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Why do San Marino even bother?

Fine. So England beat San Marino by eight goals to nil last week and suddenly the Three Lions are on cloud nine.

Admittedly brought down to earth by a sorry performance in Montenegro, but seriously, what’s the big deal about eight goals? (more…)


Blackburn Rovers: Here we go again!

Is it just me or does this sound familiar?

Blackburn Rovers are once again without a manager after sacking Michael Appleton on Tuesday in what for many at the club, was still just another regular day in the office. (more…)


Red cards: Can they make the difference?

Time and time again over the past few seasons, we’ve seen controversial red cards propel teams forward in the Champions League.

The most recent controversial red card was the high boot from Manchester United’s Nani on Real Madrid’s Alvaro Arbeloa. (more…)


Massadio Haidara horror tackle: Was Callum McManaman lucky?

Many people will have seen Massadio Haidara stretchered off after an awful tackle by Callum McManaman in the Wigan Athletic vs Newcastle United game last weekend.

But this week, the Football Association announced they could not punish McManaman as the officials on the day saw the tackle and no free-kick was given at the time. (more…)


It will be a great shame if Wigan Athletic are relegated

In my eyes it’s undeniable that Wigan Athletic are the subtle piece of the Barclay’s Premier League jigsaw.

They exemplify the division’s wonderfully diverse array of teams and talents, whilst offering rosy originality and their own identifiable footballing heroism. (more…)


Preliminary rounds everybody’s gain

On Friday, England will play a World Cup Qualifier in San Marino in what will surely be a case of how many can Roy Hodgson’s men score?

San Marino are bottom of the FIFA World Rankings (joint 207th) having only ever registered one international victory, a 1–0 friendly win over Liechtenstein back in 2004. (more…)


Resurgent Aston Villa back from the dead

At the turn of the year, Aston Villa looked down and out.

Three consecutive defeats, culminating in a 3-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic at home, had left them languishing in the bottom three and seemingly nailed-on for the drop come May. Even after that, when some fans would have been forgiven for thinking Villa’s season couldn’t get any worse. It did. (more…)


Oldham Athletic appoint Lee Johnson: A bright future beckons?

Earlier today, Oldham Athletic appointed Lee Johnson as manager; a 31-year-old who has no experience in football management.

But despite the risk of Johnson being so young, it could prove to be a bold appointment, with Johnson already making his ideas and plans very clear. (more…)


Is money the one and only appeal of the Chinese Super League?

The Chinese Super League is without doubt one of the world’s most lucrative football leagues.

It is also one of the world’s more puzzling footballing destinations. Rising to prominence in 2004 and establishing itself in the eyes of many European footballers – the likes of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka have both penned remunerative deals for Shanghai Shenua back in 2012. (more…)


Bluebirds round-up and Cardiff City’s recent dip in form

They have endured a few setbacks in the past month, but Cardiff City will get over it.

Yet to win after three games in March, and twice being saved by late equalisers in their last two fixtures at Cardiff City Stadium, the npower Championship leaders have not looked the standout team in the league in recent weeks, most unlike their overall campaign up to this point. (more…)


Blackburn Rovers’ moment of truth

Out of the FA Cup and sliding down the league, once again Blackburn Rovers find themselves heading in the wrong direction.

With derby day on the horizon Toby Wilding looks at the issues facing the club, the potential outcomes of the most important match of the season, and ponders an unthinkable question. (more…)


Fickle football

Six months ago Liverpool FC’s season was coming undone before a ball had been kicked.

Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger were both heavily linked with switching Anfield for Eastlands and we would lose our biggest success of our 2011/2012 campaign – our centre-back duo. (more…)


This week’s Champions League action

We’ve just seen Barcelona hammer AC Milan 4-0 to book their place in the Champions League quarter final and they thoroughly deserved it!

I knew as soon as Lionel Messi got his first after 5 minutes that Barca were going to dominate and win this game. (more…)


League Two: An end of season preview

The business end of the season is upon us and with less than ten games remaining ..

It is all set to be a fascinating end to the campaign with all to play for at both ends of the League Two table. (more…)


All aboard the manager merry-go-round!

With the news that Rafa Benitez will not be returning to Stamford Bridge next season, the wheels have started turning on the manager merry-go-round for another year.

This year looks likely to be a very active and exciting summer for a number of clubs. (more…)