Theo Walcott is brought down by Ukraine's Oleksandr Kucher

Reasons We Should Not Criticize England After Ukraine Draw

England played out a 0-0 draw away to Ukraine to keep their qualification for World Cup 2014 on track. But despite this, Roy Hodgson’s men have come under heavy criticism. Typical. No sooner had they even walked off the pitch in Kiev had old big ears Gary Linekar tweeted his visceral dissatisfaction at England’s performance. For the record the BBC pundit sarcastically tweeted: ‘Good result for England… Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina et al, you’re in big trouble! What happens ... 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 →

Is Ferguson lining up Lampard?

Despite sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League, it seems that Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up a few reinforcements during the January transfer window. While future superstars are being linked with moves to Old Trafford, one rather more seasoned star could be heading north. It’s common knowledge that Frank Lampard is likely to leave Chelsea sooner rather than later. At the age of 34, owner Roman Abramovich thinks that he’s over the hill, and he’s been linked with moves as far afield ... Continue Reading →

In Awe of David Moyes

Year after year Everton defy the odds with a team thin on the ground. But now they seem to have a side that is strong and settled. Can this be the year that David Moyes and the Toffees finally win the silverware they truly desire.  Starting from the back and based on last year’s record Everton had the third best defence in the division. Their defensive unit – for the most part has remained consistent with Howard in goal, Baines left, Neville or Hibert right and Distan, Jagielka or Heitinga ... Continue Reading →

It Is Good David Beckham Was Left Out Of Olympics Team GB

David Beckham was said to be sobbing over not being picked for the Great Britain Olympic football team. In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu has little sympathy. Beckham will not be featuring for Team GB come the summer. Instead the three over-23 spots have gone to Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards respectively. One word…good. Yes, ‘Golden Balls’ is an icon and an ambassador for British football, but let’s face it, David Beckham is past it. He is a complete shadow of the ... Continue Reading →

Italy Through England Out – Justice Was Done At Euro 2012

After yet another quarter-final heartbreak In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu celebrates the fact that footballing justice was done as Italy progressed at the expense of England. You can’t always get what you want in life. That is a common fact and even with all the grafting and passionate fervor inimical to achieving success, it cannot and will not be the overriding guarantee to winning a major tournament. The significance of it all? Look no further than England’s elimination at the ... Continue Reading →

Euro 2012 Exit To Spain Proves That Young France Are Still Not Ready

Spain brushed France aside 2-0 to send Les Bleus crashing out of Euro 2012 leaving In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu to question whether this youthfully French side are ready to win big things. In the end it wasn’t even close. Two goals by Xabi Alonso – the second from the spot – gave holdes Spain a comfortable 2-0 win over Laurent Blanc’s men who exit the tournament with their tails between their legs. Putting the petty squad problems aside, the reality is this France ... Continue Reading →

I Believe… Do you?

Every time England go in to a major tournament I am always the same. It doesn’t how badly they play during the qualifications, I always look at the squad and say we’ve got a real chance here. And this tournament is no different… Yes the England team only drew with the French on Monday but they were brilliantly tough to beat. 2 banks of 4 protected Joe Hart’s goal for the 90 and it was only a superbly accurate Samir Nasri goal that beat the City keeper. Apart from that they ... Continue Reading →

Euro 2012 Daily Round-Up: Fabregas Slams Pitch As Spain Draw

Cesc Fabregas slammed the state of the pitch as Spain and Italy played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in their Group C opener. “The pitch was a disaster,” said Fabregas. “It’s lamentable to play on a pitch like that. We deserved a lot more. It’s lamentable that we still have to play on pitches like that.” And guess what, he had a point. The state of the turf was not so much ‘a disaster’ – rather bad enough to deny the Spaniard’s the opportunity to play their free-flowing ... Continue Reading →

Euro 2012 Daily Round-Up: Netherlands Are 1 Dimensional & More…

In The Stands brings the first of its daily Euro 2012 round-ups straight from our offices to your mind with our premier opening being Holland’s 1 dimensional play and the best players of the tournament so far The entire continent saw Holland crash and burn in their opening match with Denmark at the Euros. The 1-0 defeat coupled with Germany’s slender 1-0 win over a pitifully defensive Portugal team brutally accentuated the shortcomings of Bert van Marwijk’s men with striker Robin ... Continue Reading →

DEBATE: Will Mental Weakness Hinder England Again?

In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu muses on one major obstacle England must overcome if they are to triumph at Euro 2012 – the mental barrier. So the balls have been drawn, the groups decided, the path has been set and all roads now lead to Ukraine/Poland as the summer’s footballing bonanza looms. Aside from penalties, dodgy refereeing decisions, fluky free-kicks, Spain and an injury to key striker Wayne Rooney, what could possibly stop England from lifting their first Henri Delauney trophy ... Continue Reading →