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Author Archives: Alistair Hendrie

Are The Three Lions Losing Out On Future Stars?

Posted on by Alistair Hendrie

We’ve all seen Victor Moses play before, but when his previous club Crystal Palace side traveled to lowly Reading in December 2009, he owned the pitch he played on and his stock rose considerably. Then 18, Moses scored a long-range … Continue reading

Walcott Can Provide Key To Unlock Barcelona

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With four matches still to play in February, including the thrilling prospect of tomorrow’s Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona, many speculated that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger might begin to dig deeper into his squad players. However, during Saturday’s 2-0 … Continue reading

Zigic Triggers Birmingham Striking Impetus

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During Birmingham City’s nerve-jangling 2-2 draw with Manchester City last week, Nikola Zigic’s 23rd minute equaliser was the first time a Birmingham striker has netted in the Premier League since November. That’s a staggering 937 minutes of action without one … Continue reading

The Value Of Charlie Adam

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As the wintry January chill sets in, the transfer window is also upon us. And with clubs needing to dig deeper to find hidden gems with big clubs largely inactive, Midlands rivals Aston Villa and Birmingham City are reportedly engaged … Continue reading

Promoted Teams Providing Entertainment

Posted on by Alistair Hendrie

In a week holding fixtures such as Blackburn Rovers-Chelsea and Arsenal-West Ham United, you can be forgiven for being surprised at the lack of goal-fests. Chelsea and Arsenal stumbled towards unspectacular wins, whilst Manchester United undid Tottenham Hotspur with a … Continue reading

England Fringe Strikers Must Grasp Rare Opportunity

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Sunderland forward Darren Bent has a right to feel hard-done-by in terms of his international career. Since making his debut under Sven-Goran Eriksson against Uruguay in March 2006, Bent has won just six more caps. Considering he has scored 65 … Continue reading

Are Fans Right To Boo Their Players?

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After watching his forlorn West Ham United side lose 3-1 against Bolton Wanderers this weekend, manager Avram Grant slammed the fans who booed their penalty-missing striker Carlton Cole. Whilst not possessing the goal-getting attributes of Wayne Rooney or Darren Bent, … Continue reading

Spirited Seasiders Await Season Of Sunshine

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As 4,000 Blackpool fans roared their side on in a sea of tangerine at Wigan Athletic, it seems that last weekend’s 4-0 victory will not be the only moment to savour for Ian Holloway’s men this season. The seaside club … Continue reading

The World Cup's Top 10 EPL Players

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New pretenders emerged in the likes of Germany’s Jerome Boetang and Mexico’s Javier Hernandez in South Africa. However, the likes of Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka faltered as their nations endured dissapointing, early exits. Dirk Kuyt was a … Continue reading

Analysis Of The Rivals – Part 3: Slovenia

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Life is rosy if you are a Slovenian football fan. Not only have the Slovenians qualified for a World Cup for the second time, their Prime Minister Borut Pahor also cleaned the team’s boots as a reward, a charming act … Continue reading

Analysis Of The Rivals Part 2: Algeria

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Algeria’s path to South Africa was nothing short of explosive. Their savage rivalry with Egypt produced incredible displays of passion and shocking, barbaric violence. England’s second group opponents lost 2-0 to their bitter rivals in their last qualifying match, after … Continue reading

Analysis Of England's Rivals, Part 1: USA

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US football has come on leaps and bounds in the last two decades. When the US hosted the World Cup in 1994, most of their squad had never played in a professional league. Fast forward to present day and Major … Continue reading

Who Will Keep Goal For England?

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England have always had a great tradition for goalkeepers, the likes of Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton are legends, and David Seaman was dependable for well over a decade and kept goal for his country in four straight major tournaments. … Continue reading

Bale Rockets From Zero To Hero

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It has been an emotionally draining week for Tottenham Hotspur. After losing 2-0 to Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final, Spurs regrouped wonderfully and scored a sensational 2-1 victory over bitter rivals Arsenal. They then stunned a lethargic looking Chelsea … Continue reading

The Beauty Of The Ugly Relegation Scrap

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Speaking as a Reading fan, I remember the day vividly. In my time away at University in Portsmouth, we were playing Middlesbrough away in an utter dog fight of a match in 2007/2008. This was not going to be pretty, … Continue reading

Moyes Continues Everton Midas Touch

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On August 15th 2009, Everton faced Arsenal on a sun drenched, season opener and lost 6-1. Joleon Lescott pulled on a royal blue shirt that afternoon despite reinforcing his desire to leave Goodison Park and angering manager David Moyes. The … Continue reading

Two Tourists Soaked At Camp Nou

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It is always an enlightening and captivating experience heading to a foreign country. The sense of the sheer unknown and undiscovered unfolding in front of your very eyes is unique to say the least. Barcelona, the heart of Spain’s Catalan … Continue reading

09/10's Best Premiership Signings

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In the days where the sun is still ablaze in the sky at 9pm, there is nothing more gripping than staying glued to rumours about new transfers for your club on Sky Sports News and the Internet. Be it a … Continue reading