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Author Archives: Thariq Amir

5 Things We Learned – PSG 3 Barcelona 2

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Match day two of the UEFA Champions League saw two of Europe’s heavyweights slug it out. Barcelona under new coach Luis Enrique was enjoying a relatively untroubled start to the new season whilst a struggling Paris Saint-Germain went into the … Continue reading

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of Manchester United

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It hasn’t really gone to plan for Manchester United has it? Unwanted records are being broken and despite spending a vast sum in the summer transfer window and shipping out a number of players too, the squad still looks unbalanced. … Continue reading

Newcastle United’s Average Start Puts Alan Pardew Under Severe Pressure

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Another day, another humiliation. Newcastle United’s capitulation against Southampton last weekend was the fourth time this calendar year that the Magpies have lost by a four goal margin. Southampton helped themselves to four last season against Newcastle at St Mary’s … Continue reading

Taking A Look At Brian Clough’s Short-Lived Leeds Tenure

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It has been 10 years to the month since the passing of the greatest manager England never had, Brian Howard Clough OBE. His time in football was dotted with highs and lows. Clough’s achievements with Derby County and Nottingham Forest … Continue reading

The Whirlwind Adventures Of The Dallas Tornado

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There are football tours, there are serious football tours and then there was the epic journey undertaken by the Dallas Tornado. Led by the charismatic Bob Kap the team traversed the globe in a near eight month tour from 1967 … Continue reading

Assessing The Louis Van Gaal Selection Predicament

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The new Premier League season is only two weeks old and Manchester United under Louis van Gaal are already playing catch-up. The pre-season tour feels like a very long time ago now. The Red Devils have placed a significant number … Continue reading

Celtic Goalkeeper Craig Gordon Looks To Revitalize Career After Finally Overcoming Injuries

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McDiarmid Park, home of St. Johnstone, may not be foremost in the minds of soccer fans, but on the 13th of August it did play host to a couple of firsts.  It was Celtic manager Ronny Deila’s first taste of … Continue reading

West Ham United 2014/15 Season Preview: Big Sam’s Make Or Break Season

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West Ham and Sam Allardyce have always had a somewhat uneasy relationship despite the fact that he has seemingly accomplished what’s been asked of him. After being appointed West Ham manager in 2011, he guided the club into the Premier … Continue reading

The Death Match: Looking Back At The Legendary Game Between FC Start And Flakelf

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Editor’s note: Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the infamous “Death Match”. On the 9th of August 1942, a group of men who worked at Kiev’s Bakery #3 took on the might of the Nazi Luftwaffe team and triumphed.  The game … Continue reading

Bojan Looks To Finally Realize His Potential At Stoke City

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It’s amazing to think that Bojan Krkić is only 23 years old.  He burst on to the scene, making his Barcelona debut against Egyptian side Al-Ahly when he was just 16 and even scored in that game too. However, after … Continue reading

Ronald Koeman Looks To Forge His Own Dutch Revolution At Southampton

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Louis van Gaal may be capturing the imagination and headlines as he starts his new job at Manchester United, but down on the south coast of England there is another Dutch legend who’s preparing to stamp his own mark on … Continue reading

Five Observations From the 2014 World Cup Final

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The 2014 World Cup final was not a classic but it would be hard to argue that the Germans were not deserving winners. They were the best collective unit, achieved the outstanding result in the World Cup demolishing the hosts, … Continue reading

Sporting Lisbon Sign Teenager Ryan Gauld, the Scottish Messi

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In 2012, Dundee United footballer Ryan Gauld made his full league debut at the tender age of 16.  He struck his first senior goal against St Johnstone a year later in April 2013.  In the 2013-2014 season, he scored eight … Continue reading

5 Observations From Argentina-Belgium World Cup Quarterfinal

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Belgium’s Golden Generation failed to shine as a professional and disciplined Argentina eked out a relatively comfortable 1-0 win. Something had to give as the Belgians had previously never lost with Thibaut Courtois in goal in 21 consecutive games whilst … Continue reading

5 Observations From France-Germany World Cup Quarterfinal

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July 4th is a special day in German football history.  On that day in 1954 the West Germans came from two goals down to beat Ferenc Puskás’ Mighty Magyars and lift their very first World Cup in what is known … Continue reading

Predictions and Previews For World Cup Quarterfinals

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  The World Cup is well and truly into the business end of the competition. As the dust settles on the round of 16 there’s been no shortage of drama, controversy and talking points. The best South American side playing … Continue reading

Argentina-Switzerland: 5 Observations

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The match may not have ranked as a classic but it still delivered drama at the death as a disciplined Swiss side succumbed to a late, late Argentine effort from the otherwise disappointing Ángel di María. The Swiss will be … Continue reading

France 2-0 Nigeria Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Plus 5 Observations From Round of 16 World Cup Game

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There wasn’t a comeback that has been the vogue in this World Cup in the match between France and Nigeria but nonetheless this was an entertaining game that went from end to end.  Stephen Keshi prepared his side well and … Continue reading