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Written on 30 Jun 2015 | No Comments

Before the transfer window opened this year, Liverpool already clinched deals on five players, showing that they are trying to be a bit more organised this time around. Only a year ago they were struggling to find players to replace Luis Suarez and ended up settling for Mario Balotelli in a last-minute panic buy. Hindsight can tell us that Liverpool’s transfers last season were all very badly thought out. This time the case looks a lot different, though. The move for James Milner on a free transfer was clever and …

Written on 28 Jun 2015 | No Comments

Liverpool are a football club who, to put it mildly, have been a subject of derision with regards to transfers in recent seasons. Mario Balotelli, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto are examples of Brendan Rodger’s rather hit and miss history in the transfer market, while Daniel Sturridge, Emre Can and Phillipe Coutinho are, generally speaking, success stories. It is often levelled at Rodgers that he rushes transfers through, approaching things like a teenager on a computer game, rather than as the manager of the one the most popular football clubs …

Written on 19 Jun 2015 | No Comments

Paul Clement has taken the brave decision to strike out on his own as a manager, but can he make a successful transition from being an assistant to the main man?
The 43-year-old has been appointed as Derby County head coach to replace Steve McClaren and he could probably learn a thing or two from his predecessor about making the step up.
McClaren enjoyed a hugely successful spell as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and he is a coach who has been able to make an impact as a manager. …

Written on 8 Jun 2015 | No Comments

With Steven Gerrard announcing earlier this season his intentions to leave his boyhood club Liverpool and end his historic career in the MLS. Many pundits and Liverpool fans have been left worried about the whole being left in the Liverpool midfield but a certain Jordan Henderson’s emergence and improvement has put them worries to bed although it is impossible to replace Steven Gerrard who at his very best was one of the greatest players in the world but they certainly have a capable understudy in Jordan Henderson who although can …

Written on 4 Jun 2015 | No Comments

The 2015 Champions League final on Saturday sees both Barcelona and Juventus competing in their eighth final in this competition and with one side guaranteed to accomplish the treble this season.
Barcelona have a 4-3 record in this competition, winning their last three (2006, 2009, 2011) in an era of superstar after superstar. Luis Enrique is only in his first season in charge at Camp Nou, but now manages the best team in the world having been able to get the best out of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in …

Written on 4 Jun 2015 | No Comments

Tonight Juventus will take on Barcelona, Europe’s hottest team this season, in the champions league final, having not tasted European cup success since 1996. Despite coming into the game off the back of a league cup double, and 4 successive serie A title wins, they enter the match as underdogs, thanks to the dynamic for of Barca’s dynamic fron three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. However with the correct shape discipline and organisaton, I have no doubt Italy’s top club can finish the night as treble winners. So with out further ado here is …

Written on 3 Jun 2015 | No Comments

Played by some of the top teams in the world, the UAFA Champions League is seen as the ultimate prize in European club football, and this weekend, FC Barcelona are to clash with Juventus for the 2015 final in Berlin. Although the El Clasico showdown of Barcalona and Real Madrid that everyone was expecting won’t be going ahead, Juventus have shown their worth in the course of this tournament, which is making the outcome a tricky call for the bookies.
After a few wobbles in the early part of the tournament – …

Written on 2 Jun 2015 | No Comments

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has already confirmed that he is on the look-out for a new holding midfielder over the summer. The Dutch manager is believed to be looking for a long-term replacement for 33-year old Michael Carrick.
Carrick missed both the start and the end of the 2014-15 season with injuries and his absence was notable on both occasions. Both Daley Blind and Ander Herrera filled in for the England international but neither with much success.
Manchester United are aiming to challenge for the Premier League title next …

Written on 28 May 2015 | No Comments

You don’t need to dive too far back into the history books to see the last time Tottenham deployed common sense on the pitch to great effect. In the good old Harry days the players knew what they were doing and the system was so effective, they actually achieved some modern form of success. There was width, pace, creativity, strength, character, and most of all cohesion.
There are a lot of complaints at Tottenham, largely justified about the board, director of football malarkey, constant managerial changes and so on. I’ve got …

Written on 25 May 2015 | One Comment

Spanish midfield legend calls his time on his decorated career at FC Barcelona as he is set to join Qatari side Al Sadd. Now 35 years old, Xavi joined Barca aged 11 and has been a regular part of the first team since 1998, winning eight La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey, two club world cups and three Champions League titles. A 4th Champions League title may be on its way on June 6th.
A true great of the modern game, Xavi also played a key role for Spain as …