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Author Archives: Paul Bestall

World Cup Legends #2: Cameroon 1990

Posted on by Paul Bestall

It seems like only yesterday when Italia 1990 took place, probably the first World Cup that could honestly begin to claim it was a global spectacle. As if by magic, the Cameroon side that qualified for the 14th World Cup … Continue reading

England vs USA, Is It Just Another Game?

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Ever since the World Cup draw was made back in December, all eyes in the United States have been on the first game in Group C. The match against England is widely anticipated in America, but here it’s just another … Continue reading

A Beginner's Guide To Blackpool F.C.

Posted on by Paul Bestall

So Saturday will see which one of two former top flight clubs return to the top level of English football with the Championship Play-Off final. As neither have troubled the top division in quite a long time, newer fans to … Continue reading

West Ham's Most Important Summer Beckons

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Four years ago, West Ham’s fans and players were licking their wounds after coming so close to winning the clubs first piece of major silverware since 1980′s F.A. Cup win. Cruelly denied by Liverpool, firstly with Steven Gerrard’s incredible last … Continue reading

Bolton Look To Build On Coyle's Good Start

Posted on by Paul Bestall

There are green shoots of recovery around the Reebok Stadium, after several winters of discontent under Gary Megson. With Owen Coyle’s arrival, suddenly Bolton Wanderers are playing football again and trying to win games, rather than bore teams to death … Continue reading

Ballacks Pain Of Missing The World Cup

Posted on by Paul Bestall

  You have to feel for a player of the calibre of Michael Ballack and for fans of Germany. Things haven’t always gone swimmingly for Ballack at Stamford Bridge since he joined in 2006, but there is no doubt he … Continue reading

Stoke Keep Improving But Can They Shift The Troublecausers?

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Stoke once again have compounded the critics and not only avoided the dreadful “second season syndrome”, but actually improved their points and placing from last season. It’s a fantastic achievement for the club and its passionate and noisy fans. I … Continue reading

Fulham Need To Avoid The Fairytale Turning Into A Nightmare

Posted on by Paul Bestall

To some, there’s nothing more condescending than when their team are described as plucky, punching above there weight or a battling side. Each of the terms generally means the same thing when used towards a football club. You’ve punched above … Continue reading

World Cup Legends #1: Just Fontaine

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Despite the superstars that have graced the World Cup over the decades, there is one record that may never be beaten by any player ever again. Only 3 times has a player scored double figures in a World Cup tournament, … Continue reading

Do Liverpool Football Club A Favour Rafa: QUIT

Posted on by Paul Bestall

All great relationships come to an end, the natural course having run as far as it can. Sometimes they start passionately and brightly and quickly burn away to nothingness. Sometimes, they are a slowly burning and taut affair that consumes … Continue reading

My Guilty World Cup Secret

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Don’t panic, I’m not going to go all Oprah on you all, but I’ve got a confession to make that a man of my age can’t hide. Every 4 years, the World Cup comes around and over here in Europe … Continue reading

Fulham's Fabulous European Dream Continues

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Fulham’s amazing transformation under Roy Hodgson just keeps reaching new heights and sending their fans in to raptures. I know I’ve written about Roy Hodgson and the fact that the British press have virtually ignored his career until he took … Continue reading

The England Outsiders #5. The Strikers

Posted on by Paul Bestall

2006 was a disaster for England’s much vaunted strikers in so many ways it was depressing. It was clearly Sven Goran-Eriksson’s nadir as the England supremo as his eccentric choices left England woefully short of options. Michael Owen was so … Continue reading

Starting In May On EPL Talk: World Cup Legends

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Last year, I was lucky enough to do a fabulous series on English football legends, which saw me delve back through history to cover 11 players that perhaps never get the credit they deserve. Football is such a fickle sport … Continue reading

The England Outsiders #4. The Midfielders

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It was often said through out much of the last ten years that England’s midfield was its strongest point. With Beckham in his pomp and Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard ably assisted by a constant rotation of players wedged in … Continue reading

The Battle For Control At Arsenal Reaches The Next Level

Posted on by Paul Bestall
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After nearly two years of shadow boxing, the camps of Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov are about to start to the real battle for control of the Gunners. Arsenal’s 4th largest shareholder, Lady Bracewell-Smith is looking to sell her 15.9% … Continue reading

The England Outsiders #3. The Centre Halves

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Well it’s not been the best season for either of England’s first choice centre halves so far. Enough has been written about John Terry’s problems and Rio Ferdinand’s chronic back injury to have caused meltdown on Google through searching for … Continue reading

West Ham's Owners Expect Miracles From Mud

Posted on by Paul Bestall

If there’s one positive about David Sullivan’s outburst last week, such was the reaction to it, he’ll hopefully keep quiet until the end of the season. It’s a tricky situation when you’re a chairman of a club struggling at the … Continue reading