All posts by Stephen Brandt


The proper Madrid club

When it comes to Spanish football, many people nowadays are either Real Madrid or Barcelona fans, with that being due to either television exposure or readiness of their merchandise. That’s what I tend to find across the pond here in America, anyway.


Meet tomorrow’s elite

Nothing quite captures the imagination like seeing a youngster blooded at first team level. There’s always a keen sense of anticipation amongst supporters who will have no doubt eagerly tracked the player’s progress up through the yo


The Premier League’s huge TV rights deal in China

The Premier League has grown from strength to strength over the past couple of decades and the amount of revenue generated through selling TV rights across the world has never been higher. Over the last few years, the popula


Watch: Serbian fourth division player with possibly the worst miss of all time

There have been some terrible misses in football over the years. From the likes of Rocky Baptiste (if you know, you know!), Chris Iwelumo and Emile Heskey, the list is endless. There’s a new contender in town (well, somewhere


Watch: Celtic legend Henrik Larsson’s son attacked by Helsingborg fans following relegation

Swedish side Helsingborg, who are managed by Celtic and Sweden legend Henrik Larsson, were relegated from the topflight at the weekend. Understandably, their fans were upset, but what wasn’t understandable was their reaction


The Libero

The Libero, the sweeper, the original ball playing defender. The role required a player to be the last man behind the defensive line, adding both extra security as well as a having the ability to start attacking play from the back.


Wigan Athletic’s managerial dilemma – Thoughts on Gary Caldwell, Warren Joyce and more

Gary Caldwell was sacked as Wigan Athletic manager on Tuesday last week after just two wins in 14 games this season. Last season’s League One title was not enough to save the Scot, for whom the Championship ha


Lamar Hunt and the first crazy club in Dallas

When you hear the name ‘Tornado’ you run because something bad will happen. The Dallas Tornado were the anti-NASL, or North American Soccer League club, and they outlived the flagship franchise and club you’ve prob


Luxembourg at the European Nations Cup 1964

The European Nations Cup (now known as the European Championships) was born in July 1960 in Paris. The idea for a pan-European football tournament was first proposed by the French Football Federation’s secr


Watch: Pep Guardiola’s brilliant reaction to quadruple Man City question

The English media are known for asking tricky and, on occasions, frankly ridiculous questions during the endless amount of press conferences that seem to occur in football throughout the season. Who’d be a football manager


Project England

Trnava is a small city located in western Slovakia known for its scenic views and dubbed the ‘little Rome’ of its country. It’s also well renowned for its religious beliefs, playing host to numerous churches. It was perhaps fitting th


Five talking points from the Premier League so far

If the Premier League is a perfectly performed piano symphony, then the international break is an over-zealous four-year-old slamming his Play-Doh-crusted hands onto as many piano keys as possible and smiling at you en


Premier League 2016/17 preview

The wait is almost over. The new Premier League season is upon us and what a season it promises to be. From Pep to Zlatan and everything in between, 2016/17 has the potential to be the best year of English


Do world class managers guarantee success?

So Euro 2016 has ended and all eyes will now be cast keenly back to the upcoming Premier League campaign. In a tournament that may not go down as one of the most exhilarating, one thing was an ever-present –


My experience at Euro 2016

It is perhaps only an England fan who can so easily draw parallels between the buckling of a collapsible stool in an Airbnb apartment under the weight of a friend’s (over)zealous patriotism, and his team’s own collapsible defen