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Written on 15 Feb 2017 | No Comments

We are all engrossed by the Champions league at the moment, particularly now that we are coming up to the last 16 leg of the competition. The UEFA Champions league is an annual football competition introduced by the Union of European Football Associations and is a devised to test the very best in the top-division clubs of Europe. The Champions League is one of the most prestigious contests out there and is played by the national league champion teams from each of the teams in the UEFA national association.
As one …

Written on 15 Jan 2017 | No Comments

Though he is Liverpool’s Captain Jordan Henderson still provides a divide in opinion between not just Liverpool fans, but football followers in general. Whereas some can appreciate his industrious nature, others tend to see him as an individual who has stolen a career as soon as they hear his name.
When Kenny Dalglish bought Henderson for an initial £16 million fee (that had the chance to rise to £20 million) from his hometown club Sunderland in the summer of 2011, not surprisingly, numerous eyebrows were raised. Henderson had come through the …

Written on 8 Jan 2017 | No Comments

Brentford, founded in 1889 are celebrating 127 years of football this year and it’s safe to say that their journey has been a turbulent and exciting one. No one can accuse Brentford of not fighting for their place in the Championship and they should be proud to have secured and maintained their position in the second division. Following on from a pattern of relegation and promotion, it’s great to see the Bees doing so well, but do we know who is responsible for their success?
The Manager         
Prior to hiring Brentford’s …

Written on 12 Dec 2016 | No Comments

The education and journey of a coach
The reaction to Ian Cathro being named as the Head Coach of Hearts has created debate amongst many in Scottish football. It is clear many still feel to be a top coach you must have both earned the right and learned the game through a professional playing career. There are of course a few notable examples of successful coaches and managers who have not played the game that should throw this argument out however it remains etched in Scottish psyche for many within the …

Written on 8 Dec 2016 | No Comments

Watford v Everton
Both these clubs had new managers enter the fray in the summer. One – Walter Mazzarri – came in with little expectation. Quique Flores was a much-loved figure in the Watford set up and many fans were unhappy to see him walk. The aim for this season after his departure would simply be to avoid relegation.
And, with them currently sitting in eleventh place, seven points clear of safety, you could say Mazzarri has been effective thus far.
Ronald Koeman was appointed Everton manager after Roberto Martinez was given the …

Written on 1 Dec 2016 | No Comments

Having had such a monstrously poor run to Christmas with defending champions Chelsea last season, it alternatively presented itself as a handy benchmark to judge just how badly Mourinho ended his last job, and compare it to just how much he could improve his work with a brand new one. Surely after such a pathetic title defence in the first half of the 15/16 season, the spiky Portuguese would not need to exert a whole of energy to re-establish himself and prove to everyone that he is anything but a …

Written on 30 Nov 2016 | No Comments

Last season at this stage Chelsea under the guidance of Jose Mourinho managed just 11 points from 12 games and 16th on the league standings.
At the beginning of this season, Chelsea saw their 100 percent record ended by Swansea in 2-2 draw then followed by a back to back defeat in the hands of Liverpool and Arsenal. Chelsea at this point are lacking ideas and fear the season will not be any different from the last.
The rapid introduction of the “three back” system by the Italian gaffer, Antonio Conte will …

Written on 22 Nov 2016 | No Comments

Arsenal v PSG
Group Standings:
Arsenal……………..10
PSG…………………10
Ludogorets…………..1
FC Basel…………….1
Arsenal have walked this group in reality. The 3-2 win against Ludogorets at the beginning of November sealed the deal, but you could have been watching the teams being drawn into their groups earlier in the year, seen who Arsenal were thrown in with, and drawn the same conclusion there and then.
Paris Saint-Germain were going to be their only real competitor. The two sides drew in Paris on match-day one of the group stages, but since then both sides have gone on to win their next …

Written on 22 Nov 2016 | No Comments

If you could make ONE change right now in Scottish football that would have the biggest long-term positive impact what would it be?
Sack Gordon Strachan?
While I have found some of his inclusions, selections, formations  and media comments frustrating, baffling and ultimately extremely disappointing with regards to results who am I to tell him how to do it better? Are we under performing at present? YES but Strachan is only the man who selects a team a few times a year, he is not the reason we are failing.
Scrap the Academy …

Written on 16 Nov 2016 | No Comments

It has been continuously remarked upon just how tightly packed the head of the Premier Table is at present, and sure, it is. Just two points separate first and fourth place and it’s been an exciting season thus far.
But I don’t feel as though the race for the title will involve four or five teams through-out. There has been constant talk of this being the “closest title race for years” by pundits and journalists, simply based on the fact that after 11 games, The four teams at the top have …