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Although Roberto Mancini’s tenure at Manchester has included more successes than failures, yesterday’s 3-2 defeat at of bitter rivals Manchester United provided more evidence that he cannot take them to the next level.
Mancini has undoubtedly aided the transition from rich Premier League club to perennial title challengers, but however much City fans protest, the spending during this time cannot be overlooked. Of course the fact that Mancini (by and large) commands the respect of these global superstars shows he does have admirable managerial qualities, getting young men with more money …

For one beautiful moment this weekend the now almost mythical “magic of the FA Cup” seemed set to re-emerge from the embers of a competition that sadly, is not what it used to be.
Ironically, this moment was produced by a match whose combatants quite literally, are not what they used to be: MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon. As AFC Wimbledon’s Jack Midson powered a header into the back of the MK Dons net and ecstatic Wimbledon fans invaded the pitch, the overwhelming justice of the situation seemed palpable.
Here was a …

We all know that Manchester United football club is already sponsored by a lot of companies (28 at last count) and a recent addition were Bwin who signed a three-year deal to be the club’s “official online gaming and betting partner”. Now this might not seem like a big deal to Arsenal fans, but it may surprise many to know that an Arsenal are actually already in a business partnership with a subsidiary company of bwin, essentially meaning that bwin is sponsoring both Arsenal and United.
To some fans this is …

The season of good will is almost upon us, and I would like to be the first to request a gesture of charity and kindness in supporting a worthy cause. Please spare a thought for those poor lost souls supporting  ‘big clubs’ nowhere near their home town  and donate just an ounce of common sense, humility and  intelligence to those in desperate need.
Now on the surface, the glory supporter epidemic may appear to be a lost cause. The rapid increase of ‘Red Devil’s disease cases of the 90s reshaped our …

Brendan Rodgers retained the majority of his 4-3-3 lineup which lost 3-0 to WBA with Coates replacing the suspended Agger. Downing, despite not playing in mid-week’s Europa match, remains on the bench to make way for the 17-year-old Raheem. Man City reverted to the semi-5-3-2 formation they tried in the community shield after surviving the 3-2 scare against newly-promoted Southampton last week. Kolo Toure, Kompany and Zabaleta started as centrebacks with De Jong and Yaya Toure sitting in front of them. Nasri, Tevez and Balotelli – getting the nod ahead …

Roberto Di Matteo put his faith in his counter-attack approach which won him the Champions League trophy last season. Chelsea’s back four, David Luiz in particular, looked quite in form. They stole the lead with a goal resulted from a fast break, but their weakness in midfield was obvious. Mikel and Lampard are not known for their battling tenacity or their instinctive positioning in defense. When Ivanovic was sent off, the coveted gap between midfield and defense was exploited, notably leading to the first two goals by Manchester City. Eden …

As long as I live, I don’t think I will ever see a Premier League season end quite that dramatically. My loyalties lie with a team outside of England’s footballing elite, and even I found myself going through so many different and crazy feelings and emotions, I can only imagine what it must have been like for supporters of all of the sides with something to play for yesterday (United, City, QPR, Spurs, Arsenal, Bolton, Newcastle) because at one point or another in every game the results were either favourable …

For the third time in it’s history the FA Cup Semi-Finals see two local derbies back-to-back, with rivals from Liverpool and London both trying to book their place in the final of the FA Cup. A competition that all four clubs will consider winnable the FA Cup could change the season of all still involved into a success, but who will get this chance and a second trip to Wembley?

Everton – Liverpool
A great time honoured local rivalry that will see blue and red descend on London in swarms on Saturday …

There are three teams in La Liga who have been there since it was founded in 1929 and never left. Two of these teams dominate the league and have won 52 of the 80 titles that have been played. You would therefore think that the two best teams in what is arguably the best league in the world; Athletic Bilbao showing that Manchester United were no match for them yesterday yet they sit seventh in La Liga, would be the best game of football to watch anywhere in the world.
Simulation …

It would have been sometime around 1995 or 1996 when I first watched a game of football. It was the season of Newcastle’s collapse, of “I’d Love It!” and supposedly not being able to win anything with kids. I grew up in a non-football household with not a single family member showing the slightest interest in it or indeed any other professional sport for that matter. I owe my inital footballing education to a boy who lived across the street when I was only 8 years old. It was the …