I must confess that a couple of years ago my passion for the game of football had seriously waned...
Congratulations to the Republic of Ireland, on their qualification for Euro 2016. It will be good to have the Irish at a major tournament again. I ha...
This isn't a team laced with prima-donnas. Not an outfit of players too big for their boots, in spite of the fact there's a chasm between pay-scale, player profile and club quality within it.
Something needs to change for our beloved Welshman. If it's not going to be a move away, Real Madrid need to do more to accommodate him. He'll always have that price tag hanging over him otherwise.
It is entirely conceivable that a man could spend £20 on an Asos equivalent and still look his sharpest. It is also entirely conceivable that Manchester United could be restored to their rampant old selves without Ronaldo, Bale, Cavani or Pogba.
Kane is about as likeable as footballers get. He works his socks off, looks as humble as they come and has one bright future ahead of him. But here's the biggest thing. It's just so refreshing (and rare, nowadays) to see a player who has progressed through his club's youth ranks to excel at the very top.
The big, glitzy ceremony gives the game away a bit - it's just an excuse for Fifa and co to throw a party, pat themselves on the back, get a few drinks down and rub shoulders with the great and the good. If it was at the end of a season, it might be more palatable.
It's hard to pick a player out to cheer for this season, partly because nobody has done anything spectacular, partly because the system played doesn't elicit excitement but mostly because all of the players, and even the manager just come across as quite dull.
Losing your best player will always have an adverse effect on a team. Liverpool have struggled this season following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, while Tottenham failed to sufficiently replace Gareth Bale after his record breaking move to Real Madrid. Athletic Club are following suit having floundered through the first 6 weeks of the campaign on the back of Ander Herrera's big money move to Manchester United.
If Pochettino is to match or better Redknapp's achievements, one of the first things he needs is a successful conclusion to this transfer window... But with the squad already full to bursting, others will have to leave first and offloading highly paid, declining professionals with long contracts is difficult
After finishing third in La Liga last season, Real Madrid are hell bent on reclaiming what they feel is rightfully theirs... With Madrid rumoured to be closing in on the signature of Falcao, their attack will have rivals cast envious eyes over the Bernabeu.
Wouldn't it be nice to think that our national sport, with its ability to both unite and divide communities, could lead the way in bringing the British people together with a shared vision of a modern, multi-cultural, multi-national country, albeit one with a outdated fondness for the 4-4-2 formation?
In a world where British techniques and tactics are often shown to be outdated and falling behind those of continental Europe and South America, players would have much to gain from learning about football in a new context.
There are a number of ways to solve the problem of diving and play-acting, but they all come with their own problems. In Chico Flores' case, there is no doubt that he warrants a suspension, otherwise what's to stop him doing it in every game?
Directors of football are the norm in Europe and are as much a part of the game as the manager. However, in the Premier League it simply doesn't work. Directors of football aren't in the Premier League thought process, and the thought 'oh he would make a great Director of Football', would never cross any Premier League fans' mind.
Ever since the 24 year old Welshman signed for Real Madrid in a record transfer deal of £85 million, his every movement has been scrutinised by the world's media. As with most successful or expensive sports personalities, the media circle like vultures waiting for that chink in the armour as they clamour for the story that will fill column inches and sell papers.