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Written on 16 Apr 2014 | No Comments

For football fans, the weekend ended with the thrilling Liverpool and Manchester City six pointer…and captain Steven Gerrard’s tears.
Liverpool fans overcame all possible emotions within those enthralling 90 minutes. First the sadness of Hillsborough tragedy anniversary; the silence; the goosebumps at kickoff; the anticipation of how the game will flow; then the elation after Raheem Sterling sidestepped the City defence to open the score; the dream of title; the shrill and stretching of vocal cords after 2-0; the skepticism of holding on; the ‘pinching myself’ at half time; the edginess …

Written on 16 Apr 2014 | No Comments

Leicester City will be playing Premier League football next season after a ten year absence, and I’m writing about the key factors that has led to the Foxes success this campaign.  First of all, the team spirit from Nigel Pearson’s men this season has been absolutely tremendous on and off the field. The boys in blue will never give up, scoring a good number of late goals at home and away from home to keep gathering precious points towards promotion.
This coincidently has a correlation towards a famous saying commonly …

Written on 14 Apr 2014 | No Comments

With Liverpool’s increasingly realistic chances of winning the Barclays Premier League this season, it’s highly acceptable for Brendan Rodgers to expect perfection, and throughout the season we have seen glimpses of this in a young 19 year-old Raheem Shaquille Sterling. Yesterday however, was a showcase of a matured Sterling, demonstrating a combination of pace and control up and down the pitch. Previously the focus has been on ‘The SAS’, better known as Suarez and Sturridge, but the versatile winger put on an impressive display further silencing his critics by showing …

Written on 13 Apr 2014 | No Comments

It’s a World Cup year and I, like many other football fans, am looking forward to the carnival of football that only the most prestigious international competition can provide. As the Premier League reaches its climax, it is only natural that we look out for which English players are hitting a rich vein of form at the right time to try and book their seat on the plane to Brazil. I argue that the decision on which players to take is a more philosophical one than many give Roy the …

Written on 11 Apr 2014 | No Comments

With the 2014 World Cup just two months away we’ll take a look at the contenders to win the Golden Boot at the tournament in Brazil.
Winning the World Cup is every players dream where scoring the most goals in a World Cup comes in at a close second. The 2010 World Cup Golden Boot was shared four ways last time round with Wesley Sneijder, Thomas Müller, Diego Forlan and David Villa winning the award. Scoring the most goals at a World Cup is a tremendous achievement for any player and …

Written on 11 Apr 2014 | No Comments

Currently sitting on top of the Premier League table, Liverpool have officially launched their new home kit for next season.
The new home kit is manufactured by American brand Warrior Sports who signed a kit deal with Liverpool back in April 2011. The new home kit tunes into the hart of Liverpool FC’s identity featuring their iconic red colour scheme whilst adding a modern edge to the new shirt. Red is complemented with white piping and trim on the sides, shoulders and sleeves. The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, …

Written on 10 Apr 2014 | One Comment

As we all know, David Moyes first season at Manchester United has not gone as he would have liked it at all. Sitting 7th in the league table at the time of writing and have just been eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich, which was the club’s last chance of winning a trophy this season. One of the most disappointing things about Manchester United’s season is the continued poor performances from Marouane Fellaini, who joined David Moyes at Manchester United from Everton for £27.5 million in the summer …

Written on 10 Apr 2014 | No Comments

Eight Premier League Managers have been relieved of their duties since the season began,  some deservingly, some less so…below I profile whether the chairman got it right or wrong and who’s comes out on top of the sack race.
Sunderland
Di Canio got his P45 in September after a dismal run of four defeats in five league games, also many rumours of losing the dressing room and banning tomato ketchup amongst other things. Gus Poyet was brought in to try and stave off relegation, despite some good wins against Newcastle, Everton and …

Written on 10 Apr 2014 | No Comments

As Arjen Robben’s powerful shot deflected of Vidic with the ball slowly rolling in, it signalled the end of an era for Manchester United in the Champions League certainly for this season and possibly many more. And for some fans that have not experienced failure, it was hard to take with tweets for Moyes Out trending on all social media sites, with the majority not sure if he can be trusted the summer money he will be given. As a supporter it will be difficult, but I have the believe …

Written on 10 Apr 2014 | No Comments

Peace and tranquillity are usually traits that can be found in abundance desert regions throughout Spain. However, twice a year and this coming Wednesday “El Gran Classico” divides two cities over politics, nationality, class and sporting fanaticism.

Real Madrid: The club of the cigar smoker. Every banker, rich businessman and anyone of financial importance is a member. Some bring cushions to matches to avoid the potential stiffness of placing their backside on a hardback seat. On the outside the club always appears to have a mountain of debt. But don’t let …