Author Archives: John Nicholson

Why the Europa League Still Matters

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

Why Joe Cole's Red Card Against Arsenal Was Harsh

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

Why James Milner and Other Footballers Are Overpriced

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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 … Continue reading

Why Sir Alex Ferguson Is Wrong About Wanting a Winter Break

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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 … Continue reading

How the World Cup Uses Us and Wears Us Out

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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 … Continue reading

Capello Is One Step Away From Being a Dead Man Walking

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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. … Continue reading

England Fans: Underestimate The Opposition At Your Peril

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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 … Continue reading

Why Some England Supporters Are Their Own Worst Enemy

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Buying Players During a World Cup

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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 … Continue reading

Fabregas Decision Puts Arsenal and Wenger at a Crossroads

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

Steve McClaren: A Manager Reborn in Holland

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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 … Continue reading

Fulham Makes Us Believe In Europa League and Soccer

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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 … Continue reading