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As we arrive at the quarter mark for the current Premier League season the standings are starting to take shape, although who would have ever thought we would see Tottenham rock bottom or Hull City in the Champions League places. As such it is another big weekend of fixtures coming […]

Premier League Predictions: Gameweek One

It’s amazing how things can sometime go full circle. It feels weird blogging back here again, but it’s safe to say I’m back. For those who don’t know me, I’m Johnathan Starling. Started out blogging on the old Community and it’s even safer to say plenty has changed here since […]

2008/2009 Premier League Table Predictions

Here are my predictions of how I think the Premier League will finish at the end of the 2008/2009 season. Manchester United will continue to excel, while I believe Spurs have the talent and determination to break into the top four knocking Liverpool into fifth place. Liverpool has done well […]

Everton And Newcastle Could Be On The Chopping Block

The Sunday newspapers in England are reporting that Everton and Newcastle United could be sold in the near future. If both clubs are sold to foreigners, that’ll mean 11 out of the 20 Premier League clubs will be foreign owned. According to The Observer, Everton could be put up for […]

Rare Football Memorabilia Found On eBay

Collection of 50 tobacco cards of famous footballers from 1939. The 1930’s were the hey-dey for the hobby of collecting cigarette cards and vast amounts were produced especially of sport stars. This particular collection contains some beautifully colored photographs of footballers from the English leagues (pictured above). While the names […]

Premier League Odds and Sods 31 March 2008

Arsenal beat Bolton 3-2 at the Reebok, keeping mathematical title hopes alive.  The Gunners, with 10 men on the pitch, scored three goals to reverse a 2-0 deficit.  Diaby deserved his red card for raised studs.  Poor fortune averaged itself through an unmarked corner, a penalty and a deflection. Cristiano […]

Premier League Odds and Sods 23 March 2008

Manchester United 3 – Liverpool 0: The scoreline was unfair, United should have won by more.  Rooney and Ronaldo combined for five fluffed chances.  Captain Stevie disappeared twice for the Reds.  First, when he decided to stop running and not defend on the Wes Brown goal.  Second, when he failed […]

Premier League Odds and Sods 17 March 2008

Derby 0 – Manchester United 1 This match epitomizes the season for both clubs.  Derby worked but weren’t quite good enough.  United’s only enemy was their own cuteness.  Ronaldo should have scored at least three, or more according to his own verbal tally. Birmingham 1 – Newcastle 1 The result […]

Premier League Odds and Sods 25 Feb 2008

Arsenal 2- Birmingham 2 Eduardo’s injury – a horrific broken leg – stole the headlines.   But, it did not decisively affect the outcome.  Luck controlled much of it.  Birmingham capitalized upon one free kick – a questionable call – and one penalty – a blatantly wrong call.  Fabregas had two […]

Premier League Odds and Sods 12 Feb 2008

It was night of black armbands and barren kits in Manchester, which only served to emphasize the sponsorship everywhere else as Man City shocked Man United 2-1 at Old Trafford.  It is no coincidence that most of Man U’s losses come without Wayne Rooney on the pitch.  Ronaldo can score […]

Premier League Odds and Sods 4 Feb 2008

After this weekend a Google search for “Sven” and “Up the Arse” won’t lead you astray as Arsenal defeated Manchester City 3-1 away from home to move to the top of the table. Adebayor dropped a deuce, scoring in his eighth straight match. Eduardo also controlled a ball magnificently with […]

A Wise move for Newcastle?

OK. I’m sorry about the headline-itis there. I was up late last night and I haven’t had my coffee yet The transfer market has had some interesting moves in the last few days and I will be back on Feb 1st to recap things. The news I want to discuss […]

Premier League Odds and Sods 21 Jan 2008

Newcastle buzzed with electricity.  The entire town pitched in, stealing Burger King hats and spray painting them black and white.  The Geordie Messiah took the pitch to a rockstar’s welcome.  Mike Ashley ordered a whopper, but he didn’t have it his way as Newcastle drew Bolton 0-0 at St. James […]

FA Cup Ratings for Premier League Clubs

The FA Cup Third Round relieved us from the dreariness of our normal robust Premier League schedule to enthrall us with live riveting matches like Pompey-Ipswich and grant us the opportunity to pay top dollar to watch Villa-Utd.  All 20 Premier League clubs participated at the weekend and here are […]

Odds and Sods 3 Jan 2008

“There’s only one Titus Bramble” chanted the Wigan faithful, and he made the difference, earning a point in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.  Torres scored the initial goal, which salvaged Liverpool a point, but they have to be extremely disappointed with yet another poor result at “fortress” Anfield, winning only […]

New Years Eve Odds and Sods

Berbatov pads stats Against weaker opponents Bad news for Reading West Ham shocked Manchester United 2-1 at Upton Park.  It was West Ham’s third consecutive victory over United in the League.  The result was a bit unfair to Man U, who controlled much of the match.  They had a chance […]

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Barcelona Set Up For Domestic Success And Champions League Failure

Last May, when Luis Enrique was appointed manager of Barcelona, the 44-year-old inherited a group of players that hadn’t lived up to the lofty expectations of previous Barcelona sides. Former coach “Tata” Martino played a role in the Catalan club’s domestic and European decline last season. The Argentinian’s tactics and man-management […]

Are England And The USA FIFA’s Contingency Plan?

The dust is just beginning to settle on a week that could forever change the footballing world. The decisions to send the 2018 and 2022 World Cup’s to Russia and Qatar has left a sour taste amongst all the unsuccessful bidders. But was FIFA’s snubbing of bids from England and […]

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What happened to the FIFA members who voted for Russia and Qatar

Five years ago on Wednesday, FIFA’s executive committee chose Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar for 2022 in one of the most controversial votes in sporting history. Sixteen of the 24 executive members have been suspended, arrested for bribery, or banned. Others have faced questions about their […]