The Author

Matthew Coyle
Matthew Coyle

Belfast-based writer, blogger, lawyer. Seeking a change of direction from the stifling office. Blackburn Rovers victim. Football fanatic. It is at once a simple game and a complex one. Maybe that's why we all care so much about it. Read my other work at balls.ie, opinionfootball.com, creativityni.org, culturenorthernireland.org and pulpinterest.com. All views are my own and not necessarily those of any other person or body.

Spain coach's Vicente Del Bosque saw his world champions bow out before the group stage is concluded. 1

Spain – Everything that has a beginning, has an end

by Matthew Coyle

It was only a brief smile, a smirk even. It passed across Vicente Del Bosque’s rumpled features as Chile scored the second goal of their stunningly straightforward 2-0 win against his Spanish team, a fleeting glimpse of the emotions raging beneath the coach’s normally stoic visage.  In that moment, his thoughts — or at least some of […]

FA-Cup 1

The FA Cup – still got it

by Matthew Coyle

Wigan’s shock win over Manchester City on Sunday proves that the FA Cup still has plenty to offer, writes Matthew Coyle.

Massimo Cellino looks set to complete his purchase of Leeds United. 6

Unfit and improper

by Matthew Coyle

In light of the current debacle at Leeds United, Matthew Coyle discusses football club ownership.