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Paolo Di Canio Had To Go Or Else Sunderland Collapsed!

So Sunderland have sacked head coach Paolo Di Canio with the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League table. In The Stands Rolly Pelovangu asks who is surprised? Just 13 games in and Di Canio has already been given the bullet with Sunderland propping up the league table, looking poor on all fronts, lacking goals and any sort of direction and worst of all harbouring a manager who looked for all intents and purposes that he has no self-control. 13 matches, 3 wins, one very impressive Tyne-Wear derby ... Continue Reading →

Footballers and their affinity to golf

The sports of football and golf may well need contrasting skills and attributes to be a success, but his has not stopped a wide range of great and good players from the beautiful game taking to the golf course. Whether it is recreationally, to raise money for charity or even in some cases as a follow on after a career in football, you will not be hard pushed to find a star footballer putting, chipping and driving.  Read the full article Tweet Continue Reading →
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No Signings Will Leave Arsenal Struggling To End Trophy Drought

With one month of the transfer window left and the season drawing ever closer Arsenal have yet to make a marquee signing leaving their trophy hopes this season wavering. What happened? After being linked to the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and even a reunion with former captain Cesc Fabregas, it appears once again that Arsenal will go into the new season dearth of the marquee signings needed to take the club to the next level. Yaya Sanago aside, Arsene Wenger has failed to ... Continue Reading →
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Poll: Do You Liverpool Fans Want To Keep Luis Suarez At Anfield?

Fuelled by what seems to be a never ending transfer merry-go-round of ‘will he wont he’, Luis suarez is fast becoming bigger than Liverpool football club themselves! Well, not necessarily, but you get the point. So the gloves are now officially off between the Reds and potential suitors Arsenal (amongst many other clubs) with the Gunners expecting Luis Suarez to tell Liverpool he wants to leave and so force through a move to North London. In lieu of this and after much shouting at our ... Continue Reading →
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The Daily Rant…Hope Powell Is Washed Up & England Women Need A Change

After watching England Women crash and burn after a disastrous Euro 2013 campaign, In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu asks some tough questions. In essence one couldn’t believe how poor England’s Women were. To call it embarrassing would be too meek an insult, yet there was something eerily worrying about the way Hope Powell’s girls crashed and burned at the very first hurdle in Sweden. Granted France are quite justifiably amongst the, if not the favourites to lift their maiden European trophy ... Continue Reading →
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Are Paris St Germain The New Force In Europe?

Paris St Germain are set to match the £54million release clause needed to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani prompting the question are the French club set to become the new force in European football? Last season’s Ligue 1 champions are reportedly ready to match Cavani’s €63 million minimum fee release clause and have already agreed personal terms with the 26-year-old over a five-year deal worth €8m a year in wages. Phew! With World Class stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva ... Continue Reading →
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Who Would You Choose Luis Suarez Or Wayne Rooney?

Newly appointed Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is facing a choice whether to choose between Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney. Both players are unsettled at their respective clubs with both courting a move overseas, and in the case of Wayne Rooney even a potential move south to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. With the pair showing such open hunger for pastures new, where else could the incentive be higher than those new pastures being with Spanish giants Real Madrid? It is no secret that Ancelotti is keen ... Continue Reading →
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Are The FA Right To Let England Under 21 Boss Stuart Pearce Go?

The English FA have confirmed that they will not be renewing the contract of Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce. But are they right to let him go? Rolly Pelovangu asks the tough questions. It’s been six long years, I don’t deserve it! So cried a desperate Stan in his final emotion-fueled rant to Marshall Mathers before launching his car over the bridge. If Stuart Pearce’s last plea was or is to be as dramatic as Stan’s then news of his imminent departure from all duties concerning ... Continue Reading →
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Roberto Martinez – The Right Man to Lead Everton Forward

Everton have officially unveiled Roberto Martinez as their new manager, in what is a good move for both the club and the Spanish coach. David Moyes has filled big shoes at Manchester United, but the Scot has left something of a legacy at Goodison Park after 11 years in charge of the Merseyside club. Although Martinez has a big job on his hands, his appointment is a clever one by Everton. Despite other names such as Ralf Ragnick being touted as the next Everton boss, Martinez became favourite with ... Continue Reading →

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 →

XI series: Sexual Innuendo XI

GK: Fabian Assmann
 This Argentine goalkeeper, who currently plays for Independiente, has been given the nickname Billy Gun.  (by me) LB: Jullian Dicks “Julian Dicks is everywhere. It’s like they’ve got eleven Dicks on the field.” – Sometimes football can be a sausage factory. RB:Rod Fanni Unflappable French right back for Olympique de Marseille has impressed in recent years. It’s no wonder that Wigan, Sunderland and Newcastle have been eyeing up ... Continue Reading →

Too Much Finances & Money Is Wasted In Football

In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu explores the world of football finance taking care not to spill his tea as he cringes at the level of money wasted in the game nowadays. The end. And that was that. It had taken me just under 2 hours to read from cover-to-cover the ‘I am The Secret Footballer’ book written by an anonymous pro who having played the game at the highest level, now is determined to declassify all the murky details from the football world. “It is often said that 95% of what happens ... Continue Reading →