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Newcastle United: A team of professional slackers

Newcastle United are heading into the Championship. After Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Norwich, it’s sadly inevitable, although plenty would argue it was coming way before that result and, personally, I tend to agree. So what e

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China: Super League or superficial?

The Chinese Super League, or the CSL as it’s known, was formed in 2004 as part of a scheme to rebrand Chinese football away from the original Jia-A League. The idea was to put in place a sustainable structure that

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Poor sod: Newcastle fan holding Rafa Benitez banner takes fall

Being a Newcastle fan must be incredibly tough at the moment. So much so, that any glimmer of hope is welcomed with open arms as the harsh reality of playing Championship football next season could well be materialis

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Get it up the park: The Scottish top flight so far

Usually at this point in the season, Scottish football is in the same, easy to predict position; Celtic/Rangers racing clear at the top of the table, Celtic/Rangers in the League Cup final, Celtic/Rangers e

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Why success for Gary Neville could help decide Manchester United’s managerial dilemma

It seems like every week Louis Van Gaal faces a ‘win or lose your job game’ and he should have been sacked about ten times by now if the media were correct in their assumptions. With this in mind and

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Gary Neville and his never-ending Spanish nightmare

I have the utmost respect for Gary Neville, a fabulous pundit, excellent businessman and an all round good guy. I really feel for him during his wretched time in Spain with Valencia. As a captain he played for the best

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Pep can make Manchester City unstoppable

Transfer deadline day made for one big, anticlimactic borefest. A few teams traded here and there but overall there was very little to talk about on the player front. The whole day would have been a waste had it not

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England to miss out on the fruits of Guardiola’s labour

And so when the worst kept secret in football was revealed, that Pep Guardiola would become the manager of Manchester City next season, the inevitable questions followed. How many points will Man City win the title b

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Leicester vs Liverpool: Do the Foxes smell the Reds‘ blood?

It‘s already Week 24 of the Premier League – and yes, Leicester City are leading with 47 points. They had given up their top position to Arsenal for a few weeks, but with the latter still seemingly unable to beat

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The stars of the Premier League season so far

This season has been possibly one of the most turbulent in the history of the Premier League. The only team I can remember that was in a similar position to Leicester’s is Ipswich Town when they finished fifth in the

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Is new Leyton Orient boss Kevin Nolan ready for management?

With the news of Kevin Nolan becoming the new Leyton Orient player-manager, I was wondering – at what age do footballers actually think they’re past it these days? Obviously he still has a love for the game or else he

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Watch: Former Everton striker Apostolos Vellios stars in embarrassing open-goal miss

Every year there’s a shedload of horrendous misses as so called professional footballers let themselves down and throw their name in the hat for the miss of the season or some other embarrassing award along those lines.

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Zinedine Zidane and the new era of management

Perhaps you saw Zinedine Zidane’s magnificent glowing bald head in the dugout on Saturday at the Bernabeu or perhaps you were distracted by the dazzling football, but the former Real Madrid legend is now managing th

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Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo fan crowd-surfs onto Ballon d’Or red carpet

Despite finishing as runner-up in the 2015 Ballon d’Or awards, Cristiano Ronaldo still has a ridiculously large following and an army of dedicated, adoring fans. This was in evidence on the red carpet as one fan was clearly d

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Liverpool: hell Bent-eke on failure?

With the Klopp honeymoon period quickly returning to dreary grim reality for Liverpool, defeat to West Ham at Upton Park at the weekend highlighted a lot of weaknesses in their squad and a lot of room for improvement in t