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Written on 23 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments

Manchester United is experiencing a testing period at present, with results slipping on the pitch and recent financial figures showing a worrying drop in profits. Somehow – and surprisingly – this has not deterred brands from buying into United’s global appeal with income from sponsorship is up 49% in the latest fiscal year.
The club’s playing issues are numerous, including a disappointing seventh place finish last season, the sacking of David Moyes and the frustration of missing out on Champions League football for the first time in two decades. These have …

Written on 21 Sep 2014 | No Comments

Lets face it, Chelsea have not had any problems this season in the goals department scoring 6 at Everton, 4 against Swansea and 3 at Burnley. This flurry of goals by Chelsea has of course been largely down to the signing of Diego Costa who at £32 million looks like one of the best signings in the history of the club.
However against Schalke on wednesday night Jose Mourinho made a mistake in starting Drogba. Mourinho did need to rest Costa, who has seemed to have an injury scare before …

Written on 21 Sep 2014 | No Comments

The problem with grand footballing plans is that they very rarely succeed without putting two vital components in place: a  visionary manager or coach with the ability to create or change tactics in order to win games and a collection of players with the wit, talent and genius to interpret what the management team requires of them.
Brendan Rodgers’ ambitious plans for Liverpool are  a prime case in point. Last season’s second place finish in the Premier League should have acted as a catalyst to go on and make a prolonged challenge during …

Written on 17 Sep 2014 | No Comments

It may seem strange, and outrageously ungrateful, that Arsenal fans are ready to turn on manager Arsène Wenger not four months after he ended the clubs nine year trophy drought by delivering the FA Cup in May followed by the Community Shield after victory over champions Manchester City in August. The club remain unbeaten in the league and have lost just once, last night against Borussia Dortmund, in all competitions this season. Yet there is something more than simple disaffection at the first defeat of the season brewing in N5. …

Written on 14 Sep 2014 | No Comments

Last Monday evening, prior to kick-off between England and Switzerland at St. Jacob Park in Basel, it was fair to say that expectations for the forthcoming Euro 2016 campaign – least yet the match about to be played – were bleak. So bleak that an England side once feared by most footballing nations were widely believed to be ever-likely to play for a draw. A draw, with few even considering that manager Roy Hodgson would field a bold, dangerous and attacking line-up.
Instead, we saw old ‘Woy’ field several young stars …

Written on 14 Sep 2014 | One Comment

Mario Balotelli, Radamel Falcao, Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani, just some of the high profile names Arsenal were linked to throughout the transfer window. So when the final day of the window struck and it came to the fore that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was signing Danny Welbeck, it came across as a sick joke to many devoted followers of the Gunners. Having driven themselves crazy scaling every transfer rumour website available, the initial thought was that there couldn’t be a more underwhelming purchase that they could have made, …

Written on 11 Sep 2014 | One Comment

The Football Association has launched a ‘Together for England’ campaign in the wake of poor attendance figures at England matches, stressing the value of fan support to the success of the national team.
The FA was left disheartened by the lack of supporters at England’s game against Norway last week, as fans reacted to the team’s early departure from the World Cup. Just over 40,000 supporters witnessed England’s 1-0 win, which was the lowest attendance level since Wembley reopened in 2007.
The FA believes that its challenge is to reengage the existing …

Written on 11 Sep 2014 | No Comments

In recent years Man United fans have been crying out for a player who can assist strikers and sit in between the midfield and defence, known nowadays as the number 10. Juan Mata, a then record signing seemed to have solved that problem and made many United fans as happy as Larry. However he has not had the impact he had at Chelsea. Many people put this down to the changes going on at United, and said this is the reason things haven’t gone to plan for Mata. However Mata …

Written on 9 Sep 2014 | No Comments

If there has been one thing clear about Louis Van Gaal fledging career at Manchester United, it is the no messing nature of his regime. Compromise? That is not a philosophy or word that the Dutchman even knows the meaning of.  Luke Shaw is considered too fat, the training ground to windy, 4-3-3 outdated and useless and Danny Welbeck not good enough but is this fair?
Welbeck is not an awful player, people tend to see footballers in two lights : you are rubbish or you are a superstar, it is …

Written on 8 Sep 2014 | No Comments

Let me start this by telling you straight away; I am biased towards Liverpool. The club is my life. From an early age as a Liverpool fan, you have it drilled into you that you should expect the best. To us, any delusions of grandeur aren’t delusions. We expect to be up at the top of the table because our history says we should be.
I know how silly this sounds, considering the club haven’t won the league title since 1990. There is a generation of Liverpool fans (myself included) yet …