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December 9, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
June 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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After a somewhat tumultuous season, Liverpool ultimately achieved their prime aim of qualifying for the Champions League. While it is true that they failed in seriously challenging for any of the domestic competitions (apart from a semi-final appearance in the EFL Cup), Champions League qualification should be enough to satisfy the fanbase for now. However, if Jürgen Klopp’s charges are interested in winning silverware next season, there is a lot of work still to be done. In terms of targets, Champions League football next season is a major attraction, which may swing a player’s decision in the Merseyside direction. Quality Looking at the current squad for the season just gone […]

June 14, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein
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With the season’s end of both the Premier League and the Sky Bet Championship there were plenty of managers given the axe and a few who went of their own accord. Three time winner of the Russian Premier League, Leonid Slutsky, recently became the new manager at Hull City after Marco Silva opted for a switch to Watford. Former Foxes boss, Claudio Ranieri, looked a serious contender for a return to English football, but that move was ruled out after Ligue 1 side, Nantes, announced his appointment this week. So now we look to the remaining clubs who are still trying to fill managerial vacancies and who the most likely […]

June 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein
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The 2017 Champions league final will be played on June 3rd 2017 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Like it has been since the 2004-2005 edition, the tournament’s final will feature two teams from what many consider to be the four top tier leagues (La Liga, Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga). In this case, the 11 time winner of the Champions League Real Madrid, play against the two times winner Juventus FC. The winner of the final will qualify to the semi-finals of the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup as the representative of UEFA. It will be the second time Real and Juventus played each other in a Champions […]

May 29, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein
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The Championship play-off final is often referred to as the richest game in football, and for good reason! The winning team will not only earn promotion to the Premier League, but they’ll also receive a guaranteed £170 million piece of the TV broadcast rights pie. So, on May 29th in a jam-packed Wembley Stadium, the pressure will be on Huddersfield Town and Reading FC as they battle it out to see who’ll join already promoted Newcastle and Brighton in the top flight, next season. Below, we’ll remember how Huddersfield and Reading both got through their difficult semi-finals, and look ahead to what we can expect from the final on Monday. […]

May 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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The Europa League was once a competition that was treated with disdain by managers across European football’s biggest leagues. Long journeys, Thursday night matches, and a lack of quality all contributing to the general indifference to the competition.  However, with Champions League qualification as the carrot on the stick, it’s no wonder that we are seeing high profile clubs battle it out at the business end of the competition in the past couple of seasons. On Wednesday, Manchester United will attempt to clinch a place in next year’s Champions League, when they contest the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm. The importance of the game cannot be stressed enough, […]

May 13, 2017 (No Comments) by Felipe Wasserstein
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The 2016–2017 season of the EFL Championship will conclude on May 29th. Newcastle United were awarded the Championship last Sunday, denying Brighton their first ever title. Now, beginning this Saturday it’s time for the EFL Championship League play–offs between the teams who finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in the EFL table. Those teams are Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town and Fulham, respectively. The play–offs first leg begins with Fulham hosting Reading on Saturday, May 13th at 5:30pm. On Sunday May 14th at 12pm, Huddersfield hosts Sheffield. The second legs start on Tuesday May 16th at 7:45pm with Reading playing Fulham at the Madejski Stadium, followed by Sheffield Wednesday […]

May 6, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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For the past four seasons, the Parisians have been the only show in town in the French League. Their financial capabilities enabled them to appear from a relative wilderness at the beginning of the decade, and become one of the trendiest teams on the continent. Such was their dominance, many questioned the overall standard of the French league. Their national achievements were not valued, especially when they often struggled to reproduce their form on the European stage. For a player, leaving the Spanish, German or English leagues to join PSG, was often met with distain. A cop out, of sorts. “I’m sure the wife is only mad to go shopping […]

April 22, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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There is little doubt that the oldest competition in world football, has become a little stale in recent years. The trend probably began in 1999, when a recent treble-winning Manchester United team withdrew from that year’s edition of the competition, to concentrate on the newly formed Club World Cup in São Paulo. Of course, this is not the only factor which contributed to the demise in popularity of the FA Cup. The glamour of European football, the importance of league standings, and the “resting” of players, all being cited as reasons for the irrelevance of the once revered trophy. However, this year’s competition has gone a long way in recapturing the […]

April 10, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on October 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Renowned philosophers, The Pussycat Dolls, once sang “Be careful what you wish for ‘coz you just might get it“, and that has never been truer than in the case of the Arsenal supporters at this moment. If you, like all of us non-Gooners, turn to Arsenal FanTV after every game these days just for entertainment, then you know that supporters are split on whether the club’s greatest ever manager should be let stay in his position or let go. While many are calling for the head of Wenger right now, others are happy for him to see out his contract until the end of the season while the loyalists are […]

April 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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There are certain things we like to associate with the style of football that we play here on the islands hanging off the edge of Europe. We relish the so-called “blood and thunder” environment that exists here, a place where a big tackle is more appreciated than a cross-field pass. This is particularly true of this side of the world’s most prestigious competition, the Premier League (sorry League of Ireland, maybe someday). Another label that is often attached to England’s first division, is the “fact” that it is the best league in the world. Yes, one might hear this and scratch their heads as they picture Marc Albrighton sitting in […]

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