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Articles Archive for July 2012

The weather in July Britain this year is not quite what the British was looking for, yet the transfer window at this time of the year is never disappointing but always eventful and entertaining.
Long breaks from training allow managers to address shortfalls of their teams and explore solutions in the market. Trailing clubs fight to climb up the ladder, while the leading teams strive to retain their crowns.
Lucrative deals are always eye-catching, but it is Robin Van Persie who has stolen all the headlines this summer with his refusal to …

Former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has announced his retirement from football with the ambition to pursue a career in politics.
 
The 35 year old Ukrainian International captain, and record goalscorer for his country with 48 goals, lead the ‘yellow-blues’ to a quarter final place at the 2006 World Cup, attaining his 111th cap for his country a month ago at the European Championships co-hosted in his native Ukraine and Poland with man of the match performances in the tournaments group stages, made the decision yesterday. His first and …

According to Roberto Mancini Vincent Kompany is  ”  incredible. He has a fantastic mentality. His attitude has been excellent. Without doubt he has been one of our top players this year” .  Also Fomer Manchester City Manager Joe Royle even went as far as to say that Kompany ” Has been Manchester City’s best buy”.  With praises like that coming from two respectable figures, it is no wonder why Vincent Kompany is not only the captain of Manchester City but head and shoulders the best defender in the world at …

The Japanese men defeated Morocco 1-0 to book a place in the quarterfinals. Kensuke Nagai scored the only goal in the 84th minute of an entertaining match. The victory leaves Japan needing only a draw against Honduras to secure top spot in the group and likely avoid Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Morocco started the match very well, keeping the ball and moving it across midfield comfortably. Japan didn’t seem to be pressing with the same urgency as they had against Spain, and as a result Morocco was able to keep possession …

Unless you’ve been ignoring the Olympics completely, you’ve heard about Japan’s magnificent win over gold medal favorites Spain. Yuki Otsu scored the game’s only goal in the 34th minute off a corner. A few minutes later, Inigo Martinez was sent off for fouling Kensuke Nagai on a breakaway, but Spain was still able to keep much of possession despite being a man down. Japan had a number of chances to extend their lead in the second half and put the game to bed, but their poor finishing didn’t come back …

Here’s a quick update on the Japanese Men’s Football team at the London Olympics. After 1-0 victories over Spain and Morocco, Japan has qualified for the knockout stages. I will post full reports on both matches later today.
The victory over Spain was stunning, and Japan probably should’ve won by more. Spain controlled possession but were unable to create any clear chances. Yuki Otsu’s first-half goal was enough for the three points.
Morocco was a tough opponent and were comfortable in possession. They started both halves strongly and had a good chance …

 
 
Leeds United Captain Robert Snodgrass has completed a move to the Premier League with Norwich City.
The fee is believed to be in the region of £3million, with £1.5m being paid upfront.
 
Snodgrass quit United’s pre-season training camp in Cornwall this week to enter discussions with the Canaries regarding a contract, now confirmed as a 3 year deal as of Thursday evening.
 
Since arriving in Yorkshire in 2008 from Scottish First Division side Livingston, he has served the Elland Road club diligently over the last 4 years, scoring 41 goals in 191 …

Before starting this article, I’ll like to say I was really glad Di Matteo was appointed as The Blues full-time manager, it shows the ambition of the club to move to greater heights and to be ranked among the top teams in the world!
Now that he has been appointed after a successful spell last season, a lot will be expected from the Italian who will above all things try and be the first team to win the Champions league back to back. The Stamford Bridge side will also be competing …

The British Olympic football team is comprised of thirteen English and five Welsh players, with no-one from Scotland or Northern Ireland being asked to partake. Prior to Team GB’s opening game of the Olympics against Senegal, it was decided that ‘God Save the Queen’ would be the national anthem sung by the players. The anthem was sung by everyone, well, almost everyone.
The four Welshman included in Stuart Pearce’s starting line-up against Senegal, captain Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, Neil Taylor and Joe Allen refused to sing the anthem because of the fact that …

Great is a  over-used word in Society today, especially in Football. Average players are quickly labelled great even though they haven’t achieved anything of merit. according to William Shakespeare ”Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them” it is my belief and opinion that Suriname’s Favourite son has achieved greatness and in years to come we will still be talking about his exploits the same way Pele and Diego Maradona’s exploits are talked about.
According to Adriano Galliani ” When …