Archive for September, 2009

The Football League: Season so far 0

The Football League: Season so far


With an intriguing first month of the Football League season now behind us, BPF’s Chris Mann runs the rule over some of the main talking points the early rounds of the campaign have thrown up in our first Football League monthly review. The Championship Despite the nightmarish, doom-laden predictions which preceded Newcastle United’s start to […]

This weekend's Premier League preview 0

This weekend’s Premier League preview


Tottenham’s unbeaten run is under threat as they welcome Manchester United at the Lane, Birmingham and Villa clash in the local derby while Toure and Adebayor face their old side as Arsenal travel to Eastlands. Saturday, 12th September 2009 Blackburn Rovers v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 3:00 With only one point from their opening three games, Blackburn […]

Everton suffer Arteta setback 0

Everton suffer Arteta setback


Everton have suffered a major blow after they confirmed Mikel Arteta has had more surgery on his injured knee after feeling further discomfort. The influential Spanish playmaker has been sidelined since February after damaging ligaments in his knee. He was making good progress, but he has now suffered a set-back after feeling discomfort in his […]

Domestic Bliss 1

Domestic Bliss


With the international break over, fantasy football makes a welcome return this weeked, meaning it’s decision time once again for Neil Sherwin. I hate international football, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. Enjoyable and all as it is there’s no fantasy football meaning it feels like the summer all over again. Actually […]

Standard Chartered to sponsor Liverpool 2

Standard Chartered to sponsor Liverpool


Liverpool Football Club have signed an £80million shirt sponsorship deal with London-based bank Standard Chartered, The Times has revealed. Earlier this evening club co-owner George Gillett said the club’s new sponsor will be officially unveiled at a press conference on the 18th of September. But The Times has revealed that the contracts have been signed […]

Arshavin injury blow for Arsenal 0

Arshavin injury blow for Arsenal


Andrey Arshavin has been ruled out of Arsenal’s next three matches with a groin injury. The Gunners midfielder has been troubled by the problem for a while, and was forced to sit out Russia’s World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein on Saturday as a result. He did, however, play the full 90 minutes for his country […]

England women beaten in Euro Final 1

England women beaten in Euro Final


England’s hopes of Euro 2009 glory were shattered by ruthless Germany despite a battling effort in a compelling final. Goals from Karen Carney and Kelly Smith twice kept England in contention in Helsinki but the world champions were ultimately far too strong as they secured a fifth successive continental title with a 6-2 victory. Prolific […]

England 5-1 Croatia: The Tactical View 1

England 5-1 Croatia: The Tactical View


England’s emphatic 5-1 victory over Croatia at Wembley last night was the perfect example of two similar tactical systems executed in two starkly discrepant ways. Both Fabio Capello and Slaven Bilic opted to deploy the 4-4-2 formation, but the flaws in Croatia’s approach to the system were superbly exploited by a confident England team playing […]

Can England reign down in Africa? 1

Can England reign down in Africa?


England booked their place at next summer’s World Cup finals with a stunning 5-1 win over Croatia this week, but have they got what it takes to go all the way and lift the trophy for the first time since 1966? Neil Sherwin certainly thinks so. For so long the English national team has failed […]

Lawrence strike enough to see off SA 0

Lawrence strike enough to see off SA


A stunning Liam Lawrence free kick was enough to give the Republic of Ireland a 1-0 victory over South Africa in a friendly at Limerick’s Thomond Park last night. Stoke City midfielder Lawrence struck his first international goal in the 35th minute to complete a good week for Giovanni Trapattoni’s side following Saturday’s 2-1 win […]