Why the Europa League Still Matters
Why the Europa League Still Matters

A lot of football fans and football people in general disregard the Europa League as a status-free, unwanted distraction. The argument goes that it offers neither the financial rewards nor the glamour of its flashy cousin the Champions League and that there are too many games to play. All that […]

When Will People Wise Up About Manchester City's Robinho?
When Will People Wise Up About Manchester City's Robinho?

As news that Turkish club Besiktas are prepared to take Robinho off Manchester City’s books for a cool 16 million British pounds with ten million more on offer in performance-related payments, it raises an important question. Just how poor does your form, commitment and professional behaviour have to be before […]

Why Joe Cole's Red Card Against Arsenal Was Harsh
Why Joe Cole's Red Card Against Arsenal Was Harsh

Not many seasons ago the tackle which Joe Cole got sent off for yesterday would not have been a red card, it would probably not even been a yellow card. This would have been because his intention was to block the ball rather than tackle the player. The fact he […]

Is Liverpool’s Roy Hodgson The Luckiest Man In England?
Is Liverpool’s Roy Hodgson The Luckiest Man In England?

Sometimes you just luck out in life. Sometimes everything just goes right. Things you usually have to struggle to achieve just fall in your lap without you even trying. Sometimes you’re just on roll, the universe has briefly aligned itself in your favour and for a short period of time […]

Why James Milner and Other Footballers Are Overpriced
Why James Milner and Other Footballers Are Overpriced

After the World Cup, being an English footballer is hardly something to brag about. For many critics the term ‘English footballer’ is a by-word for over-paid and over-rated. However, those critics will be dismayed by the new UEFA home-grown rule which has come into effect this season. Dismayed because it […]

Why Sir Alex Ferguson Is Wrong About Wanting a Winter Break
Why Sir Alex Ferguson Is Wrong About Wanting a Winter Break

We all like a couple of weeks off work don’t we? Time to kick back, do sod all and have a few beers; time to de-stress your self from the daily grind. Yeah, we all need a holiday from time to time. However, we work for a living and damn […]

How the World Cup Uses Us and Wears Us Out
How the World Cup Uses Us and Wears Us Out

This may well be the first time that you hear Bobby Goldsboro talked about in the football column and it will almost certainly the last. Bobby, you may or may not recall is a singer who had a few hits in the 60s and 70s, one of which, “Summer (The […]

Capello Is One Step Away From Being a Dead Man Walking
Capello Is One Step Away From Being a Dead Man Walking

The great thing about football is that it is a never-ending soap opera. One tournament draws to a conclusion and it’s not long before another begins. In a little over a week, the Under 19s European Championship gets underway with England playing a potentially tough trio of Austria, Holland and […]

World Cup, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways
World Cup, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

Man, I am seriously jonesing for some football. After nearly three weeks of up to three games a day, suddenly, my world has dropped off a cliff. A blank, non-football day arrived yesterday and worse still has been followed by another one. What do I do? How do I live […]

Are We Taking England's World Cup Exit Too Seriously?
Are We Taking England's World Cup Exit Too Seriously?

And so the England inquest begins once again. After every tournament the same earth is dug over and over again. There can’t be a single argument, idea or notion that hasn’t been given an airing in the last 48 hours. I should know, I’ve been as responsible as anyone for […]

England Fans: Underestimate The Opposition At Your Peril
England Fans: Underestimate The Opposition At Your Peril

If you support England, how are you feeling right now? The next 24 hours or so are a test of everyone’s bottle. Some England fans tend to think this is a unique condition that afflicts them only but it’s the same for many countries supporters in the coming days. It’s […]

Why Some England Supporters Are Their Own Worst Enemy
Why Some England Supporters Are Their Own Worst Enemy

Well we’re almost there. The future is about to be written. English football fans are right now full of typical pre-tournament nervousness, arrogance, pitiful lack of self-belief, cynicism, doubt and jingoism. Welcome to England. The World Cup is the world’s biggest sporting event and captivates almost everyone on earth and […]

What Will England's Strengths and Weaknesses Be in The World Cup?
What Will England's Strengths and Weaknesses Be in The World Cup?

So that’s the phoney war over. We’ve all had our say about England; who should be in and who should be out. We’ve discussed which formation they should play and which personnel should play it. Injuries haven’t been as bad as feared, Barry excluding. Results are largely irrelevant in the […]

The Pros and Cons of Buying Players During a World Cup
The Pros and Cons of Buying Players During a World Cup

World Cup years give all club managers a real dilemma. Do you try and recruit all your transfers before the tournament or do you wait until it’s over? The fact is, every WC is the world’s biggest advertising brochure for players, especially from less high profile nations. Anyone having a […]

Fabregas Decision Puts Arsenal and Wenger at a Crossroads
Fabregas Decision Puts Arsenal and Wenger at a Crossroads

So Cesc is off then. So long and thanks for all the skill, the vision and the bushy eyebrows. Is this an Arsenal crisis in the making? Wasn’t Wenger building that team around Fabregas? How can you replace a player as good as that? It takes a lot of money. […]

Why Paul Scholes Should Be In England's World Cup Squad
Why Paul Scholes Should Be In England's World Cup Squad

If Fabio Capello is in the mood to talk players out of international retirement as seems to be the case with Jamie Carragher, perhaps the Italian could go around to Paul Scholes house for a cappuccino and one of those nice little almond biscuits and make him an offer he […]

Steve McClaren: A Manager Reborn in Holland
Steve McClaren: A Manager Reborn in Holland

Remember Steve McClaren? The wally with the brolly? The man who was torn apart by the British press after his England tenure ended in defeat? This weekend he won the Dutch Eredivisie League with FC Twente. This is a big achievement. It’d be like winning the Premier League with Birmingham. […]

Fulham Makes Us Believe In Europa League and Soccer
Fulham Makes Us Believe In Europa League and Soccer

Some people don’t get football. They think we’re mad to follow this mercurial sport that gives at least as much pain as it does pleasure. Well the next time someone asks why you’re so mad about football tell them about Fulham this year. Tell them about how a club who, […]