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Author Archives: Paul Bestall

Analyzing How The World Cup Bidding Process Works

Posted on by Paul Bestall
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For many people, whilst football has continued to grow around the world, one thing still seems to be shrouded in mystery. How do you bid to host the World Cup? As viewing figures continue to grow across the world, the … Continue reading

The Middle East Growing And Beginning To Assert Itself On The World Soccer Stage

Posted on by Paul Bestall
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It seems that the ramifications of the FIFA vote in December 2010 to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar are still being felt across the football world. Whilst there was no denying it was a left field decision by … Continue reading

11 Most Entertaining Pitch Invaders In Soccer History [VIDEO]

Posted on by Paul Bestall
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The pitch invasion. Once a rare spectacle that would often be mentioned by commentators or pundits, but hardly ever seen. Here in the UK, cameras would pan to other areas of the ground or cut back to the studio. The … Continue reading

Five Things Not To Buy A Football Fan For Christmas

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So the clock ticks ever closer to the season of goodwill and as a self confessed lover of Christmas, a word of warning for fellow football fans hoping to receive that special something in their Christmas stocking or under the … Continue reading

Ah Mike Ashley, How I've Missed You

Posted on by Paul Bestall

There was something inevitable about Chris Hughton’s sacking today, almost if after the last few weeks, it was a case of when rather than why. I was extremely critical of Mike Ashley’s reign in the season that Newcastle United were … Continue reading

Chelsea Face A Crucial Month

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October ended with Chelsea looking imperious and pulling away from the chasing pack at the top of the Premiership. The side seemed to playing with such verve and spirit that I simply couldn’t see where any worthy challenge could come … Continue reading

So Who Should Tottenham Look To Buy In January?

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Harry Redknapp was right to be bullish after Saturdays amazing fight back against Arsenal at the Emirates, for too long Tottenham have promised much and delivered little. Spending wise Tottenham have ploughed millions in the club with little real achievement … Continue reading

Will This Really Be The Closest Premiership Ever?

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Well, I have to admit I’m perplexed by some of the performances of the Premierships traditional powerhouses this season. A month ago, most people would have been hard pressed to think anyone could trouble Chelsea for the title, now 6 … Continue reading

Why No Praise For West Bromwich Albion

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One of the things that has surprised me this season is the lack of praise being thrown towards Roberto Di Matteo and his very impressive West Bromwich Albion side. Of the three promoted sides, Blackpool have the best manager for … Continue reading

The Rebirth Of Johan Elmander

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When Bolton paid a club record fee of £8.2 million for the Swedish striker Johan Elmander, a few eyebrows were raised. Yet, the former Toulouse striker had been one of the most consistent players in the French league during his … Continue reading

Birmingham City Are Tough To Love

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Being unbeaten at home for one of the smaller Premiership sides is something that should always be celebrated but at Birmingham City, things are never that simple. They have now equaled the clubs longest unbeaten home record of 18 games, … Continue reading

Wolves: So Little To Show For So Much Effort.

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Another Premier League game, another defeat and you’d be mistaken for thinking Wolves were a side struggling to play football. Oddly, Wolves have lost the last 3 league games when they probably deserved so much more for their efforts. After … Continue reading

Houllier Needs To Hit The Ground Running

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So after a somewhat belated start to his managerial career at Villa Park, Gerard Houllier will need little time to assimilate himself back in to the rigours of English football. His six year stint at Liverpool is still fresh in … Continue reading

Transfer Deadline Day Still Gives Us No Clues

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Here in the U.K, Sky Sports News have been trailing Transfer Deadline day for two weeks. For many viewers, the strained excitement of the presenters trying to display uncontrollable excitement over minor transfer dealings is something of a running joke. … Continue reading

Dimitar Berbatov Continues To Improve

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For some players, it can often take a season to settle in to a new club, especially when you arrive with a £30 million price tag around your neck. Sometimes, other aspects can slow the adaption to new surroundings. For … Continue reading

The Curious Case Of Asmir Begovic

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It’s often a question that football fans can never really answer, but why do certain players seem quite happy to sit on the bench? More often than not players are always wanting to play, so transfers to clubs where the … Continue reading

Can Martinez Stop The Rot At Wigan?

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Last season, the one team who no-one was surprised to see to go down were Hull City. The dreadful run that began in November 2008 saw them go the rest of that season with just two wins, against Middlesbrough and … Continue reading

Liverpool Have Been Destroyed By Hicks & Gillett

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Well Liverpool have certainly continued where last season finished for them, despite the removal of the dismal Rafa Benitez. Now, I’m not going to lie to you, I simply couldn’t stand Benitez, his abysmal tactics and his continual blaming of … Continue reading