Tag: English football

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Emotions of new season blurred in the modern Premier League script

Are supporters of Premier League clubs losing touch with reality, making premature predictions and skewed statements as a result of being sucked into the hype surrounding the world’s biggest league? Elliott Charles certainly thinks so.

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Why travelling could aid English management

Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United are currently 2 points adrift in the English Championship title race from current table toppers Brighton, with many still considering the Toon to be favourites to win the race come May. Doing so would see Rafa

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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 endearingly. The silver lining of this otherwise overcast,

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An interested American: A brief look at the rich history of Preston North End

Young football fans are accustomed to seeing any bar or pub full of Arsenal supporters, and really all you hear about is their unbeatable ‘Invincibles’ season. It’s like they are a broken record. For arguments sake, I’ve met a lot of Arsenal

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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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Why the Premier League’s best just don’t cut the mustard in Europe

It’s a typically cold, dreary evening in the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow back in 2008. The stage is set for what many consider to be the biggest annual match in football – the Champions League Final. The two teams in contention for

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Why the stats do lie

Football talk has long been the default discussion through my time at school and while there’s not much more I love to give my opinion on, I can’t deny how hard it is to accept the opinion of others at

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What is it with English players and their outrageous price tags?

Following the sale of winger Raheem Sterling from Liverpool to Manchester City for £49million I ask, what is it with English players and their outrageous price tags? Where have these inflated fees suddenly come from? Are they justified? It’s the

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The Premier League: the world’s best…. finishing school?

When I think about player development and where each player can learn what they need to become great players, I usually assign different issues to different leagues. In Spain you develop your skills, Italy focuses your tactical mind, and England

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Are we losing the magic of the FA Cup?

This past weekend saw two of the biggest FA Cup upsets in history, with League Two new boys Cambridge United holding 11 time winners Manchester United to a draw and League One Bradford City subjecting the Premier League leaders Chelsea to

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A Football League young XI

The Football League is full of young talent. More than ever coaches and managers are looking towards their youth team and academy prospects to boost numbers in the first team. The money saved and the potential sale value of the players are

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Who will benefit from break?

International breaks are met with loathing from Premier League fans, with the prospect of a weekend without top level domestic football leaving many supporters feeling empty and devoid of purpose. Most can, and will, watch the international qualifiers but it is

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Premier League relegation candidates

The start of the new Premier League season brings optimism and excitement to the majority of fans across the country. Prospects of a top half finish, European qualification, or even a title challenge makes the long summer wait for football

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Who could be first to get the dreaded sack this Premier League campaign?

As the 2014/15 football season looms upon us it becomes clear that no one in their right mind should want to be a Premier League manager. Increased player power, financial pressure, media speculation and a rich Arabian ready to crack

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Does England have a natural finisher?

How would you define natural? Its dictionary definition is of a person having an innate skill or quality; he was a natural entertainer. In a footballing sense, a skill that comes instinctively, suited by nature for a certain purpose or function; a