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Written on 15 Dec 2014 | No Comments

Sunday 14th December – Manchester United 3 Liverpool 0
This was the score all United fans had wanted a comfortable win to evaporate the memories of 2013 and firmly put themselves in contention for a genuine title push.
But on reflection I cant help but feel United are still weak, often throughout this tense affair United wasted plentiful chances to move forward, frustrating football was the order of the day, constantly passing backwards and many a loose ball played from Young, Fellani and Evans would surely have been punished by Europe’s elite.
Wayne …

Written on 14 Dec 2014 | No Comments

In order for this article to work, a few things need to be said first. As a 24 year old Chelsea fan, I have witnessed the birth of a new club – in  2003 certain Russian came in and transformed the landscape at Stamford Bridge. Before the Roman Empire started it was all about the odd semi final in some odd competition that no one cares about and drawing 1-1 away to Liverpool. Since then we have seen  the club win both European competitions, win more FA cups than is …

Written on 8 Dec 2014 | No Comments

Liverpool’s current mini-renaissance stretched in stuttering fashion to a four game unbeaten run following the 0-0 draw against Sunderland at Anfield, but in the process, it has presented Brendan Rodgers with an unexpected conundrum : how to deal with life after Steven Gerrard?
Gerrard remains iconic to Liverpool fans, the local lad  who has left an indelible stamp on the Premier League and to a lesser extent world football.  A survey of fans by the club’s official website saw him chosen as the greatest ever player to grace the Anfield turf …

Written on 4 Dec 2014 | One Comment

Should football clubs put a higher value on their supporters?
How often do we hear players and managers say how important their fans are to them. The twelfth man can be instrumental in creating waves of optimism, noisily encouraging changes in tempo and motivating players to ignore their late game fatigue. A goal possibly the result of behavioural contagion: fans to players and back. Programme notes written in the manager’s name usually give a name check to the fans. “You really got behind us……and certainly played your part in helping us …

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 …