Home / Features

Category Archives: Features

Feed Subscription

How Wycombe Wanderers showed their class in restoring football’s “beautiful” side

In a difficult week for football that saw the debacle surrounding “pie-gate” and the fairly harsh dismissal of Claudio Ranieri from Leicester City, one piece of kindness shown by League Two outfit Wycombe Wanderers has given all a reminder of why our game is so dearly loved. Read More »

Has MLS Unwittingly Installed An Impenetrable Glass Ceiling?

From a political perspective, Americans try to set the program rather than get with it. Quite often you’ll hear some politician claim America doesn’t want to be the world’s policeman. This, of course, is a lie. We so want to not only enforce the law but write it. Plus, we love uniforms. Read More »

Aleksandar Mitrovic must grasp golden opportunity to prove his worth

Following the news that Newcastle United’s top goalscorer Dwight Gayle is likely to miss up to a month of action after suffering a recurrence of his troublesome hamstring injury during Monday night’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, tempestuous Serbian live wire Aleksandar Mitrovic looks set to spearhead the Magpies’ attack going into a season-defining run of fixtures against the club’s ... Read More »

Rafa, Toon, and a Football Manager’s Many Roads

Robert Frost celebrated individuality and choice with his poem The Road Not Taken. In our result-driven myopia, football fans see managers who arrive at success from unexpected origins as emulating Frost’s spirit, ignoring that they are all seeking to climb the same mountain but have merely been forced to travel back roads to beat traffic, as it were. Read More »

Fashion laws in football explained

Football has some strange fashion laws which seemingly have nothing to do with actually playing the game. Whilst these rules are largely adhered to in the Premier League, lower league clubs and players are regularly in trouble with officials for not abiding by the rules. Here are three fashion rules you argue about every Saturday afternoon explained… Read More »

Are Manchester United holding themselves back?

What’s the old adage? You can’t win for losing? Manchester United have slightly altered the notion. They can’t win for drawing. For the second time in 2017, United entered a match knowing they could make up ground on almost all the clubs above them in the Premier League table. With Hull City the opponent this time, rather than Liverpool, the contest ... Read More »

Top 5 players who wasted their talent

We all know that the amount of highly rated young players being churned out by various academies across the countries is astonishing. Clubs in England have an excellent record of developing young players, as do many countries around the world. Read More »

Are we right to hound referees?

The quality of refereeing in England’s top leagues was again brought into question this weekend with a number of high profile incidents and decisions. Pundits on Match Of The Day, Sky Sports and even Howard Webb on BT Sport joined in on the debate. Read More »

Retrospective action: Will this stop simulation in the English game?

This week it was announced that The Football Association are looking into introducing retrospective bans for players who dive and feign injury. This has been a particular problem in the English game, and this season, more players seem to be trying to con the officials. The FA will go to Scotland where this sort of punishment is already in place. Read More »

Will The World’s First £100m Player Be Bought In The January Transfer Window?

  On August 8th, 2016, Paul Pogba became the world’s most expensive footballer thanks to a mind-blowing £89m switch back to Manchester United; four years after leaving Old Trafford for Juventus. With the way football is going, however, it won’t be long before that record is smashed. Read More »

The Top 5 Premier League Striker Flops

Last year Everton boss Ronald Koeman insisted that striker Oumar Niasse will never play under him whilst he’s the boss at Goodison. Niasse has since joined Hull this transfer window. Let’s face it, the forward was a bit of a flop for Everton. With that in mind, here are five other Premier League strikers who flopped spectacularly on the big ... Read More »

Is the Offside Rule Still Relevant?

Henrikh Mkhitaryan won December’s Goal of the Month award for his audacious Scorpion Kick against Sunderland despite the Armenian clearly being offside. The officials completely missed the decision and, naturally, the goal stands, but it leads me to ask an interesting question: How relevant is the Offside Rule in the modern game and can we do without it? Read More »

Six clubs who bought their way to success

In the modern game money talks. Everywhere you look be it in a stadium, on the pitch, on the television and on the player’s kits there is something money related. It can bring teams success as well as failure. Here are six teams who had money pumped into them and how it affected their stature.  Read More »

Taking children to watch the beautiful game

Every football-loving dad wants to get his kids mad about the beautiful game. I’m learning this fast as my brother and I have taken his little one to his first few games – and experienced the joys, tantrums and oddities that came with it. Read More »

He is taking the Bundesliga by storm, but who is Timo Werner?

Timo Werner is causing a stir in the Bundesliga this season, scoring an impressive nine goals from 16 games, helping fire RB Leipzig into second position. His efficiency in front of goal has attracted admirers from across Europe, but what makes him so effective? Read More »

What has happened to Memphis Depay?

In 2015 Manchester United announced the £25 million signing of PSV’s highly rated forward Memphis Depay. United fans and players alike were very excited Louis Van Gaal brought in the 20-year-old. Since then, however, he has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and is now looking for a move away from Old Trafford. So where did it ... Read More »

Three stadiums you have to visit in Germany

Everyone has heard stories of how great the atmosphere, stadiums and match day experience is at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but are there other stadiums or lesser known clubs in Germany which you should visit?  Read More »

Ishak Belfodil: Just Who Are Everton Close To Signing?

Everton are reportedly close to completing the signing of Ishak Belfodil from Standard Liège. £10.4 million is the fee agreed between the two clubs, but just who is Ishak Belfodil? Read More »

RB Leipzig – Loved abroad but hated at home

RB Leipzig are the surprise package in European football this season with comparisons already being drawn to Leicester City’s unlikely triumph last campaign. Their rapid rise through the league system has drawn admirers from far and wide, but seemingly not at home in Germany. Read More »

Scroll To Top