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Author Archives: Chris McQuade

UEFA Champions League Preview – Part One

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Tonight see’s the opening games of the 2010/2011 UEFA Champions League competition. With all 4 English teams in the group stages and this being Tottenham’s first crack at Europe the competition will be given a lot of attention over the … Continue reading

The Premier League Weekend in Review

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Another Premier League weekend is in the books with plenty of shocks, stops and talking points. The story of the weekend would be Everton’s dramatic comeback against Manchester United and the continued good form of Blackpool. On a sad note … Continue reading

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same at Liverpool

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We have now seen Liverpool play a few times under Roy Hodgson and the most surprising thing about their season so far is how familiar it all feels. Their only win this season in the Premier League has been at … Continue reading

The Top 5 Premiership Transfer Flops

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As the summer transfer season comes to a close Premiership teams are registering up to 25 players to compete until January. Some have spent big, some barely spent at all but the movement of players is a key in any … Continue reading

Leaving Barcelona: A (Schizophrenic) Love Story

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Reporting from Camp Nou (although belatedly) As Ronaldinho took to the field, the last player to do so for either team, 96,315 people cheered and applauded. A chant of ‘Ronny, Ronny, Ronny’ started around the stadium. People smiled as he … Continue reading

Premier League Weekend in Review

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As the second weekend of Premier League football draws to a close the stories of the season start to take shape. Wigan are off to the worst start to a Premier League season ever with 2 home losses and 10 … Continue reading

The Premiership Weekend in Review

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It may only be just over a month since the World Cup has ended but that time has dragged by with very little football to watch and very few interesting transfer stories. What a relief then that the first weekend … Continue reading

5 Transfers Which You May Have Missed This Summer

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It has been a quiet season on the transfer front if your name isn’t Roberto Mancini. Of the teams who finished in the top 4 very few ‘big’ transfers have been made. Sure we are excited by the prospect of … Continue reading

Revisionism in Football

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Following on from an article on this very site which I respectfully disagreed with, it seems to me that Revisionism is prevalent in modern football. Whether it be a defence mechanism to cope with loss or the delusion that things … Continue reading

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The Cult of Berbatov

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Dimitar Berbatov is less a divisive figure amongst United fans and more a Red Herring, any time his name is rolled out by rival fans it’s along the lines “you could have had Torres or Tevez for less money”. His … Continue reading

Defending the Defensive Midfielder

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During the excellent world cup coverage on my home channel RTÉ, two ex-footballers decried the rise in the defensive midfielder. Johnny Giles and Liam Brady are two certified legends of Irish football both won multiple trophies at club level and … Continue reading

Manchester United: Built for Success, Building For the Future

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Manchester United are becoming ‘ze Germans’ of club football. Regardless of their squad’s supposed weaknesses, debt-worries or the omens of bad form, United are always there-or-thereabouts when it comes to the title. This season shall prove to be no different. … Continue reading

Liverpool’s New Era: The Beginning

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So it’s come to this, a once-great European side reduced to selling their best players and bringing in a crocked creative midfielder? This isn’t going to be Inter Milan’s best year. Wait, that was last year, it’s Liverpool this time.

Chelsea’s Off Season Plans

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After a return to the summit of the Premier League and retaining their FA cup, Chelsea enjoyed a successful season. The bitter sting of being Mourinho’d out of the Champions league was quelled as Chelsea put that set-back behind and … Continue reading

Remembering Asamoah Gyan

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Asamoah Gyan will be remembered for this: Rather than this: Which is a shame because he is a much better player than I ever knew.

Where it all Went Wrong for England: The Sequel

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In short: Everywhere. Though that won’t do. England’s problems were numerous and solutions are not easy to come by. It’s best to look at the team and the manager as a whole. Hang on, that sounds awfully familiar, oh well … Continue reading