June 2009

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Be Prepared For The Worst Football Kit Designs Ever

Criticism of Newcastle United has long since passed from being some form of sport into being a sadistic ritual, but their new change kit for next season is surely worthy of some comment. The two-tone yellow striped number from Adidas has already been described as “custard and cream with yellow shorts” (When Saturday Comes), “the…

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June 24, 2009
Ian

The Telegeddon Fall-Out – 10 Reasons Why Setanta Failed

Few people were expecting Setanta to fail quite this quickly. By the middle of this afternoon they had entered into administration and by six o’clock this evening the plug had been pulled on this brave but misguided attempt to challenge Sky’s hegemony in the football marketplace. There are numerous reasons why Setanta failed, but we’ve…

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June 24, 2009
Ian

ESPN Gets The Premier League – Confusion Reigns

After a weekend of bidding, and to absolutely no-one’s surprise, the television packages for Premier League football which had been by Setanta have been purchased by the American-owned sports company ESPN. The Premier League had been in something of a hurry to get Setanta out of the way, to the extent that it is rumoured…

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June 23, 2009
Ian

The True Price Of Buying Newcastle United

With Setanta now collapsing, this close season is getting more and more difficult for Premier League clubs. Some of these problems, however, have been due to own ill-thought out decisions, meaning that the cost of relegation has become almost unbearable. Rob Freeman has been looking at Newcastle United’s relegation from the top flight and concludes…

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June 22, 2009
Ian

The Confederations Cup: Brazil 3-0 Italy

It’s worth remembering on evenings such as this that, much as some people used to make a degree of noise about South Americans not travelling well, no European side has ever won the World Cup outside of Europe. Anyone expecting this situation to change next summer may wish to take this evening’s match between Brazil…

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June 21, 2009
Ian

The Confederations Cup: Spain 2-0 South Africa

South Africa, horns and all, have edged their way into the semi-finals of this year’s Confederations Cup, but their doing so has been something of a hollow victory for them, as we saw last night. Their procession through to the semi-finals was more about the shortcomings of others than about anything that they managed themselves….

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June 21, 2009
Ian

Arrivederci Setanta?

Confirmation that the Premier League has pulled the plug on Setanta comes as no great surprise. The company has failed to pay its monthly instalment payment to the league and a rescue package said to be worth £51m fell through this afternoon. Reports all over the media for the last couple of weeks or so…

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June 19, 2009
Ian
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