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Articles Archive for November 2010

A half-empty Rugby Park – a sign of the times.
FROM the collapse of the television station Setanta Sports, to the ludicrous sacking of referee chief Hugh Dallas and constant questioning of referees by a certain club. Scottish football is certainly on the demise.
Kilmarnock Football Club have posted a loss of almost £500,000 for the year to 31 May 2010 – down from just under £1m from the previous year. The figure could have been up to three times worse, but former chairman Jamie Moffat wrote off a debt of £900,000.
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Many teams have been given the title of ‘best team ever’. Real Madrid sides of the 1950s with Puskas and Di Stefano or the Real Madrid of the early 2000s with Ronaldo, Figo, Zidane, Raul and co. The Manchester United team of 1999 with Giggs, Scholes, Cole, Yorke, Solskjaer, Sheringham, Schmeichel. The Liverpool sides of the 70s and 80s boasting Rush, Dalglish, Keegan and Kennedy. Who could forget the Arsenal invincibles of 2003/2004 with Henry, Vieira, Pires and Ljungberg all hitting their peak simultaneously. But, this Barcelona side is something …

Every year during the pre-season phase of the football calendar there appears the same old debate – who will win the league this year? Pundits, fans, bookmakers, and managers alike continually discuss this topic at length, citing their reasons behind why Manchester United would overcome Chelsea, or how Manchester City’s extravagant spending could lead them to glory for the first time in forty two years? In Marouane Chamakh had Arsenal finally found the goal-getter they needed to fire them to the title, or would it be their North London rivals …

LIVERPOOL fans unveiled a banner on Friday night paying tribute to victims of both the Hillsborough and Ibrox Disasters.
A group of Reds supporters has been planning the flag for some time after a total of 162 people died in the two tragedies.
After several Rangers followers travelled to Merseyside last month to lay a remembrance stone bearing Nigel Pickup’s name, they felt the time was right to have it made.
Aged just eight, Nigel was the youngest victim at the Ibrox Disaster on January 2, 1971, and he was one …

Villa Park has become a waste ground of pessimism in recent times. Gabriel Agbonlahor fails to score and the crowd get on his back. Villa go in at half-time behind and the fans boo them off the pitch. With a new manager and the Villains very much going through a transitional period it is vital that Gerard Houllier is given the time he needs in reshaping this football club.
Despite the recent disappointing results, I still thoroughly believe big things can be expected of Villa in the next two years. …

Chelsea fans may know more than me about recent events at the club. However, one thing is for certain; Chelsea are faltering at at time when Man Utd are demonstrating all of the attributes needed to win a Premier League Title. The question is, what is going wrong at Stamford Bridge? Should we put Chelsea’s current form down to injuries? Changes in back-room staff? or lack of squad depth?

I intend to focus on the possible reasons for Chelsea’s ‘uncharacteristic’ form, as well as focusing on why Man Utd’s resilient and …

Side Lowe has described it as the biggest club of all time.  The array of talent on show is simply staggering.  Last year El Clasico might have laid claim to having more stars than any other game in history.  Now Ibrahimovic has been replaced by Villa.  Weak links in the Real Madrid squad such as Gago have been replaced by the likes of Ozil and Di Maria.  Until the latter stages of the Champions League, this is the biggest game of the season.
Much of the game will depend on how …

Its that time of the year again when the ‘biggest game of all time’ comes around. I talk, of course, about ‘El Clasico’. Much like last years encounter, Monday nights match-up has a very intriguing attraction to it with this being once again about how Real Madrid’s latest ‘Galacticos’ will cope at the home of the Catalans.
Another parallel with last years game is that Real go into it marginally in poll position in the table with a win for Barcelona being able to put them top and a win for Real meaning they pull slightly away …

A victory in this game doesn’t just mean bragging rights or a paltry three points gained however, as these two sides represent the political divide that currently exists in modern-day Spain. Barcelona – ambassadors for Spanish independence and freedom will be desperate for a victory over Real Madrid who are seen as the seat of establishment in the Spanish royal family.

The draw for the third round of the FA Cup came to a conclusion this afternoon, as Noel Gallagher and Serge Pizzorno drew out some mouth watering ties.
Two ties caught people’s attentions as Arsenal secured a home tie against Leeds United, of course last season Simon Grayson’s Leeds side played out a famous 1-0 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Meanwhile another spectacular tie will be Leicester City v Manchester City, Sven Goran Eriksson now with the Foxes will take on his former side, plus former Leicester player Roberto Mancini …