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A New Spring for the Champions League?

The Champions League needs a new spring to reach maximum excitement levels.

Every new spring in America is beautiful. I’m not talking about the sun coming out, temperatures rising, slender green shoots sprouting from fertile soil, flowers blooming, birds warbling, or squirrels scampering. I’m sure that’s all wonderful and I’ve heard of it. I even have a few murky memories from having experienced such things before becoming a sports fan. What’s done is done, however. These days, ... Read More »

Football’s Bad Days: A Reminder Of Past Incidents

In football, all too often it can be a really bad day for a team, a player, a manager or all three at once. Losing a game is one thing and it’s difficult to swallow but how about those days where there’s absolutely nothing you can do about the defecation hitting the extraction? What about the worst days of footballer’s ... Read More »

The best (or worst) unethical footballer haircuts

World journeyman and Ghanaian football legend, Asamoah Gyan has recently been found guilty of having “unethical hair” by the UAE FA. Whilst it’s unknown whether Gyan will be making a swift appointment at the barbers or not, there’s no better time to look at some of the best unethical hairstyles from footballers past and present. Read More »

Alternative required for serial winners

In football, there are few certainties. The grass is green, the ball is round and Celtic will win the Scottish Premier League. Wait, that’s not right. Well it shouldn’t be, yet some leagues just aren’t competitive – but what can be done about it? Read More »

The Curious Case of Graeme Le Saux

Coming to terms with one’s inner tribalist when the Manchester United/Liverpool clash brings to boil the rage over a match commentator’s perceived bias. Read More »

Sepp Blatter was just trying to save the butterflies

On Monday, I wrote a piece centred on Rob Styles’ performance in Sunday’s match between Manchester United and Tottenham at Old Trafford, illustrating how the rules of the game can sometimes make life difficult for referees. Wednesday evening saw United at Selhurst Park to meet Crystal Palace and it witnessed match official Craig Pawson make life difficult for himself.  Read More »

Soundtrack For a Week Full of Football

Football and music – not the usual bedfellows: but there’s a certain awe that music can lend itself to the atmosphere and build-up of football. Arsenal famously plays London Calling before games, to energise the crowd. All the pre-match build video packages all have suitable music too – but what tunes should be coming from your stereo this week?  Read More »

How the Premier League reacted to the US elections

Sport and politics go hand in hand these days, so it was no surprise to see a number of Premier League club owners, players and fans show their support for either Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton in the United States Presidential election.  Read More »

Is a fresh face about to solve the US Mens’ National Team identity crisis?

So, Bill Goldberg is apparently coming out of retirement to stage a rematch with Brock Lesnar. If you follow the WWE, you’ll know they’ve been bringing back retired stars quite a bit over the last few years. If they’re too old to wrestle, like Rick Flair or Roddy Piper, they get beaten up by some young star (or stars) during an interview. ... Read More »

African footballers you never knew were related

Successful African footballing brothers such as the Toure’s (Yaya and Kolo) from Cote d’Ivoire, Uche’s (Kalu and Ikechukw) from Nigeria, Ayew’s (Andre and Jordan) from Ghana amongst others have all left their indelible mark on the beautiful game. Read More »

3 of the weirdest football stories of the week

The world of football can be incredibly unusual. Matches can be called off for the most bizarre reasons and we have seen this numerous times over the last couple of years. The footballing world will hopefully never lose it weirdness and to celebrate it here are three footballing stories that we believe can be classed as relatively weird, that have ... Read More »

The perfect penalty kick

Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen many shocking penalty misses. Zaza’s in the Euro’s against Germany must be the worst. However, hitting a ball from 12 yards into a goal seems to be more than difficult. Read More »

What should you eat before a football game ?

Hours spent practising techniques and improving your skills are pointless if you turn up to a football match lacking energy due to what you have eaten. “You should pay as much attention to your nutrition as you do to every other aspect of your game,” says sports nutritionist Gavin Allinson. The pre-match meal is the arguably the most important factor ... Read More »

Some picks for your 2016/17 Fantasy Football squad

After numerous hours of making, remaking and making an inspiring fantasy football team once again, I think that I may have found a winning combination. It’s a mix of players from a mix of teams and this year I am hoping that I will be the one celebrating in front of my friends! Read More »

Chinese Super League lands on Sky Sports

Last weekend, Sky Sports aired its first two episodes of Chinese Super League football. The decision to acquire the UK rights for the league was announced last week and Sky has made a quick turn around to get Chinese football on our screens. Read More »

After Celtic lose to Lincoln Red Imps, we look at 5 other footballing upsets

Brendan Rodgers’ reign as Celtic boss began in humbling style this week as the Scottish champions were beaten 1-0 by Gibraltarian part-timers Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League second qualifying round first leg. The minnows team contained a fireman and taxi driver within its ranks, and whilst it certainly represents a giant-killing, it was not the first and will ... Read More »

Five reasons why you should definitely check out Japanese football

Don’t starve yourself of football between now and the start of the domestic European leagues, watch one of Asia’s finest football leagues, the top flight of Japan – the J1 League. It’s open, improving (at dramatic pace) and generally full of goal-mouth action. Considering all eighteen J1 teams will be included in FIFA ’17, why not watch and research the ... Read More »

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