Posts by Ian

Doncaster Rovers’ Blip Cannot Mask A Miraculous Ten Years

By on Apr 19, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

It had been a long time coming and there will be those who believe that there was an air of inevitability about it, but when the relegation of Doncaster Rovers from the Championship last weekend, it came with a degree of controversy that only the end of the domestic football season can bring. The battle for Doncaster last weekend was already an uphill one –...

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Chelsea’s Golden Night: Barcelona Are Brought Down To Earth At Stamford Bridge

By on Apr 18, 2012 in European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

They came,they saw and they kept possession as ever, but this time they couldn’t quite conquer. Barcelona arrived in West London this evening with the sound of a Spector-esque wall of praise ringing in their ears. They’re a great side. Indeed, if it is possible to draw comparisons across the different eras of the game, then they might just be the...

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Roberto di Matteo Brings Chelsea’s Dysfunctional Family Back Into Line

By on Apr 18, 2012 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

Chelsea will take the field at Stamford Bridge this evening for the first leg of a Champions League match against Barcelona which must surely rank amongst one of the more unlikely to be played all season. The sacking of Andre Villa Boas was supposed to draw a line below the competive side of Chelsea’s season, an acknowledgement of the failure on the part of...

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European Championship Stories: 2008 – The End Of Politics

By on Apr 17, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 1 comment

In Vienna in June of 2008, Fernando Torres broke free from his marker and shot the only goal in the final of that summers European Championships. It was a goal that ended almost half a century without a major tournament win for Spain, and it marked the calcification of new Iberian footballing hegemony within Europe which continues to reign supreme to this day. And...

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Ashley Young Is But The Tip Of The Iceberg In Footballs Culture Of Cheating

By on Apr 16, 2012 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

So, Ashley Young took a tumble for Manchester United against Aston Villa yesterday afternoon and now the whole man and his or her dog is up in arms about it. It was the second week in a row that Young had been up to such antics, with a swan dive against Queens Park Rangers last weekend earning Queens Park Rangers’ Shaun Derry a red card and, just as yesterday,...

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