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Author Archives: Thariq Amir

AFF Suzuki Cup – The Other Side of the Soccer World

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aff suzuki

The Premier League’s December program is starting to click into full gear and plenty of eyes in South East Asia will be looking on the games with the usual fanatical interest. Football is huge in South East Asia, from Vietnam … Continue reading

Netherlands Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen on ‘That’ Substitution And More

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jasper

You’re your country’s number one goalkeeper and it’s the 121st minute of a World Cup quarter-final. The match is scoreless and the prospect of a penalty shoot-out seems inevitable. You’re mentally preparing for what’s about to happen next when you glance … Continue reading

A Change to The Penalty Law – Triple Punishment to be Reviewed

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red card

A striker is through on goal and hares into the penalty area with just the keeper to beat.   The last covering defender though has a chance to make a last ditch tackle and prevent the striker from getting a shot … Continue reading

6 Potential Consequences of UEFA Pulling Out of FIFA

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platini-blatter

You know things are bad in the FIFA house when even the normally vocal Sepp Blatter is keeping a ‘dignified’ silence. In retrospect, it was probably too much to expect FIFA to get its act together and publish a full … Continue reading

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Arsenal Target Clément Grenier An Intriguing Proposition

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clement

With the January transfer window edging closer and closer, clubs are no doubt making preparations to ensure that they land their targets with a minimum amount of fuss. One such club is Arsenal who has been experiencing an indifferent season … Continue reading

Read Our Progress Report on West Ham United’s Performances for October-November

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west-ham-united

Perhaps it’s a bit trite to describe West Ham United as happy Hammers at the moment, but that shouldn’t detract from the fact that the East London club is sitting pretty in fourth going into the international break. Sam Allardyce’s … Continue reading

Robert Enke’s Death Is An Example Of Why Depression In Soccer Needs More Attention

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robert enke

November 10th seemed just like another day in the soccer calendar but the date marked the 5th anniversary of the death of Robert Enke.  The former German international, who was tipped to be his country’s No. 1 at the World Cup in South Africa, took … Continue reading

The Fascinating Story of Everton Legend Sandy Young

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sandy young

Scottish strikers have featured heavily in Everton’s history. Graeme Sharp, Andy Gray and Duncan Ferguson have all been heroes on the pitch for the Toffees. Steven Naismith has been impressive this season for Roberto Martinez’s side, though not quite reaching … Continue reading

8 Potential Bargain Footballers in the January Transfer Window

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january-sale

The January transfer window is only a couple of months away and no doubt clubs are already plotting potential moves.  There are some high profile players whose contracts will be up at the end of the season, most notably Sami … Continue reading

Youthful Valencia Assistant Coach Ian Cathro A Potential Master Tactician In The Making

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ian cathro

Valencia is currently sitting fourth in La Liga and only two points behind current leaders Barcelona. They’ve already beaten champions Atletico Madrid and look like a decent shout for a Champions League spot on current form. Los Che is being … Continue reading

6 Olympique Lyonnais Players To Watch Out For

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alexandre-lacazette

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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john oshea

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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david-moyes

“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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Roy Keane 5/11/2013

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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sepp-blatter

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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fc united

“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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sam-allardyce

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