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Articles Archive for June 2011

On Saturday 9th April 2011, Scunthorpe took on the runaway leaders of the Championship (QPR) at a packed and raucous Glanford Park and deservedly beat them out of sight, 4-1. That same Saturday, Manchester United bored and ground their way to a professional but slightly un-contestlike victory against a Fulham side with a marked inferiority complex at Old Trafford. My point here is that on any given day, a side at the bottom of the Championship can turn up against the team at the top of the league, and beat …

First of all let me say, that I do understand the transfer window has barely been open and that Barcelona will strengthen, but I am shocked at how Pep Guardiola again seems determined to strengthen a midfield which is very strong (Xavi, Iniesta, Keita, Mascherano) with Fabregas which results in the likes of Bojan and Jeffren being pushed out of the door when they really do not have to. What has shocked me is that Guardiola yet again has failed to realize that Barcelona’s weakness although not a big weakness, …

During the close-season the list of players linked with a move to Chelsea has continued to lengthen, but unless The Blues plan to have two separate squads for Domestic and European competition they can obviously not all be purchased.
There if often too much of an emphasis on top clubs owning and signing ‘marquee’ players, for example the Galicticos, or Chelsea’s very-public pursuit of Robinho in 2008. Although this brings commercial benefits, there is far more importance in finding the players a team needs, regardless of reputation.
Neymar, Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero, Javier Pastore, Kevin De …

After reporting this morning that Leicester City were close to finalising a deal for midfielder Neil Danns, the former Crystal Palace player has already put pen to paper to sign a three deal with the East Midlands club. The 28 year old passed a medical earlier this morning to become Leicester City’s second signing of the summer, Danns played over 100 times for Crystal Palace over a four year span which saw the talented midfielder put in some very good performances. It is also understood that Danns rejected a move to …

Reports this morning understand that Leicester City are closing in on a trio of names, Neil Danns, Craig-Mackail-Smith and Tsepo Masilela are the players rumoured to be in talks with the club.
The move for Neil Danns could materialise later today, as the former Crystal Palace midfielder now released by the club is set to complete his medical later today. Danns was highly linked with Scottish side Rangers, but it seems that the 28 year old midfielder has rejected a move to the SPL Champions. Born in Liverpool Danns played 103 …

Next Friday (1st July) the eyes of South America will turn to La Plata, Argentina, as the host nation take on Bolivia in the opening match of the much awaited Copa America, a tournament that will showcase some of the most talented individual players on the planet.
The Copa America returns to the place where it began in 1916 (pre-dating the World Cup and the European Championships, making it the world’s oldest continental football event) when perennial party poopers Uruguay stole the hosts thunder and walked away with the first ever …

With Chelsea recently putting in an improved offer of £25 million for the little Croatian, Spurs fans are wondering what would happen if our number 14 was to leave. Without the offer of Champions league football can we really attract another player of Modric’s calibre, and if we weren’t able to replace him, how would we cope next season? What are our options?
 
Option 1: Replace him with another creative central midfielder
If Luka does leave, that’s going to give Daniel Levy a fair bit of cash to play with, but who …

Recent times have seen Premier League clubs have vast resources when it comes to Transfer fees and wages. This week’s transfer of Ashley Young to Manchester United being generally regarded as a good deal for 17 million pounds gives an idea of how far things have gone in the last 15 years since Alan Shearer was a world record 15 million pound player.

It is well documented that the growth of television money coming to the English game from Sky and also television stations across the globe has meant teams have …

Something that has always fascinated me is how some players, who have not performed for years always manage to get themselves signed over and over by clubs all over the world.  Well it is apparently for the average player (not talking about the Rooney’s, Messi, Sneijders of this world) crucial to have a well known agent. Whatever your talent might be, the talent of your agent determines your future. A bold statement indeed, but I am prepared to defend it.
Ever since the Bosman Ruling the players have gotten more and more bargaining …

When It came to my attention that Alex McLeish was about to be appointed the new Aston Villa manager, I was shocked to hear the amount of Villa fans who were saying McLeish would get the club relegated, although I do understand that McLeish was the Birmingham manager and under his management the club were relegated twice from the Premier League, this issue has to be put into perspective. McLeish came in after success with Hibernian, where he rebuilt the team and developed their youth system (Kenny Miller), then while …