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  • FootballPhoto of Liverpool vs Arsenal

    Liverpool vs Arsenal

    Liverpool’s game against Arsenal was a “we score, you score” sort of a match. Thoroughly entertaining. Both sides can claim to deserve all 3points, but I don’t think either of them will be too disappointed with the 1. Liverpool avoid defeat and manage to just about stay in the race for 4th place and the point keeps Arsenal on top…

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  • FootballPhoto of Will Zidane be Madrid’s Messiah?

    Will Zidane be Madrid’s Messiah?

    I’ve never been very complimentary towards Real Madrid when it comes to the way Florentino Perez runs the club and don’t see that changing. His latest gambit? Sacking Rafa and appointing Zidane. I said at the start of the season that Benitez won’t last very long but even I was surprised when he was sacked even before Madrid got knocked…

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  • FootballPhoto of Do Ex-Players Make Good Managers?

    Do Ex-Players Make Good Managers?

    Zidane’s appointment as the Real Madrid manager was a case of a club turning to a legendary player to rescue them by sitting in the dug-out. Yes Zidane was a world class footballer, but is he a world class manager? Is there any connection between being a successful player and a successful manager? Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski, the authors…

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  • FootballPhoto of Manchester United Will Rise

    Manchester United Will Rise

    Manchester United is the most successful club in English football, having won a record 19 league titles, a record 11 FA Cups and four League Cups. The club has also won three European Cups and has twice been club world champions: in 1999 and 2008. Manchester United is one of the wealthiest and most widely supported football teams in the world. The club is said to be worth £1.13 billion, making it the world’s…

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  • FootballPhoto of Replacements for Tiago that Atletico should consider

    Replacements for Tiago that Atletico should consider

      Atletico Madrid’s 1-nil win at home against Espanyol wasn’t as sweet as a routine home win usually is despite the fact that they close the gap between them and Barcelona down to 4 points. That is because one of their most influential midfielders, Tiago was stretchered off the pitch with a fractured leg. There is no time frame for…

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  • FootballPhoto of Ronaldo. A Legend Or a Liability? 

    Ronaldo. A Legend Or a Liability? 

      I know it sounds ridiculous to call one of the two best players of his generation a ‘liability’ but just give it a thought for a moment. Is Cristiano Ronaldo worth the baggage he carries? Yes his ability cannot be questioned (though he’s been pretty shite with free kicks recently) and he is going win you more matches than…

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  • FootballPhoto of Outgunned Out-Thought and Thoroughly Outclassed: Real Madrid

    Outgunned Out-Thought and Thoroughly Outclassed: Real Madrid

      In a fashion true to their style, Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez was put under all sorts of pressure coming into the El Clasico. Some sections of the media even speculating about his future at the club, despite having lost only 1 match! Such is the nature of the club. All the controversy surrounding their manager and their best…

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  • FootballPhoto of City 1 – 4 Liverpool (Analysis)

    City 1 – 4 Liverpool (Analysis)

    Premier League action resumed after the international break as Manchester City were set to host Liverpool at the Etihad. In their last game, Manchester City were frustratingly held to a draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park. The Sky Blues were out looking to bag their first Premier League win in the month of November and they wanted it desperately…

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  • FootballPhoto of TOP 3 Matches of UCL R3

    TOP 3 Matches of UCL R3

    The group stage of the UEFA Champions League reached the midway point as we saw 33 goals scored in the 16 games played this past Tuesday and Wednesday. With teams fighting for the trophy to the teams who just have their eyes set on the Europa League spot, we have shortlisted the TOP3 matches of Round 3.   ARSENAL  2…

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  • FootballPhoto of Premier League Gameweek 10 Preview

    Premier League Gameweek 10 Preview

    Aston Villa – Swansea City Aston Villa have won just one of their eight Premier League meetings with Swansea (D3 L4), losing each of the last three and failing to score in the last two. Swansea City have collected just two points from their last five Premier League away games (D2 L3). Tim Sherwood has lost 14 of his 22…

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  • FootballPhoto of Records Come Tumbling Down 

    Records Come Tumbling Down 

    C. Ronaldo is now the highest goal scorer for Real in the history of La Liga, having surpassed Raul. Raul probably is one of the greatest strikers in the game and Ronaldo went passed him without breaking a sweat! It took Raul 550 games over 16years to accumulate 228 goals. Ronaldo scored more in half the number of games.  Simply…

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  • FootballPhoto of UCL Tuesday Knockout Preview

    UCL Tuesday Knockout Preview

      Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Roma Bayer Leverkusen and Roma’s only previous meeting was in the 2004/05 Champions League group stages. The German side won 3-1 in Leverkusen and there was a 1-1 draw in Rome. Bayer Leverkusen have reached the Last 16 in each of the past four seasons they’ve been involved in the Champions League. None of Bayer…

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  • FootballPhoto of Premier League: Round 9 Review (Saturday)

    Premier League: Round 9 Review (Saturday)

