All posts by Natter Football


Lovely moment: disabled boy shows off keepy-uppy skills to hero David Luiz

Football can produce some beautiful moments and this is certainly one of them. A young disabled boy was a special guest at Brazil’s training session last week, meeting his heroes and watching them train in what was undo


USMNT: expectations heading into the World Cup

Take one nation, growing in stature within the sport, a massive competition and ESPN – what do you have? Throw in a pinch of a very pessimistic football culture here in the States and the supposed “very hard group” we’re


Messi to secure legacy at the World Cup?

No trophies, no Ballon d’Or and no La Liga’s Golden Boot for Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi. Some might say the little Argentinian magician has been under a bit of rare pressure during the 2014 campaign e


Why Arsene Wenger’s new deal is bad news for Arsenal

According to reports today, Arsene Wenger has agreed a new three-year contract at Arsenal putting an end to all the speculation that has been surrounding his future at the club. I, for one, am not excited or pleased about his


Adidas destroy France’s team bus from previous World Cup

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is certainly one to forget for anyone who’s French. Patrice Evra and Nicolas Anelka persuaded their team-mates to revolt against the reported inept management of then boss Raymo


Arsenal season review: how long without a trophy?

Trying to find the best way to describe the 2013/14 season in one word as an Arsenal fan, the one recurring word that comes is “childbirth”. Let me explain: studies have shown that after childbirth, a hormone is releas


Is this the worst penalty ever?

With the World Cup around the corner, penalty fails will undoubtedly be on the horizon. Every tournament, you’re practically guaranteed to see at least one terrible penalty (yes, usually from England). This lat


My Panini World Cup card obsession

I tear the foil open nervously, looking around to see if anyone has seen me. Wasting no time, I turn the first card around. Get lost, Gokhan Inler – I’ve got you already. Turn another. And another. Got. Got. Yes,


Great reaction from the Bernabeu crowd after Sergio Ramos’ Champions League final equaliser

While Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were battling it out in the Champions League final over in Lisbon on Saturday night, a very impressive looking giant cube-screen was set up inside Real’s Bernabeu home for fans of t


Yaya Toure’s Manchester City future: no Selcuk, no issue

Over the years, supporting City has seen me endure more than a slice of the ridiculous, but ‘birthdaygate’ may well just be the icing on the cake (sorry). Over the past week we were introduced to the notion that Ya


James Milner: criminally underrated

The latest rumour in the ever-rotating transfer mill has seen Manchester City’s 28 year-old winger, James Milner, linked with moves to Liverpool and Arsenal, as the Englishman has found first team opportunities limit


Goalkeeper scores as Australian team pull off 10-man comeback

Who’d be a goalkeeper, eh? Not many of us really. They don’t know what it’s like to score a goal or bamboozle a defender leaving him flat on his arse. Still though, when a goalkeeper does produce anything out of


Chelsea’s David Luiz is replaceable

With strong reports suggesting that David Luiz is on his way to Paris Saint-German emerging in the last day or so, it seems the Brazilian Sideshow Bob is leaving Stamford Bridge for Paris. It was mooted last season and now


Was there a ghost on the pitch at the German Cup final at the weekend?

A ghost? On a football pitch? Stop it Natter Football. Seriously though, it might’ve actually happened during the German Cup final between Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich and Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund at the


Parking the bus – just another soundbite

“Parking the bus” – a phrase now levied at any team who deviate from the Keegan attacking philosophy of ‘scoring one more’. Though managers on the losing end have often criticised defensive displays, it was J