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Articles Archive for December 2011

Liverpool hoped to bounce back from the heartbroken draw vs Blackburn, but they would be missing Suarez, their leading league goalscorer. Bellamy and Downing played on two flanks to supply crosses for Andy Carroll, the former Magpies striker. Spearing started as the holding midfielder, with Steven Gerrard on the bench. Jose Enrique also played against his former team.
Newcastle ended their recent slump with a 2-0 victory over Bolton. Alan Pardew made only one change to the lineup. Attacking midfielder Haris Vuckic was given his second start of the season, joining …

Manchester United would have to play without Rooney, but boosted by the return of Phil Jones. David De Gea started, despite a string of impressive performances by Lindegaard. Ferguson assigned a new task for Rafael — playing at central midfield. Valencia stayed at right back position. Danny Welbeck joined the on-fire Berbatov and Hernandez forming the attacking trio. Anderson was back from injury, being the most experienced player on the bench.
Blackburn earned an inspiring draw at Anfield behind Mark Bunn’s brilliant performance. They would be missing David Dunn and Junior …

Without a doubt 2011 has been one of the best seasons in Peterborough United’s history. London Road has become a fortress and despite jumping up a league in the summer and losing some familiar names in the transfer market the squad is showing no signs of slowing down. Games featuring the team have averaged 3.63 goals and although a few of them have been due to a leaky defence performances have been improving as the year goes on. Here are the highlights of the memorable year:
January
The year may not have …

This is the final blog of the Top 100 Players countdown in 2011 from 10th-11st place on our chart. After a series of 10 blogs over a period of 10 days, this blog will conclude the countdown. All I am going to say is that there is a shock exclusion from the list but I won’t say who it is as that would be telling. I thought I’d start the blog by telling you what football events will be happening in 2012. Poland and Ukraine will be co-hosting Euro 2012 …

At the beginning of November Celtic were fifteen points behind fierce rivals Rangers and now as the Bhoys enter the New year they find themselves on top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. It is Celtic’s nine wins in a row that have brought them to the top of the table.  Celtic won the second Old Firm of the season after a Joe Ledley headed goal in the second half. Neil Lennon praised his team after the game and said he was “so proud of them”, he also praised the …

This is the penultimate of the Top 100 Players countdown from 20th-11th place on our chart, which will be completed on New Year’s Eve. I thought I would start this blog by making my predictions on what will happen in the next year; don’t forget to bring this up in the unlikely event that a prediction is horribly wrong. In the Premier League, I think that Manchester City will win the title, the Lancashire trio of Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan will get relegated and Harry Redknapp will get the England …

Entering the exciting January with the transfer window reopened, the Premier League team managers will be active in looking for useful addition(s) to their squads. We witnessed success of January inputs in the past: Evra and Vidic in 2005, Rodallega to Wigan in 2009, Andrei Arshavin arriving in London in the same year; and of course, there are ones that don’t work too and cost up to 50 million (you know who he is)!

This year, Tevez has already got his suitcase packed, and Anelka is ready to enjoy some dim …

As the dust settles on the latest Luis Suarez affair, the Uruguayan finds his support limited to those connected to him in one way or another by his club or country. The loyalty he has inspired from both reflect well upon Suarez, suggesting that in stark contrast to his public image as a dartboard figure, he is actually a likeable character amongst those who know him. The moral position that they find themselves defending however, is surely indefensible.
Despite his admission of the language used, both his club and country have …

Ferguson’s historical success in the Christmas period left the fans with no objection to sit Welbeck and Rooney on the bench. Berbatov got the nod, partnering Hernandez up front. Carrick was slotted into the centreback position, while Gibson got his first Premier League start this season as the Christmas present. Valencia played in the right back, with Lindegaard starting for the second match in a row.

Having stolen two points from Chelsea and Liverpool, Martinez fielded exactly the same lineup as previous two games. Conor Sammon was supported by Jordi Gomez …

This is the eight part of the Top 100 Players countdown from 30th-21st place on our chart, which will be completed on New Year’s Eve. I thought I would start this blog by recounting my favourite and least favourite football memories of 2011. The best memory I have of this year is Barnet beating Port Vale 1-0 to help us stay up when relegation loomed and the pitch invasion that followed is a memory I will cherish for many years. Manchester United’s astonishing 6-1 home loss to ‘skint’ rivals Manchester …