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Author Archives: Paul Bestall

The Outsiders Chasing A Place In The England World Cup Squad

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Tomorrow sees that magical mark of 100 days until the 19th World Cup begins and the chase for places outside of the main names is really beginning to hot up. Fabio Capello will probably have a definite idea of around … Continue reading

Chelsea Are Fast Becoming An Off Field Joke That Could Ruin England's Summer

Posted on by Paul Bestall

The Marquis De Sade was never short of a quote or two, but one that currently could be applied to certain members of Chelsea’s first team squad at the current time sprang to mind after today’s latest off field crisis … Continue reading

Can Joe Hart Become England's Number One?

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With just over 15 weeks left until the 19th World Cup begins in South Africa and one player is making a real case to force his way in to the starting line up. Joe Hart could have been put out … Continue reading

Book Review: A Random History Of Football

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Colin Murray is fast becoming the rising star of British sport punditry. After cutting his teeth with Channel 5′s football coverage here in the UK, Murray has slowly been making his mark at BBC Radio 5 through the excellent Fighting … Continue reading

African Cup Of Nations Round Up Days 10-18

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The final round of the group games saw several well fancied sides struggling for form and in danger of going out, but Group B’s final game saw Ghana edge it 1-0 to progress with Ivory Coast in to the quarter … Continue reading

Breaking News: Gold And Sullivan Reveal West Ham's True Debt

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In a refreshing change of events, former Birmingham City owners, David Gold and David Sullivan took control of the Hammers and admitted straightaway the mess that West Ham United have been battling with. Since the crashing collapse of the Icelandic … Continue reading

African Cup Of Nations Round Up: Days 5-9

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Now that’s what I call a tournament mascot. I don’t need modern interpretations of peace, harmony and good will like the dreadful trio that South Korea and Japan gave us in 2002. Dreadful mascots and a dreadful tournament. I want … Continue reading

How Can Manchester City Solve A Problem Like Robinho?

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It was the marquee signing that announced that Manchester City had money to burn and were determined to usurp the comfy old pals act at the top of the Premiership. Fans flocked to Eastlands in tea-towels to show their new … Continue reading

Brian Laws Crashes The Premiership Party At Burnley

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Now, I suppose some people out there are still scratching their heads over Burnley’s appointment of Brian Laws and I must admit I was a tad taken aback. Anyone without a knowledge of the game outside of the Premiership, and … Continue reading

African Cup Of Nations Round Up: Days 1-4

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Well we all know how the competition started but the tournament kicked off in earnest on Sunday evening with the host nation Angola entertaining Mali. Hopes were high after all the political wrangling that engulfed the weekend, football could return … Continue reading

Hicks And Gillett Regime Continues To Alienate Liverpool Fans

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Imagine that you, as a fan, decided to drop your club an e-mail asking about potential signings. You wrote the e-mail in good faith and asked questions about the amount of money the manager had, would it be bolstered by … Continue reading

Chaos and Tragedy Strike The African Cup Of Nations

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The news started coming through early on Saturday morning and as the information became clearer, it was soon apparent that the whole African Cup Of Nations would now be tainted. When the dust had settled, 3 members of the Togo … Continue reading

Portsmouth Should Go Into Administration Now

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During the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon claimed on national television that “There can be no whitewash at the White House”, yet history shows that there was indeed a whitewash and Nixon orchestrated it through delusions of power and presidential etiquette. … Continue reading

Manchester City Signing Patrick Vieira Is A Risky Business

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Well when your side is screaming out for a centre half, why not simply go out and sign a centre midfielder who’s lost his pace and has struggled with injuries for 3 seasons. Yes, Roberto Mancini seems to think that … Continue reading

Burnley Have To Make The Right Choice

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So it’s official then, Owen Coyle will be the new manager of Bolton Wanderers and Burnley now have to find the right man to replace him as they look to continue the good work this season has produced. It is … Continue reading

Will Owen Coyle Take Over At Bolton Wanderers?

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Well it certainly sounds like Owen Coyle will be moving the 25 or so miles to Bolton Wanderers to replace the sacked Gary Megson. After being given permission to talk to the Trotters, Coyle looks set to  become the manager … Continue reading