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Written on 15 Jul 2014 | No Comments

Just as the 31st of December is seen by millions as a time to reflect on the events of the previous twelve months and as an opportunity to look towards the future with hope, apprehension or a vow to change for the better, so too the world of international football tends towards quadrennial bouts of contemplation and self-analysis as each World Cup tournament draws to a close.
And so it was on Sunday night, as Philip Lahm thrust the iconic trophy towards the floodlit sky above the Maracana, the reflective analysis …

Written on 14 Jul 2014 | No Comments

“They think it’s all over” and it is now. After four years of waiting, 32 days of competition and a German triumph, the World Cup is over – let the countdown to Russia begin. The 32 teams and 736 players have left Copacabana behind and for all but the jubilant winners, attentions quickly return to club football.
Brazil’s tournament has been heralded as the most social competition ever, a haven for brands and sports agencies looking to score big with their marketing. It’s been a story of sponsors versus non-sponsors; the …

Written on 14 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments

Leading on from the top 10 goalkeepers in the world; I now present you the top 10 Centre-backs in the world. Remember, this is partly judged on recent performances and partly on permanent class. Enjoy, comment and discuss and remember to look out for the remaining four articles in this series of 6, the next one being the top 10 full-backs.
Honourable mentions:

Diego Godin – An old school centre-half who bought into the ‘Simeone way’ from the very beginning to great effect. His dogged style and aerial prowess means he is now crucial …

Written on 13 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments

Nowadays, it seems most conversations about the beautiful game eventually turn to the eternal question: ‘who’s the best?’. Messi or Ronaldo? Who could hold their own against the Pelé’s and Maradona’s of the past? Are Thiago Silva or Vincent Kompany in the same league as Suarez and Messi? Ultimately, there is no right answer to these questions but I will try to shed a little more light onto the situation using my thorough research and deep discussions. You’ll probably disagree so please comment any opinions and insight and hopefully we can get a good old-fashioned football debate going.
I …

Written on 9 Jul 2014 | One Comment

The dust will never be allowed to settle on Germany 7-1 Brazil. Even in this most storied of sporting tournaments, that scoreline will be mentioned every four years and every time Germany or Brazil play a big game. The match itself, Germany’s excellence and Brazil’s refusal to either protect their goal or threaten their opponent’s is being picked apart at great length. Instead, I would like to focus on Brazil’s impressive achievement in reaching the 2014 World Cup semi finals.
In doing so permit me to briefly take a step back …

Written on 9 Jul 2014 | No Comments

Celtic starting eleven: Zaluksa, Lustig, van Dijk, Mulgrew, Twardzik, Brown, Johansen, Commons, McGeouch, Stokes, Boerrigter
Celtic’s second game of pre season finished with a 1-1 draw against Rapid Vienna in front of a very atmospheric crowd at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadion.

Ronny Deila named the same starting eleven to play this game as he did against Krasnodar. He was forced to make a substitution just after the game kicked off when Brown had to go off injured. Losing captain Brown is a major concern for Celtic going into the Champions League Qualifiers …

Written on 6 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments

The jury was out on Tottenham defence last season. After conceding quite a few goals but not scoring enough during that season, lead them to end up with a goal difference of +4, the worst in the top 6.
With Kaboul’s contract with a year to expiry (30.06.2015 Transfermarkt); Dawson apparently moving to Hull, that leaves us with just two centre backs Chiriches and Vertonghen. The targets we can count out straight away the expensive signings such as Lovren, he is not worth the reported 15m bid that Liverpool have offered …

Written on 6 Jul 2014 | No Comments

Over the last decade or so, we have seen many young talents who should have been more than just young talents, should have been but never were, why? the reason for me is simple.. money. Why play your heart out and why work hard when you earn £100,000 grand a week, straight in your bank? there’s no need to, the young players already think they’ve made it, the motivation has gone, the drive and ambition has gone because when your driving super cars and live in mansions at the tender age of 18-22 you just …

Written on 6 Jul 2014 | No Comments

Celtic starting line up:   Zaluska, Lustig, van Dijk, Mulgrew, F. Twardzik, Brown, Johansen, Commons, McGeouch, Stokes, Boerrigter
Ronny Deila’s first game in charge of Celtic got off to a solid 3-1 over Russian side FK Krasnodar in Austria.
There was lots of encouraging signs from Celtic in their first game of pre-season. They started quickly when a long ball up from defence fell to Stokes who managed to lob the out coming goalkeeper to put Celtic 1-0 before there was even a minute on the clock. In the early stages of …

Written on 3 Jul 2014 | No Comments

After a rather depressing World Cup campaign (if that’s what you can call it) one thing you can take from this world cup is that we have a large group of young stars who really do look like they may be able to win some silver wear in two years time or at least be in with a chance. With the likes of Barkley, Sterling, Sturridge,  Shaw, Wilshire as well as the ones who couldn’t make it due to injury and many more who will only get better and blossom in the coming years, …