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Ballacks Pain Of Missing The World Cup

  You have to feel for a player of the calibre of Michael Ballack and for fans of Germany. Things haven’t always gone swimmingly for Ballack at Stamford Bridge since he joined in 2006, but there is no doubt he is Germany’s most accomplished player of his generation. Be it […]

African Cup Of Nations Round Up Days 10-18

The final round of the group games saw several well fancied sides struggling for form and in danger of going out, but Group B’s final game saw Ghana edge it 1-0 to progress with Ivory Coast in to the quarter finals. It had certainly been a weird group with Mali […]

African Cup Of Nations Round Up: Days 5-9

Now that’s what I call a tournament mascot. I don’t need modern interpretations of peace, harmony and good will like the dreadful trio that South Korea and Japan gave us in 2002. Dreadful mascots and a dreadful tournament. I want giant animals or characters that can play football or playing […]

Essien Returns As Chelsea’s Fulcrum

Why is Michael Essien so underrated is a mystery to me. I must admit that I was nonplussed about him as a player, knowing next to nothing about him when he signed for Chelsea from Lyon in August 2005 for £24 million. That was in the dark days before I […]

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50% of Premier League Clubs are Relegation Candidates

An international break is a perfect time to take a step back and look at the Premier League season thus far. Without a doubt it’s been one of the most exciting ones in several years. Despite this, the number of teams that are playing like relegation candidates is perhaps greater than […]

Should Results Really Matter For MLS?

MLS continued poor play in CONCACAF continued this week. While DC United advanced, they added a record where in ten preliminary round matches against teams largely from poorer leagues, MLS is win less. Those of us who watch football from around the globe do not rate MLS highly as a […]

Pre-Season Preview: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Head coach Ralf Rangnick has so far done a splendid job with Hoffenheim, who will be entering their second consecutive Bundesliga season. In the 2008-2009 season, Hoffenheim were promoted to the Bundesliga and immediately shot to the top of the table. A striking trinity of Vedad Ibisevic, Demba Ba and […]

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