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  • Why video reviews are not the answer

    It seems impossible that there can be a football match played where an incident, foul called or not called does not divide public opinion. The latest high profile case being Raheem Sterling booked for simulation though others argue it was a stonewall penalty. Calls for video refereeing are growing ever stronger and it is a concept when the more I think about it, the more I find ridiculous.

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    11 May 2016
  • Why signing Tim Cahill makes no sense

    In what is the biggest signing in A-league history at an estimated $3.5 million per season (partly funded by FFA) so far it has been a mediocre start for the soon to be 37-year-old, Tim Cahill. Despite crushing their city rivals, results and performances haven’t been going according to the script for Melbourne City and it may soon become apparent that Cahill’s presence represents more of a problem than an asset.

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    05 November 2016
  • La Liga Summer Review: Barcelona

    Barcelona’s dominance in the league has been nothing short of groundbreaking since Guardiola's arrival as head coach in 2008, claiming Spain's greatest honour six times. The strength that revolves around an exceptionally solid core of players that continue to impress today just as they did 8 years ago. Despite the odd transfer blunder here and there (does anyone remember Dmytro Chygrynskiy? You are forgiven if you do not), Barcelona have made a healthy habit of replacing their aging stars with fresher and equally talented signings. 2 years ago, the acquisitions of the brutally prolific Luis Suarez, the energetic Rakitic, and the ever-reliable Claudio Bravo has proved to more than astute signings in enhancing Barcelona's reputation as the game's most dangerous team. Yes, they also have Neymar. So what's there to improve?

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    02 September 2016
  • La Liga Summer Review: Real Madrid

    Real Madrid are coming off a season of two halves. Anyone who remotely follows the sport was left in a state of disbelief as the gentleman/mastermind Ancelotti was sack and replaced with Rafael Benitez last season. The team suffered, their superstars were unhappy with the pragmatic, inexpressive approach Rafa tried to implement. The 4-0 defeat to Barcelona summarized his time in charge and showcased his inability to stand up to the board and manage a dressing room filled with superstars and their egos.

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    02 September 2016
  • 2016 Best Player in Europe?

    Last week we witnessed Cristiano Ronaldo being crowned Best Player in Europe for the 2015-16 season. In a season where Real Madrid and Portugal won the UEFA Champions League and Euro respectively, Ronaldo was considered the odds on favourite to claim the individual honour, but did he actually deserve it?

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    29 August 2016
  • Enough is Enough

    Win, lose or draw, there was never going to be a positive outcome for Arsenal after round 1. Despite heavy investment by the rivals, Arsenal inactivity in the transfer market looks set to cost them dearly. Forget mounting a title challenge, the gunners now face an uphill battle to make it into the top 4. Will this be the end of Arsene Wenger?

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    22 August 2016
  • Pogba: Is he worth £100m?

    Despite Real Madrid’s last minute Hail Mary play for Paul Pogba, the Frenchman’s transfer to Manchester United for a world record fee seems like a foregone conclusion. With each cryptic post from club, player, agent and even Paul Pogba’s barber, the football world has been hurled into a debate; is he worth the proposed £100m? 

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    02 August 2016
  • Semi-Final 2: Germany v France

    It’s the Semi-Final match-up everyone probably hoped for, but the contest I doubt anyone expects. In the lead up to the showdown between Germany and host nation, France, we take the time to assess their respective performances in the tournament so far and give our prediction of what’s to follow.

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    06 July 2016
  • Semi-Final 1: Portugal v Wales

    This Thursday at 5:00am (local time), Portugal and Wales go head-to-head for place in the final – not the most likely of finalists at the beginning of the tournament however it must be said that Wales have impressed the world with their ability to absorb pressure and break at pace, while Portugal’s refusal to even attempt to play any form of proactive football has seen them come this far without winning a single match in 90 minutes - it has proved effective mind you; who could disagree? 

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    05 July 2016
  • Italy's Unlikely Chances of Euro Glory

    Written off before a ball had even been kicked, media and fans alike suggesting that this Azzurri side is the worst ever to go to a major tournament – on paper, almost certainly. Italy’s squad does not have the talent of year’s past. However; contrasting to league football, luck plays a significant role in tournament football and combined with Conte’s stubborn-fuelled reluctance to alter his 3-man defence, Italy just may have stumbled on the right combination to take them all the way.

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    27 June 2016
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