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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

What makes German football so different?

In a world of inflated transfer fees, astronomical wages and some of the highest ticket prices in Europe it is not hard to understand why that, over the past few years, the notion that football in the UK is slowly drifting away from it’s humble, working class background has been mentioned more and more. Read More »

Is Mourinho blind not to see who should replace Carrick?

Jose Mourinho has the option to herald a new dawn of control and tempo in the Premier League; he can disrupt the perpetuated norm that a central-defensive-midfielder should be imposing and combative. Mourinho should look to Daley Blind to ease Manchester United’s worries surrounding the replacement of the ageing Michael Carrick – in doing so, Mourinho would rebel against the ... Read More »

Six wingers who were converted to full-backs

In the game of football, full-backs are required to be able to hurtle up and down the flanks, assisting the center halves in curbing opposition attacks and also join in the attack as often as necessary. This is why quite a few full-backs were one-time attacking wingers who were later converted to defenders. Read More »

‘Wonderkids’ that never made the cut at Arsenal.

We all have those youngsters on FIFA or FM that we label as our prized possession and promise to build our team around. Football produces so many talented young players across the globe but only a special few go on to make an impact on the game, here are some self-proclaimed Arsenal ‘wonderkids’ that never quite made it. Arturo Lupoli ... Read More »

Four predictions for the 2016/17 Premier League season

“Don’t be surprised to find Jesús Navas playing at right-back next season.” Leicester City caught us all off guard last season and stunned the world of football, but this time, I’ve taken all relevant factors into consideration and predicted a few outcomes for this season, to make sure I’m not left surprised again. Pep’s Man City will set the league ... Read More »

Paul Pogba: pure hype or the real deal?

And the award for the most dragged out transfer saga of 2016 goes to….drumroll please……..Manchester United & Paul Pogba! The soap opera starring Paul Pogba and how it is his destiny to go back and play for his boyhood team is starting to drag on a bit ain’t it? It would take a world record transfer fee to relocate Pogba ... Read More »

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