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Film Review: Take The Ball, Pass The Ball
17:00 Monday 19th November 2018

In this film, Graham Hunter, a Spanish football expert, takes us on a short hop back in time to a decade ago in Catalonia. Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets were fresh faces in the Barcelona team with Carles Puyol, Thierry Henry,…

Why simplicity is beauty and Neil Warnock the artist
08:00 Tuesday 20th March 2018

In the digital era, football is viewed through a prism of fact and statistics. Any Tom, Dick or Harry can arm themselves with an arsenal of confusing numbers to castigate or praise a player, team, system or manager. Sometimes the same data…

Dutch football needs help
10:00 Tuesday 12th December 2017

Can it get any worst for the Netherlands? Still reeling from the failures of the national team, the country's football has hit an all-time low. For the first time in history, Dutch clubs are not guaranteed automatic continental spots. Meaning…

Pep Guardiola's Zen Buddhist club
10:00 Friday 8th September 2017

Pep Guardiola rejoined Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano at Man City to restore the lost Barcelona ethos. Spiritually speaking, it was the wrong choice. At its peak, Barcelona was a shining light for leftist ideologues everywhere.Alone among…

Next Goal Wins
The Hardy Park Irregulars
11:00 Sunday 26th March 2017

When his visa comes through, Bastian Schweinsteiger will be going to Chicago. That shouldn't be an issue unless Donald Trump chooses to insult Angela Merkel further. I've written--more than once--on the German's struggles to get a game at Manchester…

The death of possession football
17:00 Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Possession football was easily the best tactic introduced in the last decade. Many teams had been playing a ‘keep ball' system prior to Barcelona and Spain's rampant successes with the style but has possession football lost its edge? With teams…

European Football
What's the Story with Barcelona?
14:00 Saturday 18th February 2017

A longstanding debate in literary circles argues there is a finite number of stories to be told. Some say that number has long since been reached. Every newly published novel, film, or other fictional work simply retells a pre-existing tale.…

Book Review - Johan Cruyff, My Turn The Autobiography
14:53 Monday 7th November 2016

Johan Cruyff was widely regarded as one of football's greatest players. Through his playing career, he was synonymous with the ideology of Total Football, a style where every player could play in any position on the pitch. His philosophy still…

Johan Cruyff – The Conductor of Total Football
18:20 Friday 25th March 2016

The world has been rocked by the loss of footballing royalty.  Johan Cruyff has lost his battle with cancer and has died at the age of 68.  The three-time Ballon d'Or winner was one of the most influential players in football history.  Whilst…