Are Portugal European Champions material? | Opta Stats

Are Portugal European Champions material? | Opta Stats

If you watched their opening Group B game with Germany there is a simple answer - No. A 1-0 defeat to a German side, widely tipped to become the next European Champions, is no embarrassment. However, their performance was one to forget if you can recall Portugal's run to the final back in 2004, where the hosts were ultimately beaten by Greece in the final. The Portugal side is known for attacking flair and style, especially from a midfield that …
Liverpool FC: Brendan Rodgers Tactics - How The Pressing Game Works

Liverpool FC: Brendan Rodgers Tactics - How The Pressing Game Works

Welcome to Liverpool Football Club Mr. Brendan Rodgers. To say the Northern Irishman has had a meteoric rise through the managerial football ranks is akin to stating: “Messi, that boy’s decent”. An understatement of epic proportions. But somehow, through hard work, perseverance, and total belief in a footballing philosophy, Rodgers has managed to nab himself one of the most revered jobs in world football. First off, let us look at the timeline of how Rodgers ended up at Liverpool FC. …
Aston Villa start their new beginning with Paul Lambert

Aston Villa start their new beginning with Paul Lambert

Aston Villa will today unveil their new manager Paul Lambert at Villa Park at 1pm.  The announcement that Aston Villa had captured their original no.1 target came on Saturday afternoon.  Paul Lambert left Norwich under a cloud of smoke following Lambert tendering his resignation at a meeting between him and Norwich board. The meeting was held late on Wednesday evening and speculation began to grow and it was revealed that in fact Aston Villa were meeting with Lambert’s representatives on …
Villa | Where's Alex McLeish's happy team camp gone?

Villa | Where's Alex McLeish's happy team camp gone?

I will start this article will the opening phrase which is becoming perfectly clear and tiresome. “Alex McLeish was not the Villa fans' first choice manager” The fact of the matter is: he is our manager and when he met the team following the pre-season break, there were positive vibes coming out of Bodymoor Heath with players saying how nice it is to have McLeish as manager.  Frozen players were allowed to return to the first team and would be …
Is relegation inevitable for QPR?

Is relegation inevitable for QPR?

Another dreadfully disappointing result at the weekend has left QPR well and truly looking like favourites to go down. At this stage in the season, winning at home against fellow strugglers is pivotal and when playing as well as QPR were for the first 45 minutes, going on  to lose the game was even more painful. Substitute, Kevin Doyle heaped incredible woe upon QPR after scoring the winner which increased the feeling of sorrow around Loftus Road. QPR were dominating …
Chelsea under Villas-Boas

Chelsea under Villas-Boas

Chelsea 2011/2012 – A mid season report

Chelsea 2011/2012 – A mid season report

So the AVB era has started off being frustrating, halfway through the season we see Chelsea not improving as much as Chelsea fans would like to since the Portuguese manager took over last summer. In fact, before the games against Wolves, Villas Boas had an identical record to his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti, winning 10, drawing 4 and losing 5. So, can we draw any positives from this season and what has changed since last season? Firstly, the defence has been …
Venkys | A case for the defence | Rovers

Venkys | A case for the defence | Rovers

The sale of Christopher Samba to Anzhi Makhachkala for in excess of £10m on Friday night represents the third major defensive departure from Ewood Park in the last eight months. Samba follows Ryan Nelsen and Phil Jones out of the door, but does this leave Venky’s as defenceless as Rovers? [caption id="attachment_10599" align="aligncenter" width="525" caption="Will Venky’s still be celebrating come the conclusion of the Premier League season?"][/caption] When Venkys completed their takeover of Blackburn Rovers in late November 2010 there …
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