The master of manipulation leaves Milan for Madrid

The master of manipulation leaves Milan for Madrid

After working in two of the most fashionable cities in the world (London and Milan) it’s only appropriate to want to conquer another one – Madrid. Jose Mourinho, the man who can be mistaken for a puppeteer. He’s the media’s best friend, always providing a story or a headline for the journalistic vultures to feast […]

Photo Special - Japan 1 - 2 England

Photo Special – Japan 1 – 2 England

England limped to a 2-1 victory over Japan today as they continued their preparations for the World Cup finals in South Africa. Fabio Capello’s men failed to sparkle throughout and had to come from a goal behind after Tulio Tanaka gave the Japanese the lead after just seven minutes. It was a lethargic performance from […]

Why Spain must fear the lollipop

Why Spain must fear the lollipop

Chupete. Paquirrín. Call him what you like. Because no matter how you label Humberto Suazo, he will be the name on Spanish lips this time next month. The Chilean striker was the top goalscorer in South American qualification for the forthcoming World Cup, scoring ten goals to fire Marcelo Bielsa’s side to South Africa. And […]

Moments of Magic #19 - François Omam-Biyik

Moments of Magic #19 – François Omam-Biyik

Moments of Magic makes its long overdue return with a look at the goal that caused one of the biggest shocks at the 1990 World Cup. François Omam-Biyik v Argentina, 1990 Reigning champions Argentina went into Italia ’90 as one of the favourites for the tournament and reached the final, but not before they were […]

Talking Points: Ireland 3-0 Algeria

Talking Points: Ireland 3-0 Algeria

Eyes were on the RDS in Dublin this evening as the Republic of Ireland took on England’s World Cup opponents Algeria in an international friendly. As were mine, as I took a close look at another steady Ireland performance since the heartbreak of Paris, as well as the Algerian side who will be facing England […]

Valencia left light by Birmingham and Villa

Valencia left light by Birmingham and Villa

Birmingham City and Tottenham Hotspur fans must be rubbing their hands together with glee at the tantalising prospect of witnessing Nikola Zigic enter into combat with Peter Crouch at set pieces in games between the two clubs next season. At a slightly lower altitude, but perhaps a higher plane of technical ability, it will also […]

Tactics at the World Cup: A Look Back and Forth

Tactics at the World Cup: A Look Back and Forth

When you think of the  World Cup what comes to mind? Maybe it is 1966 and all that, Pele’s near misses in ’70, the Hand of God in ’86? Maybe its Tardelli’s celebration or even Roger Milla’s. However, as well all the magical moments it is worth remembering that, traditionally, the World Cup is often a showcase for […]

Football in Yorkshire - Where did it all go wrong?

Football in Yorkshire – Where did it all go wrong?

It’s been a lean few years for Yorkshire football in terms of Premiership participation, and David Hall looks at the county’s fall from grace. I start off with a question. When was the last time two or more Yorkshire teams competed in the Premier League? 2000/2001. Leeds United (4th) and Bradford City (20th). Leeds got […]