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Tag Archives: game

Being A Football Fan Can Be A Fickle Old Folly

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

In Europe, following a football team can be a lot like gaining another sibling. You even see in places like Argentina, where money is scarce, people will come out to see their team and live every moment of their season … Continue reading

Am I Reading This Right? Royals Into 5th Round – Motivation Phenomenon

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

In a season where the passion and relevance of the English F.A cup have been in question, one team defies the odds and shows a true cup spirit. Of course I am referring to Reading, the team who have become … Continue reading

Brian Laws Crashes The Premiership Party At Burnley

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Now, I suppose some people out there are still scratching their heads over Burnley’s appointment of Brian Laws and I must admit I was a tad taken aback. Anyone without a knowledge of the game outside of the Premiership, and … Continue reading

African Cup Of Nations Round Up: Days 1-4

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Well we all know how the competition started but the tournament kicked off in earnest on Sunday evening with the host nation Angola entertaining Mali. Hopes were high after all the political wrangling that engulfed the weekend, football could return … Continue reading

Chaos and Tragedy Strike The African Cup Of Nations

Posted on by Paul Bestall

The news started coming through early on Saturday morning and as the information became clearer, it was soon apparent that the whole African Cup Of Nations would now be tainted. When the dust had settled, 3 members of the Togo … Continue reading

The Damned (Scunny) United: Clough On Watch, But Why?

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

In a weekend hit by weather misery here in the UK thanks to the government’s clear lack of contingency, Derby did manage to get their game against Scunthorpe United kicked off but in hindsight would rather they’d followed the lead of … Continue reading

My Favourite Football Moment Of The Decade

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

I was looking around a few sites, particularly reading all the articles on epltalk.com that have recently been posted and they have been looking back over what has been an amazing decade for football. You can go to any sports … Continue reading

Arsenal Re-Ignite Their Title Challenge

Posted on by Paul Bestall
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Four weeks ago, Arsenal’s title challenge was over. The home defeat to Chelsea had seen everyone and their dog line up to kick Arsene Wenger’s team. While they were still licking their wounds, Manchester City snatched a win against the … Continue reading

The Championship: Halfway There

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Unless your team was unfortunate enough to be struck by bad weather (particularly Barnsley), you may realise we are now at the halfway point of the Championship season. 23 games gone and all of sudden ambitions become a bit clearer … Continue reading

Newcastle V Middlesbrough Preview: The Biggest North East Derby Of The Season

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Apologies for a lack of updates lately, with the amount of work I’ve been doing lately my life mirrors the ‘congested holiday fixture list’! Unfortunately this weekend we have once again discovered that the UK is the only country more … Continue reading

US vs England – A Soccernomics Analysis

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Simon Kuper and Stefan Syzmanski titled the American version of their new book Soccernomics (review is here), but their title for the release in the UK is Why England Lose.  In the book, Kuper and Syzmanski identified the US as a … Continue reading

Roy Keane’s team record overdue victory: how important has Reading V Ipswich become?

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Anybody could tell you that Ipswich Town’s 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Derby on Saturday was a vital result. Defeat or another draw from the team and the alarm bells may of been ringing frantically at Portman Road, but 15 … Continue reading

A rebuke of Stan Collymore’s idea to scrap promotion and relegation

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

Unless you only prefer to read the opinions of actual celebrated and well-recognised figures in football, you’ve probably come across Stan Collymore’s ludacris proposal to “make the Premiership better”. If you can’t be bothered to read through it (and I … Continue reading

The Inevitable Axe Of Gareth Southgate Confirmed: What Now For Middlesbrough F.C?

Posted on by Rob McCluskey

After winning 2-0 on Tuesday night, Gareth Southgate was relieved of his duties as manager hours after the game. Despite being quite a popular player for the club, Southgate could never quite get the same level of support in his … Continue reading

Can Diamanti Emulate Di Canio?

Posted on by David Schiavone

Can West Ham United’s new Italian talent have the same impact on the Hammers as club legend Paolo Di Canio did between 1999 and 2003? Gianfranco Zola signed Alessandro Diamanti for a fee of around £6 million in the summer. … Continue reading