PSG’s dominance is hurting Ligue 1
PSG’s dominance is hurting Ligue 1

Soccer dynasties aren’t uncommon in France. Since the French league turned professional in 1932 Saint-Étienne, Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais and most recently Paris Saint-Germain have had the honor of ruling the roost for a significant period of time. Saint-Étienne were the first club to stamp their authority, winning the league four […]

The forgotten story of Manchester United player Adrian Doherty
The forgotten story of Manchester United player Adrian Doherty

Adrian Doherty, the forgotten fledgling. A player from Strabane, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland who was seen as the genuine heir apparent to the legendary George Best. However Doherty’s story is a sad one. A tale of just how cruel football can be. READ MORE: Chris Smalling’s transformation from stooge […]

Experiencing Lyon vs. Lille game in person: A game in need of Nabil Fekir
Experiencing Lyon vs. Lille game in person: A game in need of Nabil Fekir

“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Those were the sage words of Joni Mitchell and it certainly applied to Olympique Lyonnais’ case, the big yellow taxi excepted of course. On a cold, rainy evening yesterday at Stade de Gerland, Hubert Fournier’s team huffed and puffed but were […]

Is David de Gea’s new contract a rare victory for Ed Woodward?
Is David de Gea’s new contract a rare victory for Ed Woodward?

  What a difference two weeks makes. David de Gea was minutes away from joining Real Madrid. A stage had been built at the Bernabéu to introduce Florentino Pérez’s latest Gálactico, and the Spanish international had a suit ready for the occasion. A couple of weeks and a few rounds of […]

The FC Start Movie; an Interview with Tyler Gooden (Part 2)
The FC Start Movie; an Interview with Tyler Gooden (Part 2)

“Making the film has always been the goal, not having an office with bagels and coffee and tons of overhead”. So said Tyler Gooden the director of The FC Start Movie. Bagels and coffee aren’t bad companions to have though in creating an animated featurette and feature. The making of […]

Progress report on FC United’s season after 8 matches
Progress report on FC United’s season after 8 matches

Let’s deal in cold, hard facts first.  After eight games played, FC United of Manchester sit 10th in the table on eleven points.  The purveyors of punk football have won three, drawn two and lost three.  It’s a solid if unspectacular start to life in the Vanarama National League North. […]

The FC Start Movie; an interview with director Tyler Gooden (Part 1)
The FC Start Movie; an interview with director Tyler Gooden (Part 1)

Imagine stepping on to a soccer pitch knowing that it could possibly be the last game of your life. Imagine kicking off knowing that you and your teammates are the only beacons of hope in a Nazi-occupied city. Imagine scoring a goal knowing that victory could have potentially tragic consequences. […]

The drama of the De Gea transfer saga; are there any winners?
The drama of the De Gea transfer saga; are there any winners?

Ever seen the movie Alien vs. Predator? If you haven’t believe me you’re not missing out on an art house classic. To my eternal shame I have seen it, in the cinema no less, and walked out with a one-word critique, “meh”. The danger of too much time coupled with […]

Manchester United’s frustrating summer transfer window
Manchester United’s frustrating summer transfer window

In case it escaped your notice, Manchester United made a major signing a couple of days ago.  The Old Trafford club have struck a deal with Donaco International, making them United’s official casino resort partner.  Oh yes and there’s the business of Pedro signing for Chelsea right under the noses of […]

Sir Matt Busby and Santiago Bernabéu – A tale of two icons
Sir Matt Busby and Santiago Bernabéu – A tale of two icons

Mention Real Madrid and Manchester United in the same sentence these days and invariably the conversation will shift to the transfer sagas involving David de Gea and Sergio Ramos. Currently, both clubs refuse to give an inch with respect to the prospective sales of their players. However to reduce the […]

The strange and curious case of French talent Yoann Gourcuff
The strange and curious case of French talent Yoann Gourcuff

Yoann Gourcuff is France’s soccer enigma. On his day Gourcuff is a mesmerizing presence who makes the game of soccer look ridiculously easy. Elegant on the ball, creative with an uncanny ability to dictate the pace of a soccer match the soon to be ex-Olympique Lyonnais star (whose departure was […]

The return of Clement Grenier could be a catalyst for the Ligue 1 title
The return of Clement Grenier could be a catalyst for the Ligue 1 title

There was a point during Lyon’s match against Bastia at the Stade de Gerland where the crowd felt that things were not going to go the home side’s way. Nabil Fekir was having an underwhelming game, Alexandre Lacazette was becoming increasingly exasperated with his side’s inability to break down the […]

Why Guingamp’s Jocelyn Gourvennec would be ideal Newcastle manager
Why Guingamp’s Jocelyn Gourvennec would be ideal Newcastle manager

Predicting what Mike Ashley has got in store for Newcastle United is a dangerous game to play. During his reign, the Magpieshave seen Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton, Alan Pardew and currently John Carver in the Newcastle hot-seat. In all likelihood, the hierarchy at Newcastle […]

West Brom to pay tribute to Jeff Astle on April 11
West Brom to pay tribute to Jeff Astle on April 11

The 11th of April boasts some intriguing Premier League fixtures but there’s one game where football will be part of a larger tribute. That fixture is at the Hawthorns and it sees West Bromwich Albion face Leicester City. The day and the game will be an emotional fare for every person […]