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Written on 30 Jul 2015 | No Comments

This has been a very interesting transfer window. The teams who haven’t done well last season are trying to buy the best players they can. Liverpool finished sixth last season have already bought more than six players.Manchester United have also spent a hefty sum this summer. Last season Manchester City was not so great. In this scenario you must be wondering, where is Man City? Are they out of cash after the Sterling saga? NO.
Man City are always the biggest spenders in the transfer market but this summer they have …

Written on 29 Jul 2015 | No Comments

As everyone obsesses over the Raheem Sterling saga, their attention should be turned to the other exciting English talent that has made his move to the Etihad: Patrick Roberts. City have acquired a midfielder that at the tender age of 18, has already scored 14 times at youth international level. He is “an extraordinary talent” according to former boss Felix Magath, and with the right education and development England fans as well as City fans will soon have a new hero to fascinate over.
For now though, he remains relatively unknown …

Written on 28 Jul 2015 | No Comments

Before the World Cup, Colombia coach Jose Peckerman said that Cuadrado was “ready to go to a great club,” and few could argue with him after what they saw in Brazil. If it weren’t for his one goal and four assists, which was notably the joint most assists of the tournament, the memorable goal celebrations gained Cuadrado many admirers around the world. More importantly, however, were his admirers across Europe. Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United all reportedly wanted him, and Chelsea got him.
Fast forward six months and we are …

Written on 27 Jul 2015 | No Comments

The anticipation of the forthcoming season is almost over, and with it brings a sense of optimism and excitement that only the opening day of the season can conjure. 
FC Halifax town begin the season on the back of a torrid end of the 2014/15 season, which saw The Shaymen end the season with a run of only 1 victory in 10 which ultimately saw Town slip down the table and see them finish 9th place despite the season offering so much post Christmas.
It has been a summer of transition at The …

Written on 21 Jul 2015 | No Comments

There have been many opinions offered about Raheem Sterling and his actions that led to his exit from Liverpool. As a neutral watching this transfer it was easy to take either side in the argument, yet I have decided to take a different spin on most media coverage and look at a more rational explanation as to why he left Liverpool.
In case of the defence of Sterling we must accept that in modern football players will move clubs due to the amount of money in the game today , with the …

Written on 20 Jul 2015 | No Comments

Football talk has long been the default discussion through my time at school and while there’s not much more I love to give my opinion on, I can’t deny how hard it is to accept the opinion of others at times. While this may only serve to portray me as a standard, stubborn student, I cannot accept them because with the huge emphasis put on statistical analysis over the past decade and a half, it is worryingly apparent that stats, whether they be goals, assists or clean sheets, dominate arguments. …

Written on 13 Jul 2015 | No Comments

While the coming season brings a familiar sense of optimism and anticipation amongst football’s aristocracy, it is worth remembering that while expectations at all levels of football may differ, the excitement and novelty of new adventures is more tangible lower down the footballing food chain.
For Scottish club Raith Rovers, this Autumn sees the 20th anniversaries of several of its most memorable fixtures – the UEFA Cup campaign of 1995.
The triumph over Celtic in the 1994 Coca-Cola Cup Final had not only set in stone one of Scottish football’s great footballing …

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 | One Comment

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. …