    To the relief of many, Premier League action resumes after the international break. With a set of some exciting fixtures, the most unpredictable and entertaining league in the world saw 23 goals scored in the 8 games that were scheduled for Saturday, 17th October. The action kicked-off at White Hart Lane as Liverpool, under their new manager Jürgen Klopp held…

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  • FootballPhoto of La Liga GW8 Preview

    La Liga GW8 Preview

    Real Madrid – Levante Real Madrid have won their last seven La Liga games against Levante. They have never won eight in a row against them. The Valencians have been shut out against Real Madrid in three consecutive La Liga games. Levante have won only one of their last 10 visits to Santiago Bernabéu (L9), 0-1 in 2007 with a…

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  • FootballPhoto of Premier League GW9 Preview

    Premier League GW9 Preview

    Tottenham Hotspur – Liverpool Spurs are the only Premier League team not to have lost since the opening weekend (W3 D4). Liverpool have won five successive league games against Spurs for the first time since 1976; this is the 145th league clash between the sides but neither has ever won six in a row. The last time Spurs lost six…

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  • FootballPhoto of Klopp for the Kop! 

    Klopp for the Kop! 

      1. First and foremost, have a real go at Tottenham. It’s his 1st game at the club. The fans are not going to turn on him if he loses. They will be more interested in the performance of the team. Klopp needs to be aware of that. He should set his team out to play expansive intense football rather…

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  • FootballPhoto of Arsenal 3-0 Man United Analysis

    Arsenal 3-0 Man United Analysis

    Mouthwatering fixtures were scheduled for Sunday, October 04 as this season’s first Merseyside Derby ended in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. The match which followed the Merseyside Derby ended very, very surprisingly. Arsenal v Manchester United was the game which followed the Merseyside Derby this past Sunday. The visitors were easily and comfortably beaten 3-0 by Arsene Wenger’s men.…

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  • FootballPhoto of Round 8 of the Barclays Premier League (Sunday)

    Round 8 of the Barclays Premier League (Sunday)

    Round 8 of the Barclays Premier League kicked off on Saturday, 03 October with seven cracking matches which included a couple of surprising results. 23 goals were scored in these seven fixtures. Three games were scheduled for Sunday, 04 October, and all three were must watch games. Super Sunday kicked off with the Merseyside Derby, followed by Arsenal against Manchester…

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  • FootballPhoto of Round 8 of the Barclays Premier League (Saturday)

    Round 8 of the Barclays Premier League (Saturday)

    Round 8 of the Barclays Premier League kicked off on Saturday, 03 October with seven cracking matches which included a couple of surprising results. 23 goals were scored in these seven fixtures. The action started off with Crystal Palace beating West Brom comfortably at home. Two newcomers went head to head as Watford were held to a draw for the…

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  • FootballPhoto of The Barcelona We’re Not Used To 

    The Barcelona We’re Not Used To 

      I’m not trying to portray that Barcelona have had a disastrous start to the campaign, because they haven’t. They are just a point off the top of the table and the Champions league has only just started. So nothing is terribly wrong with the results. But if you take a closer look at their performances, something looks missing. Like…

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  • FootballPhoto of Premier League 2015-16 Sunday Preview

    Premier League 2015-16 Sunday Preview

      Everton – Liverpool Everton have gone nine league games without a victory against their neighbours Liverpool. They’ve not gone 10 games without a victory against the Reds since 1984 (a run of 11 games). Liverpool have lost just one of their last eight Premier League games at Goodison Park, losing 2-0 in October 2010. The last three have ended…

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  • FootballPhoto of Round Two – UEFA Champions League Review (E-H)

    Round Two – UEFA Champions League Review (E-H)

    GROUP E BARCELONA  2 – 1  BAYER   LEVERKUSEN Venue – Camp Nou. Referee – Martin Atkinson (ENG). Starting Eleven BAR – Ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Mathieu; Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic; Ramirez, Neymar, Suarez. BENCH – Masip, Bartra, Douglas, Alba, Roberto, Munir, Gumbau. LEV – Leno; Donati, Tah, Papadopoulos, Wendell; Bender, Kramer; Kampl, Calhanoglu, Bellarabi; Hernandez. BENCH – Kresic, Ramalho,…

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  • FootballPhoto of England’s Struggle In Europe

    England’s Struggle In Europe

    With 2 match days over, none of the 4 English teams have got off to a perfect start. United lost away to PSV, Chelsea lost in Portugal, City was beaten at home by a not-so-confident Juve side and Arsenal got outwitted and outfought by the 2 teams that were considered ‘easy’ when the draw was concluded. The days when LFC…

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  • FootballPhoto of Midweek Roundup from Germany and Italy (Serie A and Bundesliga)

    Midweek Roundup from Germany and Italy (Serie A and Bundesliga)

    5′ Balotelli (Mil) 10′ Bonaventura (Mil) 46′ Zapata (Mil) 51′ Emanuel Badu (Udn) 58′ Duvan Zapata (Udn) Poor 2nd half from Milan after going 3 nil up in the 1st half. After conceding twice within 15 mins in the 2nd half, it seemed more like they were hoping to ride their luck for the rest of the game than actually…

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