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Written on 16 Nov 2014 | No Comments

It’s a very interesting story concerning Newcastle United. This is a fantastic football club which has massively underachieved ever since the Premier League started way back in 1992. NUFC have had and still do have the foundations of a top 6 Premier League club. The fan base is phenomenal no one can ever criticise the Geordie faithful’s support through the good times and the bad. 52,000 pack into St James’ park every game, every season. Newcastle is a football city, the people live and breathe the game. However, constantly being let down …

Written on 11 Nov 2014 | No Comments

The football and business worlds assembled in London on November 6th, as clubs and associated organizations collected the first silverware of the 2014/15 season. Away from the European and domestic campaigns, the third annual Football Business Awards, held at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, saw sports stars and business professionals gather to celebrate the work of the game’s off-pitch talent, collecting their own business Balon d’Or.
The event marks a cultural shift amongst football fans, who no longer simply concern themselves with results on the pitch – results off it are now just …

Written on 9 Nov 2014 | No Comments

Bad decision after bad decision after bad decision, if this was me, I’d have been sacked a long, long time ago, but this isn’t me thankfully, this is Daniel Levy, so why oh why is he still taking £2million + in wages every year?
I’m not going to turn this into a Harry Redknapp love in but sometimes it will seem that way, firstly, If you, the reader, do something and it works, you do it again right? Whether it be taking a short cut to get to work quicker, finding an …

Written on 4 Nov 2014 | No Comments

After the recent announcement concerning this years Ballon d’Or. Surely it’s pretty obvious which man is in main contention to be crowned world player of the year. A certain extraordinary Portuguese superstar is leading the chase by quite a distance. Not many would disagree that this candidate for the 2014 crown is well deserved.
A dominant campaign by Real Madrid winning last seasons Champions League there 10th ‘La Decima’, they  have a strong showing of 5 players, which include Angel Di Maria of Manchester United now. On the other hand, Atletico Madrid …

Written on 3 Nov 2014 | No Comments

Football – it’s a business like any other, and has always been a business like any other…hasn’t it? Football supporting is like a romanticised consumer choice, isn’t it? Though everyone protests that their allegiances are wholly different to their choice of, say, what supermarket they shop in, the reality is that it’s the same free market choice to consume at one place rather than another, surely? No? What, in essence makes Football different then? Well, Football’s exceptionalism comes from the fact that, in contrast to the ‘business like any other’ …

Written on 3 Nov 2014 | No Comments

Two weeks, two games, two losses. In these two games both opponents nullified Barcelona’s tactics and in both games Barca couldn’t come with an answer. While a loss against a inform team like Real Madrid didn’t come as a big surprise, the loss against Celta Vigo has to worry many supporters no matter how optimistic a fan you are. It is true that Barcelona had many shots in the Celta game but the finishing was quite terrible at times. And yes Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez produced some outstanding saves but …

Written on 2 Nov 2014 | No Comments

Time and the indulgence of a benevolent benefactor are two luxuries that most managers are very rarely afforded in the hurly burly world of modern football. The managerial bullet seems to be fired at hapless coaches on an increasingly regular basis, with incumbents being sacked almost at will by club owners, most of whom have unrealistic expectations for their teams.
There are exceptions to every rule. Arsenal’s perseverance with Arsene Wenger is admirable, the club have stuck by him through some relatively thin times, despite vociferous calls for his head from some …

Written on 28 Oct 2014 | No Comments

There is a common misconception from the outside that Tottenham fans expect too much, complain all the time and don’t deserve what they have. But from the inside, it is quite the opposite.
Treated to FIFA like corruption, constantly lied to on just about every big media circus, subjected to bizarre decisions, poor communication and ultimately the most inconsistent nonsense in the one place it matters, the pitch.
The only consistency that has taken place in my most memorable years as a Spurs fan, has been the chairman.
Levy is a broken record, …

Written on 28 Oct 2014 | No Comments

Van Gaal’s first few months at Old Trafford have certainly been tumultuous. After a few poor performances at the start of the season, the most embarrassing being the 4-0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons in the Capital One Cup, their performances have started to get better. Whilst they were poor against West Brom last Monday, there were positives to take from their game against Chelsea on Sunday.
Louis Van Gaal told us to judge him on his first three months at Manchester United, and then quickly retracted that phrase once three …

Written on 23 Oct 2014 | No Comments

The real symptom of Arsenal’s decline is not in their performances against title rivals, where they still manage to get the odd win, but in the Champions League. Since they made it to the final in 2006 they have beaten one formidable opponent in the out rounds, AC Milan in 2008. Then they knocked out the holders 2-0 on aggregate, and it was no flukey win, they dominated them in the San Siro. Other than that they have had a shock exit against PSV, and been beaten by Barcelona and …