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Germany v England: Key players to watch

England meet Germany on Wednesday night, as Gareth Southgate attempts to discover a winning formula and build some confidence among the Three Lions squad in preparation for the 2018 World Cup. Despite the fixture being labelled a friendly, there’s always a great deal at stake when the old enemies collide. Read More »

Andre Gomes doesn’t deserve to be booed by Barcelona fans

Andre Gomes is getting the wrong end of the stick from Barcelona fans – the Portuguese midfielder has been heavily criticised by the Blaugrana faithful for his perceived lacklustre performances since joining the Catalan giants. It got worse for Gomes at the weekend when he was loudly booed even before coming on as a sub. Read More »

Who Wants To Be A Match Official? Beuller? Beuller? Beuller?

Mark Clattenburg's resignation is in part a result of the abuse a match official must take with too little support from the FA

While examining Gareth Southgate’s unique selection headache as England manager, I came across an interesting statistic. According to Economics of Sport, England is among the easiest places to get a game, having more football clubs per capita and registered player than almost every other nation, but is nowhere to be found among countries well-stocked with match officials. That’s a critical contradiction. Pundits often bemoan ... Read More »

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