December 2008

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Helpful Suggestions To UEFA (Part 372)

Hands up how many of you watched a live Champions League match on the television this week? Not many? Thought not, and there’s a reason for it. The group stages of the Champions League are an almost complete waste of time. If you were sitting slumped in front of the couch this week thinking this,…

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December 12, 2008
Ian

The FIFA World Club Cup 2008 (Part Two)

As promised last night, here’s the second half of our look at the competitors in this year’s FIFA World Club Cup, starting with the representatives from the host nation, Japan. Host Nation Representatives: Gamba Osaka (Japan) Who Are They, Then? Gamba Osaka are one of just six clubs never to have been relegated from the…

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December 11, 2008
Ian

The FIFA World Club Cup 2008

Is it that time of year again already? Long time readers will remember this site’s visit to the FIFA World Club Cup in 2006, and we have continued what is now becoming the tradition of lavishing attention on this tournament, which is surely the most peculiar in the football calendar. This year’s World Club Cup…

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December 11, 2008
Ian

Another Week, Another Non-League Financial Crisis

One of these days, an article on this site won’t be categorised as “Clubs In Crisis” and “Non-League” at the same time, but it feels as if this season is turning into one long crisis for a number of semi-professional clubs. It’s getting to the stage of being a little bit repetitive, and this week’s…

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December 10, 2008
Ian

Match Of The Week: AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Chester City

It’s not what we’d want, this points deduction business, but it is making the bottom of League Two very interesting indeed. There is a definite feeling that, having seen the points deductions handed out to AFC Bournemouth, Rotherham United and Luton Town, many other participants in that particular division decided that they fancied a year…

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December 9, 2008
Ian

Bidding Themselves Into A Hole?

Spurred on by Glasgow’s successful bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Scottish Football Association is now looking at hosting the 2016 European Championships. The road to hosting a major tournament, however, is seldom a smooth one, and Scotland seems likely to have major difficulties in being able to persuade UEFA that this is…

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December 6, 2008
Ian

Keane For A Holiday

Roy Keane’s departure from Sunderland raises many interesting questions about the nature of both Keane himself and the nature of modern football managership. Although the official line so far has been that they have parted “by mutual consent” (and we’ve covered what an unctuous and meaningless phrase that is on here before), the initial rumours…

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December 4, 2008
Ian
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