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So now at the completion of the group stage, we were down to the last 16 teams. There was a one day rest between the final group game in Group G, and the start of the knockout stage. After having two weeks of relentless football, the intermission seemed to take a lifetime.
Last 16
Saturday June 30th – Day 16
The first last 16 game, saw Group C winners France, play Group D runners up Argentina. France’s Antoine Griezmann slammed the crossbar with an early free kick. France were then awarded a penalty. …

With adidas almost ready to unveil their new boot silo which looks set to be called the nitrocharge this month, it has been seen worn by several players in blackout versions so far. Leaks online suggest it is the new ‘energy’ silo by the German brand which may enhance running and shooting. Today we have some match action of the boot in the launch colourway:

The boot seen above and below features a highlighted yellow band across the forefoot suggesting it may enhance shooting and comfort and it was seen in …

Those eight or nine people who backed Michu to finish his first season with Swansea as the Premier League’s top scorer must be feeling PRETTY smug right about now. The Spaniard has literally taken England’s top flight apart since his low-key arrival at Swansea in the summer, for a whopping £2 million – or the price of Fernando Torres’ right ear.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup saw up close what Michu was capable of during his time in Spain, where the Dane – in charge of Malaga at the time – witnessed …

Some of the English Premier League’s leading stars, like Manchester United’s Nani, Manchester City’s Samir Nasri, and this seasons’ Premier League top goalscorer Robin Van Persie, are set to gain even more control of the ball thanks to the new adidas Predator LZ football boot, the 12th version of the famous predator boot.
The Predator LZ is lightweight, weighing just 225 grammes, and is made from a newly engineered Hybridtouch upper which combines the benefits of leather and synthetic, giving comfort, stability, reduced water uptake and the highest quality feel in …

With Premiership striker Demba Ba returning from his fruitless trip with his new team mate Papiss Cissé in the African Cup of Nations, It was key that the partnership took off well for the Magpies in their match against Aston Villa. With just over 30 minutes on the clock the prolific striker grabbed himself his 16th Premiership goal of the season and to top it off his new team mate Cissé scored a stunner to grab the 3 points and move them up to 5th in the league.
When Demba first arrived in the …

In twenty days time in Monaco, the winner of a new award initiated by Michel Platini, the ‘UEFA Best Player in Europe Award’, will be crowned during the Champion’s league group draw. Using the votes of journalists from each of the 53 UEFA member countries, the nominees have been culled to leave just three players remaining – Xavi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and, of course, Lionel Messi. The smart money will undoubtedly be on Barcelona’s Argentinean goal scorer to add to his incredible list of achievements at both personal and club level.
Yet, …

In usual circumstances it would be both encouraging and exciting for Germany’s national coach Joachim Löw to see two German strikers in Stefan Kießling and Kevin Kuranyi lead the way in this year’s race to finish top of the Bundesliga goal scoring charts.  Conversely, the fact Löw has historically been unimpressed with both individuals could leave the national coach with a conundrum come the summer.
The issue will certainly be one to consider carefully with the lack of form amongst his other striking options a concern.  The solitary other German striker …

After the departure of last season’s Golden Boot winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona, the commencing of the new campaign saw a chance for somebody to step up. Antonio Di Natale is currently the player who has answered the call of duty, epitomizing a season in which the usual suspects have been absent from the top scorers list.


Antonio Di Natale

Alberto Diego Milito

Giampaolo Pazzini

AC Milan

Alberto Gilardino

Paulo Vito Barreto

Alessandro Matri

Francesco Totti
AS Roma

Fabrizio Miccoli

Massimo Maccarone

Antonio Di Natale
As I have said, the Udinese striker currently leads the race, with an impressive 19 goals from 24 …

WHEN Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League last season, almost every football fan in the country expected them to sweep all before them in the Coca-Cola Championship this term.
And, for the most part, they haven’t disappointed. With just twelve games of the season left, they are eight points clear of Nottingham Forest in third place, and are the league’s second highest scorers behind West Bromwich Albion.
Perhaps surprisingly, however, is that Newcastle’s highest scorer is midfielder Kevin Nolan with 12, and the fact that strikers Peter Lovenkrands , Andrew …

The Turkish super league – commonly seen as a two horse race between fierce rivals Galatasary and Fenerbahce; however this season the tide has turned, with several teams seperated by only eight points and all in the running to take the title. The current campaign has also seen the emergence of fresh goalscoring talent, but it seems one man familiar to Bolton fans looks poised to claim the Golden Boot – arise Ariza Makakula.  
With 17 goals already to his name, loan ranger Ariza Makakula is making a name for himself at his current club Kayserispor. The Portuguese hitman currently leads …