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The Shop Window: 50 Players to Watch This Summer

June 1, 2011

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This summer at least one team will spend a bathful of these notes and go on to finish in the exact same position as last year. I know how it goes. Weekends are busy times, and it’s hard to keep track of what’s going on with all those matches. But now we’ve come to the […]

What does Nuri Sahin have in common with Law Students

May 13, 2011

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This week, thousands of undergraduates across the country will be sitting end of year exams. Think of them. And try to make it at least a little bit charitable. Law students in particular have never had it so tough. This year we’re seeing a combination of legal aid cuts, a sharp increase in competition for […]

Line in the Sand

May 2, 2011

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Gomez’s error. Vidic’s handball. Kalou’s offside goal, Clichy’s stamp on Owen. ┬áThis hasn’t been the best of weekends for officials. So absolutely nobody is surprised that the issue of technology in football is with us again. For the tl;dr crowd, my opinions on the weekend can be summarised as – yes to goal-line technology, yes […]

Spurs, Real and Certainties of the Game

April 4, 2011

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There are no certainties in football, the cliche goes. All there are are streaks – good, bad, hot, cold, occasionally nude. But 9 years and 150 matches; what an accomplishment. Just last week my summary of the ┬áChampion’s League match tomorrow would simply have been “Mourinho doesn’t lose at home”. But football is a strange […]

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March 29, 2011

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So I’ve been taking some time to actually watch football rather than write about it. Actually that’s a lie, I’ve been watching the same amount as usual, but the particularly vitriolic nonsense being churned by the papers lately has been putting me off. It’s the international break, which means one thing. Capello bashing. That’s a […]