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Martin O’Neill – Saviour of Sunderland

December 9, 2011

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Martin O’Neill walked into Sunderland this week with a blend of calmness and confidence that only a son of the late Brian Clough could pull off. It took O’Neill just seconds after entering the club to make it seem like he had been there for an eternity. O’Neill has a habit of walking into a […]

Tottenham Hotspur: The Premier League’s White Knight

December 1, 2011

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The razzle and dazzle of Sky’s baby has reached fever pitch this season but not for the right reasons. If it’s not Balotelli lighting fireworks, Terry saying naughty things or Arsene blowing his top, then it’s probably a squabble in Manchester or Mike Ashley upsetting something or someone. But let’s try and bring it back […]

PHOENIX RISING – ALDERSHOT TOWN FC

October 27, 2011

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The first home I can ever remember was in Aldershot. Back then I used to flick through the pages of my comic, trying to shy away from the reality of one of Britain’s worst towns. It wasn’t through some idiotic choice of my parents that we lived there, my dad was enlisted in the British […]

CONMEBOL Qualifying: The Road To Rio Begins

October 10, 2011

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  While most Europeans are pre-occupied with qualifying for next summers European Championship, the road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has already started for South America.  The journey to Rio may be short in terms of distance but competition to secure one of the four automatic spots will be fierce.  If South American […]

FERNANDO TORRES – THE CATALYST OF A BROKEN CHELSEA

September 14, 2011

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Children are wonderful things but I’m starting to notice a comparison between Torres and my own 18 month old son. Now before you go asking to be my son’s agent it’s not based on his footballing ability, in fact its temperament. In parental circles my son is reaching an age which is called the ‘terrible […]

The SPL Debate Part III: A New Beginning

August 31, 2011

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The Scottish FA is trusted to lead the country’s national sport with integrity and innovation, fostering a culture of performance, unity and trust. This is the mission statement that appears on ‘Scotland United – A 2020 vision’ a document from the SFA detailing plans for the game based on the findings of the McLeish Report, […]

The SPL Debate Part II: The Fountain of an Oranje Youth

August 25, 2011

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After our look at what problems Scottish football faces off the pitch we’ll now delve into problems on it. Obviously the massive gulf in finances affects the type of player in the SPL and makes it harder to attract top quality players to the league, but what kind of a standard already exists?

The SPL Debate Part I: What’s Wrong With Our Game?

August 23, 2011

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Let’s not beat around the bush, Scottish football has problems.  We’ve known it for a good few years, but while we’re all very good at seeing the obvious, not many in Scottish football are actually looking for a solution.  A lot of ideas are said in passing at press conferences, by well paid ex-pro’s, and […]

Auge Vinotinto – The Rise of Venezuela

August 9, 2011

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For years Venezuela were known as the Cenicienta (Cinderella) of South American football and their meteoric rise in the last few years is very symbolic of a Walt Disney tale. Despite a less than stellar Copa America in general, the latest edition of CONEMBOL’s premier tournament played host to Venezuelas finest moment in football to […]

The Forgotten Derby – Peñarol and Nacional

August 2, 2011

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Football produces some of the most passionate fans in the world.  There really is no better feeling for those who love the game than to see the team you’ve supported as a boy rise up and defeat your rivals.  The pulsing sense of pride that cascades your body towards a sense of immortality just as […]

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