Football Blog - Independent Football Writing
Football Blog
Written on 4 Sep 2014 | No Comments

Rewind a few years and AC Milan’s newest recruit had it all: the pace, the effortless skills and, most of all, the goals of a player filled with confidence and ability. Liverpool fans loved him and he was in love with the club, the city and the culture. The man it seemed had it all, but like all men who have it all they always strive to get even more, and this was in part his downfall. When Chelsea’s Russian owner presented Liverpool with £50 million to secure their star …

Written on 25 Aug 2014 | No Comments

Both very attacking minded teams, Liverpool and Manchester City will meet in their second game of the season, but how should Liverpool line up against the reigning champions of England? 

Written on 24 Aug 2014 | No Comments

Swansea welcome Van Gaal to the Premier League
After a long three months without league football, the Premier league was back last weekend and it all kicked off at Old Trafford with Manchester United playing host to Swansea City. Once again the new season sees a new era at Manchester United, with Louis Van Gaal talking over for caretaker manager Ryan Giggs, who will now go back to a coaching role under the Dutch Coach. Van Gaal’s arrival at Manchester United meant a new system for the players to learn and …

Written on 17 Aug 2014 | No Comments

The man with the golden balls – Louis Van Gaal, will lead out a new Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow with the weight of every fan on his shoulders. Many expect the ‘good times’ to return, including myself, however I feel that the current squad of players is simply not good enough to challenge for the title. Or even achieve a top four finish. If we fail to bring in the numbers we need I fear for us and the Manchester United dream.
We should be challenging for the title …

Written on 14 Aug 2014 | No Comments

Chelsea are my team to beat for this season in the premier league. Jose Mourinho has a history of doing well in his second year at clubs and he told us as much last season. I watched them live at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday against Real Sociedad and I noticed how they were only once able to break through the midfield and run at the Chelsea defence, and that time Cahill and Terry cleared things up nicely. Mourinho has a system to stop the opposition running at his defence as …

Written on 14 Aug 2014 | 2 Comments

This is the 5th in a series of 6 articles about the 60 greatest players in the world with this one looking at those most undefinable of roles – the attacking midfielder and the winger. Gone are the days when flying wingers and box-to-box central midfielders are the order of the day in a 4-4-2 formation universally used. A modern day attacking midfielder has to be so much more than your old school south american ‘no.10′ and now incorporates many more types of players into the one label. Meanwhile for wingers, the …

Written on 14 Aug 2014 | No Comments

When football in Denmark is mentioned, clubs such as FC København (or FC Copenhagen) and Brøndby are usually the first two clubs that come to mind, while Aalborg BK (AaB) are another Danish club that a fairly educated football fan could name off the top of their heads. Looking at UEFA’s club coefficient rankings (Rankings that determine seeds for European competitions) it would suggest that Danish football isn’t exactly doing brilliantly, with FC København the only side above the 100th ranking (47). However, with the emergence of Danish talents in the …

Written on 13 Aug 2014 | No Comments

Finalists four years earlier, France where earmarked as one of the pre-tournament favourites in South Africa in 2010. Sadly, the optimism surrounding the squad took a traumatic turn for the worst with an upheaval that disgusted the entirety of a nation, with a strong footballing tradition.
Headlines throughout the world reported France’s refusal to train for 58 year old manager Raymond Domenech. An impending internal implosion was coming like a head on collision with a broken, and ill-disciplined squad.
The expulsion of Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka for launching a vicious tirade at …

Written on 13 Aug 2014 | No Comments

Despite the protestations from Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini that the 2014 Community Shield should be viewed as the climax of the previous season, the 2014-15 season’s curtain raiser witnessed an impressive 3-0 victory for the 2014 FA Cup winners Arsenal against last season’s Premier League Champions that was enough to suggest the Gunners will provide a serious challenge for City’s title this season. Picking up where he left off last season, the outstanding Aaron Ramsey looked fit and ready to lead that title challenge, which is seemingly increasingly credible …