Ben McAleer
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Player Focus: Driving Force Reus on a Roll

(0) Comments | Posted 10 April 2014 | (12:21)


On Tuesday night Borussia Dortmund came perilously close to pulling off the impossible. Chasing a three goal deficit following their first leg defeat to Real Madrid in the quarter-final of the Champions League, the German side were 2-0 up heading into the break...

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Team Focus: Norwich's Decision to Sack Hughton Justified

(0) Comments | Posted 10 April 2014 | (00:00)


From the outside looking in, the sacking of Chris Hughton came as a shock. With five games to play, beginning with a relegation six-pointer at Fulham this weekend, the disruption in the dressing room could have an adverse effect as Norwich...

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The Premier League Title Race

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (09:20)

Liverpool were undoubtedly the biggest winners in the race for the Premier League title at the weekend. Chelsea losing at Crystal Palace and the spoils being shared between Arsenal and Manchester City ensured the Reds could move top of the table on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers' side capitalised...

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League Focus: The Battle to Avoid Relegation in the Premier League

(0) Comments | Posted 18 March 2014 | (23:00)


The Premier League title race took another twist at the weekend, but a win for table footers Fulham closed the gap between themselves and 14th placed Swansea. Just five points separate seven teams at the bottom of England's top tier, with the battle...

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Adebayor Proving His Worth Under Sherwood

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2014 | (23:00)

Perhaps André Villas-Boas' biggest mistake as Tottenham head coach was to not utilise Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese has previously been recognised as a disruptive dressing room influence, yet, under the stewardship of Tim Sherwood, has shown why he deserves a starting spot at White Hart Lane.


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Comparing Southampton's Right-Backs

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (11:27)

Yeah of course, sorry should've sent this across on Tuesday: Southampton, it can be argued, boast the best young left-back in the Premier League in Luke Shaw. The teenager has emerged as one of the finest in his position following Saints' return to England's top tier, making the starting spot...

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Consistent Vela Crucial to Sociedad's Top Four Hopes

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2014 | (14:47)

Before breaking onto the big stage, Carlos Vela was a bona fide legend amongst Football Manager gamers. Dubbed one of the best young players on the simulation, he would go on to break numerous goalscoring records for Arsenal, or any team that could convince the Gunners to sell.

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The Best Young Full-Backs in Ligue 1

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2014 | (10:29)

The modern day full-back is tasked with pressing forward and overlapping the attack-minded players as a means of providing an offensive outlet to his team, but also having the fitness levels to return to their starting position to perform defensive duties. Mathieu Debuchy and Ricardo Rodriguez, of Newcastle and Woflsburg...

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Lucas Crucial to Liverpool's Title Aspirations

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (14:00)

In the 51st minute of Liverpool's pulsating 5-3 win over Stoke at the weekend, Steven Gerrard stepped up to the penalty spot with the opportunity to put the Reds back in front. The Potters had pegged the Merseysiders back from 2-0 down courtesy of a Peter Crouch header- Stoke's first...

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In-Form Griezmann the Catalyst in Sociedad's Recent Run

(1) Comments | Posted 7 January 2014 | (10:30)

Sunday's Basque derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao was in the 133rd league meeting between the two teams. As anticipated, the encounter was an entertaining affair, full of attacking flair and verve.

In the end, Sociedad made their home advantage count, as they were able to...

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Analysing Manchester City's Left-Backs

(0) Comments | Posted 6 January 2014 | (10:31)

There was plenty of focus on Joe Hart when he was dropped as Manchester City number 1 following his mistake in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in October. The England international is prone to making the odd costly error and a spell on the sidelines has done him the world...

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Danny Welbeck Excelling as United's Main Striker

(2) Comments | Posted 5 January 2014 | (23:00)

In the absence of Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck has been charged with leading the Manchester United attack. The England international has been forced to deal with his doubters in the past, but he's been a leading light for the Premier League champions of late.

Granted, United...

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Player Focus: Cavani vs Falcao - Who Has Settled Better in France?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 December 2013 | (08:57)

Ligue 1 fans must have been pinching themselves when Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao joined PSG and Monaco respectively. The duo had become the most coveted strikers on the continent following a barnstorming season that saw the players' net 57 league goals between them last term. Yet, despite interest from...

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Player Focus: John Terry - Time to Come Out of International Retirement

(1) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (23:00)

The moment England were paired with Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica in Group D at next summer's World Cup, the nation entertained the thought of departing Brazil before the knockout stages. The Three Lions crashed out to the Azzurri on penalties at Euro 2012, while Uruguay boast arguably the most...

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Match Focus: Debuchy and Santon Crucial In Newcastle's Win Over United

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (13:51)

Prior to last weekend, the last time Newcastle United won a league game at Old Trafford, the mobile phone had yet to be invented, the Sydney Opera House was over 18 months away from completion and it would be over 5 years before current Tottenham head coach André Villas-Boas was...

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Ricardo Rodriquez Emerging as Europe's Best Left-Back

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2013 | (15:40)

World class left-backs are a rarity in the modern game. Roberto Carlos set a benchmark for the marauding full-back during his playing career but other than Ashley Cole in his prime, it's difficult to pinpoint a standout player in the position. In the Bundesliga however, two have been winning the...

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Simeone's Atlético Madrid Mirroring His Playing Style

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2013 | (15:51)

As Diego Simeone was thrust into the air by his players at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu following Atlético Madrid's 2-1 Copa Del Rey win over rivals Real Madrid last May, it marked a remarkable turn in fortunes for Los Rojiblancos. Neutrals would never have expected the side to build on...

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