Author Archives: Thariq Amir

John Terry’s International Retirement: Terrible Or Terrific?

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Few footballers in the English game today polarise opinion as much as John George Terry.  To his supporters he’s a warrior with the heart of a lion and to many Chelsea fans he’s simply their “Captain, Leader, Legend”.  To his … Continue reading

Zero to Hero: Is 4-6-0 the Next Tactical Step?

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When Luciano Spalletti used it, it made Roma one of the most talked about teams in Europe.  When Scotland manager Craig Levein used it, he was roundly castigated for even trying it. And when Spain used it in Euro 2012, … Continue reading

Can Charlie Adam Rule the Roost At Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium?

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Charlie Adam is looking to get his Premier League career back on track. His transfer deadline day move to Stoke City may work out for both him and manager Tony Pulis. After having a memorable season during Blackpool’s stint in … Continue reading

Is Mark Hughes’ QPR Spending Spree Courageous, Ambitious, Foolish or Mad?

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Queens Park Rangers’ transfer dealings, successful or otherwise, have raised a number of eyebrows. The seemingly short-term policy of bringing in ‘experience’ and bloating their squad looks odd to say the least. QPR can consider themselves fortunate to still be … Continue reading

Sunderland’s Hopes Look More Optimistic After Signings Of Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson

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With Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson arriving at Sunderland, manager Martin O’Neill has given himself room to employ a number of formations, rotate the squad and allow him greater tactical freedom to pick a first eleven to counter his opponents.  … Continue reading

Whatever Happened to the Defensive Midfielder?

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“United need a new Roy Keane!” blares the tabloid press. “Arsenal has to have an heir to Patrick Vieira’s throne!” an ex-player opines. “Chelsea must find someone for the ‘Makelele’ position!”  A pundit enthuses. Time and time again we’ve heard … Continue reading