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Author Archives: Tim Simon

About Tim Simon

Freelance football writer and student from Manchester, England. Long time Premier League fan and expert who loves nothing more than a technically gifted left-footed playmaker. You can follow me on Twitter @TimSimon90

Paul Pogba – The One That Got Away At Manchester United

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It isn’t often that Sir Alex Ferguson makes a mistake but letting Paul Pogba go last summer looks to be a massive one. With United struggling for a regular and consistent partner for Michael Carrick in the centre of their … Continue reading

AFC Ajax – The Youth System Every Club Should Aspire to Have

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“You need both quality and results. Results without quality is boring; quality without results is meaningless.” – Johan Cruyff Ajax’s fine youth academy is called ‘Die Toekomst’ or ‘The Future’. Founded in 1900, the club plays the so-called ‘Total Football’ approach … Continue reading

How Mauricio Pochettino’s Changes Made An Immediate Impact On Southampton

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When Nigel Adkins was sacked in January, it seemed like a cruel decision after he had led them from League 1 to the Premier League in two seasons and Southampton were not having all too bad a season with it … Continue reading

The Story of Spain’s Forgotten Academy – Real Madrid

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Everyone in the world has heard about ‘La Masia,’ Barcelona’s youth academy which year after year produces exceptional talent and has housed superstars such as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta (just to name three). Almost every game they have … Continue reading

The Importance of Michael Carrick to Manchester United

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Michael Carrick has excelled in the centre of Manchester United’s midfield this season, becoming a key figure in their title charge. He has been praised heavily across the country in recent weeks but that is definitely not how it has … Continue reading

Can Wigan Athletic Avoid Relegation For Yet Another Season?

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Since their promotion in 2005, Wigan Athletic have survived in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth on a regular basis. From the days of Paul Jewell, through the era of Steve Bruce to the current day manager … Continue reading

Ashley Cole or Leighton Baines. Who Should Start for England at Left Back?

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There aren’t many nations in the world who are blessed with two left backs with the quality of Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines. Both of these left backs have credible cases to be England’s first choice. Chelsea stalwart Cole has … Continue reading

Top 10 Favorite Soccer Video Games of All Time

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Soccer video games are a big part of a lot of people’s lives nowadays and they definitely have been a big part of mine. I have been playing football video games since I was eight years old, so I thought … Continue reading

Top 10 Favorite Soccer Shirts of the Premier League Era

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In the two decades of the Premier League, there have been some cracking attempts at football kit designs. And also some shocking attempts. It’s all a matter of opinion as to what kits you prefer and what kits you despise. … Continue reading

Rio Ferdinand’s Recall Shows England Retirement is Not The Answer

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When Rio Ferdinand wasn’t called up to Euro 2012 at the expense of John Terry, who at the time was on trial for the racist abuse of Rio’s brother Anton, it seemed his England career was over. Ten months on, … Continue reading

Top 10 Goalkeepers in Premier League History

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The goalkeepers of the Premier League often get overlooked as people prefer to see goals scored rather than saved, but there have been some truly incredible goalkeepers who have graced our shores. H ere are my top 10 goalkeepers that … Continue reading

5 Footballers I Would Have Loved Manchester United to Have Signed

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In the Premier League era, Manchester United like every other club have been linked with a lot of players in the build-up to and during transfer windows. Most of the time it is hard to establish which rumors are genuine … Continue reading

Jack Wilshere Deserves Better Than Arsenal But His Heart Belongs to Them

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In his post-match press conference (see below) following the Bayern Munich defeat, Jack Wilshere’s face said it all. Heartbroken at the fact he had given everything and his beloved Arsenal still couldn’t live with the Bavarians, all his answers were … Continue reading

The 5 Premier League Footballers Who Have Been the Biggest Disappointments This Season

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The 2012-13 Premier League season once again hasn’t disappointed with some thrilling action, matches and goals. There have been some top class performances from players from all clubs but for all the positives, there are some players who haven’t lived … Continue reading