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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. …

Many people across the world suffer from a condition known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), where the weather can have an adverse effect on one’s mood and general happiness. I am writing to inform you of important new studies into the condition known as FAD (Football Affective Disorder). This condition tends to develop as a young supporter grows older and much more susceptible to FAD tendencies. These tendencies can widely vary across two ends of the spectrum.
We have RTG (Rose Tinted Glasses) which stems from an improbable result, or in …

This UEFA Champions League quarter-final stage is the first campaign in which a British or English team has not featured in since 1996. Many journalists suggesting the Premier League has been nullified by leagues in Spain and Germany. Many more journalists suggesting the British teams are not as good as previous seasons. All absolute rubbish. This season has been one of the best exhibits of the Premier League since Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo were in it. It all boils down to two simple facts: too many foreign imports and …

David Beckham and a Paris charity were the big winners on transfer deadline day as want-away West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie was left out in the cold.
Former England captain Beckham completed a five-month move to Ligue 1’s Paris St Germain and pledged to donate his entire salary to a local children’s charity.
In contrast, Odemwingie defied his club and arrived at QPR unannounced in a bid to secure himself a deadline-day move, which saw him locked out of Loftus Road after the Rs refused to speak with him.
Beckham’s move to PSG …

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101 games for Chelsea and only 28 goals. 1.78 million per goal. A goal every 324.6 minutes. That’s a goal every 3.6 games.
With stats like these we all know Torres has been a failure at Chelsea. However it looked like his career had brightened up when he scored twice against FC Nordsjaelland, two more three days later at the stadium of light, one at Elland Road and then a sensational header against Villa. He was on 6 in 4 games and many predicted that he was back to his …

Yes! Messi grabbed the precious award for consecutive four years in a row, breaking the record of Michael Platini, a former French footballer, who had won the same for consecutive three years in a row (1983-1985).
Breaking the records, that was not easy for the Argentine star. He worked hard, put his effort, gave his hundred percent, and now, we all know the result. Messi scored 91 goals in a calender year (last year), including both  for FC Barcelona and Argentina breaking the 40 years old record of German legend Gerd …

The FIFA Ballon d’Or didn’t offer up any surprises in the awards that were handed out tonight at the ceremony. But that isn’t a bad thing because everyone that was presented with an award deserved it and that is why they were at this prestigious event.
The biggest names in football were in attendance with the setting for the awards packed to the rafters and also the event was broadcast live on Eurosport in the UK and on other channels around the world.
Team of the year:
Iker Casillas
Dani Alves
Gerard Piqué
Sergio Ramos
Xabi Alonso
Andreas …

2012 will be seen as one of the greatest years in recent history for British sport and so it shoul be. The Olympics and Paralympics were a triumph with the British athletes excelling in almost every sport. Chelsea won the champions league against all the odds, the team dubbed ‘the Chelsea pensioners’ after an erratic season. Great accomplishments of course but what I’m taking away from this year is the surge in racism in football all started by John Terry in the latter stages of 2011. How this disease has …

7th January: Ballon d’Or
Monday night everyone who is either involved with football or has an interest in it will come to a stand still to witness the 2013 Ballon d’Or. Lionel Messi, Andreas Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo are the final three. All of them have done exceptional things over the past year to be selected for the final. But for me Messi will take the crown, again, because of his record breaking stat earlier this month. Messi beat Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year in December, …

The unfortunate tale of Alexandre Pato in the world of football has come to an important turn. With his move to Corinthians now complete, I can’t help but wonder what next for the young striker who once threatened to be the best forward on the planet.
Although going back to Brazil may seem like a step back, it might be just what he needs to get himself back on track. With the spotlight from Europe focussing away from the Brazilian he’ll hopefully regain the flair and excitement to his game on …