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 →

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 →

Should More English Players go Abroad?

The English Premiership is truly global league. Their are, in fact,  62 different nationalities represented within a mere 50,000 sq Miles. But in the other 5,730,000 sq Miles, only 35 English players, not including Scotland, are playing abroad.  The questions is; But why? Why are so many English footballers put off by the prospect of adding the experience of more technical leagues in Spain and Italy? Spanish, French and Italian players have always jumped at the chance of playing in the more phisical ... Continue Reading →

Football The Winner As Manchester United Embarrassed By Athletic Bilbao & Iker Muniain

Manchester United were beaten 3-2 by Athletic Bilbao at Old Trafford in their Last 16 Europa League 1st leg clash leaving Sir Alex Ferguson’s men embarrassed And the visitors’ win helped break one of the biggest myths in the football lexicon on a warm Thursday night in Europe. For those of you who could be bothered to forego Eastenders and Top Gear to tune into Manchester United’s Europa League tie with Athletic Bilbao (pronounced Beel-bao) on Channel 5, the football Gods suitably rewarded ... Continue Reading →

Arsenal 3-0 AC Milan: UEFA Champions League Picture Special

Arsenal produced a marvelous second leg display to beat AC Milan 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium but ultimately crashed out of the UEFA Champions League after a 4-3 aggregate defeat. They do say that the only thing predictable in football is its unpredictability. AC Milan would know a lot about that having been involved in some of Europe’s most plot-twisting, ‘did I just see that?’ matches in the last decade. Liverpool in 2005, Deportivo La Coruna in 2004, Real Madrid in 2009 are just ... Continue Reading →

5 Reasons Why Napoli Will Beat Chelsea At The San Paolo

Napoli host Chelsea at the San Paolo in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie with In The Stands making the case that a home win is a certainty. In a match which at the beginning of this season’s Champions League would not have concerned Chelsea too much now all of the sudden looks like a man mountain given the form of AVB’s struggling Blues side. Out of the Carling Cup, struggling in the FA Cup after a poor 1-1 draw with Championship side Birmingham and hopelessly adrift ... Continue Reading →

Andres Iniesta Played 2009 Champions League Final With A Muscle Tear

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta played the 2009 UEFA Champions League final against Manchester United with a two-centimetre tear in his right thigh muscle it has been revealed. The news was made public by Spanish football expert Graham Hunter in his recently published book ‘Barca – The Making of the Greatest Team in the World’. In that final Iniesta was the focal point of a three-man Barca midfield alongside Xavi and Sergio Busquets whilst Yaya Toure covered at centre back. Favourites ... 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 →

Why Did Arsene Wenger Sub Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain vs Manchester Utd?

Arsenal slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United as boos rang out after Arsene Wenger inexplicably substituted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with the score at 1-1 The nippy, technically astute youngster was having his best ever game in an Arsenal shirt and after much persistence from the hosts, set up striker Robin Van Persie for the equaliser in the second half. Following the expected rejuvenation which came courtesy of ‘RVP’s’ fine finish and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ... Continue Reading →

Was Glen Johnson Tackle vs Man City Worse Than Vincent Kompany Tackle?

Glen Johnson is the subject of much discussion after Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini slammed a tackle he made during Liverpool’s 1-0 League Cup semi-final win at Eastlands. Johnson leapt into a two-footed tackle on Joleon Lescott during a fiery second half. Enraged, City boss Roberto Mancini suggested that Johnson’s tackle was a far more dangerous than the one which got his own defender Vincent Kompany sent off against Manchester United at the weekend. So have your say with In The ... Continue Reading →

Official UEFA Champions League Last 16 Draw

The UEFA Champions League Last 16 draw has paired Arsenal with AC Milan whilst Chelsea will take on Napoli in a English vs Italian double header. Chelsea finished top of Group E but will be especially weary of last 16 opposition Napoli who overcame Manchester City in the group of death to book their place in the last 16 at their very first attempt. Arsenal on the other hand have been handed what looks to be an equally tough draw in the form of AC Milan. The 7-time European champions finished a distant ... Continue Reading →

UEFA Champions League Last 16 Draw: Preview Dream Matches ITS Want

The UEFA Champions League last 16 draw takes place on Friday in Nyon with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Napoli awaiting their fate in the knockout round. Two seeding pots have been formed, one consisting of group winners and the others of runners-up as follows: Group winners: Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Benfica, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, APOEL and Barcelona. Group runners-up: Napoli, CSKA Moscow, Basel, Lyon, Bayer Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit St Petersburg and AC Milan. As ... Continue Reading →