Archive for May, 2010

Bound For Glory 0

Bound For Glory

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Former Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler met the Perth media today following his move to local side Glory for the 2010/11 A-League season, and Neil Sherwin looks at the biggest transfer deal of the off season. Perth Glory’s biggest ever signing touched down at the city’s airport last night where he was greeted by hoards of […]

Al Volo: Remembering Heysel 25 Years On 2

Al Volo: Remembering Heysel 25 Years On

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On May 29 1985 59,00 people attended the European Cup Final at Heysel Stadium, Brussels which had previously hosted six  European finals and was Belgium’s National Stadium since its inauguration in 1930. 39 of those fans never returned home. The events of that dreadful night live long in the memory of those who witnessed the […]

World Cup Scouting: South Korea / Mexico 1

World Cup Scouting: South Korea / Mexico

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South Korea will enter their seventh consecutive World Cup tournament this summer and be quietly confident they can overcome Argentina, Greece and Nigeria to advance. Despite the impressive qualifying record of the Asian side, only once have they made the progression out of the group stages. It was 2002 on home soil when Guus Hiddink’s […]

Spot The Difference 1

Spot The Difference

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….or How To Get Your Big Name Signing. Back Page Football takes a look at the eerie similarities between innocent “more than a club” Barcelona and Real “we step on puppies for fun” Madrid. Step 1. Get said transfer to announce his desire to remain at his current club. Cristiano Ronaldo: “I’m no longer thinking of […]

Hollow Man 0

Hollow Man

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Always seen as a jester figure, Blackpool boss Ian Holloway in now finally soaking up the praise for his managerial skills after guiding his side to the Premiership. Until this season Ian Holloway was best remembered by football fans in this country for comparing a scrappy victory for his QPR side to a young lad […]

World Cup Scouting: Japan / North Korea 1

World Cup Scouting: Japan / North Korea

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One of three Asian sides competing at the 2010 World Cup, Japan make their fourth appearance in South Africa. In the heart of the Japanese midfield could be Keisuke Honda, a midfielder who is gradually making his mark in Europe. After transferring from Nagoya Grampus to Dutch side VVV Venlo in January 2008, the 23-year-old […]

Talking Points: England 3-1 Mexico 3

Talking Points: England 3-1 Mexico

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England kicked-off their World Cup preparation tonight in Wembley against an attack minded, adventurous Mexican team. Much debate centred around what line-up Fabio Capello would choose, with the Chelsea contingent (and David James) not available given their season had ended just a week ago. Capello decided to start  with a kind of 4-2-3-1/or 4-4-2 formation, […]

What Could Have Been: Sebastian Deisler 9

What Could Have Been: Sebastian Deisler

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As part of a new series, Back Page Football will be taking a look at the careers of some of football’s most talented individuals who, for one reason or another, have failed to fulfill their initial hype and expectations. First up is one time German playmaker Sebastian Deisler. If you happen to find yourself in […]

Photo Special - Australia 2 - 1 New Zealand 0

Photo Special – Australia 2 – 1 New Zealand

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Australia grabbed a late victory over neighbours New Zealand in their last game on home soil before heading off to South Africa to prepare for the World Cup Finals. Both nations fielded strong sides in front of a crowd of over 55,000, though both Mark Schwarzer and Harry Kewell were absent for the hosts through […]

World Cup Scouting: Honduras / Italy 0

World Cup Scouting: Honduras / Italy

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Honduras will take part in their second-ever World Cup this summer, making their first appearance since 1982. With a fantastic goal scoring record at international level, the experienced Carlos Pavon will be looking to fire Honduras into the last 16. Experienced is perhaps an understatement, the 36-year-old has taken in 19 different transfers over his […]