The £4m Premier League Team

Transfer spending makes or breaks any club. The demise of all the following "once great" clubs can be attributed to transfer spending, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, QPR, Coventry City, Glasgow Rangers and a host more. Bolton with a £140m debt, rock bottom of the Championship and Leeds (who have sold both their Stadium and their training ground) probably fared the worst. In light of this it is astonishing the following Premier League 11 cost a mere £3,940,000.00. …
Thirty goals a season striker, where art thou?

Thirty goals a season striker, where art thou?

A lot of column inches go towards the super-star strikers of elite-level teams during the season, increasing ten-fold when the transfer window opens. You’ve all seen the storylines before “Does X score enough?”, “What else does he bring to the team?” and “What could Y bring to Z team?”. It’s the first question I’m going to take a brief look at in this article: there’s been plenty of talk of clubs similar to Liverpool’s stature needing a consistent goalscorer alongside …
Messi to Chelsea - It can't happen....can it?

Messi to Chelsea - It can't happen....can it?

Ah the January transfer window; a period of mass exaggeration, media hyperbole and ridiculous rumours, culminating in an extremely loud matinee performance from everybody's favourite presenter, Jim White. What's not to like? While shorter than its summer incarnation, the January transfer window seems to generate even more transfer hysteria amongst the majority of football fans, mainly due to the pre-season hope of their team disappearing more quickly than Wayne Rooney's weave. The need for improvement fuels a panic for fresh …
FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

12 Premier League stars are among the nominees for the FIFA World XI of the year 2014. But which ones could realistically get the honour of being one of the 11 players standing on the stage in Zurich at the FIFA Gala event on January 12th? The Premier League nominees are: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Angel di Maria (Manchester United), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya …
Real Madrid vs Liverpool | Champions League Preview

Real Madrid vs Liverpool | Champions League Preview

The Champions League groups are midway through and Liverpool have a lot of work to be done if they are to qualify for the knockout rounds. In Group B, Ludogorets. FC Basel and Liverpool are all on three points, with Ludogorets' win over FC Basel providing a huge boost to Liverpool's campaign as it means two victories in their final two group games should be enough to progress, making this week's trip to the Bernabeu a bonus match. Real Madrid are …
Liverpool vs Real Madrid | Champions League Preview

Liverpool vs Real Madrid | Champions League Preview

This week will feature match-day three of this year’s Champions League group stage, with the main focus on a heavyweight clash between five times winners Liverpool, against current holders and 10 times winners Real Madrid. The contest will be the talk of the town this week with Anfield ready for another one of their famous European nights in front of a sell out crowd. Both teams have experienced brimming success in the competition within its history and are the two …
Angel Di Maria and the 'Panic Buy' Tag

Angel Di Maria and the 'Panic Buy' Tag

Angel Di Maria is an extremely talented player, a player who will bring pace, guile and skill to a Manchester United side currently devoid of all three. The Argentine created more chances for his team mates last year than Suarez, Ronaldo, Messi, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale, yet there are still detractors queueing up to put a negative spin on the transfer. Some of these detractors are respected pundits while others are journalists using Di Maria to fill column inches. …
Portugal vs Ghana Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group G

Portugal vs Ghana Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group G

On June 26th, Portugal and Ghana travel to the Estádio Nacional de Brasilia to play their final game in group play.  One or both of these teams will be going out after this game.  Both of these teams were looking at this group with some amount of optimism for getting through.  Now neither of them have their destiny in their own hands. After their disastrous opening game against Germany, Portugal took on the United States in the scorching heat of Manaus. …
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