Robert O'Connor

Robert lives and works in London, and largely follows football from the safe distance of the living room. Has been recently taking a growing interest in the semi-professional game as a perfect foil for his interests in the growing influence of digital media on football.
Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina Preview
Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina Preview

Argentina’s susceptibility at the back is almost as well documented as their attacking threat. No one in Argentina has much faith in makeshift full-back Marcos Rojo, who is generally considered to be the weak link. The solid but unspectacular central defensive pair of Federico Fernandez and Ezequiel Garay will have […]

Carlisle United Might Be Looking For Answers In The Wrong Places
Carlisle United Might Be Looking For Answers In The Wrong Places

It’s been a sorry start to the season for Carlisle United both on the pitch and in the stands. After three years of steady progress up the League One table, the club are struggling to dust themselves off from the tumble that left them lodged in a disappointing seventeenth last […]

World Cup 2018 Gives FIFA an Opportunity to Take a Stand On LGBT
World Cup 2018 Gives FIFA an Opportunity to Take a Stand On LGBT

With World Cup 2022 dominating opinion columns and threatening to destabilize a competition still nine years away from us, the World Cup has never faced such an uncertain future. With the embers still warm from the fires that accompanied the Brazilian riots this summer, even the once untarnishable brand of […]

A Winter 2022 World Cup Is Bad News For Other Sports, Not Just Soccer
A Winter 2022 World Cup Is Bad News For Other Sports, Not Just Soccer

It is firmly advisable that one needn’t even attempt to come up to speed with developments in this summer’s – probably the next eight summers’ – most absurdly gripping parlance without first flushing a number of distractingly obvious thoughts out of the mind. In getting to grips with the decision […]

Papiss Don’t Preach: Why Cisse’s Protest Against Wonga Is Unwinnable
Papiss Don’t Preach: Why Cisse’s Protest Against Wonga Is Unwinnable

It’s no surprise that a clash of corporate and ethical interests has finally produced a stand-off. The outcome however has a predictable feel. When you’re as big as the Premier League, you can’t expect to maneuver delicately through every glitzy cocktail party without spilling the odd drink on some fairly […]

BT Crashes Sky’s Premier League Party, But Old Habits May Die Hard
BT Crashes Sky’s Premier League Party, But Old Habits May Die Hard

With the Premier League title sewn up last season before there was snow on the ground and doomed QPR sucking all relegation fodder towards them like an expensive black hole for most of the season, there was a conspicuous dearth of competition at the top and bottom to get the […]

As More Betting Companies Invest in the EPL, Is It Time For an Ethical Code?
As More Betting Companies Invest in the EPL, Is It Time For an Ethical Code?

Anyone who wants to make a conveniently sweeping judgment about the relative growth of any given industry in the domestic and, increasingly, global market need not look very much further than the names and logos ironed across the front of Premier League replica shirts. Soccer, it seems, is the new […]

Coventry City Blues: The Sad Decline Of A Once Great English Club
Coventry City Blues: The Sad Decline Of A Once Great English Club

Competition for the prize for last season’s biggest crisis club was one of the most hotly contested and morbidly gripping tussles up and down the divisions. Portsmouth provided the latest, and hopefully final, volume in their beginners guide to self-destruction whilst Aldershot Town tore up two decades worth of progress […]

Aldershot Town Are Flying Too Close to The Sun; Club Face Extinction
Aldershot Town Are Flying Too Close to The Sun; Club Face Extinction

As the Premier League was kicking and screaming its way into the world in 1992 amidst talk of a revolution in the way football was played and watched, there was a less seismic but equally historic development unfolding much further down the pyramid. As the First Division clubs packed up […]

Chaos In Brazil: The Wrath of a Nation Holds FIFA In a Vice
Chaos In Brazil: The Wrath of a Nation Holds FIFA In a Vice

Anyone following the FIFA PR machine as it trips and skids its way through its response to the chaos unfolding in Brazil could be forgiven for thinking we’re in pantomime season. As the Confederations Cup quickly turns from close-season money spinner into a full frontal exposure of a nation in […]

BBC Lost Its Sense of Perspective When They Ambushed Gus Poyet
BBC Lost Its Sense of Perspective When They Ambushed Gus Poyet

Poor old Gus Poyet. The former Brighton boss must feel like somebody’s been sneaking into his world and pulling threads with the way his career has been unravelling lately. Since his side blew their favorites tag to go crashing out of the Championship play-offs to a Crystal Palace team in […]