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Written on 17 Aug 2014 | No Comments

The man with the golden balls – Louis Van Gaal, will lead out a new Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow with the weight of every fan on his shoulders. Many expect the ‘good times’ to return, including myself, however I feel that the current squad of players is simply not good enough to challenge for the title. Or even achieve a top four finish. If we fail to bring in the numbers we need I fear for us and the Manchester United dream.
We should be challenging for the title …

Written on 14 Aug 2014 | No Comments

Chelsea are my team to beat for this season in the premier league. Jose Mourinho has a history of doing well in his second year at clubs and he told us as much last season. I watched them live at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday against Real Sociedad and I noticed how they were only once able to break through the midfield and run at the Chelsea defence, and that time Cahill and Terry cleared things up nicely. Mourinho has a system to stop the opposition running at his defence as …

Written on 14 Aug 2014 | One Comment

This is the 5th in a series of 6 articles about the 60 greatest players in the world with this one looking at those most undefinable of roles – the attacking midfielder and the winger. Gone are the days when flying wingers and box-to-box central midfielders are the order of the day in a 4-4-2 formation universally used. A modern day attacking midfielder has to be so much more than your old school south american ‘no.10′ and now incorporates many more types of players into the one label. Meanwhile for wingers, the …

Written on 14 Aug 2014 | No Comments

When football in Denmark is mentioned, clubs such as FC København (or FC Copenhagen) and Brøndby are usually the first two clubs that come to mind, while Aalborg BK (AaB) are another Danish club that a fairly educated football fan could name off the top of their heads. Looking at UEFA’s club coefficient rankings (Rankings that determine seeds for European competitions) it would suggest that Danish football isn’t exactly doing brilliantly, with FC København the only side above the 100th ranking (47). However, with the emergence of Danish talents in the …

Written on 13 Aug 2014 | No Comments

Finalists four years earlier, France where earmarked as one of the pre-tournament favourites in South Africa in 2010. Sadly, the optimism surrounding the squad took a traumatic turn for the worst with an upheaval that disgusted the entirety of a nation, with a strong footballing tradition.
Headlines throughout the world reported France’s refusal to train for 58 year old manager Raymond Domenech. An impending internal implosion was coming like a head on collision with a broken, and ill-disciplined squad.
The expulsion of Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka for launching a vicious tirade at …

Written on 13 Aug 2014 | No Comments

Despite the protestations from Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini that the 2014 Community Shield should be viewed as the climax of the previous season, the 2014-15 season’s curtain raiser witnessed an impressive 3-0 victory for the 2014 FA Cup winners Arsenal against last season’s Premier League Champions that was enough to suggest the Gunners will provide a serious challenge for City’s title this season. Picking up where he left off last season, the outstanding Aaron Ramsey looked fit and ready to lead that title challenge, which is seemingly increasingly credible …

Written on 12 Aug 2014 | No Comments

Another season is on the horizon and yet again Chelsea are exploiting the many millions Roman Abramovich has to their advantage, by already bolstering their squad for what is going to be an incredibly tough season ahead for the Blues.
Jośe Mourinho has been adapting the squad early on in the transfer window, acquiring Spanish front-man Diego Costa which will certainly take the pressure off his fellow countryman Fernando Torres. Whether or not Jośe decides to retain Samuel Eto’o remains to be seen, however, with an ever present attacking midfield, …

Written on 10 Aug 2014 | No Comments

Its been a great window for Tottenham! hasn’t it? you can still hear some of the disgruntled fans screaming, sign a striker!!! But to the masses this has been a great window, deadwood has been sold and for a profit.
Deadwood:
Total spending: £7,500,000
Total income: £12,000,000
(Figures above is the amount made from Livermore and Falque).
Key positions:
Fans have been extremely happy with the signing of players needed in key positions. But most of all the competition for places especially in the defence which was one of our weakest positions is a great …

Written on 10 Aug 2014 | No Comments

As Sky Sports News struggle to squeeze another rumour onto their rolling on screen ticker, and the football pages of the tabloid media seem to have more spies and insiders than MI5, it’s a sure sign that the transfer silly season is well and truly underway. From bargain basement wheeling and dealing, to the multi million pound super deals, here are a few of the types of transfers you might just come across before the 1st of September.
He’s One Of Us
In the mercenary world of modern football, fans love nothing …

Written on 10 Aug 2014 | No Comments

New Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has already kick-started his Manchester United reign with 5 wins in an unbeaten US pre-season tour, which concluded with a 3-1 victory over rivals Liverpool to lift the International Champions Cup. The Dutchman, who led Holland to 3rd place in this year’s World Cup, has taken the same 3-5-2 system he used with the national team and implemented it at United, and the system has already proved to get United the results they want. United were phenomenal throughout pre-season, picking up victories over …