Posts Tagged ‘premier league’

  1. Interesting Football Facts

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    May 2, 2013 by Sean Charles

    The Celtic Lisbon Lions team that broke all sorts of records

    The Celtic Lisbon Lions team that broke all sorts of records in the 60′s.

    A collection of some of the most interesting statistics in football. Credit to /r/soccer for a lot of the below statistics.

    • Juventus haven’t received a single red card in all competitions this season.
    • Spurs haven’t won a single game without Gareth Bale scoring since January 1st, 2013. Also, when Bale joined Spurs he didn’t win any of his first 24 games.

  2. The race for 4th in the EPL

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    October 25, 2012 by Gabriel Sutton

     
    I’d like to talk a little bit about the race for that last Champions League spot, because I think it’ll be a very exciting one to watch – there are about 5 teams that could potentially take it. I think it’s pretty obvious that Chelsea, United and City will make up the top three and will finish approximately 10 points above the rest.
     
    If I was putting money on it, I would say Tottenham and Arsenal are the main contenders, just because Tottenham are now looking pretty strong under AVB, and Arsenal have never finished outside the top four, at least not recently. But then David Moyes has kept the likes of Baines and Fellaini happy at Everton when either of them could quite easily get into the team of a title-winning team, like Man Utd or Chelsea. They have got a fantastic team spirit and work ethic there, and a goalscorer in Jelavic. Everton could fancy their chances and let’s not forget they currently occupy that 4th spot. Liverpool have got some tough games coming up but I think, if he’s given time, Brendan Rodgers can instill a lot of confidence in those young players, plus Newcastle haven’t started great played some tough games and are still getting used to playing on Thursday night. They’ve got an outside chance. I genuinely think the chase for fourth spot could go down to 2 or 3 teams on the last day.
     
    So I’d like to have a look at these five teams, how they’ve started, the squad they’ve got, tactics, all that sort of stuff.
     

  3. Player Profile: Luuk de Jong

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    July 19, 2012 by Leon Guite

    Luuk De Jong

    2009-10 Eredivisie Champions and 2010-11 runners-up FC Twente have failed to reach the Champions League this season. Their league campaign hasn’t been up to the standards of the last two seasons. However Luuk De Jong has established himself as one of the most promising youngsters by scoring 30 goals in 46 games for Steve McClaren’s FC Twente.

    Brother of Siem de Jong, Luuk was born on 27th August 1990, in Aigle Switzerland. He started at De Graafschap and rose up through the ranks of the youth squad. He played one senior year and that was enough for FC Twente to snap him up at the start of the 2009/2010 season. Three years later, he’s banging in the goals and attracting worldwide attention.


  4. The curious case of Venky’s: Astute Indian business people or ‘confused’ cowboys?

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    May 25, 2012 by Andrew Howells

    Venky’s could have taken a step towards reconciliation with angry fans by making the decision to sack Steve Kean and by bringing in an experienced manager and chairman to set plans into motion to help Rovers bounce right back from the Championship. Instead, Kean, labeled by Venky’s as ‘unsackable’, is seemingly set for a stay, with Venky’s set to continue running the club themselves.

    As the owners march on, making puzzling, baffling and incomprehensible decisions, are they really successful, intelligent business people or simply plain ‘confused’?

    The case for astute business people


  5. Football manages to restore some of its pride

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    May 15, 2012 by Adam Gray

    Somewhere amongst all the headlines made by Yaya Toure’s cameo performance that effectively sealed Manchester City’s name on the Premier League title at Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, the undercard role turned its teary eye into the direction of sentiment as they fittingly ended a superb campaign by unveiling a bronze statue of Sir Bobby Robson outside the Sports Direct Arena. The footballing plotlines barely saw time to stand and reflect on the symbolism of this behemoth of footballing gentry that served the club and the sport so dignifiedly throughout his life that was regrettably cut short to cancer at the age of 76.


  6. Where’s the FA while Rovers are being raped, robbed and relegated?

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    May 11, 2012 by Andrew Howells

    Football agent, Jerome Anderson, is head of the sports management company SEM, which advised Venky’s, Blackburn Rovers owners, on their takeover. Shockingly, Anderson counts among his clients, Blackburn’s current manager, Steve Kean, who was brought in by the Venky’s, along with a number of Anderson-connected players, including the agents own son.

    So, with a football agent exerting such power, influence and control over a football club – effectively ruling the roost at Ewood – where are the FA on what is without doubt unethical, improper and rotten abuse that has seen the Pune poultry pushers plague, pillage and pulverize a founding member of our fantastic game it into the ground, in just 18 months.


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