Category Archives: English Premier League

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Ian Holloway leaves Crystal Palace

Sad but inevitable. That’s the best way I can describe the announcement today that Crystal Palace and manager Ian Holloway have parted company. For once, mutual consent doesn’t just seem to be a nice way of saying fired, but appears to actually mean that both Palace and Holloway thought the …

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Can Iceland make the World Cup?

By this time next week, something incredible may have happened in European and World football. One European nation may well have taken a giant step towards becoming the smallest ever country to qualify for the World Cup by securing a place in the playoffs, meaning they would be just one …

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Player Power Leads to Di Canio Sacking

On Sunday night, it was announced that Paolo Di Canio became the first managerial casualty of the Premier League season, after he was fired by Sunderland after only 5 games this season, and 12 games in total. On the face of it, the firing seemed harsh. Di Canio was brought …

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Familiar Chaos in African Football As Cape Verde Thrown Out Of World Cup

You may have noticed last week that FIFA delayed the publication of its ranking list. This wasn’t due to any technical problems, but because the ranking of two African teams was dependent on the results of a decision taken by FIFA’s disciplinary committee. The ranking list was of great importance …

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Greg Dyke’s 2022 target is far from realistic

New FA Chairman Greg Dyke said this week that his aim is for England to make the semi-finals of EURO 2020 and win the 2022 World Cup. Dyke described English football as “a tanker that needs turning” in a statement outlining the goals he hopes to achieve under his leadership. …

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Arsene Knows Best?

The Premier League owes many thanks to Arsene Wenger. Wenger is largely responsible for dragging English football into the modern era. He introduced a scientific, methodical approach to coaching and training to a country where things were done by gut feeling and tradition; and when those methods proved successful, other …

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Breaking News: Man goes to work

A few weeks ago, Kate Middleton was due to give birth. On her due date, all of the main news and media outlets started to camp out outside the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London where they were waiting for her to arrive. Despite there being nothing at …

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Have the FAW acted in the best interests of Welsh football over Barry and Llanelli?

One of the few things that unites football fans, regardless of which team they support, is the collective dismay and disbelief that often follows decisions taken by those who run the game. Sadly, too many national and continental associations are populated by faceless bureaucrats who enjoy the substantial perks of …

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The exploitation of English fans has to stop

According to its website, the Premier League’s primary objective is, “to stage the most competitive and compelling league with world class players”. The Premier League also adds “The world’s best players come to England to play in a compelling league competition, in front of passionate full-houses and matches that are …

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Have Liverpool progressed under Brendan Rodgers?

A year ago, Liverpool appointed Brendan Rodgers as manager. The reaction to Rodgers appointment at the time was mixed. Some fans, including myself, thought it was an exciting appointment, with Rodgers having impressed at Swansea the previous season. However, many fans were not convinced. Some thought that Kenny Dalglish should’ve …