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Written on 3 Nov 2016 | No Comments

Saturday’s 4-2 home defeat to Liverpool embodied an underwhelming 2016 thus far for Crystal Palace Manager Alan Pardew. Just how bad most of the year has been may have somehow gone unnoticed by some people.
In his post match interview on Saturday, Pardew alluded to the fact that Referee Andre Marriner should not have been the official for the game. Pardew felt Marriner would have extra pressure on him, as in the last season’s corresponding fixture he gave Liverpool a dubious last minute penalty. “Why was Mike Riley giving him the …

Written on 25 Oct 2016 | No Comments

Arsene Wenger will have plenty of reasons to smile at this present moment.
Arsenal are currently unbeaten in the league since the opening day, and now sit in second place, separated by top team City by just a single goal. They are top of their Champions League group, with their next fixture being away to Ludogorets, whom they rather effortlessly dispatched at the Emirates last week.
Players such as Walcott are in incredible form, with the Englishman having already netted five league goals.
Things certainly look rosy for the North London side, but …

Written on 26 Sep 2016 | 2 Comments

The recent gossip and disappointment surfacing about Liverpool being a selling club baffles me to some extent as you’ve got to digest the news with some context.
Swiss researchers: since 2010 Liverpool have made more money than any club in the world from selling players – £378m. Valencia second £370m
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh)September 19, 2016
Most of our recent money influx has come from the sale of players like Torres (wanted away with a tiny part of the money got from selling him astutely being invested in the Uruguayan biter), Suarez (claims …

Written on 12 Sep 2016 | No Comments

Sam Allardyce’s tenure as England boss started off with a drab and uninspiring performance, but nevertheless got the result expected from the trip to Trnava. Adam Lallana’s first international goal came in the 95th minute of the 4 minutes of stoppage time put on the 4th official’s board, a sign of how close it was to a very different slant taken by the press. Had it not been for Lallana’s conversion from inside the box, certainly the doom and gloom feel around the England national team would have continued. Taking into …

Written on 14 Aug 2016 | One Comment

Yesterday, Manchester City officially announced the £47.5m signing of John Stones from Everton, raising a few eyebrows as to wether the English centre back is worth such a hefty fee. Less than 24 hours later, Everton replaced their talismanic defender with the signing of Wales captain Ashley Williams from Swansea, for a fee thought to be in the region of £12m.
There’s no question that the fee City paid for Stones is astronomical, making him the most expensive English defender in history, and the second most expensive defender behind PSG’s £50m capture of David Luiz …

Written on 4 Aug 2016 | No Comments

He’s the £100 million man who has grabbed headlines throughout the summer months, and now with a move to Manchester United seemingly imminent there is one big question to be asked. Is Paul Pogba worth it?
Since he first departed Manchester in 2012 he has gone on to become one of the most complete midfielders in Europe and a lynch-pin for a Juventus side that have won five domestic trophies. He delivered 14 assists and created 9 goals as they won the Scudetto – the club’s 32nd in total.
As the seasons pass he continues to build on his achievements and grow as a player, …

Written on 31 Jul 2016 | No Comments

Over the last decade the continental way of managing clubs in the form of having a football director, a transfer committee, and a head coach who has to utilize whatever squads are put under his disposal has caught up with a lot of the English premiere league and the championship clubs. It usually entails a combination of executives with varying degrees of football knowledge making decisions on buying and selling players. This has more often than not proved to be unsuccessful with the glorious examples of failure being Aston Villa, …

Written on 28 Jul 2016 | No Comments

With just over a fortnight to go until the Premier League season begins once again, Arsenal fans are facing the ever so familiar uncertainty as to wether their current squad is equipped to mount a serious title challenge.
The transfer window so far has shown shades of last summer for the gunners. They signed a player early on in the form of Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka as was the case when Wenger snatched up Petr Cech from bitter rivals Chelsea last year. That good start to the window gave Arsenal fans …

Written on 11 Jul 2016 | No Comments

Alfredo Di Stefano’s legacy is so legendary, that anyone who represents Real Madrid tries to emulate the benchmark set by this man. By the end of his career, he held every scoring record and is the main reason behind the club’s obsession with the UEFA Champions League. He was the leader and the main man responsible for the 5 consecutive titles the club between 1955-59.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Di Stefano played club football in Argntina and Colombia before moving to Spain after being spotted by both FC Barcelona and …

Written on 6 Jul 2016 | No Comments

It was the biggest transfer of the window so far, so what do we know about Michy Batshuayi – the striker they recently signed?
While most are just wondering how the hell you pronounce his name, others are just keen for him to get stuck in at a club that has struggled to fill Didier Drogba’s boots in recent seasons.
The Belgian striker is an excellent prospect, with 26 goals across the last two seasons for former side Marseille. He has also made six appearances and scored three goals for Belgium.
In some …