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Gracias y Adios La Furia Roja

Mark Houston June 22, 2014

In the same month the Spanish king abdicated in Madrid, Spain’s other kings were dethroned in Brazil. While Andrea Pirlo ages like a fine wine and continues to simply take the piss, Xavi’s legs just cannot keep up anymore. Iker Casillas, now second choice at Real Madrid, appears a shadow of the goalkeeper he used… Continue Reading »


The Blog FC English Premier League End of Season Awards

Mark Houston May 20, 2014

So like the transfer window “slams shut” twice a year, the Premier League curtain has “come down” on season 2013-14. We now know that ROMANCE IS DEAD (, football narratives don’t exist like they used to and money is king as the team everyone expected to win did just that. But that attitude ignores how… Continue Reading »


What Crisis?

Josh Flint April 3, 2014

It is two months ago now that Stoke travelled to Sunderland, hoping for an upturn in form after poor results against Crystal Palace and Chelsea had threatened to derail their season. An unlucky goal conceded allowed Adam Johnson and Sunderland to take the lead and secure the three points that night, and some Stoke supporters… Continue Reading »


Why Managers Are So Important

Mark January 25, 2014

The contrasting fortunes of Manchester United under Alex Ferguson last year, where they almost inevitably ploughed their way to the title, and under David Moyes this year, where they have plunged out of contention for the title before the end of January, gives us a somewhat rare opportunity to reflect on the importance of managers… Continue Reading »


Same Hardware, Different Software

Josh Flint January 24, 2014

I would challenge the most ardent and optimistic of Stoke City supporters to admit that they predicted eight goals would have been scored at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, 12th January, 2014. The team has shown in fits and starts that they are capable of taking a game to the opposition, but this trait was… Continue Reading »


Why Philipp Lahm should have won the Ballon d’Or

Mark January 16, 2014

2013 taught us that modern football is about goals and defenders can’t win awards. Even attacking defenders aren’t recognised, and Philipp Lahm – who was 2013’s outstanding player, not just for leading Bayern Munich to unprecedented success, but also for his all-round ability as a complete footballer – is the biggest casualty having been overlooked… Continue Reading »


Manchester United can’t win the EPL – Statistically Speaking

Matt Egan October 2, 2013

United can’t win: something that I’m sure every football fan has heard over the past couple of days from one verbose UK news outlet or another. With good reason: United are playing bad, and most people hate them so like to read bad things about them. I would like to however draw upon the predicament… Continue Reading »


Gylfi Sigurdsson Scores vs. Chelsea – Goal Breakdown

James Moschella October 1, 2013

Last time I broke down a Spurs goal, I explained how dynamic Spurs’ midfield is becoming. Their midfield is stuffed full of playmakers, all bringing a unique style of play. Christian Eriksen – an intelligent, technically gifted passer. Paulinho, a deep-lying playmaker with a knack for getting up and finding space. I can go on… Continue Reading »


Aguero Nets City a Derby Lead – Goal Breakdown

James Moschella October 1, 2013

There’s no better way to start a goals review than a Manchester Derby, right? Of course, it’s Sergio Aguero in the thick of it all with this fantastic netter. Jesus Navas  could be considered out of position tracking this far back. His play here allows for City’s defenders (Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany) to relax,… Continue Reading »

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