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Magath Looks Up As Schalke Slump Comes To An End

Schalke ended a five-match losing streak on Wednesday evening after they pulled off a last-minute win away to Freiburg. Few could see, after so many disappointing defeats, how Magath’s side would be able to pick themselves up with morale seemingly in the dumps throughout the squad. Despite that, Felix Magath’s […]

Real Madrid 1-4 Alcorcón: The Five Stages of Grief Through the Players’ and the Supporters’ Eyes

Denial Although Real Madrid needed five goals to overturn their Round of 32 tie with Alcorcón, a certain sense of denial was important in this particular situation so that they could believe that their task was not impossible.  Kaká stated, “For the pride and for the history of Real Madrid, […]

Would You Pick Real Madrid Or Barcelona?

It is mouth-watering just to imagine a match featuring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema taking on an opposing team which includes Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Xavi Hernandez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to name just a few. The dream of many football fanatics has come true […]

First Impressions of Real Madrid and the Second Galacticos Era

The much-anticipated return of La Liga began with a scintillating match between the new galácticos of Real Madrid and the pesky Deportivo La Coruña, who always gives Madrid a run for their money, literally.  Because of the continued suspension of Pepe and the tendinitis suffered by Sergio Ramos, the Real […]

Real Madrid vs Juventus: 3 Things to Look For

I should clarify, 3 Things to Look  For- From a Madrid Perspective. This is a Spanish soccer website after all. Although the preseason is young, several trends have emerged in Real Madrid’s performences and it will be interesting to see if they continue when Real take on the Old Lady of Italian Football, […]

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Adebayor Punishment Unjust.

Emmanuel Adebayor has been handed a £25,000 fine and a suspended 2-match ban today by the FA. The punishment relates to his excessive celebration following the goal he scored against Arsenal back on the 12th of September. For me, this represents yet another bungle from one of football’s governing bodies, […]

The Third Half 7 is Live

The early week edition of The Third Half starts with me and Kartik Krishnaiyer discussion the final weekend of the MLS season, a preview of the playoffs, and transfer talk. I come back at the end of the show to discuss the Juande Ramos sacking, Harry Redknapp’s appointment at Tottenham […]

Wenger Hoping To Shift The Power Back Arsenal’s Way

The Old Trafford clock showed 55 minutes had gone when Freddie Ljungberg’a shot was spilled by Fabien Barthez. The first player to react was Sylvain Wiltord, Arsenal’s then record signing, to slot the ball home with minimum fuss to put Arsenal 1-0 up and ultimately wrap up the Premier League […]

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Qatar says six more workers hurt building World Cup venues

Qatar’s World Cup organizers said on Wednesday that six laborers building stadiums for the 2022 tournament suffered work-related injuries last year but there were no fatalities. Qatar has been widely condemned for its treatment of almost two million foreign workers. Critics have estimated that several thousand workers could die in […]

Chelsea and PSG owners eye Beckham MLS Miami buy-in, says report

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, Paris Saint Germain’s Qatari owners and a Chinese group are among investors looking at purchasing a majority stake in David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team, the Miami Herald reported. Citing an unnamed source close to the negotiations, the newspaper said Beckham has been around the world […]

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside dies aged 63

Long-serving Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63 after a short battle with cancer, the English second-tier club announced on Wednesday. Gartside joined the Bolton board in 1988 and had served as chairman since 1999, overseeing the club’s 11-year stint in the Premier League between 2001 and 2012, […]

FA Cup betting preview

  The magic for which the FA Cup is famous around the world is that small town teams get a chance to prove themselves against the big boys, and often reach the latter stages of the competition. When it comes to winning the cup though, small clubs often fail in […]