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Articles Archive for December 2010

I haven’t been around to update this blog as much as I have wanted to in the past year, I decided to take a break from the Leicester City blog for a while, but as 2011 is right around the corner I have decided to make an effort for the year ahead.
Match Previews and Match Reports will re continue, I will also bring you any transfer news from the Foxes and I will run down the final stages of the Npower Championship season.
My feature on former Leicester City players may well return in …

As 2010 draws to a close I would just like to say thanks for your support of the blog so far. Since setting the blog up in February we’ve had some amazing praise, the sort of stuff that makes it all worthwhile, and I’ve really enjoyed writing it.
Over the year we’ve had nearly 35,000 views of the blog, enough people to fill London Road 3 times over. Including times where we’ve had over 1,000 views in a day and 8,000 in a month. We’ve also managed to speak to Craig …

There’s been a distinct lack of festive cheer surrounding Villa Park over the holiday period. As the initial excitement that came with the appointment of a new manager, particularly one with a CV as impressive as Gerard Houllier’s, has given way to repeated stories of player unrest and a slide down the table so dramatic that it could induce a case of the Bends, many Villa fans must be wondering if Santa Claus simply avoided the B6 area of the city altogether this year.
Still it’s gifts from another gentle, …

Everyone seems to have have their own idea of where England National Teams go wrong. The are always new accusations and FA directives to try and address an issue where the country with arguably the best league, and on balance, as good a player as the best of them, where is it all going wrong?
I don’t think it’s too many foreign players in the Premier League. The France team that won World Cup ’98, out of a 22 man squad, had only 9 based in the LFP, and they included …

You just need to look at the faces of everyone involved at Liverpool Football Club at Anfield just hours earlier. Talisman Steven Gerrard, fustrated. A disenchanted Fernando Torres, in the worse form of his career. A disinterested Joe Cole, looking for all the world like he has given up already on his Liverpool career. A desperate Roy Hodgson, perhaps wondering if he should have stayed at Fulham.
For best part of the last century, you could look at the top divison in English Football and say: It could be Manchester United, …

As John Terry & Didier Drogba voiced their frustration and anger at Chelsea’s lacklustre performance against the men of Arsenal, it was the Blues who head into the New Year unable to explain their stuttering demise. Carlo Ancelotti cut a forlorn figure, isolated on the sidelines, witnessing what could be the end of his reign at the champions.
Many of us have so easily attributed Ray Wilkins’s shocking departure as the reason for Chelsea’s decline, but cracks seemed to appear even before this piece of headline news. Stemming from the summer …

Alas, Arsenal finally broke the Chelsea hoodoo with a convincing win at the Emirates. Goals from Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas & Theo Walcott ensured the Gunners took three crucial points and head into the New Year just two points adrift of league leaders Manchester United.

Chelsea, meanwhile, is facing a serious crisis. They have the second worst record in the Premier League in the last 7 matches, and have now lost 5 games midway through the season. Quite contrary to last season, when they lost just a total of 6 matches.
What …

Manchester City’s young Italian striker they signed from Manchester City in the summer has had more controversy follow him than compliments since his arrival in the Premier League.
Having recently declared that only Lionel Messi is better than him right now, one has to ponder if his head is screwed on correctly and whether current manager Roberto Mancini can get his mind in the right place to walk the walk after giving all the talk.
Mario Balotelli was given just six minutes at the end of Manchester City’s 3-1 win at Newcastle …

Does Arsenal’s almost symbolic victory this Monday finally show the breakthrough for a team who, despite brilliant football have been unable to secure a trophy for the past five years.
A few weeks ago, West Ham played a very early “save our season” day, the result, an emphatic win. Have Arsenal done slightly the same thing here? In recent press conferences Arsene Wenger all but branded this game, “save our title race”, it worked. Arsenal were indeed a class above their London opponents. Chelsea, being lackluster in the past few games seemed to …

In August this year, one of  Italian football’s brightest stars left European Champions Inter Milan in a 24 Million move to Manchester City, with the promise of trophies and first team football.
But for Mario Balotelli, the former Inter Starlet, it has not been the best year of his footballing career, having been frozen out of Mourinho’s treble winning side, forced to watch as his team mates succeed without him.
And in his first game for City, he scored a brace, before suffering an injury which delayed his premiership debut a month, …