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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 World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

Gareth Southgate’s England side begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Group G on June 18.
The Three Lions are big favourites to get the tournament off to a perfect start with a win, but Southgate has a decision to make on what starting eleven he’ll name.
Jordan Pickford is England’s first-choice and should get the nod over Jack Butland and Nick Pope. He should be joined by Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, John Stones in a three-man defence.
Walker will provide the necessary pace to cover the right-back area if it’s left …

We are all engrossed by the Champions league at the moment, particularly now that we are coming up to the last 16 leg of the competition. The UEFA Champions league is an annual football competition introduced by the Union of European Football Associations and is a devised to test the very best in the top-division clubs of Europe. The Champions League is one of the most prestigious contests out there and is played by the national league champion teams from each of the teams in the UEFA national association.
As one …

The January transfer window was needless to say quite dull, no real major signings, few shipped out on loan and one or two shock moves, but for the Chinese Super League, it was a transfer window never to forget. It may be the transfer window that the Chinese national league stamped its mark on the game with some serious signings, and with big names comes big money. Of course the Chinese economy Is growing rapidly and it seems they’re investing into markets where the people will most certainly put their …

Basketball and Football, two similar yet entirely different games. Same basic rules which are to score as many as you can before the end of the game, but the difference is so big you sometimes forget that they are so similar. With the obvious fact of Basketball is a ball being dribbled with hands and Football is a ball being dribbled with feet, there are other rules which make the sports almost opposites in a way. Basketball could improve the future of English football.
I believe this as if you look at …

Sunday 14th December – Manchester United 3 Liverpool 0
This was the score all United fans had wanted a comfortable win to evaporate the memories of 2013 and firmly put themselves in contention for a genuine title push.
But on reflection I cant help but feel United are still weak, often throughout this tense affair United wasted plentiful chances to move forward, frustrating football was the order of the day, constantly passing backwards and many a loose ball played from Young, Fellani and Evans would surely have been punished by Europe’s elite.
Wayne …

Finalists four years earlier, France where earmarked as one of the pre-tournament favourites in South Africa in 2010. Sadly, the optimism surrounding the squad took a traumatic turn for the worst with an upheaval that disgusted the entirety of a nation, with a strong footballing tradition.
Headlines throughout the world reported France’s refusal to train for 58 year old manager Raymond Domenech. An impending internal implosion was coming like a head on collision with a broken, and ill-disciplined squad.
The expulsion of Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka for launching a vicious tirade at …

New Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has already kick-started his Manchester United reign with 5 wins in an unbeaten US pre-season tour, which concluded with a 3-1 victory over rivals Liverpool to lift the International Champions Cup. The Dutchman, who led Holland to 3rd place in this year’s World Cup, has taken the same 3-5-2 system he used with the national team and implemented it at United, and the system has already proved to get United the results they want. United were phenomenal throughout pre-season, picking up victories over …

So, to the fourth in this series of 6 articles looking at the top 60 players in world football and probably the hardest list to select. In researching this list I realised our generation is blessed with a group of fantastic central midfielders and picking just 13 was very difficult. In fact, it proved too difficult and I had to choose 4 honourable mentions instead of just 3. I apologise and hope you will understand the difficulty. Thank you and please enjoy, comment, discuss, vent your outrage at my selections and read the …