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The Uncrowned Prince

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The Uncrowned Prince

The memories of football fans, laced as they often are with a solid lack of sentimentality (at least we pretend they are), often leave little room for reminiscing about big money players who should have made it big, but didn’t. Believe me, I’m far from alone in this regard. Indeed, I’ve got the “him? ach, he was rubbish” sneer down to a fine art, whenever someone asks me about a player who falls into the “shoulda made it” bracket. Mention the name Gianluigi Lentini, however, and we have what is often...

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Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

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Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

As the full-time whistle blew at Old Trafford this evening, the strangest feeling came over me. Prior to the match, if you’d asked me, I’d have probably said that I wanted Manchester City to win this match. It’s a reflex reaction to twenty years of unprecedented success from Manchester United – the taste of schadenfreude can be prove to be surprisingly enduring – and the lingering residue of the idea that Manchester City are the underdogs in these fixtures, an idea that became throughly ingrained in my psyche...

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A “Classico” Worthy Of The Name

Posted by on 6:22 pm in European Club Football, Latest | 2 comments

A “Classico” Worthy Of The Name

It was a strange Sunday more than a “Super” one. Tottenham showed heart. Stoke City looked like Barcelona. And Barcelona themselves defended like Aston Villa. In that context, Barca’s thrill/laugh-a-minute 4-3 victory at Real Madrid was almost to be expected. The Bernabeu clasico had everything Premier League fans apparently desire. Goals, pace, schoolboy errors, dodgy refereeing, dodgy diving and a punch-up. Looking back, even from this short distance, there wasn’t as much sublime football in the game as it felt like there had been at the...

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Brisbane Roar secure the A League’s Premiers’ Plate in style

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Brisbane Roar secure the A League’s Premiers’ Plate in style

For some weeks, it’s felt as if the A League regular season closing script has all but been written. The only details left to fill in has been the who, the what and the when, and at the weekend we got our answer: it was Luke Brattan with a wonder goal in the dying minutes of Brisbane Roar’s game against Melbourne Victory to ensure the Queenslanders topped the table and secured the Premiers’ Plate. While the title has been the Roar’s to lose for several months now – and a late season wobble briefly gave other teams hope they’d...

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Leeds United & The Lottery Of The Owners & Directors Test

Posted by on 8:46 pm in Finance, Latest | 2 comments

Leeds United & The Lottery Of The Owners & Directors Test

So there, then, is the decision of the Football League. Massimo Cellino has been adjudged by the Football League to have failed its Owners & Directors Test on account of his conviction under Italian law over the non-payment of tax for a boat that he owned. The League’s statement on the matter was clear enough to leave little quesion in the minds of those that have been watching this situation over the last few weeks of the reasoning behind their decision in spite of the obfuscation of the matter brought about by Cellino’s...

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That Revierderby Touch

Posted by on 11:57 pm in Bundesliga, Latest | 2 comments

That Revierderby Touch

Being a preview of the forthcoming match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04. Matthias Suuck, the presenter of the Yellow Wall pod, a Borussia Dortmund podcast, once described the rivalry between Dortmund and Schalke as more about the two sets of fans similarities rather than their differences. Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen are two former mining cities in the heavily industrialised region of the Ruhr Valley in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the traditional support base of both clubs is working class. The region of NRW is teeming with...

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