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Author Archives: Ahmed Yussuf

Australia 2-3 Netherlands: Energetic Socceroos Put in Heroic Performance

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Australia stunned the Dutch with their energetic start putting in the clichéd “heroic” performance. With expectation so low any semblance of direction would be seen as a positive. However, in the end the Netherlands prevailed by a 3-2 scoreline. The … Continue reading

Why Manchester City’s Acquisition of Melbourne Heart is a Win-Win

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If someone asked me about A-League team Melbourne Heart a few weeks ago, my reply would have been one of two things — (1) their 19 game winless streak (since broken after last Friday’s win against Newcastle Jets), or (2) that … Continue reading

New A-League Season Kicks Off With TV Coverage On FOX Sports in the USA

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Western Sydney Wanderers

Last weekend kicked off the start to the new A-League season. The league has been praised in the past for its competitive nature, and this season ahead doesn’t look too dissimilar. One of the big differences in the league this … Continue reading

Australia’s Mark Milligan Close to Agreeing Deal With Crystal Palace

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Mark Milligan

Australian midfielder Mark Milligan is close to securing a deal to move from Melbourne Victory to Crystal Palace, according to reports in Australia. Twenty four months ago, Milligan was nowhere near the Australian national team setup. He began to get … Continue reading

Mark Schwarzer’s Move to Chelsea Ignites Race to Find New Australia Goalkeeper

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After signing with Chelsea this week on a free transfer, Mark Schwarzer said “I didn’t take much convincing to come here,” which is a very normal response for a player that’s just signed for a new club. However, Schwarzer’s move … Continue reading

Are A-League Stars Signing With Bundesliga Clubs A Growing Trend?

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On a cold winter’s day in the city of Düsseldorf, as patrons of the city sat in the Esprit Arena watching their side go up against former Bundesliga champions VFB Stuttgart, the Fortuna faithful looked on worried, as their side … Continue reading

Last Chance Saloon for Harry Kewell, Australia’s Golden Boy

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Almost a decade ago, the world witnessed one of the rising stars in the English game move to Liverpool. His name was Harry Kewell. Fast forward 10 years later, the once sought after and most gifted Australian footballer of his … Continue reading

15 A-League Players To Watch Down Under Against Liverpool and Man United This Summer

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The two biggest clubs in British soccer history are on their way to Australia this summer. Make no mistake about it; this is a huge scalp for Australian football. Manchester United announced the pre-season tour mid-December with great effect. Tickets … Continue reading

Are You For Or Against Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger?

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Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Arsenal v Burnley - Emirates Stadium

Following Arsenal’s 2-1 loss in the north London derby, questions have to be asked about Arsene Wenger’s grip on the club he has managed since 1996. Wenger has been regarded as one of the greatest managers in Europe. His revolution … Continue reading

Arsenal Have The Players But Not The Mentality To Compete

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Arsenal is under the microscope yet again. At the beginning of the season, it was “No RVP, no goals, and no Song.” Now it’s cries of “Wenger OUT,” even more-so after the loss at Old Trafford. But, wasn’t this the … Continue reading

Arsenal Supporters Need to be Patient

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Arsenal was earmarked as potential dark horses in the title race before the loss of Robin van Persie. Now without Van Persie, the hope for a title challenge has suddenly disappeared and has been replaced with doubts of Champions League … Continue reading

Spain vs Italy Preview, Euro 2012 Final

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With just hours to go until the Euro 2012 final begins, flashbacks to past encounters between the Azzurri and La Furia Roja are coming to mind. Classic football matches, those that have shaped both national times significantly. Do you remember … Continue reading

Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 Semi-Final Preview

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It was the 1970 World Cup semi-final. Now Italian manager Cesare Prandelli recalls where he was that day. “I watched it at home on TV with my father and it was the greatest emotion I’d got from football.” They’d defeated … Continue reading

Italy, The Obstacle In England’s Path

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The Azzurri are marching with their heads held high after defying the pre-tournament critics and escaping group C. Coach Cesare Prandelli’s tactical masterstroke against Spain demonstrated his vision. The Catenaccio styled Italy has been absent this tournament, and a new more … Continue reading

Prandelli Transforms Italy, But Can They Win With A New Style?

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Italian football has been criticised for its overtly physical approach. The classic Catenaccio style played in the past has been altered. A fresh faced Italian with the name of Cesare Prandelli is the culprit. Prandelli’s appointment has allowed Italy to … Continue reading

Is Chelsea’s Triumph Against Barcelona A Victory for English Football Or A Sign Of Its Decline?

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Editor’s note: Is Chelsea’s victory against Barcelona a sign that English football is in a revival, or is it a false dawn? EPL Talk blogger Ahmed Yussuf takes one side of the argument, while I (The Gaffer) take another. Read both … Continue reading

Will Barcelona Be Remembered As Champions Or Cheats?

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Barcelona in recent seasons has been lauded as potentially the greatest side in modern football. However, does this fluid and total football playing side have any flaws? One may argue the club showered with praise should act accordingly to their … Continue reading

James Perch and Pepe Reina Incident Demonstrates the Flaws in Modern Soccer

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Yesterday’s Newcastle United against Liverpool match demonstrated the flaws in modern soccer. The simulation by James Perch after a clash of heads between him and Pepe Reina was a prime example of this. The blatant deception of officials seems to … Continue reading