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Strength in Numbers Give Villa Hope Despite Problems Persisting

(1) Comments | Posted 14 September 2014 | (17:58)


Aston Villa are a club in limbo in more ways than one. With Randy Lerner having put the Midlands outfit up for sale and seemingly no nearer to securing a buyer, the transfer window gone by was somewhat of...

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League Focus: Premier League Team of the Month - August

(1) Comments | Posted 5 September 2014 | (01:00)


The first 'month' of the Premier League season is over and it's fair to say there have already been a number of surprises. The least shocking outcome from the three matches thus far, perhaps, sees favourites prior to the season Chelsea...

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Team Focus: New Signings Provide Early Encouragement for West Ham

(0) Comments | Posted 30 August 2014 | (01:00)


With the relationship between Sam Allardyce, the West Ham board and fans forced to near breaking point at the start of the year the future at Upton Park didn't look too bright. The club stuck by the manager and Allardyce eventually...

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Team Focus: Van Gaal Must Shoulder Blame for System Stubborness

(0) Comments | Posted 19 August 2014 | (16:27)


Football is an unpredictable game and the Premier League is certainly no different. As much was evident in the very first game of the 2014/15 campaign, where a United side rejuvenated by the appointment of Louis van Gaal were expected to...

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Team Focus: Players in Place to Prevent Southampton Plight

(0) Comments | Posted 12 August 2014 | (18:15)

Much has been made of the 'gutting' of Southampton after a summer exodus that most seem to have suggested will leave the Saints down to the bare bones. What is evident though is the lack of panic in the transfer market as far as incomings are concerned.

While Ronald Koeman...

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Player Focus: Five Championship Stars Hoping to Make the Premier League Grade

(0) Comments | Posted 27 July 2014 | (12:11)


The transition between the Championship and Premier League is a tricky one, and one that Leicester, Burnley and QPR will be looking to cope with this season following their promotion into England's top-flight. It's a tough ask for players, particularly of...

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Player Focus: Pole's Position Set to Come Under Threat From Ospina at Arsenal

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (16:58)


Most French football fans were damning of the decision to hand Salvatore Sirigu the Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Season award at the end of the 2013/14 campaign. The Italian had another solid season with a PSG side tested considerably less...

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Player Focus: Exit of One Remy Paves Way For Another at Newcastle

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (01:00)


It's safe to say Newcastle weren't particularly excited by the return of Joe Kinnear in the role of Director of Football last summer. After an infamous radio interview the man that left the club in 2009 after just a four-month stint...

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Player Focus: Thomas Müller - The Man for the World Cup Occasion

(0) Comments | Posted 12 July 2014 | (01:00)


Brazil 1-7 Germany!

Now that's out of the way, let's focus on a couple of matters that have been lost in the melee of David Luiz's Tasmanian Devil style of defending. The Selecao's ultimate humiliation has overshadowed just what...

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World Cup Focus: Conditions Making Brazil 2014 the Substitutes' World Cup

(1) Comments | Posted 28 June 2014 | (01:00)


James Rodríguez has been one of the players of the World Cup so far, of that there is no doubt. His rating of 8.68 from indicates as much, ranking fourth at the time of writing, and it was fitting that a player...

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Player Focus: Goretzka Easing Schalke's Concerns of Life Without Draxler

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2014 | (12:54)


Last summer Lewis Holtby's departure from Schalke was softened by the fact that the club had a number of emerging youngsters to take his place. Julian Draxler was at the front of the queue, though he had broken into the first team some...

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Player Focus: March Purple Patches - Forwards in Form

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (12:51)


March proved to be a profitable month for a number of the strikers across Europe's top 5 leagues, with looking at those that have recently hit a purple patch at club level. There were as many as 12 players that scored in...

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Player Focus: Adam Lallana - The Right Man for England

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (00:00)


The rise to stardom of Adam Lallana has been coming for some time. Southampton's local lad was an established member of the first team by the time he was 20, making 40 appearances in the 2008/09 season that saw the Saints...

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Surprise Package Augsburg Inspired By Hahn

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2014 | (15:36)

It's fair to say that Bayern Munich are romping to the title once again in the Bundesliga, in Pep Guardiola's first season in charge. It's not great news for the league as a spectacle, with closest rivals Leverkusen and Dortmund both faltering in recent months, but there is one other...

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Can Hazard Rank Among the Greatest in the World?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 January 2014 | (00:00)


With men behind the ball and visitors Chelsea struggling to carve out many clear cut opportunities, Steve Bruce may have been confident of another clean sheet at the KC Stadium as the sides approached the hour mark on Saturday. It took...

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