010

By Gautam Sharma

This is the first year of the FIFA Ballon d'Or, brought about by the happy marriage of the FIFA World Player of the Year, and the Ballon d'Or of France Football. France Football has come out with the 23 player shortlist for the 2010 award. While the snub of Diego Milito from the shortlist is causing all the controversy, lets take a look at some of the most deserving candidates to win the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or...

A Tougher Stance is Needed...

By Stephen Adams

Violence and racism still blight football at the top level, it's time the governing bodies thought differently and acted decisively to eradicate the problem.

Oct 27, 2010

The Unheralded Genius of Andrei Arshavin

By Gregor Vasconcelos

13 games. 5 goals. 6 assists. How can someone with those numbers be so criticized? That is the story of Andrei Arshavin.

Oct 26, 2010

The death of the “Professional Footballer”

By Robert Ellis

As an avid football follower from birth (according to my dad anyway) the life of modern day footballers fascinates me. The lifestyle, playing on the big stage and the thrill of walking out for a club you love is something many “amateur” footballers like myself crave.

IFAB – Last Bastion of the Empire

By Graham Burt

Everyone has heard of FIFA. The international football governing body is difficult to ignore with its pomp and public proclamations. But it is a lesser known organisation – the slightly shady sounding IFAB – that controls the rules of the game.

Oct 25, 2010

Arsenal deserve more credit after coming of age against Manchester City

By Richard French

Arsenal went to big spending Man City yesterday and played them off the park, but today all the praise is going to Roberto Mancini’s team for their ‘battling’ performance with ten men. Arsene Wenger must be pulling his hair out.

Oct 24, 2010

Fabregas an example to follow

By Simon Glanville

Newspaper headlines have been dominated this week by the surprising tug-of-war battle between Manchester United and Wayne Rooney.

Video Technology simply isn’t feasible

By Jake Harrison

Association football has been a way of life since it took a formal bow in a London tavern in 1863. The debates, discussions and arguments still rumble on to this day and, as part of the modern game, the topic that gets all football fans talking is video technology.

Oct 23, 2010

Bill Nicholson: Spurs through and through

By Jake Harrison

In 1961 Tottenham Hotspur “proved the doubters wrong” as they enjoyed a glorious campaign, claiming a league and cup Double. Six years ago today, the man who masterminded Tottenham’s finest hour sadly passed away. Bill Nicholson will always be remembered by Spurs and football fans alike, not only for his desire to win, but also for his desire to win well.

Quest for First Team Football, Part Two: "Finishing School"

By Daniel Soffa

In a Five Part Series, Daniel Soffa deals with the struggles associated with some of the most talented young players & their quest for first team football. The first part dealt with the issue of youngsters at big clubs ("Forever Young!"). In this second instalment, we take a deeper look at the practise of loaning out talents as a "Finishing School".

Oct 22, 2010

‘Tackling’ the problems of the beautful game.

By Scott Rogers

A lot of hue and cry over the last few weeks has been on poor or dirty tackling, and how can it be controlled. Many players and managers have had their say but the the matter remains unclear...