VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

Analysis of Transfers from European Leagues to Premier League - 1: Eredivisie

When I was writing about Davy Klaassen’s transfer to Everton from Ajax, someone suggested that I should also see whether his transfer is going to be a hit like Suarez or a flop like Janssen.  I thought it was a good idea and decided to look at the transfers in detail. While predicting whether Klaassen will be a Suarez or a Janssen is not possible for me but we can look at the trends and characteristics of transfers from different …
Nathan Redmond to Southampton - Compared to Sadio Mane

Nathan Redmond to Southampton - Compared to Sadio Mane

Southampton have completed the singing of Norwich winger Nathan Redmond for a fee of around £10m, according to BBC Sport.  After three years at Norwich, the 22 year old decided to leave Carrow Road after the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League for the second time in three seasons. In recent days the Saints confirmed the sale of winger Sadio Mane.  The Senegalese winger completed his move to Liverpool for a fee reported to be around £30m-£35m. With the winger's …
Crucial Juan-Nil Win For Manchester United At Carrow Road

Crucial Juan-Nil Win For Manchester United At Carrow Road

Manchester United laboured to a rare away win, this time at relegation-threatened Norwich City thanks to a good finish from Juan Mata. The win took Louis Van Gaal's side closer to their rivals Manchester City, now only one behind with the latter set to play third placed Arsenal this weekend. It was another dire, uninspiring performance from the Red Devils where the stale nature of the way United played overshadowed what was, in context of the league, a hugely vital …
Advantage Newcastle in the battle for Premier League survival

Advantage Newcastle in the battle for Premier League survival

The dreaded Premier League trap door is wide open and as the season draws to a close, we get that bit nearer to discovering who will join Aston Villa in falling through it to the Football League Championship. It’s been a season of twists and turns and, as is often the case, the battle for survival could still hold a surprise or two in store. Just a few weeks ago, Newcastle looked favourites to follow relegated Villa, but new manager …
Arsenal vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Arsenal have gone from favourites for the title to fighting for fourth place once again and questions continue to be raised about Arsene Wenger's future. They need a win this weekend, and a convincing one at that, to relieve any doubts that people have about them being able to qualify for the Champions League. The visitors on Saturday need points desperately as they fight for survival. Since they last played, both Sunderland and Newcastle are building momentum and Norwich need …
The Relegation Battle: Five Weeks Left | Infographics

The Relegation Battle: Five Weeks Left | Infographics

With only weeks of football left, for the bottom five clubs in the Premier League it has all come down to this. Some have their hopes of survival hanging by a thread - and some slimmer than that - whilst others are looking up the table rather than down. Either way, it looks likely that three of Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Sunderland, Newcastle United and Aston Villa will go down, and they have six or fewer games in which to …
Is Social Media Good for Football?

Is Social Media Good for Football?

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren closed down his Twitter and Instagram account because of the reputed abuse he was getting from Southampton fans (after Southampton's 3-2 win over Liverpool). Christiano Ronaldo revealed this week he has 200 million followers on social media. The Liverpool owner John W Henry stepped away from his Twitter account between 24th April and 18th November 2015, largely due to the over whelming demands for Brendan Rodgers to be replaced as manager of Liverpool. Numerous football club …
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