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Another Champions League season is upon us, with some interesting groups being drawn. But which teams will advance to the knockout stages from their respective groups and which teams will finish third and go on to play in the knockout stages of the Europa League? Here are my predictions…
Group A
Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco & Club Brugge
Europa League winners Atletico have had a rather awkward start to their domestic league season, but will still qualify from this group. They have added some good new signings to bolster their midfield …

When you think of popular sporting video games then FIFA and Football Manager probably spring to mind. These games are great to play with your friends, but have you ever thought of how these games have influenced football on the pitch?
Launched in 1993, the FIFA franchise is one of the biggest sporting video games in the world and has sold over 150 million copies to date. It’s not just wannabe footballers sat in their bedrooms who play the game though. Many world class players have spoken out about how crucial …

Career Mode in FIFA 16 delivers two of our community’s most requested feature updates and many other key changes. (Available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC only)
PRE-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
During the summer months, all the major clubs travel around the world in preparation for the upcoming season. In FIFA 16, we are introducing this key development period to Career Mode. Prior to a given season, your club will be invited to three out of a possible nine tournaments, played in Asia, Europe, Latin America, or North America.
Just as with real football …

When will our nation learn what makes the ‘beautiful game’ beautiful? It is an argument that seems to have come and gone. In fact, people seem to have given up on the very notion that England ever could become one of the world’s best national teams. But I think it’s time everyone sat up and at least discussed how the nation can begin to create true footballers rather than athletes.
How can we do this? I believe there to be three main possibilities to achieving that goal.
End the ‘Big Tackle’ culture
The …

There was a sense of inevitability about Chelsea’s season even before they laboured to a disappointing goalless draw with relegation doomed Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The lacklustre performance gives new evidence for the  growing number who have begun to question Mourinho’s methods. Yet just a month ago Chelsea were on course for the league and a possible European title with Mourinho, arguably one of the best managers in the game, at the helm and in control. However, this disappointing slump in fortunes should not lead to writing off  Mourinho but serve as a wake …

Rewind twenty or so years, to the adolescence of video gaming. A very awkward stage in gaming’s life, where it started finding itself; growing wires in strange places, having tingling sensations in the controllers when touched and amassing feelings for games in strange niches. The metaphoric puberty of video games is laughable, however this time period for the gaming world, was a very serious landmark regarding the development of video games into the driving force it is today. The 90s saw a leap in the quality of video games, introducing …

To any fellow West Ham United fans reading this I’m sure you’ll agree with me in the fact that the thought of playing a pointless second leg against Manchester City is scarier than any horrors the cinemas have to offer at present. The plain and simple truth of the matter is City are simply stronger in every possible way this season. Something quite disappointing if you trace back to the west ham team of the 60’s and the downturn we have faced since. This encounter can be approached in 3 …

This article is in response to recent events at the Hawthorns were West Bromwich Albion’s sponsors, Zoopla, want to dictate which players the club can pick by stating in the press that if Nicholas Anelka plays they will withdraw from their £3 million pound 2 year sponsorship.  They even want the club to sack him.
With sponsorship being the life blood of football from Sunday Football teams having their shirts bought by small local businesses and pubs to the likes of Arsenal, where their sponsors even pay to name the stadium, …

An international , a German international has come out of the closet and announced to the on looking media that he prefers the company of men in the sexual sense. Make no mistake this is no unimportant day for football that should just be overlooked and snubbed, it’s a huge day! Many will take one look and think ‘So what we are in the 21st century!” and move onto the opinion section of the Guardian, but it was a brave announcement that Thomas Hitzlsperger too make. Yes Robbie Rogers came …

Recently, the media has donated much print space and air time on the subject of players diving. The words cheat and cheating has become a regular entry in many a match report. However, in our hearts we all know that players have cheated for many years. Simulation is by no means a modern occurrence in the game, and I’m not just talking about the overseas game.
Firstly, we have to look at what is cheating. If we decide that cheating is gaining an advantage over your opponents by means that are …