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Author Archives: Chris Winterburn

About Chris Winterburn

@Chriswin4 on Twitter. A freelance football writer for hire. Indulges in all forms of the beautiful game from the Premier League to the Copa Libertadores. Always up for a discussion on football in general or something I have written myself.

Analyzing Who Should Have Made The Ballon d’Or Candidates Shortlist

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FIFA’s annual Ballon d’Or shortlist inevitably divides opinion. From the widespread disgust that Wesley Sneijder didn’t receive the award for his outstanding 2010 campaign, where he led his club side, Internazionale, to Champions League glory and then his national side, … Continue reading

Clint Dempsey Reportedly Chased By Aston Villa, QPR And Stoke City For Loan Spell

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Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey is believed to be on his way back to the Premier League for a loan spell during the off-season in the MLS, according to a report published by the Mirror Online, The clubs in question, … Continue reading

El Clásico: Predicted Line-ups for Real Madrid vs Barcelona

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Saturday marks the first Clásico of the 2014-15 campaign with the match perfectly set up to provide us with many moments of controversy, entertainment and downright footballing artistry. The main talking point prior to kick-off is just how FC Barcelona will … Continue reading

Poll: Who Will Win el Clasico? Real Madrid or Barcelona

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With el Clásico kicking off this Saturday at Noon ET, speculation is rife as to team selections, tactical tweaks and possible individual brilliance that could determine who will take the spoils in the first meeting of Spain’s big two of … Continue reading

Top 10 Highest Scoring Soccer Clubs in English Top Flight History

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The graph below shows the ten clubs who have amassed the most goals in the history of English football’s top division, ranging from the pre-Premier League era (First Division) right through to the present day. Rather surprisingly, particularly to those of … Continue reading

Real Madrid vs Barcelona: 3 Key Player Matchups in el Clasico

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The first el Clásico of the season kicks off on Saturday at Noon ET with both Real Madrid and Barcelona looking to take the first set of points off their most fierce rival. The match itself comes quite early in the … Continue reading

El Clásico: How Luis Suarez Will Fit into the Barcelona team

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Luis Suarez’s four-month long ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup is almost up and with that the Uruguayan forward will be able to make his competitive debut for FC Barcelona this Saturday (Noon ET kickoff on beIN … Continue reading

Must-Watch International Matches This Weekend

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With the international break now in full swing there have already been a number of shocks, goals and downright entertaining moments. Heading into the second week of internationals before domestic action resumes, here are a couple of must-watch matches. 1. … Continue reading

Bored and Frustrated By International Breaks? Help Is Soon On Its Way

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In the far away distance of 2018, there is hope for likeminded football supporters and coaches who could all do without the numerous international breaks for friendly matches as UEFA have unanimously agreed to the formation of a Nations League … Continue reading

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5 Best Matches Of The Premier League Season So Far

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With the 2014-15 edition of the Barclays Premier League now seven matches old, there have already been a number of hugely entertaining fixtures illustrating just why the English top flight is so highly regarded across the globe. Ranging from goal-bonanzas … Continue reading

Jamie Carragher is Wrong, David Silva is Not ‘Two or Three Levels Above’ Juan Mata

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Juan Mata has rather surprisingly split opinion since his January transfer to Manchester United for what was then a club record £37.1million and this week former Liverpool defender turned Sky Sports pundit, Jamie Carragher, has labelled Manchester City’s David Silva … Continue reading

Manchester United vs Everton Match Preview

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Manchester United welcome Roberto Martinez’s Everton side to Old Trafford this Sunday in what is arguably Louis van Gaal’s first real test as manager of United as the Toffees look to replicate last term’s domestic double over United. United head … Continue reading

Manchester United: Interview with David Herman of One United USA

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David Herman takes a prominent role in the running of the official Manchester United supporters group in the United States, One United USA and was kind enough to speak to us and answer a few questions regarding the group’s foundation … Continue reading

Manchester City vs AS Roma Player Ratings

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On a night when Manchester City looked to kick-start their European campaign following an opening day defeat to Bayern Munich, it was actually Rudi Garcia’s excellently drilled AS Roma side who will leave the North West of England much the … Continue reading

How Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Will Expand If Or When They Move to Twickenham

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One of the more pressing issues facing a number of Premier League clubs, as we edge ever nearer to the end of 2014, is the prospect of either building a new stadium or expanding an existing home following years of … Continue reading

Louis van Gaal vs David Moyes: Comparing First 6 Games

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Louis van Gaal’s tenure at Manchester United is now six Premier League matches old, with the addition of one match in the Capital One Cup. United were placed into the second round of this competition courtesy of the club’s seventh … Continue reading

Newcastle United’s 2014-15 Blue/Green Third Kit Reviewed

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The brand new Newcastle United third kit was released last week on Friday September 19th, with the club’s fortunes on the pitch looking significantly less bright than the newly released strip. As the supporters’ campaigns to force the dismissal of … Continue reading

Composure Will Be Key To Fixing Manchester United’s Defensive Problems

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Manchester United’s 5-3 defeat to Leicester City on Sunday was the latest setback in what has been a twelve month long period of difficulty for the twenty time English champions. The appointment and subsequent dismissal of David Moyes after just … Continue reading