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A – Partial – Defence Of The Club World Cup

Posted by on 9:57 pm in European Club Football, Latest | 3 comments

On Sunday morning – if you happen to be in Western Europe – the champions of world club football will be crowned, as the final of the 2011 Club World Cup is played at the International Stadium in Yokohama between Barcelona, the current champions of Europe, and Santos of Brazil, the current champions of South America. The Club World Cup has been running since 2004, but it has yet to engage a great deal of interest in Europe. This, however, has to be seen in considerable contrast with the credibility of the tournament in other parts...

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Barnet Prepare To Leave Underhill

Posted by on 12:29 am in English League Football, Latest | 1 comment

After one hundred and four years, the end now seems to be nigh for Underhill, the home of Barnet Football Club. An official statement on the clubs website this afternoon confirmed that “The stark reality is that as a consequence of unresolved ground differences with the council, Barnet FC face the prospect of a reduced footprint next season and an end to their 100 plus years residence of their spiritual home”, bringing to an end any reasonable doubt over the fact that wherever the club does end up playing in either its short or...

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A Welsh Premier League Odyssey: Part Four – Llanelli AFC vs Prestatyn Town

Posted by on 11:12 pm in Latest, Welsh Football | 1 comment

If there’s one thing aside from love spoons that Wales is known for, it’s probably the persistent rain. We’ve had a Sunday of untold downpours, to the extent where the game between Neath and Port Talbot had to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch. However, their more resilient rivals managed to brave the liquid bombardment and put a team out to face Prestatyn Town. Stebonheath Park is home to Llanelli AFC, last year’s Welsh Cup winners. Llanelli returned to the Welsh Premier League in 2004. Their first season back in the top flight proved...

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Ferguson, Villas-Boas & “Keeping It Simple”

Posted by on 3:24 pm in English League Football, Latest | 1 comment

“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 gap in the media schedules. It would, of course, be better to properly analyse certain aspects of the game – its finance in particular, I would naturally suggest. But lets not… erm… over-complicate things. Two major...

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The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2011: The Ascent Of The Blue Sky Thinkers

Posted by on 12:05 pm in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 1 comment

That 2011 should have seen a trickle of new ideas on the subject of how to reorganise English and European club football should come as no great surprise. Last year saw an unprecedented undermining in the authority of FIFA, following the flawed process for determining the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, whilst UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations were always likely to cause a fluster in England, which long ago submitted its professional game to the rigours and inherent inequalities of neo-capitalism with such gusto that it...

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It’s Yeovil’s Turn To Be Giant-Killed In The FA Cup – Well, Almost

Posted by on 11:57 pm in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

How times have changed. So many times in the past the FA Cup giant-killers, Yeovil Town, now stalwart members of League One were knocked out themselves this evening, at home in an FA Cup Second Round replay, by a non-league club. The Glovers had been comfortable in the first match against Blue Square Premier promotion chasers Fleetwood Town with a two goal lead, but two late Fleetwood goals earned a replay at Huish Park and this evening the non-league club finished off the job with a two goal win that hands them arguably the tie of their...

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