England Should Eye Double Figure Victory over San Marino!

It is almost impossible to preview the upcoming World Cup qualifier between England and San Marino this week without reminding ourselves of that San Marino goal that inflicted a final ignominy on Graham Taylor when he was the England manager that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. The goal in question was scored by Davide Gualtieri and came just 8.3 seconds into the match after full back, Stuart Pearce, under hit his back pass to David Seaman and Gualtieri was on ... Continue Reading →

Man Utd Can Add To Brendan Rodgers Woes With Victory Over Liverpool

Manchester United will travel to Anfield on Sunday afternoon looking to compound Brendan Rodgers miserable start to life at Liverpool, who are without a win in the former Swansea manager’s first four games at the helm. Despite a return of just two points from a possible 12, it would appear that bookmakers are finding it hard to separate the two teams in the betting ahead of this clash with the visitors holding the narrowest of advantage according to the odds, with Bet365 quoting the away win ... Continue Reading →

England’s Old Guard Should Now Be Stood Down by Hodgson

Now that the “dust has settled” following England’s departure from Euro 2012, manager Roy Hodgson, must decide the way forward for the team. Hodgson will know that with World Cup qualification fixtures beginning in September, he must consider the make-up of the squad that not only ensure that England head to Brazil in 2014 but can also go deep into the tournament. In doing so, he will surely realises that it is time to say goodbye to a number of the “old guard” that the ... Continue Reading →

Laudrup Capable Of Building On Foundations Laid By Rodgers At Swansea City

So what do Swansea City get for their money after securing the services of Michael Laudrup as their new manager in the wake of Brendan Rodgers departure to Liverpool? The first thing they get of course is the services of one of the greatest footballers to grace a football pitch inEuropein living memory. As a player, Laudrup was peerless, possessing incredible timing, he was two footed, highly intelligent, quick thinking with great strength and an unshakeable belief in bringing the best out of his ... Continue Reading →

Huge Pressure On Rodgers To Delivery Instant Success At Anfield

It will not be an easy transition for Brendan Rodgers as he makes the huge step up in club management from Swansea City to Liverpool after he was named the Reds new boss, replacing the departed Kenny Dalglish. Rodgers will be entering unchartered waters by taking over the Anfield hot-seat, following in the footsteps of some legendary managers and against who he will be compared. Names such as Shankly, Paisley and Dalglish and whilst not one of these three legends were originally from Liverpool themselves ... Continue Reading →

Premier League Team Of The Year

Yet another incredible Premier League season came to an end at the weekend with Manchester City finally getting the better of their Manchester neighbours to win their first title since 1968. Their final match which they needed to win against relegation threatened QPR was a never to be forgotten classic, unlikely to be surpassed for excitement or intrigue for many years to come. Overall, the 2011/2012 season produced a whole host of stars, with the emergence of a Manchester United side blessed with ... Continue Reading →

Can Roy Hodgson Have An Instant Impact With England At Euro 2012?

Despite being just over five weeks away, bookmakers are already offering odds on England’s opening Euro 2012 game against France and make them 11/8 to get off to a winning start. Even with the news that Roy Hodgson has been named the new England manager, it has to be questioned whether the Three Lions are worthy favourites to defeat the French, who come into the tournament in buoyant mood with only two defeats in their 20 games played under boss, Laurent Blanc. They also secured a very impressive ... Continue Reading →

The Ups and Downs of the Football League

It is that time of the year when it becomes much clearer of which teams will be staying where they are and which teams are going to be playing in a different division next season, be that a result of relegation or promotion. Obviously no promotion issues in the Premier League but the three relegation places have still to be categorically confirmed, although Wolves can begin packing their bags as they have looked doomed for a long time. The likelihood with still four games to go is that they will ... Continue Reading →

Spanish European Hat Trick On The Cards

Most neutral football fans have long since regarded that as much as we sing the praises of Premier League football, the real leaders in domestic and international football is Spain. As a nation of course, Spain are the reigning World and European Champions and domestically, teams in La Liga should feature very prominently in the two principle European club competitions, namely the Champions and Europa Leagues this season. Indeed it is very much on the cards, courtesy of the draw that defending European ... Continue Reading →

Russia Can Make Presence Felt At Euro 2012

There are not many football fans expecting to see the name of Russia engraved on the Euro 2012 Trophy this year but the Russian team, managed by former Glasgow Rangers manager, Dick Advocaat, are certainly capable of going a long way in the competition and should not be written off from raising a few eye brows in Poland and the Ukraine in June. They have been drawn in Group A along with co-hosts, Poland, Euro champions in 2004, Greece and the Czech Republic; a very competitive looking group that ... Continue Reading →

Birmingham & Reading Enter Championship Promotion Race

With most teams having fifteen or fewer matches to play this season, it is far from certain which three teams from the Championship will be playing Premier League football next season. As it stands, the two most obvious candidates are the teams that have led the way for most of the season, current leaders, West Ham, and Southampton. However, there are several teams queuing up behind them should either or both of the leading duo slip up. Birmingham City for instance, who were almost inconspicuous ... Continue Reading →

Ivory Coast On Track To Win African Cup Of Nations

One of the most pleasing aspects of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations was that two co-hosts, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, have both managed to qualify for the Quarter Finals… Gabon in particular have looked an impressive outfit, winning qualification Group C with three wins from three games, including a 1-0 win over Tunisia which secured top spot. Equatorial Guinea won their two opening games in Group A against Libya and Senegal, but failed narrowly against Group A winners, Zambia, going down ... Continue Reading →