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Taking the Mkhitaryan

I’m quite sure Antonín Panenka had no inkling of the far-reaching legacy he was about to gift the world of football as he lined up to take his crucial spot-kick for Czechoslovakia in the European Championship final of 1976. Read More »

Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur combined XI

This weekend sees Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Etihad stadium to face an out-of-sorts Manchester City in the late kick-off on Saturday. Last weekend saw Tottenham pick up a very impressive 4-0 win against West Brom while Manchester City was humiliated by the same scoreline against Everton. Read More »

Manchester City vs. Tottenham: Match preview

Today, we see a Pep side, still reeling in the aftermath of an efficient Everton side (in case you didn’t know, you can score 4 goals with 4 on target nowadays) versus a Pochettino brimming with confidence at the prospect of doing a second double over City in as many seasons as Tottenham manager. Read More »

Three Premier League matches to watch this weekend

In many ways this Premier League season has been unpredictable – though not quite to the extent of last years – with Mourinho’s United faltering, Pep’s City disappointing and Conte’s Chelsea cruising. Even the relegation battles are interesting; with no side having yet been written off. Thus, each weekend of football is a fascinating spectacle. Read More »

Will Swansea’s new signings keep them up?

The Welsh club are rock bottom of the Premier League table but can take comfort from the fact that they are just one point from safety. Paul Clement’s first game in charge was a painful 4-0 loss at home to Arsenal and he has reacted to this defeat by signing three players he believes can turn their season around. Read More »

Tom Carroll at a crossroads

It’s likely to be Tottenham’s biggest deal of the transfer window yet the sale of Tom Carroll to Swansea City has barely warranted any column inches. Spurs fans were also subdued in their response and the transfer slipped away almost unnoticed and that’s a sad conclusion to a club career that had, at points, offered great promise. 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 »

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