Archive for April, 2010

1000 Not Out 1

1000 Not Out


As the glitz and glamour of modern football hogs  all the attention, stories such as that of Noel Bailie fail to get the recognition they deserve. BackPageFootball looks at putting that right. How many games of football do you reckon you have played? The average amateur league has about 12 teams for a 22 game […]

Bundesliga Round 32 1

Bundesliga Round 32


09/10 Bundesliga’s parapenultimate round began separating wheat from the chaff at the bottom. But further up, a clandestine affair involving the cereal grain components continues!

Nottingham Forest v Plymouth Argyle 1

Nottingham Forest v Plymouth Argyle


Championship Round Up – Saturday 24th April 2010. In this the penultimate week of games for many teams in the Championship, it is a critical time in the season for many in the division. With plenty of teams still involved in games which could have a big effect on how their season concludes, squads up […]

What Became of the Likely Lads? Blackburn 94-95 7

What Became of the Likely Lads? Blackburn 94-95


The “Big Four”: Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and……… Blackburn Rovers of course. In the 18 years since the establishment of the Premier league, nee Premiership, only these four clubs have enjoyed success  in getting their hands on the top prize in domestic football. Rovers’ victory in the 1994-1995 season, sandwiched between two periods of back-to-back  […]

Al Volo: Mourinho loves Pazzini! 1

Al Volo: Mourinho loves Pazzini!


It is often said that a week is a long time in football and that has never held more true for Claudio Ranieri this morning. The Roma Coach was lauded for his bravery and tactical knowledge in the Derby win over Lazio last weekend as he replaced the two most influential players, De Rossi and […]

Nervy times for Los Nervionenses as Getafe keep their cool 1

Nervy times for Los Nervionenses as Getafe keep their cool


Getafe 4 Sevilla 3 Barcelona are desperate to retain their league title. Real Madrid are desperate to steal it. Mallorca are desperate to qualify for the Champions League and Xerez are desperate to scramble clear of relegation. The majority of the other sixteen teams in La Liga don’t appear overly desperate to achieve anything this […]

The Enigma Of Ibra 7

The Enigma Of Ibra


Zlatan Ibrahimovic cost Barcelona a small fortune when he joined them last summer, and David Dickson looks closely at a man constantly dividing the opinions of football fan. With the ever-presence of Opta in all its glory in 2010, anecdotal statistics seem to have become commonplace in football journalism. Numerous Twitter feeds regularly spew out […]

Photo Special: Benfica 5 - 0 SC Olhanense 0

Photo Special: Benfica 5 – 0 SC Olhanense


Benfica remain on course for another Portuguese league title following a resounding 5-0 win over SC Olhanense last night. Oscar Cordozo helped himself to an impressive hattrick, with Angel Di Maria and Pablo Aimar also getting on the scoresheet at the Estádio da Luz. SC Olhanense played almost 90 minutes with just ten men when […]

The Wizard of Oz 0

The Wizard of Oz


With a bit of cash to play around with this week, Ruining Football has decided to bring in-form Everton midfielder Tim Cahill into the fold for the Gameweek 36. After last week’s disastrous gamble on Carlos Tevez as captain, you would think I w0uld have learnt my lesson and given it to someone obvious this […]

The Championship - Play Off Contenders 2

The Championship – Play Off Contenders


It could be argued that The Championship is one of the most unpredictable leagues around, and with the promised land of the Premier League beckoning for the three teams who manage to climb their way out of it, the stakes have never been higher. The Play-Off Final is now estimated to worth around £60million and […]