Articles Archive for January 2012
You may or may not have heard but, the Brazilian footballing legend Pele has recently cast doubt over Lionel Messi‘s apparent faults. To your average football fan you can watch 10 minutes of Barcelona playing and two things will probably spring to mind; One, ‘this has got to be the best team ever!’, Two, ‘Messi has got to be the best player ever!’.
Okay maybe that’s not what springs to mind for everyone, in fact, it definitely isn’t. There seems to be a growing fad amongst Football fans around the world who are seemingly …
European Football, Players »
Over the past few weeks there as been a lot of talk over a wee Scottish wonderkid called James Forrest. Harry Redknapp is reportedly interest in the Celtic winger. But who exactly is this Scottish wonderkid.
James Forrest was born on the 7 July 1991 in Prestwick in Scotland. Forrest played for South Ayr Boys Club when he was younger, and consistently shone at every level. He was scouted by Celtic’s talent spotter for Aryshire, Jim Began, at the age of 11. Other clubs interested at the time were Kilmarnock, Ayr …
English Football, Managers »
Ever notice a familiar trend in the Premier League with the firing and hiring of managers? Once a manger is fired then the same list of managers come out and it is always the usual suspects; Eriksson, Curbishley, O’Neill, Hughes, Keane and Benitez?
Now granted since the start of the season two of those names have been taken off the list after Sunderland and QPR went looking for new managers before the halfway point of the season. But what happens if another Premier League feels that the man choosing …
English Football »
When Swansea City defeated Reading 4-2 in the Play-off final last season, few thought they would survive in the turmoil of the Premier League. Plagued with inexperience, very few of the players in their side had experienced Premier League football. After a short burst through the divisions, spanning managers from Roberto Martinez to Brendan Rodgers, Swansea made it. Now, more than half way into their maiden PL campaign, we take a look at how Rodgers’ men have fared in the best league in the world.
Swansea have shot through the divisions …
Just over twelve months ago Kenny Dalglish came back as manager of Liverpool regarded as the Saviour after the disastrous reign of Roy Hodgson. Have things really improved though?
Hodgson was sacked for winning just seven out of his twenty Premier League games in charge. When Dalglish first took over the signs were encouraging as Liverpool won ten of their last eighteen games and the signings of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll seemed to suggest an exciting new front pairing to replace Fernando Torres.
However this season things have gone backwards. Liverpool have …
World Football »
Well this years African Cup of Nations is certainly producing. The shock results of the last week will have kept neutrals enthralled as well as delighting bookmakers across the globe.
The competition had already been heralded as the most open Cup of Nations in recent years as numerous African superpowers failed to even qualify for the finals. 2010 world cup hosts South Africa failed to show any progress for their showpiece event as they didn’t qualify amid controversy, however this is nothing compared to the fact that Cameroon, Nigeria …
Does Paddy McCourt still have a role to play at Celtic?
It is a question very much open to debate, and with the arrival of new bhoy Rabiu Ibrahim, McCourt’s days in a Celtic jersey could be numbered.
The enigmatic winger has often been eclipsed by James Forrest, who has had a terrific season so far, and with Lennon reluctant to play with two wingers; McCourt’s game time has been restricted to brief cameos.
It seems Lennon is reluctant to play with two out and out wide men in midfield, opting for Joe …
English Football, Players »
The January transfer window, a time when we see wild rumours fly around, a time when every fan thinks they’re a journalist and can make up a rumour and pass it on as a fact, a time when journalists and media outlets think that they hold all the cards on when a player will move and where too and for how much when in reality for however much gets said only a small percentage of that will be done.
I have no problem with the January transfer window, if anything I …
Current Affairs »
Looking out the window this morning I noticed with some concern that a For Sale sign has gone up next door. It wasn’t a great surprise as sadly our elderly neighbours for the last five years could no longer fend for themselves and are currently spending their twilight years in a home that can provide for them.
My concern around the arrival of the For Sale sign stems from the natural fear we all have of what character our new neighbours will have, we had got used to the quiet, non …
English Football »
It was a weekend of good football, with both the Manchester teams winning it late. Although the winners were rightly predicted by most pundits, the way the teams played their football was a treat to all football fans in common.
Coming to the second of the two super Sunday matches, a new football fan would seriously doubt the influence of home matches, such was United’s domination in the first half. It looked more like Old Trafford rather than Emirates. Although Arsenal created some decent chances, it was united who kept better …