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“Full Of Thieves And Crooks” – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

Twenty-five thousand people listened to it in two hours, and now a lot of them are looking for some answers. Over the weekend, a Leeds United supporter managed to get hold – from, it should be added, publicly available sources – of the telephone number Man Who Be The New King Of Elland Road, Massimo Cellino, and gave him a call, with surprising results. You can hear the interview for yourself by clicking here – or there is a transcript of it here – but here are, for the benefit of those amongst you that are unwilling or unable...

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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 referred to as a game changer. When we...

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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 over the thirty years or so of my football watching life up to the point at which Abu Dhabi United took over the ownership of the club. I had become angry at Manchester United. First of all, though, let’s get the flip-side of what this is all about out of the way. Manchester City were excellent this evening, brushing their city rivals aside as an elephant might do a mosquito. Always in control of the tempo of the game, they started the brighter of the two teams to devastating effect with a goal after forty-five seconds and, whilst Manchester United did occasionally fizz when they got into something approaching attacking positions, ultimately is was a more than comfortable win which demonstrated – as if their resounding win in the converse fixture at The City of Manchester Stadium earlier this season hadn’t...

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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 time, especially in a breathlessly-exciting first half. But that has never mattered to...

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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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