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Lallana is the key for club and country

Liverpool travel to St Mary’s tonight to face Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup tie, many of the Liverpool starting 11 will be visiting their old club considering the players that Liverpool have purchased from the Saints in recent seasons, however it is Adam Lallana that has been one of the signings of the last few years. Read More »

FIFA Club World Cup: Kashima Antlers vs. Auckland City Preview

It’s that time of the year again: the fascinating World Club Cup. The best teams from around the world compete in a knockout competition to see who can call themselves the best club side in the world. The preliminary round sees the host nation’s Champions take on the OFC Champions League winners. Read More »

England and the United States: Out of tune partners in the World Cup waltz

It’s said everything in life is cyclical, including football. One team peaks as another reaches its nadir, even when the two trends don’t appear linked. It’s as though the football gods are in fact, rich housewives uncertain where they want the piano.  Read More »

England vs. Spain: New approach, Same England.

I don’t want to be negative and say ‘same old same old’ but I’m struggling not to. Yes, the result was disappointing as normal, but I suppose the performance did offer some signs of encouragement. Read More »

England v Spain – Why Not Get Our Hopes Up?

Let’s forget Iceland, forget the Euros and forget the last 12 years since Ronaldinho spectacularly lobbed 6”3 David Seaman from 30 yards out – lets forget all of that. Maybe this is a new leaf for English Football? Maybe we can get excited about our 3-0 win over rivals Scotland? A win against the best International side of the last ... Read More »

Tite’s effect all over Brazil, fun Belgium is back and four other lessons from the World Cup qualifiers

The November international break, which happens to be the last for the year was very special – particularly because it was all about the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Teams from across the five Confederations took part in this campaign which will eventually produce the 31 teams to join hosts, Russia, at the Mundial in less than two years time. Read More »

2018 World Cup: As things stand for European Qualification

The European nations are fighting it out, with the target to secure their place at the 2018 World Cup. Matchday four of the qualification campaign came to an end on Sunday night; we look at the groups and which teams have the best chance of qualifying. Read More »

The biggest winners of the international break

Loathe it all you want, the international break provides some good entertainment in the round-and-white game. This past week, some teams enjoyed resounding victories in their world cup qualification campaigns – let’s talk about the biggest winners of the international break shall we? Read More »

The Argentine national team: All stars, No shine!

The Albiceleste were once again put to the sword on Thursday, when they squared up against Brazil in the 2018 World Cup Qualifier played in Belo Horizonte – once again the star-studded Argentine national team just couldn’t shine on the biggest of stages. Read More »

The Auldest of Enemies: England vs. Scotland.

The International break is often noted as a general bore for football fans. However, this coming Friday, two nations go head to head in a game of football which is soaked in British sporting history. It’s the two teams first competitive meeting of the millennium; who will come out on top? Read More »

Gareth Southgate set to get the England job.

In a surprising turn of events, breaking reports suggest that Gareth Southgate is set to be given the England job on a permanent basis. Southgate who has only been in charge of the England national team for two games, has been given a massive vote of confidence by his employers. The Daily Telegraph suggest that the appointment will be made ... Read More »

2018 World Cup Qualifiers: 5 Fixtures you shouldn’t miss

The FIFA international break is upon us again! How did that statement make you feel? Come on, cheer up, there is still plenty of exhilarating football fixtures to look forward to this weekend. Read More »

Five places we’d actually like to see the World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is probably the biggest sporting spectacle in the world. Almost a whole month of footballing ecstasy as the world’s best players compete in their national colours. Although the next two editions are held in somewhat odd choices. Football’s most popular and inclusive entity will be held in Russia and Qatar in 2018 and 2022 respectively. By ... Read More »

Thoughts on 48 from the Lower 48

New FIFA boss Gianni Infantino was unwilling to go so far as to officially confirm a North American country  or countries, would host the 2026 World Cup during a press briefing late last week, but did announce any interested European and Asian contenders would only be treated as alternatives should “none of the received bids fulfill the strict technical and financial requirements.”  Read More »

October Asian World Cup qualifying highlights

As October’s international break is upon us, it’s all systems go in Asia’s World Cup qualification campaign. There’re several clashes between the top teams; as one of the world’s emerging hotbeds of football showcases its talents; as all participating nations try to qualify for Russia 2018. Read More »

Expect substance over style for England following manager Sam Allardyce’s squad selection

New England manager Sam Allardyce named his first 23-man squad for September’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, and the changes made give a big indication of what to expect from the Three Lions over the next 18 months as they look to book their place in the 2018 World Cup finals. Read More »

Book Review: 1966 – The 50th Anniversary

50 years ago today, England won the World Cup, the rest they say is history…Well, for the English national team, it could be argued that it is as things have seldom got much better in the half century since that memorable occasion. Here’s a look back on that historic day at Wembley Stadium. Read More »

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