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Author Archives: Thariq Amir

6 Olympique Lyonnais Players To Watch Out For

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On Sunday night, October 19, Olympique Lyonnais thrashed Montpellier 5-1. Yoann Gourcuff netted a brace with Nabil Fékir, Alexandre Lacazette and Steed Malbranque scoring the other goals. Oddly enough this match was a far tenser affair than Lyon’s 3-0 triumph over Lille. In … Continue reading

What We Learned – Germany 1 Republic of Ireland 1

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The recently crowned World Cup champions, Germany, haven’t had the best of starts to their Euro 2016 qualification campaign. They won narrowly against a spirited Scotland side, lost for the first time in their history against Poland and were dramatically … Continue reading

David Moyes Can Begin To Repair His Reputation With European Role

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“I’m ready to go”. So says former Manchester United manager David Moyes in the Daily Telegraph. The Scot is raring to return to football but this time around it’ll be on his own terms. “Picking my next job is vitally … Continue reading

Serializations Clouding The Bigger Picture With Soccer Autobiographies

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Currently, in the United Kingdom the serialization of a top sporting figure’s autobiography is gripping the media and the sporting world. It has drawn responses from all quarters and no one involved comes out of this sorry saga looking terribly … Continue reading

Why It’s Imperative That Sepp Blatter Is Challenged At FIFA Presidency Election

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The 1st of June 2011 saw Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter elected to his fourth term as FIFA President.  He (in)famously was the only candidate listed as his challenger Mohammed bin Hammam had to withdraw from the election due to charges of corruption. … Continue reading

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Recount Of The Lyon Matchday Fan Experience

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Date: October 5th 2014 Location: Lyon, France Match: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Lille OSC It’s not every day that I get to attend a Ligue 1 game. It’s certainly not every day that I prepare to attend a Ligue 1 clash … Continue reading

The Heartwarming Story Of FC United

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“It’ll all be over by Christmas”. Alan Gowling (ex Manchester United striker) on the establishment of FC United. For what it’s worth I am a card-carrying member of FC United of Manchester.  I made the decision to throw my support … Continue reading

West Ham United August-September Progress Report

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The stats are not terribly encouraging for West Ham United but perhaps it’s wise not to read too much into them. Amongst the ‘doom’ and ‘gloom’ there has been progress which the West Ham team can build on. The attacking … Continue reading

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