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The 2012 FA Cup Semi-Finals: Chelsea 5-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Since they last won the FA Cup in 1991, Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the competition on six occasions and lost every time. It is, perhaps, possible that this has has effect on the inner psychology of a club. Something close to indefinable, in the furrowed brows of the supporters when the final comes…

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April 15, 2012

Villa-Boas Out, But It Is Chelsea FC That Needs To Change

The Ides of March came early for the latest governor of Roman’s empire, then. Don Luís André de Pina Cabral e Villas-Boas leaves Chelsea Football Club today after eight and a half months in the job, having apparently failed to rein in the player-power of the club’s dressing room. The tipping point came with a single…

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March 4, 2012

Villa Boas On The Brink

Sometimes you can see it coming a mile off. There was something heavy hanging in the air well before Chelsea’s match against Napoli on Tuesday night. A lethargic draw against Birmingham City in the FA Cup at the weekend had been the most obvious symptom of the malaise that has come to engulf Stamford Bridge…

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February 23, 2012

John Terry vs The Crown Prosecution Service: An Amercian Perspective

Over England way, John Terry has been stripped of his national team captaincy. The move comes in the midst of Terry’s ongoing prosecution for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, with a trial on the incident set for the summer. Terry’s leadership of England was under question before, but the controversy surrounding what he allegedly said to…

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February 5, 2012

John Terry & The Fetishisation Of The England Captaincy

In that special, unique way that only they can, the FA managed to set a dozen hungry cats amongst the pigeons of the John Terry case this morning. Their announcement, that Terry had been stripped of the England captaincy for this summer’s European Championships but that he would still be available for selection by Fabio…

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February 3, 2012

John Terry Meets The Crown Prosecution Service

We all knew that an announcement was coming and, somehow or other, the decision reached would have been surprising, no matter what it was – a reflection, perhaps, of the fact that this particular story should have twisted and turned in the way that it has since it first became apparent that something happened at Loftus Road during his team’s match against…

December 21, 2011

Ferguson, Villas-Boas & “Keeping It Simple”

“Football is a simple game” were four words of Graham Taylor’s wisdom when he was managing Watford up the Football League in the late 70s and early 80s. And his Watford sides certainly “kept it simple.” But it is an unfortunate consequence of the contemporary 24-hour news culture that “keeping” football analysis “simple” leaves a…

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December 14, 2011
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