UK Soccer

Pele: The Greatest Ever to Grace the Sport - Never to Be Surpassed

Tony Jimenez | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

I don't think that we will ever again see a player make such an impact and unite nations like Pele. The truth is that he was simply on another level to the other stars of his d

Rumours of Manchester United's Decline Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Joe Cooper | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Cooper

Fans of Manchester United and the football community as a whole have reacted quickly to the Red Devils' newly found frailties after a brief period of uncertainty at the beginning of the season.

Southampton Debacle Sign of the Future for NUFC

Ciaran Donaghy | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Sport
Ciaran Donaghy

Not only are Southampton F.C miles ahead of Newcastle United in terms of how much better they move the ball around the football field, and how they carved out chances at will, while we failed to threaten their goal even once, they are ahead of us in every practical department - even the ones that Mike Ashley would have you believe we are excelling in!

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato - One Brit's Love Affair with American Culture

George Gabriel | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gabriel

Readers of my very first blog will remember I couldn't have been more excited when preparing for my inaugural trip across the Atlantic Ocean back in the early stages of 2012. There I sat, carving out the words of my long-anticipated adieu to the green and pleasant land of my birth, to live my very own American dream...

Watching Football With the Enemy?

Stuart Forster | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Sport
Stuart Forster

Try shouting out in support of your team in the wrong end of a stadium, in the section dominated by fans of the opposition, and you run the risk of being threatened. It's likely you'll be marched out of the ground by stewards. It could even be worse.

The Khmer Spirit - Not Your Typical Cambodian Holiday

Alexandra Chalat | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Chalat

I travelled with Spirit of Soccer's founder, Scott Lee, and his five talented coaches to Poipet, located on the Thai-Cambodian border. As we rumbled up the narrow road, flying past huts squatting on stilts above stagnant swamps, and old ladies selling rice stuffed into roasted bamboo straws, he tells me that this region sits in the middle of the 'T5 mine belt'.

The Rise and Rise of Major League Soccer

Jamie Spencer | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

Though it had generally lagged behind the traditional 'Big Four' sports in terms of popularity, professional soccer wasn't by any means new to America. In the late 1970s, the North American Soccer League (NASL) had all the razzmatazz that one would normally associate with professional sports in the US.

Surprise Package Augsburg Inspired By Hahn

Martin Laurence | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Sport
Martin Laurence

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 team that are making light work of the league of late.

Why More British Footballers Should Consider Opportunities to Play Abroad

Jamie Spencer | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Sport
Jamie Spencer

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.

Six Potential Replacements for Theo Walcott at the World Cup

Dan Farr | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Sport
Dan Farr

Who could replace Theo on the wing? Since the days of David Beckham, England have longed for a creative player who can produce magic at any moment. Read on to find out which six players could take Theo Walcott's place on the plane to Brazil in June.

Relegation Battle: Does Spending Big in January Guarantee Survival?

Chris Deeley | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

In the last five seasons, going back to 2008/09, five clubs have escaped relegation after being in the bottom three at the end of the transfer window. It would be very easy to assume that the sides which threw around the most money mid-season would be the ones to make the leap to safety, but that's not necessarily the case.

Consistent Vela Crucial to Sociedad's Top Four Hopes

Ben McAleer | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

Vela never lived up to the hype during his time in north London and was loaned to Real Sociedad in 2011 before signing permanently 12 months later. In Spain though, the 24-year old has exhibited the qualities that saw him garner such a reputation at his tender age and his form has helped push the Txuri-urdin towards the Champions League places.

The Best Young Full-Backs in Ligue 1

Ben McAleer | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

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 respectively, have exhibited these qualities this season and are two prime examples of how a right or left-back should operate.

Can Hazard Rank Among the Greatest in the World?

Martin Laurence | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Sport
Martin Laurence

Emerging as one of the very best player's in one of the very best leagues - with only Luis Suarez picking up a superior rating than Hazard's 8.04 since the start of December - Mourinho was bold enough to suggest that the 23-year old can become one of the best players in the world.

Arsenal's Potential Striker Signings Analysed

Alistair Tweedale | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Sport
Alistair Tweedale

It speaks volumes about the strength of Arsenal's midfield that recent injuries to Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey have not been enough to generate much in the way of serious transfer speculation regarding replacement midfielders. Widespread rumours have continued, though, surrounding the lack of depth in the Gunners' striker department...

Coming Over Here, Taking Our Jobs, Making Things Better...

Matthew Smith | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

The funfair that is the football season is more than halfway done, and everyone's favourite attraction, the managerial merry-go-round, is in full swing, playing its merry tune and flinging gaffers of its slippery, cash-driven horses, as others take their turn to try and stay in the saddle, hanging on to the greasy pole.

Déjà Vu for Man United

Andy Muirhead | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Sport
Andy Muirhead

For anyone who knows the history of Manchester United, particularly the Sir Matt Busby era and when he retired in 1969, there is a real sense of Déjà Vu at Old Trafford at present.

The Ten New Names for Football Teams We All Want to See

Matthew Smith | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

Late last year Assam Allam, the erstwhile owner of Hull City FC, applied to the FA for clearance to change his new plaything's name to the far more exotic Hull Tigers. Rawr. I started to consider what would be the funniest names for football clubs if they all took the Hull approach and tacked their nickname onto their official name. Here's the potential ten I like the most

Manchester United and the Psychology of a Losing Streak

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Sport
Dr Raj Persaud

Athletes and sportsmen appear to strongly believe in momentum and the powerful psychology of streaks - winning causes momentum and momentum causes more winning. If the same is true of losing then, this should cause a chill in any United supporter...

Hitzlsperger Reaction Shows Acceptance Is on the Horizon

Matthew Smith | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

This week, ex-Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger moved from having status as another Premier league also-ran who retired having never truly justified his wage bill, to the rare pantheon of footballers who have had the courage to come out as gay...

WATCH: Wedding Cake Trick Shot

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

In which Japanese player Shunsuke Nakamura knocks the figurines off the top of a wedding cake (with a football, naturally). But don't worry, this deli...

Analysing Manchester City's Left-Backs

Ben McAleer | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

While Costel Pantilimon didn't necessarily underperform during his spell in between the sticks, it was little surprise to see Hart reinstated after the Romanian shipped three during City's win over Arsenal. Yet, with the focus on the goalkeeping situation at the Etihad, much of the shine was taken off who should be the starting left-back for the one-time Premier League champions

Danny Welbeck Excelling as United's Main Striker

Ben McAleer | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

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.

Solskjaer Puts His Head in The Lions Mouth

Phil Jones | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Sport
Phil Jones

If, over recent days, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has paid any attention to advice pouring in from many of footballs most celebrated pundits, he has certainly chosen to ignore it.

Andre Villas-Boas: Manager of the People

Tristan Cross | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Sport
Tristan Cross

I like Andre Villas-Boas because he's just some guy, like me. He isn't your usual model of seasoned ex-pro, having already enjoyed a playing career unobtainable to us footballing incompetent hoi-polloi, then becoming doubly enviable with their next career move upstairs. He is just some guy who managed to become a football manager.