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Written on 3 Nov 2014 | No Comments

Football – it’s a business like any other, and has always been a business like any other…hasn’t it? Football supporting is like a romanticised consumer choice, isn’t it? Though everyone protests that their allegiances are wholly different to their choice of, say, what supermarket they shop in, the reality is that it’s the same free market choice to consume at one place rather than another, surely? No? What, in essence makes Football different then? Well, Football’s exceptionalism comes from the fact that, in contrast to the ‘business like any other’ …

Written on 3 Nov 2014 | No Comments

Two weeks, two games, two losses. In these two games both opponents nullified Barcelona’s tactics and in both games Barca couldn’t come with an answer. While a loss against a inform team like Real Madrid didn’t come as a big surprise, the loss against Celta Vigo has to worry many supporters no matter how optimistic a fan you are. It is true that Barcelona had many shots in the Celta game but the finishing was quite terrible at times. And yes Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez produced some outstanding saves but …

Written on 2 Nov 2014 | No Comments

Time and the indulgence of a benevolent benefactor are two luxuries that most managers are very rarely afforded in the hurly burly world of modern football. The managerial bullet seems to be fired at hapless coaches on an increasingly regular basis, with incumbents being sacked almost at will by club owners, most of whom have unrealistic expectations for their teams.
There are exceptions to every rule. Arsenal’s perseverance with Arsene Wenger is admirable, the club have stuck by him through some relatively thin times, despite vociferous calls for his head from some …

Written on 28 Oct 2014 | No Comments

There is a common misconception from the outside that Tottenham fans expect too much, complain all the time and don’t deserve what they have. But from the inside, it is quite the opposite.
Treated to FIFA like corruption, constantly lied to on just about every big media circus, subjected to bizarre decisions, poor communication and ultimately the most inconsistent nonsense in the one place it matters, the pitch.
The only consistency that has taken place in my most memorable years as a Spurs fan, has been the chairman.
Levy is a broken record, …

Written on 28 Oct 2014 | No Comments

Van Gaal’s first few months at Old Trafford have certainly been tumultuous. After a few poor performances at the start of the season, the most embarrassing being the 4-0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons in the Capital One Cup, their performances have started to get better. Whilst they were poor against West Brom last Monday, there were positives to take from their game against Chelsea on Sunday.
Louis Van Gaal told us to judge him on his first three months at Manchester United, and then quickly retracted that phrase once three …

Written on 23 Oct 2014 | No Comments

The real symptom of Arsenal’s decline is not in their performances against title rivals, where they still manage to get the odd win, but in the Champions League. Since they made it to the final in 2006 they have beaten one formidable opponent in the out rounds, AC Milan in 2008. Then they knocked out the holders 2-0 on aggregate, and it was no flukey win, they dominated them in the San Siro. Other than that they have had a shock exit against PSV, and been beaten by Barcelona and …

Written on 22 Oct 2014 | One Comment

“A shadow of last season’s team” is probably the most used description of the current Liverpool team. It would be easy to blame this on the integration of 10 new signings and the loss of arguably the third best player in the world but in truth the problems lay far deeper and will be far more difficult to iron out.
The problem is confidence. Watching Liverpool lumber to a very lucky victory at Loftus Road yesterday, the body language of some of the players sums up what the current mood is …

Written on 19 Oct 2014 | No Comments

Following the seven undefeated matches in La Liga with an equal number of clean sheets , Barcelona are now set to face their eternal rivals Real Madrid at the  Santiago Bernabeu. The match seems to be a clash of titans as both teams have been in terrific form in the recent weeks. Barcelona haven’t conceded any goals in the league so far making a new record of clean sheets by Claudio Bravo.While Real Madrid have recovered very well from the earlier defeats they faced against Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid while …

Written on 13 Oct 2014 | 2 Comments

Following the controversial decision of Raheem Sterling to declare himself ‘too tired’ to start in England’s recent 1-0 victory over Estonia on Sunday evening. Is this another case of too much, too young?
In the past 18 months, the 19 year old Liverpool sensation has been making all kinds of headlines, for his remarkable performances for both club and country. Sterling was a vital part of Brendan Rodgers exciting Liverpool team which in many people’s eyes should have claimed their first league title since the 1989/90 season. By all means, playing …

Written on 13 Oct 2014 | No Comments

With ‘toto’ reaching the end of his career, in fact retiring at the end of the season, an Udinese, Serie A legend scoring more than 23 goals in Serie A for the last 4 years, it is shocking that the 36 year old is still undisguised. The magician age has shown this season with only 11 goals so far, but that should not hide form the fact that from 2009 to 2013 only Messi and Ronaldo have scored league more goals that him. Bagging more than 100 goals in four years …