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King Can Rise To The Challenge

For some, the end of Rio Ferdinand’s World Cup also sent a blast across the bows of English hopes of winning the trophy. One of the squads truly great players being forced out simply weakens the side is the consensus, but me I’m not so disillusioned by the news. Yes […]

The England Outsiders #3. The Centre Halves

Well it’s not been the best season for either of England’s first choice centre halves so far. Enough has been written about John Terry’s problems and Rio Ferdinand’s chronic back injury to have caused meltdown on Google through searching for both issues. Thankfully, Terry’s form seems to be picking up […]

West Ham's Owners Expect Miracles From Mud

If there’s one positive about David Sullivan’s outburst last week, such was the reaction to it, he’ll hopefully keep quiet until the end of the season. It’s a tricky situation when you’re a chairman of a club struggling at the wrong end of the table, but sometimes, you’ve got to […]

West Ham’s Takeover Is Well-Considered, Stable and Boring

For those not emotionally invested, the sale of a prominent Premier League club is chum in the water.  We want easily caricatured nutballs in charge, huge transfer budgets, grandiose schemes destined to fail and decimations of the club’s staff.  We want entertainment. Given that context and the club’s unique penchant […]

Football Transfer Twaddle: Defoe, Arteta, Toure and Pennant

After accepting a sordid envelope with £20m for “Lass” Diarra, Portsmouth rejected shrewd dealer Harry Redknapp’s £30m overture for Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch.  Pompey then lessened Defoe’s value markedly, by announcing they would sell him for a fair price. “It looks like Jermain wants to go,” Portsmouth […]

Who Will Move Premiership Clubs In January?

  A little under 32 hours remain until the transfer window finally opens once again in World Football and the merry go round of mad money begins once again. I’ve seen several people claim that due to the economic climate, it’s probably going to be a quiet window with little […]

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Premier League Gameweek 37: Open Thread

It’s hard to believe, but it’s the last weekend before the final Sunday of the 2009-10 Premier League season. I think you’ll agree that it’s been an incredible one both on and off the pitch. But before I get too nostalgic, there are still big games happening this weekend and […]

Milan Top Of Table After Derby Win

The Serie A had some fantastic matches played this weekend, and probably the one that most people watched was the Milan derby. The match finished with AC Milan winning thanks to a lone goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scored from the penalty spot. The match was interesting, and while it might […]

FIFA 09 Preview

FIFA 09 Preview? We’ve got it here including the official preview, a trailer from EA featuring Maurice Edu and a couple of fan videos showing actual gameplay. [display_podcast] Electronic Arts must hate the August transfer window. With their FIFA series being released in early September, EA has no time to […]

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Rafa Benitez backs under-fire Karim Benzema: ‘He is very important for us’

Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez has restated his support for French striker Karim Benzema amid increasing criticism of Benzema’s off-field behavior in his homeland. Benzema has been charged in France for his alleged participation in a blackmail case involving international teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. French Prime Minister […]