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After the nations of Great Britain, France was the next country to establish football clubs and a governing body.
The first place that football was observed in France was in Paris. The match took place in 1863 but was quite different from the modern game, it was contested by two groups of British immigrants. It wasn’t until 1872 that a group of British residents living in Le Havre (on the north coast) created a club that played rugby and soon after, football. At the time, it was reported that the main …

Before Roberto Di-Matteo was awarded the contract to take in charge of the blues, there were several coaches who were linked to the Chelsea job and amongst them was the former Barcelona gaffer in the name of Pep Guardiola. Guardiola was one of the best coaches in the Catalans history winning 14 major trophies within his four year spell at Barcelona, two of which were Europe’s most prestigious trophy,the champions league. He was Abramovic’s favorite but claims he needed a year break.
Last season was Guardiola’s worse season with a single …

The promoters keep saying it, and we keep repeating it, like sheep in Animal Farm – “La Liga good, Premier League better!”. We seem to have an endless list of reasons to buy British – more passionate supporters, better rivalries, more goals, a faster game, and, of course, the hugely competitive race for the Champions League.
Whilst in Spain you could bet your house on the winner of the League being either Barcelona or Real Madrid, here you can have three teams that are regarded as genuine contenders. Three teams! Take …

Tottenham Hotspur secured a historic victory at Old Trafford last weekend making it their first win in 23 years at Old Trafford. Spurs managed to last beat the Red Devils in 1989 but they ended the run with goals from Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen, Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey. This made it United’s second defeat of the season which left them four points behind league leaders Chelsea who beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
There were glimpses of the Southampton match as Jan Vertonghen strolled through the Manchester United defence …

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Venue: Emirates Stadium Date: 12:45, Saturday 29 September
Team News:
John Terry will start for Chelsea despite his 4 match ban. He is allowed to do so as he has the right to appeal. Oscar and Hazard will almost certainly begin for The Blues after their small roles in the London clubs Capital One Cup clash in midweek.
Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen is set to return to The Gunners first XI while there are doubts over Emmanuel Frimpong’s starting role. The game will come too soon for Jack Wilshere.

Match Preview: 
Chelsea’s ever growing squad and unique …

Ahead of the London derby, both Arsenal and Chelsea are yet to lose a game in the league with both teams having the best defensive record of conceding just two goals.
Arsenal has won two of the five matches played and drawn three and have already played Liverpool and the league champions Manchester city. Chelsea on the other hand won four out five and drawn one in the goalless draw at Lotus road against QPR, which was the only game Chelsea didn’t score a single goal. Arsenal lie 5th with five …

Cristiano Ronaldo, the superstar of Nike and Real Madrid will wear the new CR7 Vapor VIII boots in the “El Clasico” at Camp Nou on the weekend. The boot has a new black/blue/pink colourway. The Nike Mercurial Vapor VIII  was first introduced in March this year in a mango and a red colourway and now the CR7 Vapor VIII edition seems to add a touch of class to the superior Vapor VIII collection. It features a super lightweight fibreglass soleplate which supremely fits in with boots criteria for “speed and …

Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Man Utd at Anfield on Sunday saw them complete their worst start to a league campaign in over 100 years. With just two points from their opening 5 games and the club sitting in 18th place it hasn’t been the most memorable starts to Brendan Rodgers tenure as coach. Now obviously as a result many fans are critical of their new manager and the way in which he has handled the club in his short time in charge. Most pundits and …

This past week was another great one for Japanese footballers in Europe.
Takashi Inui got things started on Friday, when he scored in Eintracht’s 2-1 win away at Nurnberg. His goal in the 60th minute, cutting in from the left and lashing a low shot past Raphael Schafer, was the eventual match winner. Then in the midweek match at home to Borussia Dortmund, he starred as Frankfurt continued their great start and got a 0-0 to the two-time defending champions. Eintracht entered the half trailing 2-0 but Inui helped start the …

Chelsea last season started their campaign in all competition with a new coach in the person of Andres Villas-Boas who tried to change their style of play and tried to revolve the team by playing young once rather than the old guards in the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and co. with the 4-3-3 formation which in the end saw the end of AVB’s reign at Chelsea end so early at Stanford bridge. During his reign saw the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Alex departed to china and France respectively, he also fallen out with Lampard, Cole, Torres and other senior players. He gave Daniel Sturridge a …