Nominations for the FIFA Ballon d'Or were revealed this week and not one Englishman was named in the 23-strong party.
Oct 29, 2010
Oct 28, 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...
Oct 27, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
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.
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
Oct 24, 2010
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
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.
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
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...
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. In this first instalment, we tackle the issue of the "youngster tag" at big clubs, how it can limit first team opportunity, potentially rendering a player... "Forever Young!"
Oct 21, 2010
Almost unnoticed amongst the speculation, shock and subsequent opinion-giving that came from the Wayne Rooney revelations were Rafa Benitez's comments regarding his former club Liverpool and “where it all went wrong”.
Is it just me, or are football analogy’s becoming increasingly bizarre? First Rafa rants about bottles of white liquid earlier this week, and then Sir Alex stares at cows in a field... what is going on?! Am I the only one who misses "intellectual prostitution"?
Oct 20, 2010
“If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”- Sun Tzu, The Art of War
There is no doubt that Sir Alex Ferguson is rarely beaten.
After Liverpool suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat at the hands of local rivals Everton at the weekend and now sit in the relegation zone of the Premier League, speculation is rife as to who will replace beleaguered boss Roy Hodgson.
The recent court-room drama at Liverpool has shown even the biggest clubs are not immune from financial meltdown. With things going wrong both off and on the pitch, United look set to be the next team facing a crisis...
Oct 19, 2010
Rafael Benitez has got to be one of the luckiest men in football. Having escaped his sinking Liverpool ship with a hefty multi-million pound pay-off in the summer, he has somehow found himself in the plush position of Internazionale coach.
So, the absolutely unthinkable seems to be happening. Sir Alex Ferguson’s talismanic forward wants away, Rooney is turning his back on Old Trafford.
Oct 18, 2010
AC Milan of Massimiliano Allegri and Real Madrid of Jose Mourinho began the season with very definite ideas about their tactical strategies... but on Tuesday, that pattern will change.
Oct 16, 2010
'Big Mal', Malcolm Allison, died on Thursday 14th October at the age of 83. Remembered as much for his flamboyant, outspoken nature, his cigars and his “Lucky Fedora” as his time as Manchester City assistant manager to the great Joe Mercer, Allison remains a legend in football.
Oct 15, 2010
Humiliated. That is possibly the only word that can explain how Dutch Maestro, Wesley Sneijder, must have felt after he was booted out of Madrid.
Long-term vision is needed to save Scottish Football...
Did you know, Scotland was the first country to have four clubs reach the Quarter Finals of the European Cup?
Of all the footballers in the United Kingdom, not one is Gay. Either you believe that or you admit that the game is closed off to openly homosexual men and that there are plenty who live secretive lives in the ‘closet’.
Oct 14, 2010
27 goals in 37 games for AGOW, 39 in 61 for Heerenveen, 105 in 136 for Ajax, 8 in 20 for Real Madrid, 7 in 30 for AC Milan and so far 5 in 7 for Schalke 04. Throw in 24 goals in 39 games for Holland, we can conclude that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is nothing less than a serial goal scorer.
Leicester City. My hometown club. One that has played home to some great players over the years, including: Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton, Gary Lineker, Emile Heskey and even Roberto Mancini!
Oct 13, 2010
There is always dissatisfaction during the international break over what are perceived as “pointless games,” those where the likes of Liechtenstein and Andorra get thrashed 7-0 with alarming regularity.
Oct 12, 2010
The Samba is back and the World better be ready for it...
It is early days in July, the World Cup has just ended and with it a very disapointing participation from the greatest footballing nation in the World.
Oct 11, 2010
I feel for Darren Bent. England’s upcoming European 2012 Qualifier with Montenegro was set to be the Sunderland striker’s big chance, a chance that he has more than merited to be presented with. Instead, injury has taken his chance away.
The January rumour mill is spinning once more in Italy with a host of speculative suggestions and stories surfacing in the daily sports newspapers.
Hot topic in Milan at the moment is the 'almost definate' return to the peninsula of the Brazilian who ‘belongs to Jesus' as early as January
Oct 9, 2010
(This article has been updated at UEFA Coefficients Explained)
This is Serie A’s last season among the top 3 "superleagues" of Europe, at least as per UEFA... few seem to admit what is almost a mathematical certainty... guys, this is inevitable. Let me explain how...
Oct 8, 2010
Each season sports news channels and radio stations will inevitably report that violence has occurred up and down England. While it is not as frequent or widespread as the dark days of the seventies and eighties, there is still a problem with the ugly side of the beautiful game.
Oct 7, 2010
Kevin Davies is no spring chicken. A key member of the Chesterfield F.C team that reached the 1997 FA Cup semi-final and with nearly 400 Premier League appearances to his name, the Bolton Wanderers captain has certainly been around the block. Yet it is only now, at the age of 33, that the Yorkshireman has made a breakthrough into the England squad. So why has Fabio Capello, or any of his predecessors for that matter, failed to move before?
Sometimes you know when a player is playing at the top of his game, at ease with it, totally comfortable with what he is asked to do on the football pitch – Jan Vertonghen has come on leaps and bounds cementing himself as one of the most versatile players in the game and a definite star in the making.
There are, as so often in recent times, more questions than answers when it comes to the subject of Liverpool Football Club this morning. The question that I have heard most often is whether the club can be sold whilst George Gillett and Tom Hicks are pursuing a legal challenge
Oct 6, 2010
“È arrivato ama un re, e parte come un ladro” roughly translates as ‘He came as a King and leaves as a thief’. These were the rather poetic words used in Italian daily sports paper Corriere Dello Sport back in 2002 to describe the transfer of Ronaldo from Internazionale to Real Madrid.
Oct 5, 2010
Seven wins in seven games, this is where the record stands for the best ever start to a Bundesliga season. Bayern Munich and Kaiserslautern held the record jointly, and last weekend the unlikeliest of teams matched it.
Mourinho suggested the help of Harry Potter was needed at the Bernabéu and it seems that Los Blancos got it after racking up their highest goal tally of the season so far against Deportivo.
Oct 4, 2010
France has had a major impact on the history of football. Jules Rimet, founder of the World Cup, Henri Delaunay, founder of the European Championships and Gabriel Hanot, instigator of the Ballon D’or award and European Cup
Oct 3, 2010
The phrase ‘defining moment’ is a well worn cliché in sports journalism. More often than not, it will refer to a David to Goliath scenario observing a rise from mediocrity to champion.
Oct 2, 2010
Memory can do the strangest of things.
My earliest football related memory dates back to 1981, and more specifically the F.A. Cup final replay which has the name "Ricky Villa" indelibly writ large across our collective football consciousness. I was six years old.
Last week in North London prior to the West Bromwich Albion game, the general feeling from Arsenal fans was boredom. Not with the style of football, but with the predictable nature of their team;
Oct 1, 2010
Another week of Champions League football and a similar story for the English teams involved, four wins, ten goals scored and just two conceded and all four sides either top or joint top of their groups after two rounds of fixtures.
It’s decision time for Fabio Capello as he prepares to name his England squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifier with Montenegro.