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AS the sun sets on the noughties, it sets on a decade in which Lyon dominated French football. 2009 however, marked a turning point, as south-west giants Bordeaux, knocked Lyon off their mighty throne to secure the 2008/09 Ligue 1 title.
2009 resumed after the winter break with a number of teams scrambling for top spot. Leading the table was Lyon, aiming to win an eighth successive Ligue 1 championship. An over-performing Rennes along with Marseilles and Bordeaux made up the chasing pack, all within touching distance of top place.
At the …

The past decade has seen Egypt begin to regard themselves as the omnipotent force in African football. But now the ‘Pharaohs’ will have to recover from another punishing blow on the world stage, as World Cup qualification still eludes them, if they want to retain their title for a third successive year.
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
When Egypt won the tournament they hosted in 2006, the odd eyebrow was raised as to the credentials of the new African champions; with the side scraping through to the final after defeating Senegal 2-1, …

On Monday night, as I stood shivering in the Steve Bull Stand at Molineux, surrounded by a couple of thousand fellow City fanatics, it struck me that after just two matches, all our so called “woes” under previous manager Mark Hughes had dissipated, and we had settled into a new dawn under the leadership of Roberto Mancini. After so much controversy following the Welshman’s sacking, with the majority of anger directed towards Garry Cook for his appalling handling of the situation, new boss Mancini already seems to have imposed his relaxed …

Algeria qualified for the African Cup of Nations 2010 in a group that saw one of the most thrilling and tense play-off matches in African Football history. Les Fennecs finished top of their group for Qualification ahead of Egypt, Zambia and Rwanda. In the 6 games during Group C, Algeria defeated Egypt 3-1 and lost to Egyptians 2-0 in that controversial match in Cairo which saw the Algerian team bus targeted by Egyptian fans. The Algerians also beat Zambia 3-1 and drew 0-0 with them in the return fixture. Against …

Rangers steam-rolled Dundee United last night at Ibrox in what was a special for Rangers striker Kris Boyd as he notched 5 goals to make him the SPL’s all-time record goalscorer ahead of Celtic’s Henrik Larsson. The game had everything you would expect from a top-class game of football; goals galore, missed chances, a goalkeeping blunder and a controversial red card.

The game had a slow, sluggish start about it and there weren’t many good oppertunities until Nacho Novo skied from around 8 yards. It took 20 minutes for Rangers to …

Premiership Player Profile – Cesc Fabregas

Following Monday’s Profile of Bolton Wanderers’ Ivan Klasnic, Wednesday’s Premiership Player Profile returns with Arsenal’s skipper, Cesc Fabregas.
Cesc Fabregas has quickly established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world. The skipper of Premiership club Arsenal first came into the frame as a 16 year old in the Carling Cup match against Rotherham in 2003. This would signal the start of a glittering career for the young Spaniard, as he went from strength to strength and continued to impress in more Carling Cup outings and eventually, the Premier …

Sackings Galore – Well It Is December

After last years sensational managerial departures in the month of December, eight managerial changes to be precise, you probably thought that this season wouldn’t get any worse than the last one. However it isn’t quite yet but there is still another day to go in the month of December, for last year’s tally of eight to be matched by the end of tomorrow night. All these sackings probably seem unfair at this time of the year; however it does go to show how these chairmen mean business in the busy December period.
Megson Sacked
After yesterday’s events …

Premiership Player Profile – Ivan Klasnic

It’s the return of the Premier League Player Profiles today, as this is the ninth feature that I and fellow blogger 5stars have done over the past few months. Basically we are one blog away from completing half of the Premier League teams in the league, so here is a recap of the teams and the players we have already focused on. David Dunn(Blackburn), Darren Fletcher(Man Utd), Clint Dempsey(Fulham), John Carew(Aston Villa), Paul Scharner(Wigan), Jack Rodwell(Everton), Shay Given(Man City), Petr Cech(Chelsea) and now Ivan Klasnic(Bolton). Please enjoy the second half of our features, …

2009 in Scottish Football was like a roller coaster ride at Alton Towers. From the disappointment and embarrassment of the Scottish Clubs in European Competition to the climax of another final day league battle between Rangers and Celtic plus the relegation climax which saw Inverness lose their SPL status.

January began on a sombre note for the fans of St Mirren who played their final match at Love Street  in front of a packed house of 10,189 before moving to the new St Mirren Park. Celtic headed north for Aberdeen on …

Two goals from in-form Kenny Miller helped Rangers fight back from a goal down at Easter Road to demolish Hibs 4-1 this afternoon. Miller has now bagged 3 doubles in 3 games and is currently showing why Walter Smith spent £2m to lure him away from Derby County last season. The comfortable win for Rangers puts them 4 points clear of Celtic with games against Celtic and Dundee United still to come in the next week.

Miller scoring his 12th of the season
Today couldn’t have started any worse for Rangers when …