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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 | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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 …

Written on 8 Sep 2014 | One Comment

Transfer deadline day always gives its fair share of entertainment that includes essentials such as 4 x 4’s, middle aged Sky Sports Correspondents, rumours failures and manic fans weaving at cameras as if they have never seen them before. The drama always turns to  major disappointmet but that’s no surprise when the media make so much fuss. The compulsive viewing of watching a flustered Harry Redknapp getting more and more animated whilst  looking shiftier and shiftier is great TV viewing. Zamora ? Crouch? Defoe? Townsend? Terrific, fantastic, super players- Harry …

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?