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Author Archives: Double Pivot

Long Live The King: How Crucial Ledley King Is To Tottenham Hotspur

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Ledley King went down with a groin strain in the 30th minute of Tottenham’s draw with Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday. Leading 1-0, Spurs conspired to blow two leads after King’s departure. King is no stranger to … Continue reading

Rafael van der Vaart: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Good Rafael van der Vaart was an inspiring signing by Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp two summers ago. Bought for a mere £8 million from Real Madrid, he immediately made an impact in a new league. Typically one expects … Continue reading

Giving Respect to the History of All 20 Premier League Clubs

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The focus for a long time was on the “big four” of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. Tottenham and Manchester City made enough inroads to turn that into the “Sky Six” temporarily. To be honest, most of the noise … Continue reading

Blackburn: Fix The Issue and Save the Season

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It is quite easy to have a go at Blackburn manager Steve Kean, but it doesn’t matter if you replace him because there is a lack of cohesion to the squad. Why? It has been suggested the Venky’s don’t have … Continue reading

Wenger: Panic Buys and Historical Truths in the Transfer Market

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I went to the website Transfer League to look at Arsene Wenger’s recent transfers. I was looking for a pattern for this oft-cited project. But you can’t find significant patterns on just dates and prices. And overall, it’s not that … Continue reading

The Problem At White Hart Lane

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There has been a lot made about the lack of transfer activity during the past three windows for Tottenham.  During two of them, they had the draw of the Champions League to lure in players, yet still didn’t pull the … Continue reading

Wolfsburg’s Dilemma

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Ah the rumor mill. Such a crazy addictive hobby. And it’s always a load of rubbish. The thing that will stir it up more than anything is a massive purchase. Due to the particularities of January and the desperation of … Continue reading

Seven Things We Learned from Wolfsburg – Bayern

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Wolfsburg and Bayern drew at the VW Arena in a high-tempo match that was end-to-end and full of drama this weekend. An early fluke goal by Thomas Müller in the 7′ was equalized by Sascha Riether late in the game. … Continue reading

Seven Things We Learned from Bayer 04 — Dortmund

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A turgid first half turned into a blistering second half, including a six minute period where Grosskreutz scored twice and Goetze scored a third for the league leaders. A late goal by Stefan Kiessling could not even cosmetically cover up … Continue reading

UEFA Coefficient Update

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Slight update based on this week’s games. Germany is now 1.5 points behind Italy for the 3rd spot on the UEFA Coefficient list, losing a little bit of ground as Italy went 2-0-1 to Germany’s 1-2-1. Fiorentina and Juventus gained … Continue reading

Magath v. Bayern

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So perhaps this is where we should be. Two giants of German football locking horns for the title. Bayern Munich have won 5 of the last 9 championships. Magath has won 3 of the last 5, is responsible for 2 … Continue reading

The Uefa Coefficient Breakdown

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Is this the year where the Bundesliga gains a fourth spot? It could well be. Below is a table of the current UEFA Coefficient compared to how it stands if the season were to end today. At the end of … Continue reading

For Better or For Wurst

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There is a new book to add to the pantheon of German football books. Jon Goulding (pronounced Gold-ing) is a Port Vale supporter living in Cheshire England. He was introduced to German football by his father-in-law, and fell in love … Continue reading

Pondering the Possibilities of the Atlantic League

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While the Aughts have been full of speculation/proposal about the Old Firm joining the EPL, the 90’s was about the Old Firm joining what was dubbed as the Atlantic League. It was a joint proposal from the big clubs in … Continue reading

Marcus Berg: Now the Most Important Player in the Bundesliga

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With Paulo Guerrero and Mladen Petric sustaining long term injuries, Hamburg are facing a forward crisis of epic proportion. The weight of a team that is tied on points for the league falls on the shoulders on young Swede Marcus … Continue reading

Uli Chats About the Financial Crisis at Schalke

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I was approached by a reader who wanted contact information for Uli Hesse-Litchtenberger. I have to apologize to that reader. I don’t feel comfortable either giving out such information or even asking the favor of the talent that has been … Continue reading

Tim Vickery Talks About South Americans in the Bundesliga

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First of all, I need to apologize. I interviewed Tim back at the end of August and am just now getting this out. I feel I did a disservice to the time he was so kind to give me. But, … Continue reading