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Articles Archive for January 2010

The football “professional foul” is a fairly recent phenomenon. Years ago the prospect of waving a red card at a player for fouling an opponent and ruining a goalscoring opportunity would never have been considered. Now it is common practice and as a consequence more and more matches are finishing with teams having less than 11 players on the field. Is this a good thing? Does such a crime warrant a player being sent off? Are we looking at the full options?
I have …

Stereotypes do not just exist within everyday society; they also exist within the beautiful game. This issue involves issues way beyond the idea of kicking a football but also takes into account the issue of national identity and even business acumen.
Many of the top nations in Europe have had their respective glory years, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and now its England’s turn. Despite this there seems to be an air of arrogance about the majority of football followers in England, that they now possess the ‘best league in the world’. I …

AFTER six hours of hard work and dogged determination, Ghana know that now, only 90 minutes and one more victory separate the Black Stars from their first ANC (African Nations Cup) trophy in 28 years.
Having impressed at this year’s tournament with an injury ravaged side, Ghana have assembled an ambitious, young squad who have smashed-and-grabbed their way to the final. However, against Egypt, the Black Stars will have to play on an entirely new level if they’re to fly back to Accra with the trophy.
This tournament, Egypt have been the …

Everton have turned on the style over recent months, as the Toffees are currently unbeaten in nine league games. After yesterday’s impressive win over Wigan Athletic away from home, Everton were able to secure their first back to back clean sheets since the middle of September. Their is only one position on a football pitch that the fans have to thank for that, and that’s the defence.
Philippe Senderos was able to make his debut yesterday, as the defender on loan from Arsenal, had a decent game. Senderos has had a tough …

Peterborough United continue to look for their first points in 2010 after another defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.
Posh met a side in a worse situation than them in the form of Palace after Simon Jordan announced the club had entered administration earlier this week. With ‘the Eagles’ having ten points deducted off their current total it dragged them into the relegation scrap and meant that this game was another crucial one in Posh’s season.
Mark Cooper started off with a 4-5-1 formation, bringing Frecklington into the starting line-up, his …

Everton’s Revival

Everton’s 0-1 win at the DW stadium against Wigan extends their unbeaten run to 9 league games and provides them with their third consecutive league win. David Moyes’ side began the season riddled with injury and disappointingly fell to a 1-6 defeat against Arsenal, but with Arteta, Yakubu and Anichebe returning from injury the side are starting to pile up the points. Lescott’s messy transfer to Man City unsettled the players and may have attributed to their weak start in the Premier league.

 However arguably the most important factor in Everton’s …

After emphatically crushing North African rivals Angola 4-0 in the semi-final, Egypt go into the 2010 African Cup of Nations final against Ghana in search of bringing the trophy back to Egypt for a record third consecutive time.
The Black Stars’ clearance of the final hurdle was not so convincing, but a solid performance earned them a 1-0 victory over Nigeria. And they will be well aware of the task ahead of them if they want to prove themselves as the best team in Africa. Egypt have been a far superior …

Steven Davis produced a man of the match performance in a pretty flat Rangers performance despite winning 3-0 at home to Falkirk. In freezing conditions, Rangers were simple but effective as Falkirk posed a number of problems to the Rangers defence at times with the pace and power of former Leeds striker Enoch Showunmi and the width of Jack Compton and Ryan Flynn. Walter Smith only made the one change today from the midweek win with St Mirren, Miller out and Fleck in.

Davis on excellent form for Rangers
The opening goal …

Stoke have reportedly switched their attentions to Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, fellow teammate of  Stoke’s former target, David James.
James, who’s struggled much with injury this season, is rumoured to have suffered yet another injury this week, a calf strain which will see him out of action for the next two weeks.
His wage demands have also proved to be a problem for manager Tony Pulis, with £65,000 being too costly for those at the Britannia Stadium.
Manager Avram Grant would like to keep the 39-year-old at Fratton Park, citing his experience as …

Some see the January transfer window as one of opportunity; however many of the transfers conducted this year have more than a hint of desperation about them. Some, like Robinho and McCarthy, have lingering ambitions to play in the World Cup. Some simply feel they merit more than their current predicament suggests. But January has also seen one of the most enigmatic players in recent times return to English football, Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Read Gudjohnsen’s honours list and it stands up to even the most decorated players in football; he has collected …