Don’t Believe the Hype

What do you need to sell a football story to the typical soccer fan these days? Facts? Well, they’d be useful, but not nearly as juicy as gossip and hearsay. Research? What’s not to be found on Wikipedia and Google? No what you need today in almost every football story nowadays, is hype. To levels […]

Never Mind TV Technology – Most Referees Need A Guide Dog And A White Stick

Another slew of football fixtures passes into history and once again, refereeing ineptitude is once again conspicuously on show. This time it was Anthony Taylor who had gleefully accepted the baton from Martin Atkinson, Kevin Friend and Roger East with his somewhat peculiar view of what happened in the Newcastle United v Manchester United game. […]

Playing the van Gaal way?

If you have been a viewer of Louis van Gaal’s successful teams over the years, you will no doubt be aware that the Dutchman has always favoured a system that is based along the lines of a 3-1-3-3 formation. In his first spell as Ajax manager, van Gaal employed Frank Rijkaard in the anchoring role […]

Don’t be Fooled by the Sky TV and BT Premier League Rights Deal – It’s YOU that will pay

If you watched Sky Sports at any point on Tuesday 10th February, and to a lesser extent BT Sport, then you’ll have been forgiven for thinking that the not-so-surprising announcements that Sky and BT have snagged the seven Premier League TV packages between them was the greatest thing to happen in English football since the […]

Does Mario Balotelli Even Care?

Tuesday night saw Chelsea claim a place in the Capital One Cup Final thanks to an extra time goal from Branislav Ivanovic. In truth, Chelsea already held sway as their away goal at Anfield, was good enough to put them through at the end of extra time. Liverpool still needed to find the net in […]