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Author Archives: Mark Burke

The Fit and Proper Person Test is a Joke

Posted on by Mark Burke

Leeds United, one of the great football institutions, have been in the news a lot lately – more through off the field need than on. I was at their game on Saturday against Birmingham City when they brought their usual … Continue reading

Louis van Gaal’s Football Philosophy Embraced By Dutch Players Ahead of Argentina Semifinal

Posted on by Mark Burke

Idealism laced with a liberal dose of reality seems to be what Louis van Gaal has injected into the veins of his Dutch players in this World Cup. There are still the traces of ‘Dutchness’ in the crisp movement of … Continue reading

Dutch Coach Louis Van Gaal Understands The Fine Lines That Decide Fate

Posted on by Mark Burke

In the 2010 World Cup, Netherlands went with the intention of playing winning football. Tired of the “beautiful defeat,” the squad set out on a mission to do what was necessary to win and ended up within an inch of … Continue reading

Where Now For England? It Doesn’t Matter What Your Philosophy Is. Just Have One!

Posted on by Mark Burke

Root and Branch? Greg Dykes Commission? St George’s Park? Anything or anybody else you can think of to help the national team? I feel like I fell asleep 30 years ago and have just woken up. Inquests, rage, disappointment and … Continue reading

England’s Performances at World Cup 2014 Are Still Better Than 2010

Posted on by Mark Burke

One hundred and eighty minutes is all it takes to send a nation into despair. Watching England against Uruguay was a confusing experience. Knowing you are watching some very good players but feeling there is something missing, something not quite … Continue reading

England’s Positive Performance Against Italy Reveals Unanswered Questions

Posted on by Mark Burke

Last night’s defeat against Italy leaves England with a must-win next game against Uruguay but there were many positive things to take from this for the next match and for the future. The “Pirlo question” — a player who causes England … Continue reading

Dutch Delight: Marveling At Netherlands’ Masterclass Performance Against Spain

Posted on by Mark Burke

Historic. Shocking. Amazing. Unbelievable. It’s no exaggeration that all of these words are applicable when talking about the Netherlands-Spain game especially because the whole of the Netherlands had virtually written off their chances of even getting out of the group. … Continue reading

Oscar Wilde and the Importance of Being Honest in English Football

Posted on by Mark Burke

Editor’s note: This is the first article for EPL Talk written by former professional footballer Mark Burke. Mark played for several clubs in England, most notably Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Plus he played overseas in the Dutch Eredivisie, J2 … Continue reading