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Growing up, most of us dreamed of becoming a professional footballer. After all, footballers seem to have it made. They get to play the beautiful game for a living, have luxurious lifestyles, and earn a bucket load of money. Last year Rooney, for example, earned just under £30 a minute (£1785 an hour). But is his salary the norm? And is football really the best-paid sport?
In terms of overall footballer’s earnings, Christiano Ronaldo came out on top in 2014, receiving a reported £33 million from his Real Madrid salary and …

Mario Balotelli, Radamel Falcao, Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani, just some of the high profile names Arsenal were linked to throughout the transfer window. So when the final day of the window struck and it came to the fore that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was signing Danny Welbeck, it came across as a sick joke to many devoted followers of the Gunners. Having driven themselves crazy scaling every transfer rumour website available, the initial thought was that there couldn’t be a more underwhelming purchase that they could have made, …

As Sky Sports News struggle to squeeze another rumour onto their rolling on screen ticker, and the football pages of the tabloid media seem to have more spies and insiders than MI5, it’s a sure sign that the transfer silly season is well and truly underway. From bargain basement wheeling and dealing, to the multi million pound super deals, here are a few of the types of transfers you might just come across before the 1st of September.
He’s One Of Us
In the mercenary world of modern football, fans love nothing …

It was little more than exactly a month ago that it was reported that West Ham United had seen their tentative £14.5million opening offer for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo knocked back with the club not deeming the offer worthy of Negredo’s quality and the player preferring to move to a club which could offer Champions League football. Fast forward a month and it is Manchester City who appear to be in pole position to secure the services of the Spanish forward for a mammoth £22million which is just five million …

Yes, It is a long and painful time being a supporter of Coventry City. Broken promises, transfer embargo’s and bank accounts frozen, you can only fell sorry for us! We have had 5 different men pick the team this year, in the names of; Thorn, Shaw, Robins, Carsley and now big Elvis.
Now we’ve been docked 10 points for going in to administration! Is this good or bad? In many ways this is a good sign for the sky blues, as now they now  know which league they will be playing in and now …

There is a reason why Manchester United keep winning the Premier league. It’s because they know how. Man City and their Arab friends believe that the only way to win is to just spend as much money as they can to buy the best players available and just put them out there to do their stuff.

It worked, but only once. Why? Because they didn’t have the drive to go and win it again. They are like the Roman Empire, they had it all and they got fat and lazy and …

After Man United’s courageous exit from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid, and Arsenal’s imminent bow to Bayern Munich, this Champions League looks like it is going to be the first in 17 years to not feature a single English side in the Quarter-Finals. You would have to go back to the 1995/1996 season, when Blackburn, the only English team, finished bottom in the group stage.
For years, English teams had dominated the Champions League, producing at least 1 Champions League finalist every year between 2005 and 2009, …

It’s been an interesting week for grass roots football and hopefully one that with a bit of luck could or at least should benefit local outposts of the game.  This week the FA announced in a blaze of publicity plans to invest £150 million into improving urban football facilities over the next 2-3 years.   Many would argue that its about time but wonder why money has been so slow in dropping down to that level from the organisation and the Premier League to boot.  Targets within the FA’s Facilities Strategy …

It seems as though not a month goes by without someone in one division or another complaining that their team has been hard done by becayse of a poor referring decision and then advocates the introduction of goal line technology. This is a more than valid belief, and more and more people are failing to find any reasons why not to go ahead with this technology, even if UEFA want to keep adding to the amount of officials until there is more on the pitch than players. However, football is …

For many, money in football is a force of good which has revolutionised the game for the better, bringing with it a globalised sport which connects the people together but for others who ethics may stand firm against money they believe football has ‘sold its soul.’ No on can deny the power and influence that money has in football, with Rupert Murdoch’s Sky TV, changing the face of the game from a “working class” game to a billion pound business. On the surface of football everything looks to be incredibly …