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“Is there still magic in the F.A Cup?” It’s been a question asked by many a football pundit in recent times and the competition certainly does seem to be declining in importance for many of the top teams who would rather see a European trophy gleam from their trophy cabinets. However, for fans of lower league clubs it’s certainly still an exciting prospect. It’s certainly got the Posh fans excited. Over 4,000 tickets have been sold ahead of the game by Peterborough United ensuring that an electric atmosphere, at least …

I kick off another of week of Premier League player profiles, as of today I will feature Fulham centre back Brede Hangeland. I and fellow blogger 5stars have reached our 49th profile, so please enjoy reading it…
Born in 1981 in Houston Texas, Brede Hangeland is currently a defender who is plying his trade for Fulham. However Hangeland started his senior career in Norway as he played for Viking Fk, the 28 year old spent five years at the club before transferring to top Danish side F.C Copenhagen. In a two year …

Our third batch reaches it’s second profile as today, I put the spotlight on Hull City midfielder, Jimmy Bullard.
Jimmy Bullard is a 31 year old, English midfielder currently playing at Premier League team, Hull City.
Bullard had started his career at Gravesend and Northfleet (now known as Ebbsfleet United) at the age of 20. His performances led to West Ham United clinching the midfielder in a £30 000 deal, however Bullard failed to make a breakthrough in the team and was released on a free. After a three week trial, Peterborough …

Fulham gained a surprise entry into the Europa League this season after finishing 7th in the Premier League. Roy Hodgson has transformed his players from the downbeat side which was nearly relegated just two seasons ago. He has brought the best from “past-it” players like Paul Konchesky and Damien Duff whilst Bobby Zamora has been an inspiration this season with many pundits demanding that the striker should be given a chance in the England squad. Hodgson has also spent his money wisely, bringing in relatively unknown players in to the …

Premiership Player Profile – Mark Schwarzer

Our goalkeeping special week concludes with a feature of Fulham’s Australian shot stopper Mark Schwarzer. After gavh profiled Premiership star Brad Friedel, our special will look at another veteran goalkeeper who has spent the majority of his career in the Premier League.
Mark Schwarzer started his goalkeeping career in his home town of Australia playing for the Marconi Stallions before transferring to German club Dynamo Dresden.
His time at Dresden caught the eye of fellow German club Kaiserslautern in whom he made a switch to. After spending a year at the club, …

One Small-ing step as Chris makes £10m Manchester United switch

AS FAR as footballing fairytales go, the story of Chris Smalling is up there with the best.
For less than two years ago, the 20-year-old defender was plying his trade for non-league Maidstone United, making his first-team debut as a 17-year-old in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Heybridge Swifts. Twelve appearances later, he was on the way to the Premier League with Fulham; and after just five top-flight appearances, agreed a £10m move to defending champions Manchester United.
United’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, contacted Smalling’s mother Theresa personally to assure …

We all knew it was coming yet we didn’t want to hear it. Portsmouth’s Premier League away fixture with Fulham has been postponed until further notice.
With Britain experiencing some of the worst snow weather in recent decades, the football industry has suffered. A number of games in the Premier League, Championship and other leagues have been cancelled.
Groundsmen at Craven Cottage were working hard to to make the pitch playable, yet despite all their hard work, it will count for nothing.
The snow surrounding Craven Cottage has frozen, turning into ice, making …

Premiership Player Profile – Clint Dempsey

Its back to the Premiership player profiles, as I and fellow blogger 5stars will bring you a profile every Monday and Wednesday until we run out of ideas. Today’s player is Fulham’s American star Clint Dempsey…
The Premier League isn’t even halfway through yet, and already Clint Dempsey is on course for his most successful season in the Premier League. Dempsey has cemented a place as a fans favourite at Craven Cottage, as many youngsters have been seen with his name on the back of there shirts this season. The winger/striker is having …

Pompey were defeated on a soggy evening at West Leigh Park, as Papa Bouba Diop made his return from a hamstring injury.
An experienced side played for Portsmouth, featuring Frederic Piquionne and Danny Webber in attack, with the former having previously scored 4 goals in 2 reserve team outings.
Jamie O’Hara led a midfield diamond, accompanied by Richard Hughes, Angelos Basinas and Diop.
Fulham had the first chance of the game after 13 minutes. Andranik’s long-range effort was set to be saved comfortably by ‘keeper Liam O’Brien, before a wicked deflection from Mike …

A mature and disciplined performance saw Chelsea ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Fulham thanks to strikes in either half from Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
In what was a game lacking in excitement and spark, two pinpoint through balls saw two of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League convert when one on one with the goalkeeper.
The result ensured that Chelsea maintained their 100% start to the Premiership whilst a tired looking Fulham side, after their exploits in the Europa League on Thursday, will hope to make it …