José Mourinho – The Bastard of Blaugrana

“The Special One” – a self-proclaimed title I’ll start by saying but the mid-to-late 2000’s were fruitful for José Mourinho, allowing his egomaniacal statement to hold some truth in hindsight. For the kids that grew up watching mid-millennia Premier League and Champions League games, this strange figure blurred the lines between confident and arrogant more... Continue Reading →

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Maglia, Mad Men and Match-fixing: My favourite jersey is a remnant of Calcio’s sinister past

If Italian football was consistently exceptional at one thing, that thing would designing football shirts. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Serie A was a breeding ground for some fucking quality shirts: Sampdoria, Napoli, Inter and AC Milan’s kits were beautiful, simple and classy but ‘La Viola’, ACF Fiorentina, made some truly special kits. Innocent to... Continue Reading →

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Match Report: Borussia Dortmund 0 – 1 Tottenham (0-4 agg)

Dortmund (4-1-4-1): Burki; Wolf, Weigl, Akanji, Diallo; Witsel; Sancho, Reus, Götze, Guerreiro; Alcacer. Subs: Bruun Larsen, Pulisic, Delaney.Tottenham (3-4-1-2): Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Aurier, Winks, Sissoko, Davies; Eriksen; Son, Kane. Subs: Dier, Lamela, Rose.Lucian Favre made the decision to include Mario Götze and Marco Reus as an attacking-midfield duo in a rather conventional 4-1-4-1 formation... Continue Reading →

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Why do we love Football so much?

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude, I can assure you it is much, much more important than that!”. A quote nearly 38 years old uttered by Bill Shankly, a quote still equally as relevant today than it was back in 1981. But how... Continue Reading →

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Tactical Analysis: How Man City beat Everton

The week so far has seen crucial games take place - first off, a declining West Ham managed to hold Premier League leaders Liverpool to a 1-1 stalemate whilst Pep Guardiola conducted a tactical symphony; despite the score only being 2-0 in favour of his Man City side. Ian Holloway isn’t usually a figure in... Continue Reading →

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Christian Pulisic – Future of Chelsea or Market Pawn?

Christian Pulisic recently made the switch from German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund to the Premier League’s Chelsea for around £58million (64m euros). Pulisic was loaned immediately back to the German side until the summer but with the contract signed, the USA international became Chelsea’s 2nd most expensive outfield player ever. While there should be no... Continue Reading →

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Is ‘English’ football dying out?

A pragmatic approach to the English game has always existed whether it comes in the form of the 2-3-5 of the 1920’s, the famous ‘W-M’ 3-2-2-3 formation pioneered by Herbert Chapman or the mistakenly traditional 4-4-2. The English philosophy throughout 155 years of the Football Association has been based on teamwork and quick counter-attacks rather... Continue Reading →

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Sheffield lad finding his feet in Cambridge

England’s recent World Cup successes seems to have changed the way in which the loan market is viewed – only two of England’s World Cup semi-final 11 had not experienced being sent out on loan. Throughout the 23-man squad, 46 loans involving 93 clubs had taken place – quite an argument for the loaning system.... Continue Reading →

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What we have learned from the Premier League season so far

Every summer without failure, the approaching Premier League season promises to be the most exciting yet, or so Sky Sports likes to claim. Despite my hate for broadcasting companies that perpetually antagonise and make the matchday experience for travelling fans that much harder in the pursuit of profit, I wholeheartedly concur that this Premier League... Continue Reading →

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Match Report: Hull City 1-3 Aston Villa

Each sides league fortunes couldn’t have been more different last season with Hull City finishing 18th and only eight points from the drop with Aston Villa managing to secure a playoff final berth before losing 1-0 to Fulham. Last year The Tigers were joint 4th top scorers in the league, racking up an impressive 70... Continue Reading →

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Match Report: Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Millwall

Sheffield Wednesday secured a vital win over lower-table rivals Millwall. The Owls edged the game through goals from Jordan Rhodes and Adam Reach steering away from a Halloween scare.  Reach put the Owls up in the 3rd minute after left sided partner Fox supplies with a driven cross. Millwall hit back through Elliott’s tap in... Continue Reading →

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