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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 …

This week Becks announced that he plans to quit LA Galaxy after 6 years playing in America and quite possibly paving the way for the league to lure the likes of Robbie Keane, Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry across the pond.
Some will say he went for the $6.5 million per year and not the challenge but I’m sure most will agree that he is not hard up for a few quid and whilst the lure of all that money would of turned his head, the challenge to raise the profile of …

The 219th Mersyside derby should have been a memorable affair for what Luis Suarez did with the ball at his feet, not for his antics off the ball.  When his second goal, the one that should have put Liverpool 3-2 up, and possibly won the game for them, was disallowed, the Everton fans didn’t hold back in their derision. It summed up his relationship with opposing fans. They don’t like him very much. And his idiotic ‘dive’ celebration at the feet of David Moyes, who has been righteously indignant about Suarez’s …

This weekend Nike will unveil their signature ball the Maxim which is used in the Premier League in a Hi-Vis bright yellow colourway. The Hi-Vis ball will be used in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga from the 26th of October to the end of February 2013 when the Nike Maxim will be re-released until the end of the season. The Maxim Hi-Vis ball is highlighted yellow with purple which optimises your vision especially in night games. The Hi-Vis Ball enhances your vision making it the world’s best …

On Thursday UEFA fined Lazio €40,000 (£32,500) following racist chanting, specifically monkey chants by their fans aimed at Defoe and other black players, during a Europa League game at Tottenham Hotspur last month.

A fine of €40,000 is a mere drop in the ocean to the Italian giants and is zero deterrent to the small section of fans that made the disgusting noises at White Hart Lane back in September.

When you compare that fine to the recent UEFA disciplinary sanction for racist behaviour of £16,700 to Porto for their fans’ racist abuse during …

With the domestic football season still around a month away and a distinct lack of football until then, Olympic football may be the perfect answer to surviving the lack of action. Men’s football has very much been a part of Olympic history and its inclusion dates back to 1900. Predominantly a tournament for those under the age of 23, each squad is allowed three players above this age. Previous winners have been much more varied than in World Cups, with Belgium (1920), Poland (1972) and Nigeria (1996) all picking up …

Perspective is a wonderful thing. It allows you to stand back and view a wider picture but sometimes something catches your eye and you want to see it close up and understand why it does what it does and what caught my eye was the article Sexism in Football, the Truth.

Now I’m a woman who writes about football. I don’t feel the need to say that sentence very often, unlike Omid Djalili who starts every ‘comedy’ sketch with ‘As an Iranian I…’, I don’t say it because I …

A draw may not be the best way to settle a derby, especially the Tyne-Wear derby.
Nicklas Bendtner returned to help lift Sunderland after their last two loss, notably a 4-0 hammering at WBA last week. Alan Pardew named an unchanged side that drew Wolves last game which meant Ben Arfa continued to stay on the bench in favor of the Senegal strikers. A win for Newcastle would have leveled them on points with Chelsea after their loss against WBA last night.
It was a nervous start for Sunderland captain Cattermole. 20 …

Have you heard the breaking news this week? I’m pretty sure you have as it has been all over the newspapers and internet. England manager Fabio Capello has resigned. This has come as a result of a meeting that Fabio and the FA had on Wednesday night. There have been many views from the likes of Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer that mainly say that the next manager has to be English. Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is being tipped for the job, but there are other options that the …

In the last few weeks I have enjoyed some entertaining, fascinating and gripping feasts of football which have, unfortunately, been marred by a series of unfortunate events that have led me to question a few things and also reopen an age old debate.
‘Modern’ football seems to be entering an interesting phase where “X Factor” culture seems to dominate. No matter what magic happens during the main event, we often find ourselves drawn into a debate about the referee, in the same way the viewers of the X Factor’s attention is …