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Pep’s New Tune Takes Bayern to the Top

Pep’s New Tune Takes Bayern to the Top

By on Jan 21, 2014 in Bundesliga, Latest | 0 comments

When Pep Guardiola was announced as the replacement to Jupp Heynkes as head coach of Bayern Munich,  in January 2013, the former Barcelona man could not have fathomed that he’d have so much to live up to after last season’s treble. But as the second half of the season gets underway this weekend, Bayern look set for even more trophies. As the Bayern players...

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Nicolas Anelka, The Quenelle, Gestures & Words

Nicolas Anelka, The Quenelle, Gestures & Words

By on Jan 21, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 3 comments

It was a tense and nervy evening at The Hawthorns tonight, as West Bromwich Albion and Everton played out a one-all draw that did neither too many favours in this year’s Premier League. Everton missed out on the chance to leapfrog back over Tottenham Hotspur and into fifth place in the table, whilst West Bromwich Albion rose to thirteenth place in the table...

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Maidstone & The Conference: Time To Change Tack On 3G Pitches

Maidstone & The Conference: Time To Change Tack On 3G Pitches

By on Jan 19, 2014 in Latest | 8 comments

It’s tight at the top of the Ryman League Premier Division. With a little less than half of the season left to play, just seven points seperate the top six clubs in the table and it remains, for now at least, anybody’s guess who from Kingstonian, Maidstone United, Wealdstone, Dulwich Hamlet, Bognor Regis Town or AFC Hornchurch will be taking a place in...

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Port Vale: Norman’s Conquest

Port Vale: Norman’s Conquest

By on Jan 18, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 2 comments

After Port Vale’s FA Cup third round replay triumph over Plymouth Argyle, Mark Murphy thought it would be opportune to revisit the two clubs’ financial fortunes since they emerged from administration and ownership crises. And what a tangled web they both have woven. Next up… Plymouth’s hotly-disputed role in the business machinations of James Brent, the high-profile...

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Coventry City, A New Ground, The Charity & The Hedge Fund

Coventry City, A New Ground, The Charity & The Hedge Fund

By on Jan 18, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

A new year has brought little respite for the increasingly beleagured supporters of Coventry City Football Club. On the pitch, the team has gone five games unbeaten since its last defeat at Swindon Town on the Saturday before Christmas, including a win against Championship opposition in the form of Barnsley in the Third Round of the FA Cup, but away from it the...

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Southampton & The Sexism Of – Some Of – The Football Press

Southampton & The Sexism Of – Some Of – The Football Press

By on Jan 16, 2014 in Latest, Opinion, Politics | 3 comments

As the supporters of several different football clubs will most willingly attest, the concentration of too much in one set of hands can have unwanted side-effects. Over the last couple of years, the reputation of the now former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese had risen from being the man who steadied the club’s ship after its flirtation with insolvency...

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The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

By on Jan 15, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 4 comments

There’s nothing like a bit of blackmail to liven up English football in a quiet news week (and, alas, FA Cup third round replay week is such a week). Good job, then, that Hull CITY owner Assem Allam isn’t resorting to blackmail in order to force English football’s governing body (the Football Association, in case you didn’t recognise them from the description) to...

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Puncheon Above His Weight

Puncheon Above His Weight

By on Jan 14, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

It has been a busy few days for Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon. On Saturday afternoon, he was in the thick of the action for Palace at White Hart Lane as the visitors laboured towards little end result and a defeat which helped to steady Tim Sherwood’s Tottenham Hotspur ship following their defeat at Arsenal a week previously in the FA Cup, whilst...

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