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Author Archives: Sam Dalton

Berbatov Can Ignite United’s Trophy Push

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For so long this past summer it seemed that Sir Alex Ferguson was not going to capture the top striker that he craved so much, but on transfer deadline day Dimitar Berbatov finally arrived from Tottenham and the Scotsman could … Continue reading

England Have Renewed Hope after Croatia Crushing

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It may only be one victory but England’s comprehensive beating of Croatia on Wednesday night could represent a dramatic turn in fortunes for the famous footballers who for so long have failed miserably to live up to their nations’ expectations. … Continue reading

More Woes for England in Capello’s Final Friendly

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No matter how much Fabio Capello has tried to defend England’s performances in all five of the friendlies he has taken charge of, it remains blatantly clear that the team are not currently ready for the daunting trip to Croatia … Continue reading

Chelsea Unusually Stylish on Scolari’s Debut

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The opening fixture of the new season does not always give the best clues as to how successful a team may be in the coming campaign, but Chelsea’s impressive victory over last season’s overachievers Portsmouth certainly made their rivals stand … Continue reading

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Liverpool’s Champions League Dream Still Alive after Lucky Liege Draw

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Maybe Champions League glory is just meant to be for Liverpool this season. Rafa Benitez was counting his lucky stars in Liege last night after watching his side scrape a very fortunate goalless draw against the Belgian champions on their … Continue reading

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United Must Recruit a Masterful Striker to Bolster Their Trophy Hopes

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With Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou and Andriy Shevchenko in their striking ranks, Chelsea own one of the most exciting, powerful and experienced attacking line-ups in world football. And complemented by the offensive starlets of Deco, Florent Malouda and … Continue reading

The FA Launches New Respect Campaign That is Sure to Test the Resolve of the Top Referees

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On Sunday, when Manchester United take on Portsmouth in the annual Community Shield fixture at Wembley, a marker may have been set for the future of our game and the respect that referees rightfully receive in times to come.We may … Continue reading

Arsenal Outclass Real Madrid in Emirates Cup

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Despite being no fan of Arsenal, I enjoyed my first visit to the Emirates Stadium very much yesterday when I went to see Arsenal play Real Madrid on the second day of the annual pre-season tournament The Emirates Cup, courtesy … Continue reading

American Owners Must Find a Truce to Retain Liverpool’s Identity

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When Tom Hicks and George Gillett first took on the role of ownership at Liverpool, there was an air of excitement and ambition around the club, and there was genuine hope that the new cash injection could fire Liverpool to … Continue reading

Ramos Is Building Towards A Champions League Push, But Is This The Year For A Top Four Finish?

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It was only four months ago that the disciples of White Hart Lane were celebrating in their thousands at Wembley after a glorious Carling Cup Final triumph over London neighbours Chelsea, but already the eleven heroic warriors who battled to … Continue reading

A Summer Break Brings Fresh Optimism

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When the British summer attempts to wave away the pouring rain and welcome the blissful sunshine in late July, every football fan in the county can leave behind their stressful life as an avid supporter and adopt a more relaxed … Continue reading

Shock Scores In Friendlies, But Do The Results Really Matter?

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Hull City, Bolton and Newcastle all suffered surprising friendly defeats against lower league sides in England on Saturday afternoon, but do the results of these pre-season fixtures really matter? Crewe, Macclesfield and Doncaster may be reveling in their victories over … Continue reading

Forget A Four-Horse Race, It Will Be Man United And Chelsea At The Top Again

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There is familiar talk circulating around the football world at the moment. It has occurred at this time of the year for the last few seasons now, but never has its idea come to fruition. The many managers, fans and … Continue reading

A Flying Winger Is Still A Necessity For Liverpool

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Aston Villa’s steady midfielder Gareth Barry and Tottenham’s crafty forward Robbie Keane look to set be Liverpool’s two most significant transfers this summer, if the club can secure the signatures of the pair, but in my opinion it is a … Continue reading

The Ronaldo Saga Will Continue To Interest

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Even when the competitive football begins again in August, and when Manchester United’s wonderfully creative displays are likely to re-emerge once more and fans across the nation endlessly talk about the unbelievable goals they scored the night before, the transfer … Continue reading

Is This Liverpool’s Year At Last?

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As the July sunshine finally scorches down on England after weeks of summer downpour this month, a familiar feeling ripples through the stomach of Liverpool supporters throughout the nation. This sensation has occurred in the soul of every Reds fan … Continue reading

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The Premier League Kick-off is in Sight

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It is July 14th 2008, and there are still precisely 33 days until the new Premier League season kicks off here in England. The sun may have returned to its summer shine after a week of downpour, but still something … Continue reading

Powerful Germany Should Breeze Through Turkey Tie

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If a depleted Turkey side manage to beat tournament favourites Germany in tonight’s European Championship semi-final in Basel, they will have pulled off one of the greatest miracles in the history of international football.It is unfortunate that the underdogs, who … Continue reading