In the past few years, the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions the FA Cup is no longer a David vs Goliath match where the underdog emerges triumphant. It is instead the fact that many of the top teams field an almost different starting XI, resting their key players for the league.
In a country where footballers frequently complain about playing too many matches, the League Cup could be the makeweight that grants us a highly-coveted winter break. Stick a couple of Premier League matches on evenings usually reserved for cup fixtures and let everyone have a few weeks off in the middle of January, like they do in Germany.
The slow death of the Cupset is a factor in the underwhelming feeling then, but the root of the feeling goes a long way deeper than that... If we're going to get behind the FA Cup as if it's still a huge competition, we've got to at least be able to see it. If the FA don't care about their competition, why should we?
We do not owe Ched Evans anything more than is due to him under the law and being a footballer is not a fundamental human right. Being celebrated and re-elevated to the life of luxury that you decided to jack off when you raped someone is not a fundamental human right...
Arsenal fans need to start considering what sort of football club they want to be. Wenger will forever be enshrined in their proud history, but is he the man to take them forward? His careful stewardship has seen The Gunners enjoy many incredible times. However, just one solitary FA Cup win since 2005 tells its own story.
Reina quite clearly could have had a part to play at Anfield in the upcoming campaign had Rodgers opted against selling him. Every great team needs quality personnel in all positions and the goalkeeper is no different. Mignolet did not miss a minute for Liverpool in the Premier League last season, but what's to say he will not pick up an injury on the first day after the transfer window closes?
When Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge last summer, there were musings that things might be different this time around. A few months into his second stint he hinted at wanting to build a dynasty as part of a long term project. But it seems that plan soon fell by the wayside as he reverted to putting his faith in established stars rather than promising youth.
There are plenty of utterly brilliant women's footballers out there. It's now about raising the overall standard and ensuring that the best female footballers in the country don't have to balance their commitment to their sport with full or part time work elsewhere. They all need the time and the financial security to be able to focus on their game. The men at the top of football get this, so why don't the women?
It's true that hasty decisions and unreasonable sackings are ruining football, but surely Wenger's time was up a long time ago and winning the FA Cup final against Hull proves nothing about Wenger's suitability as Arsenal manager.
If Wenger won't spend the money on a player like Suarez who is arguably the best attacker in the world right now; how can we trust him to buy any players for next season? I doubt he will. In fact i'm certain he won't. He will point to this FA Cup victory and use that as another shield not to spend any money citing the players we have now are good enough.
Plenty of English fans delighted in the schadenfreude of Liverpool's late-season collapse but it's to the detriment of the sport the underdogs don't succeed more often. Regardless of club loyalties we should be able to enjoy the unlikely success of clubs with significant financial disadvantages.
Last week, we saw the announcement that David Beckham is to partner with The Haig Club to promote its new whisky. A fantastic looking bottle and an internationally regarded under 40 style icon looks like a smart move by Diageo in broadening the appeal to a younger demographic.
My heart is still beating hard following Liverpool's dramatic win on Sunday over Manchester City. Many have pointed to the strange parallels between y...
I don't want to put a downer on Liverpool's success but they have played far fewer games than the other top teams. Liverpool fans seem to react very angrily when I mention this, but it's true!
This season's FA Cup has been fascinating viewing and a return to the good old days when giant-killings and Cup shocks seemed to happen every year. With many Barclay's Premier League sides being drawn against each other in early rounds it has also provided a chance for less-fancied teams and those outside the top flight...
Video referees would eradicate the controversial decisions given by referees, that's a fact and technological advances in sport almost guarantees accurate and fast decisions. The obscene amount of money in football means that this sort of technology is easily affordable, most certainly to the Premier League and maybe later in the lower leagues.