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The all-inclusive format of the FA Cup means that football’s oldest surviving tournament has seen countless giant-killings in its history, as lower-ranked Davids slay the Goliaths above them. Non-league Hereford United’s victory over Newcastle in 1972, prompted by the now famous long-range effort from Ronnie Radford, is woven into the competition’s folklore, along with John Motson’s fevered reaction. More recently, Wrexham, who in 1991 had finished bottom of the football league, beat English champions Arsenal 2-1 the next season, and Third Division Shrewsbury defeated Everton in 2003. No team is …

Football betting attracts a very diverse audience every weekend of the season, but have you ever been left wanting more from your bets when you realize that your accumulator has absolutely no chance of winning and just 20 minutes have been played?
That’s an all too familiar story, but there is a bet that has taken the sport by storm, namely Goals Galore: the bet where the only stipulation is that both teams have to score to make you a winner.
Virtually every online bookmaker now offers this betting market, although branded …

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 …

On January 7th, The best player of 2012 will be announced by FIFA representatives in Zurich.
The finalists of 23 have been whittled down to just 3, and as expected it contains 2008 winner Crisitiano Ronaldo, hat-trick winner Lionel Messi, and 2010 finalist Andreas Iniesta, who all have good cases to be declared the best player in the world for 2012.
Crisitiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal)

Reasons for:
Ronaldo may sit 3rd in the La Liga top scorers list with 14 goals, but his overall consistency throughout the 2012 calendar year can’t be …

Living in a Liverpool household is kind of awkward these days. Some of you live in the 1980s, singing tunelessly to Bon Jovi, and waving silk scarves on the way to matches. You think that Liverpool are still in contention for trophies. And some of you live in 2012, are thoroughly depressed with the state of modern music, and are convinced that Liverpool’s relegation is just around the corner for a team that will do, as the saying goes, ‘a Leeds’.
Leeds, of course, were the English champions of 1991, inspired by …

This will be my second blog and my new series. This series will overlook Saturday’s games with relative detail previewing the upcoming matches of the week. Unfortunately I will not have the time to do a series for the mid-week matches and must be confined to Saturday games only.
Being a Toffee I will begin with the Everton and Wigan game. If Everton can keep up their prolific form then the Wigan back three will be under a lot of pressure throughout the game. However, due to Wigan’s infamous 3-4-3 formation …

It has arrived. The Premier League season is well and truly upon us. After a dramatic finale to last year’s title race, this year, even the most sceptical better wouldn’t call odds upon the title being decided on a goal in stoppage time. However, towards the end of last season, the title was, very much, a two horse race between the two Manchester clubs. On the other hand, this season has started off in a very open fashion, and although it’s still early days, possible title contenders are emerging.

The first team on …

Scotland’s double header against Serbia and Macedonia will go a long way to deciding our qualification fate, even at such an early stage.
As both games are at home 6 points are a necessity especially if we view Serbia as a runner-up contender. Previous campaigns have been lost in Hampden rather than on our travels. Plainly speaking if we lose at home then there is no chance of Pina Colada’s on the Copacabana.
Much of the pre-match and campaign talk has been unusually, optimistic. Scotland possesses strength in the forward areas which …

With the first three weeks of the season complete and the transfer window now shut here’s a few pointers to the season ahead
 
Southampton might be the Blackpool of 2010/11 –
In recent Premier League seasons promoted teams such as Blackpool, West Brom and Swansea have attempted to stay up with an open style of play that has made them extremely entertaining to watch. However this does not always work out in these teams avoiding the drop. Blackpool were cruelly relegated a few years back after playing some attractive football. This season Southampton …

Finishing fourth with a ticket to Europa League will be glamorous to most of the clubs, but not for the Tottenham last season. Once flirted with the title, the hope diminished with Harry Redknapp’s rumours. Now Harry is gone, so will Luka Modric soon. Daniel Levy put his bet on Andre Villas-Boas to reproduce his success at Porto with this decent group of players and deliver Champions League football back to White Hart Lane.
New Signing: Daniel Levy neutralised the instability brought by Modric’s transfer rumours by stealing Sigurdsson from Liverpool’s hand. …