Klinsmann’s narrow side might mark the beginning of the end for him. … More Copa America Tactical Report: USA v Colombia
The logic is alluring. Javier Hernandez has scored 9 in 22 for Bayer Leverkusen this season, while the club that let him go have managed 24 in 20 Premier League games. So if Manchester United had held onto the Mexican they’d therefore have been a lot better off. Reality isn’t that simple though: circumstances matter … More 5 Reasons Why Javier Hernandez Might Not Have Saved Van Gaal’s Season
As tweeted by Danny Baker!
We revere the great names of football’s past, but many are lost in the mists of time. Very few people remember Patrick Starr, you won’t find his name mentioned in the National Football Museum in Manchester, and he is rarely even a footnote in histories of the game. Yet he played a crucial role in … More English Football’s Forgotten Trail Blazer
Here’s something I wrote for Soccerlens A week after the vice–president of the LFP, the governing body which runs Spanish football’s top two divisions, claimed there is match fixing in La Liga, how appropriate that this weekend sees a rematch of perhaps last season’s most controversial match. Granada versus Real Madrid doesn’t immediately grab you … More La Liga: The spectre of match fixing looms
The extent to which figures in football seem to think they operate beyond the law fascinates me. I’m not talking about the antics of the players which fill the tabloids. There’s an air of inevitability to the sort of incidents which take place when you give a young lad a pile of money and tell … More Ferguson Treads the Fine Line Between Football and the Real World
Here’s something I wrote for Soccerlens Cannavaro and Grava try to keep positive As the dust settles on Napoli’s punishment over an aborted match fix three seasons ago, the simmering sense of resentment built up over years of enmity with the north shows no sign of abating. The €70,000 fine is a pittance, the six … More Napoli’s arbitrary punishment only encourages the conspiracy theorists
It’s difficult to see the notion of the mind game as anything other than a journalistic invention, a key part of the narrative arc which has little effect on the changing room, except perhaps a gradual erosion of the credibility of the likes of Rafa Benitez as the press constantly proclaim him the loser of … More If PR own goals matter, Liverpool are in trouble.