Chris Deeley
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Chris is a writer for http://www.ftbpro.com. He's had work featured on London 24, MSN, the Sunderland Echo and the Manchester Evening News. He's 22, a student at the University Of Hertfordshire, and a long-suffering Spurs fan.

Entries by Chris Deeley

Are Everton All Hype and No Substance?

(16) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (00:00)

The talk at the start of the season was that Everton had done the best summer business they possibly could have done - possibly the smartest in the league. They were, it was said, serious top four contenders and they'd trouble the best sides over and over again.

After three...

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Malky Mackay Response Shows Up Football's Glaring Equality Issues Once Again

(2) Comments | Posted 26 August 2014 | (16:01)

Discrimination in sport is an uncomfortable topic for many. When it makes the news - like it has recently, with Iain Moody and Malky Mackay's texts - there will be a general murmuring that yes, discrimination is bad and it should stop.

And then?

Everyone forgets and goes back to...

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The Winners and Losers From the Premier League Pre-Season

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (15:21)

The season is almost here, close enough to almost smell the overpriced half-time chips and pies. Close enough to almost hear the groans that greet the first miss of the season and the cheers that greet the first goal.

It's been an eventful wait since the World Cup, with no...

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The Myth of the Meaningful Pre-Season

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2014 | (16:24)

This pre-season has been fun. Manchester United gave Liverpool a sound 3-1 beating to allow their fans to hark back to a time when they used to win silverware, a 'nerveless' Manchester City made a massive mess of a penalty shootout and one of the standout individual performances came from...

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The Meteoric Rise and Astounding Fall of Fernando Torres

(0) Comments | Posted 1 August 2014 | (00:00)

Fernando Torres - World class striker. Fernando Torres - Deadly finisher. Fernando Torres - 30 goals a season player.

Remember that? It's been a while, but for Torres it must feel like a lifetime.

The long and eventful story of his career took another turn recently and it's hard not...

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Why Liverpool Will Struggle to Replicate Last Season's Success

(1) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (00:00)

An astounding number of fans, of Liverpool or other clubs, have been saying that this season's Premier League title is Liverpool's to lose.

It's a bizarrely popular idea and one that should probably be snuffed out before it goes any further. The first - and most obvious - reason against...

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Why Lionel Messi Deserved to Win the World Cup's Golden Ball

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (12:58)

Poor Lionel Messi, he didn't have the best day of his life at the Maracana. His team lost the final in extra time, he failed to produce the moment of magic that many have come to expect from him and then he had to trudge up the stairs to the...

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African Teams at the World Cup: "Plucky Underdogs" No More

(1) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (11:49)

This World Cup was the first in the history of the competition that more than one African side made it through to the knockout round and yet there's still a slightly unfair feeling in some parts that the teams from the CAF region have underperformed.

If it seems odd to...

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Why Luis Suarez Is the Latest Victim of Football's Moral Hypocrisy

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (09:19)

The reaction to Luis Suarez's bite on Giorgio Chiellini has been, on the whole, fairly startling. Here's a couple of choice quotes:

"Why not give him a complete ban from international football for the rest of his life?"

"If you ever do this again, you must be banned - for...

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How Vicente Del Bosque's Spain Fell From Grace So Suddenly

(0) Comments | Posted 30 June 2014 | (00:00)

It was one of the great surprises of modern football. Spain were second favourites for the World Cup, having won their last three major tournaments and qualifying for Brazil with ease - not losing a match on the way and conceding three goals in eight games. They looked characteristically unbeatable....

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Why Fifa Must Look at Bringing in More Technology for Referees

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2014 | (00:00)

The 2014 World Cup opened in glitz, glamour and controversy in Sao Paulo, as some questionable refereeing decisions took centre stage.

When Neymar avoided a red for elbowing Luka Modric, some eyebrows were raised. When the hosts were awarded a penalty for what seemed to all the world to...

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England's Winners and Losers From Their World Cup Warm-Ups

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2014 | (10:50)

With England's first game of the tournament just days away, it's time to take a quick look back over the warm-up games.

There were a couple of big winners and a couple of unfortunate losers and the games may well have affected Roy Hodgson's selection for this Saturday.

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Why Wayne Rooney Shouldn't Start for England at the World Cup

(1) Comments | Posted 6 June 2014 | (00:00)

There's been a gathering storm around England's World Cup camp and it's almost exclusively building up around one man in particular - a certain 28-year-old Manchester United player.

Ever since Paul Scholes floated the idea that England might be better served without Wayne Rooney in the starting lineup, the...

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Why QPR Showcase Everything That Is Wrong With Football's Finances

(10) Comments | Posted 2 June 2014 | (00:00)

Queens Park Rangers are a lucky, lucky club.

Harry Redknapp's side sealed promotion back to the Premier League in the Playoff Final despite being down to 10 men and having been outplayed for much of the game, Bobby Zamora's 90th minute goal taking them up.

But their luck doesn't...

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Five Reasons Why the Van Gaal-Giggs Partnership Is the Perfect Match for Manchester United

(0) Comments | Posted 21 May 2014 | (00:00)

For the second time in the last 12 months, a new era has begun at Old Trafford, this one being headed by Louis van Gaal and assisted by United legend Ryan Giggs.

United will be hoping that they last longer than David Moyes's 10 months and early signs for...

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Why Brendan Rodgers Is Wrong to Criticise Jose Mourinho's Tactics

(0) Comments | Posted 1 May 2014 | (14:34)

"We were the better team with the ball. We just could not unlock them."

So said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday.

Rodgers's comments reflect a larger feeling in English football that playing a defensive style means never being the...

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How Roberto Martinez Has Put Everton on the Map

(1) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (00:00)

One of the most common sights at the denouement of the last few Premier League seasons is that of a North London club huffing and puffing around the last Champions League spot.

This season, however, Spurs are out of the picture and it's Everton snapping at Arsenal's heels, hunting...

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The Seven Most Improved Reputations This Season in the Premier League

(0) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (14:52)

Although poor performances have left the reputation of certain people in tatters, some have gone from strength to strength and we couldn't help but take notice.

Let's take a look at the positive side for once and give credit where credit's due. Here are seven of the most improved...

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7 Things a Premier League Manager Needs to Do to Beat the Drop

(0) Comments | Posted 1 April 2014 | (16:43)

It's nearing crunch time at the bottom of the Premier League table and a handful of teams will be looking nervously over their shoulders as the bottom three make one last push for safety.

How does a floundering side avoid getting dragged down to the Championship next season? Well,...

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Defence? Never Heard of It

(2) Comments | Posted 1 April 2014 | (00:00)

It's an old sporting cliche that the defence wins championships and it might explain why no team has taken command of this season's Premier League race as of yet.

Chelsea currently have their noses in front, which makes sense given that they've leaked the least goals so far this term....

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