Archive for April, 2010

What's wrong with Juventus? 3

What’s wrong with Juventus?

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Unfortunately for the Old Lady, it hasn’t been a season to remember. After an offseason that made Tiger Woods look restrained, it appeared that Juventus had spent their way to the Scudetto. A team that had finished in 2nd place last season added Felipe Melo from Fiorentina and Diego from Werder Bremen. It only seemed […]

Al Volo: Serie A Week 35 Preview 0

Al Volo: Serie A Week 35 Preview

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A very busy week for news and Calcio-related events this week has threatened to upstage what is shaping up to be the closest, and most exciting title race in years as  Roma and Inter continue to battle for the lead in Serie A. Table toppers Roma lost 1-0 after playing with 10-men at Udinese on […]

One to Watch: Jack Rodwell 2

One to Watch: Jack Rodwell

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Back to basics for One 2 Watch today, as we look at the man widely considered in the media to be one of England’s greatest prospects. Back Page Football takes a closer look at the lad behind the hype. A local lad, Jack Rodwell joined the Everton youth system at a young age and made […]

Guardiola's trust in youth inspires the next generation 1

Guardiola’s trust in youth inspires the next generation

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Some names for you: Pinto, Dalmau, Adriano, Muniesa, Espasandin, Rueda, Keita, Jonathan, Jeffren, Rochina, Oriol. Seydou Keita is arguably the least flashy member of the current Barcelona first team lineup, operating largely in the background as his more prominent team-mates take centre stage, but his name positively leaps out of those listed above. You might […]

A League Of Their Own? 0

A League Of Their Own?

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As the the Premier League season reaches its climax, David Dickson wonders if maybe it wasn’t as great as has been made out in the media. The 2009/10 Premier League season has been set upon by sports journalists as one of the ‘greatest ever’, with its unpredictable and rollercoaster-like nature seeming a major positive in […]

10 Important Transfers in Football History 3

10 Important Transfers in Football History

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Disclaimer: This is not a list of the most important football transfers in history, it is merely ten that each had an impact on the game in their own way and I thought were worth talking about (particularly the transfer of Jean-Marc Bosman, who is often only remembered as a surname attached to a court […]

Arrivederci, it's one on one 0

Arrivederci, it’s one on one

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Arguably the greatest football song ever, New Order’s World Cup Italia ’90 hit ‘World In Motion’ set the standard for corny yet epic pre-tournament offerings. Now, 20 years on, it’s making for a comeback….of sorts. The sight of Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne juggling a football while singing to a song by New Order in a music […]

Bundesliga Round 31 0

Bundesliga Round 31

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The continent’s most engaging league lived up to its reputation this weekend. Goals that range from the ridiculous to the sublime continue to fly in past some of the world’s best net-tenders – there’ve only been 3 stalemates in the last 65 matches, the latter 9 giving us 32 strikes. Compound that with soap opera-esque […]

Why Newcastle's promotion is good for the Premier League 0

Why Newcastle’s promotion is good for the Premier League

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Football is predominantly a results game, with the possible exception of a kick around in the park, which is why Newcastle United found themselves in the Championship this season, and Burnley, Wolves and Birmingham all competed in the Premier League. Nevertheless, there is more to the game than 3 points: look at the current Barcelona […]

McClaren's Redemption 0

McClaren’s Redemption

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It’s Wednesday 21st November 2007. The raining is pouring down on the Wembley pitch. England Manager, Steve McClaren is watching his England side lose to Croatia. He stands on the sideline with a brolly over his head protecting himself from the elements. When the final whistle blows, England are out of the European Championships before the […]