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Articles Archive for November 2012

Manchester United face Reading at the Madejski Stadium this Saturday following a 1-0 win against West Ham United last Wednesday. Reading may be a tricky team for United as they look to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa.

Tony Adams, Kevin Keegan and John Barnes all predicted a United victory despite recognising that the club slipped up against Norwich City last weekend. The odds are vastly against the Royals but if they produce a performance like they did against Fulham they might be in with a chance to …

Newcastle United lost their fourth game on-the trot on Wednesday night. It was a much improved showing from Newcastle, who were missing key players such as Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye. Newcastle took the lead after a first half lacking in any real quality. Demba Ba won the ball and drove in on goal and hit a dipping shot from 25 yards the keeper Asmir Begovic could only palm into the path of Papiss Cisse who finished via the post. Futher chances followed, with Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba …

Supporters of the Sao Paulo outfit Palmeiras will have to come to terms with the fact that their club will be playing Serie B football in 2013 for the second time in their history.
Palmeiras’ relegation was confirmed on 18th November 2012 after a 1-1 away draw to Flamengo in Rio. And to rub salt into the wounds, they lost seven days later to another relegation outfit Atletico Goianiense 1-2 at home, which understandably made the partisan home crowd furious and pretty much summed up Palmeiras’ league season.
Amazingly though, in a …

Tottenham and Liverpool have produced some entertaining matchup in recent years. Although not as high-profile as any London Derby, the intensity of the match has always been enormous. An enjoyable night was well anticipated.
Both teams may not be at their peaks, but there are things to cheer about recently. Luis Suarez, despite all the controversies around him, has been in magnificent form. Together with the revived Jose Enrique at a more advanced role and the promising Raheem Sterling, Liverpool has been showing some spectacular attacking football.
November has been a nightmare …

We had a chance to talk to Simon Clark, Director of The GK Union Ltd who told us a little about the Goalkeepers exclusive club, over to Simon…
What is The GK Union and how did it all begin?
Let me take you back to the late 1990’s. There I was; a young keeper wanting to make it to the big time. Let me rephrase that. I wanted to be a professional footballer and goalkeeper was my chosen position.
I used to watch match after match on TV and I was always analysing …

There are many young teenagers from the Republic of Ireland plying their trade at football clubs in the United Kingdom, hoping someday to become professional footballers and maybe one day play in the Premiership. There are many exceptional young players from Ireland in England and Scotland. Eric Grimes with Leeds United, Sam Byrne at Manchester United and Gareth McDonagh, winner of Footballs Next Star, and is now at a star at Glasgow Celtic. But there is a very special player working his way up the ranks at a major club …

Arsenal recently signed a new 150 million pound shirt deal with Emirates which extends to the 2018/19 season and they have now potentially unveiled their away shirt for the 2013-14 season. Arsenal have a long history of yellow and navy blue away shirts dating back to 1950. Their last away kit which featured the yellow shirt with blue shorts was for the 2008-09 season.

The shirt is modelled from the 1979 FA Cup Final and it features a yellow shirt, blue shorts, blue collar and cuffs. Arsenal’s current away kit is …

Game of the weekendChelsea 0-0 Manchester City
What do you get when the two most expensive line ups in the country go head to head?……………..
You get nothing. Ninety minutes of mind numbingly dull, negative and uninspiring football. The days of big clubs playing out dull goalless affairs was a thing of the past.
However, with the return of one of its founder members in Rafael Benitez, back it came as Chelsea and Manchester City fired blanks at Stamford Bridge. It was just like the old days with Chelsea (under Mourinho) and Liverpool …

Is Sepp Blatter up to any good handing a £315,000 check over to the FA for the St. George’s Park medical centre? Is the grant truly a gesture of goodwill and an indicator of more inclusive and influential times ahead for England in the halls of Fifa? Personally I’m not holding my breath. The FA’s is one of many such awards distributed since 1999 as part of Fifa’s Goal programme, intended primarily to provide financial assistance to developing football nations. When awarded to larger footballing powers however (Germany, Holland and Brazil for example have …

I feel like a mobster’s wife, or daughter. Carmela Soprano’s near relative Christopher was smothered to death by her husband Tony for ‘disrespect’ and she should have reacted. Her fondness of the things that her marriage to the mafia boss brought her overpowered her concern at the means by which they were obtained. Disassociating Meadow hid her own shame in a law degree.
Roberto Di Matteo was not a drug-addicted second cousin. He was – he is – beloved and we cannot recall a single tangible moment where he disappointed us …