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Written on 17 Jul 2014 | No Comments

Colombia’s number 10, dubbed ‘El Nuevo Pibe’ (The New Kid), successor to Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama the original ‘El Pibe’, James Rodriguez is reportedly on the verge of a massive €80million move to Real Madrid that would make him the most expensive Colombian footballer of all time, surpassing the €60million current club AS Monaco paid for teammate Radamel Falcao last summer. The World Cup Golden Boot winner, and unofficial best player in the tournament, has the world at his prodigiously talented left foot. After his outstanding performances in leading Colombia …

Written on 17 Jul 2014 | One Comment

With Lallana, Shaw, And Rickie Lambert all Leaving the saints. what do I think the Saints will have in store This upcoming season?
Under new manager Ronald Koeman, i Expect too see Attacking minded Football with the expected 4-3-3 formation.  and Hopefully we can keep the possession style football in our game that Mauricio Pochettino taught us as well. With the players coming in, Pelle and Tadic.. i expect them to be quiet for the first 4-5 games, Just so they get use to the league. i don’t expect 30+ goals …

Written on 16 Jul 2014 | No Comments

On the 17th of November 2010 in the Swedish city of Gothenburg with just over 20,000 in attendance Germany and Sweden played out a drab goalless draw. It was a match never likely to live long in the German memory. However, the day held a much wider significance. After 78 minutes of an otherwise unremarkable game, substitutes Mario Götze, then 18, and André Schürrle, then 20, simultaneously became the first German players born after reunification in 1990 to represent the senior national team.
Less than four years later in Rio …

Written on 16 Jul 2014 | No Comments

With injuries and collisions occurring more often in the modern game, the issue of safety in football is being addressed in greater detail than just simply suggesting strapping on a pair of shin pads is all that’s required.
In particular, head injuries are a serious problem that are not being looked at in great enough detail. Whilst strapping a dressing over the wound was considered an effective treatment for earlier no-nonsense players like Terry Butcher, advances in science and in common sense generally has led to people taking such situations more …

Written on 15 Jul 2014 | No Comments

Just as the 31st of December is seen by millions as a time to reflect on the events of the previous twelve months and as an opportunity to look towards the future with hope, apprehension or a vow to change for the better, so too the world of international football tends towards quadrennial bouts of contemplation and self-analysis as each World Cup tournament draws to a close.
And so it was on Sunday night, as Philip Lahm thrust the iconic trophy towards the floodlit sky above the Maracana, the reflective analysis …

Written on 14 Jul 2014 | No Comments

“They think it’s all over” and it is now. After four years of waiting, 32 days of competition and a German triumph, the World Cup is over – let the countdown to Russia begin. The 32 teams and 736 players have left Copacabana behind and for all but the jubilant winners, attentions quickly return to club football.
Brazil’s tournament has been heralded as the most social competition ever, a haven for brands and sports agencies looking to score big with their marketing. It’s been a story of sponsors versus non-sponsors; the …

Written on 14 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments

Leading on from the top 10 goalkeepers in the world; I now present you the top 10 Centre-backs in the world. Remember, this is partly judged on recent performances and partly on permanent class. Enjoy, comment and discuss and remember to look out for the remaining four articles in this series of 6, the next one being the top 10 full-backs.
Honourable mentions:

Diego Godin – An old school centre-half who bought into the ‘Simeone way’ from the very beginning to great effect. His dogged style and aerial prowess means he is now crucial …

Written on 13 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments

Nowadays, it seems most conversations about the beautiful game eventually turn to the eternal question: ‘who’s the best?’. Messi or Ronaldo? Who could hold their own against the Pelé’s and Maradona’s of the past? Are Thiago Silva or Vincent Kompany in the same league as Suarez and Messi? Ultimately, there is no right answer to these questions but I will try to shed a little more light onto the situation using my thorough research and deep discussions. You’ll probably disagree so please comment any opinions and insight and hopefully we can get a good old-fashioned football debate going.
I …

Written on 9 Jul 2014 | One Comment

The dust will never be allowed to settle on Germany 7-1 Brazil. Even in this most storied of sporting tournaments, that scoreline will be mentioned every four years and every time Germany or Brazil play a big game. The match itself, Germany’s excellence and Brazil’s refusal to either protect their goal or threaten their opponent’s is being picked apart at great length. Instead, I would like to focus on Brazil’s impressive achievement in reaching the 2014 World Cup semi finals.
In doing so permit me to briefly take a step back …

Written on 9 Jul 2014 | No Comments

Celtic starting eleven: Zaluksa, Lustig, van Dijk, Mulgrew, Twardzik, Brown, Johansen, Commons, McGeouch, Stokes, Boerrigter
Celtic’s second game of pre season finished with a 1-1 draw against Rapid Vienna in front of a very atmospheric crowd at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadion.

Ronny Deila named the same starting eleven to play this game as he did against Krasnodar. He was forced to make a substitution just after the game kicked off when Brown had to go off injured. Losing captain Brown is a major concern for Celtic going into the Champions League Qualifiers …