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Closing the gap on City: Six players Manchester United should sign this Summer
With Champions League qualification now sealed, Nathan Krogh makes the case for six players who United should sign this summer. The task of continuing the enormous turnaround at Manchester United has come, and with this, is the need to build quickly on what has been a fairly successful recruitment process for United manager, Erik Ten…
Kimmich on City’s shortlist to bolster midfield
With Ilkay Gundogan set to leave the Etihad on a free and doubts over the future of Bernardo Silva, is Joshua Kimmich the man to fill the midfield void left behind?
Chelsea’s decision to reappoint Frank Lampard until the end of the season is a win-win for both parties
The mostly negative response to Chelsea’s decision to reappoint former player and manager, Frank Lampard, doesn’t take into account what the Chelsea legend and fledgling manager may have learned, and what is on the line for him over the next 10 games.
Will an ancient treaty create a Scottish Cup passageway for newly established Doncaster City?
English 13th tier outfit Doncaster City have made an audacious attempt to compete in this year’s Scottish Cup. The club, who is under the stewardship of football agent Willie McKay, only formed this summer, but already has a grand vision for the future.
Television history made as BBC broadcast women’s third tier play-off final on iplayer
The Women’s National League was given a terrific boost today as the BBC saw fit to broadcast the play-off final between WNL South Champions, Southampton and Wolverhampton, their equivalent from the WNL North division. The prize at stake at Edgeley Park: promotion to the WSL Championship.
Southampton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers go head to head in the Women’s National League play-off on Saturday, in a winner-takes-it-all confrontation
After winning their respective leagues at a canter, both Southampton and Wolves now have their sights set firmly on the FA Women’s Championship Division next season. Predicting a winner is difficult and defeat will be a very difficult pill to swallow for the losing side in this ‘battle of the Hamptons’. Having been fortunate enough…
AC Milan lay the ‘Deadly Spectre of Bentegodi’ to rest in Verona
Champions elect, AC Milan, moved to within four points of their first title since 2011 at the Stadio Marc’antonio Bentegodi in Verona, yesterday. With a convincing victory, Milan finally believe that they have laid to rest the ghosts of la ‘Fatal Verona’, where they have twice had the Scudetto snatched from their grasp. The Bentegodi…
Liverpool in good health ahead of trip to Villareal in Champions League semi-final
Liverpool have no new injury concerns ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final, second leg match at Villareal next week. The reds came through their weekend win at Newcastle unscathed with only Roberto Firminho still unavailable with a foot injury. Meanwhile, Unai Emery has some injury concerns with Gerard Moreno, Raul Albiol, and Arnaut Danjuma…
Champions League boost for Scottish clubs – Paul Blake reports
Next season’s champions in Scotland will progress directly to the group stages of the 2022/23 Champions League, it has been revealed. The decision comes as UEFA imposed further sanctions on Russia, following the invasion of Ukraine. Scotland, whose coefficient ranking is currently eleventh for the 2022-23 season, are assured a spot in the Champions League…
For the love of the game #2 – The Kassam Stadium, Oxford United
What else was I going to do on the final Saturday of the League One season? I travelled to The Kassam Stadium, Oxford, in search of football’s heart and soul. Like a shadowy horned spectre, anxiety and depression sometimes haunts me. It’s good to talk. As I lay in bed this morning, researching ahead of…
Toffees in unfamiliar battle to avoid ‘the drop’ – Paul Blake looks back at the last time Everton stared relegation in the face and survived.
Optimism seems to be draining away from Everton fans following this weekend’s sour-tasting defeat in the Merseyside derby, which saw the Toffees tumble into the bottom three with just six games left to play this season. Few readers may remember the last time Everton were in such a precarious position. In 1994, the blues escaped…
EFL Championship – Sixth playoff spot up for grabs – Paul Blake explores the permutations going into the final weeks.
With just a couple of games left of the Championship season, the top two positions are all but decided. Fulham were justly promoted on Saturday following a 1-1 draw with title rivals Bournemouth. The point for Bournemouth, earned through a converted penalty late in injury time, helped ‘The Cherries’ edge tantalisingly closer to a return…
Automatic promotion and playoff places still up for grabs going into the final week of the EFL League One season – Paul Blake reports.
Things are shaping up nicely (for the neutral) as we head into the final week of the League One season. At the summit, neither Wigan Athletic or Rotherham United are guaranteed an automatic spot. MK Dons, mathematically at least, can still get amongst the top two. Both Wigan and Rotherham have tricky midweek away trips…
Southampton Women secure promotion play-off berth after winning FA Women’s National League Southern Premier title – Paul Blake reports.
Southampton women made it nine wins in a row as they put local rivals, Portsmouth, in their place with a sublime performance at St Mary’s Stadium tonight. Goals either side of half-time from Sophia Pharoah and Lucia Kendall capped a fine performance from Marrianne Spacey-Cale’s side. The Saints were understandably nervous in front of a…
Arsenal Women and Chelsea Women in epic battle for supremacy – Paul Blake reports on the WSL where two sides are separated by a single point.
The Women’s Super League title race is going right down to the wire with both London clubs still on track to complete a league and cup double. When Arsenal returned to the summit of the WSL on Sunday, after a resounding 5-0 thrashing of Leicester, they might have suspected that it might not be for…
For the love of the game #1 – Sixfields, Northampton Town
What else was I going to do with a free Saturday in March? On a balmy hot Spring Saturday, I traveled to Sixfields, Northampton in search of football’s heart and soul.
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For the love of the Game #3 (Part 3) – Die Alte Dame (The Old Lady), Hertha BSC
The Olympiastadion is an iconic stadium. In 1936, it became a symbol of Nazi power when it hosted the Berlin Olympics, opened by Adolf Hitler. Today, the stadium is…
For the love of the Game #3 (Part 2) – The Olympiastadion, Hertha BSC
I’m sat up in bed while I write tonight. It’s just a couple of days before we fly from Gatwick on Saturday morning and things have gone very wrong…
For the love of the Game #3 – The Olympiastadion, Hertha BSC
It’s been a good few months since I’ve written a ‘For the love of the Game’ article, and I can’t wait to get to it. I’m at work, on…
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