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Author Archives: Julian Delicata

5 Maltese Footballers That You Might Have Heard Of

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Malta is hardly renowned for it’s football successes with the national side having won only four competitive matches. Ahead of Malta’s Euro 2016 qualifying match against the mighty Italy, here is a list of five Maltese players whose careers have … Continue reading

Juventus Manager Massimiliano Allegri Proving His Doubters Wrong

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Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri spent his last few months with Milan as a dead man walking with rumours circulating about his imminent sack hugging the headlines of Italian newspapers day after day. The results were simply not good enough. The once mighty … Continue reading

The Resurrection of AS Roma

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Ever since Sampdoria’s surprise championship-winning campaign during the 1990/1991 season, the Serie A trophy has found itself outside of the cities of Torino or Milan for only 24 months as Juventus, Inter and AC Milan have dominated Italian calcio. The … Continue reading

West Ham United vs Liverpool Player Ratings

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Another surprise loss for a Liverpool side that is struggling to cope without Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Is a title challenge beyond their expectations now? On the other hand, West Ham fans will not be blamed for believing that … Continue reading

5 English Premier League Players That Promised A Lot But Became Flops

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There’s little doubt who the star of Chelsea’s superb start to the season is. Diego Costa’s seven goals in his first ever four games for the Blues helped Mourinho’s side to maximum points from their opening four fixtures in the … Continue reading

Gabriel Agbonlahor Form Means An England Recall Could Be On The Cards

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When Gabriel Agbonlahor first stepped on the grass of Goodison Park at the age of 19 for his Aston Villa debut against Everton great things were expected from the Birmingham-born striker. His lightning pace and direct runs coupled with his … Continue reading

Premier League Transfer Records: How Does Each Club Stack Up?

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As more and more money is being pumped into the English Premier League, transfer fees are increasing exponentially from one transfer window to another. During the 2014 summer transfer window that closed on the first of September, a record £835 … Continue reading

Brad Guzan vs. Nick Rimando; The Battle For Starting Goalkeeper

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Brad Guzan

The 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic was the first match played by the USMNT after Tim Howard announced his hiatus from international soccer having gained 104 caps for his country. There’s no doubt that Howard leaves behind giant gloves … Continue reading

Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool: Back to the Drawing Board for the Reds

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Manchester City 3 (Jovetic x2, Aguero) Liverpool 1 (Zabaleta O.G.) Venue: Etihad Stadium Referee: Michael Oliver Recent history has seen some truly entertaining clashes between these two attacking-minded sides with this clash in Manchester proving to be no different. The … Continue reading

Barcelona’s Season Preview: Expectations Are High Despite Dodgy Defense

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Fresh from spending somewhere in the region of £130 million, Barcelona has been slapped with a double transfer embargo ban meaning that they can’t buy any players during the next two windows. Their transfer strategy this summer was plotted out … Continue reading

Barry Davies to Return to Match Of The Day As Part of 50 Year Anniversary

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August 22nd, 1964. Anfield. Liverpool, lining up with the legendary Roger Hunt up front, defeated Arsenal in a thrilling 3-2 match where both sides were separated by a last minute Don Howe own-goal. It was another strong showing from the … Continue reading

James Alexander Gordon, the Voice of English Football Results, Dies, Aged 78

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James Alexander Gordon, the voice synonymous with the reading of classified football results on BBC Radio, has died, aged 78. Forty years after getting the job he was at first “terrified of” on BBC Radio to read out soccer results, … Continue reading

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Most Instrumental Players at Each of the 20 Premier League Clubs

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Soccer is far from being a one-man game. However having instrumental players in-form in key games surely increases the chances of winning any match by any team against any opposition. The following is part one of a four-piece feature where … Continue reading

Most Instrumental Players at Arsenal, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Burnley

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Soccer is far from being a one-man game. However having instrumental players in-form in key games surely increases the chances of winning any match by any team against any opposition. The following is part one of a four-piece feature where … Continue reading

Your Best Fantasy Soccer Starting XI For the 2014/15 Season

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The new soccer season in most European countries is just around the corner, and thus so is the fantasy league for Europe. Using a budget of 100 million on Euro Fantasy League, here is my fantasy Starting XI that I … Continue reading

BBC Announces New Pundits For Match of the Day

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A new Premier League season is upon us and that can only mean one thing…BBC’s Match of the Day is back and this time round we are being treated to a fresh new line-up of pundits. Liverpool legend and MOTD … Continue reading

Top 4 Tactical Innovations in Soccer

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Following the impressive performances – most notably the 5-1 victory over the defending champions Spain – of Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side in the World Cup, a new formation seems to be in vogue…the 3-5-2. In reality, many sides have … Continue reading

How Sabella’s Tactical Changes Played Right Into the Hands of Germany

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joachim-low

And so it finally happened! 120 minutes on the 13th of July 2014; 120 minutes in the famous Maracana Stadium; 120 minutes to determine the World Champions; 120 minutes to change soccer players into legends. …and what a tense 120 … Continue reading