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The Barmy Army showed what sport has been missing for over a year.

Live sport is nothing without the fans. And that’s been demonstrated this week in Birmingham as England host New Zealand in the Second Test Match at Edgbaston. A crowd of 18,000 will be allowed in across the five days as England look to claim the first series win of the summer after the drawn match… Continue reading The Barmy Army showed what sport has been missing for over a year.

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Let the game of manager musical chairs begin.

Now that the football season is over, the usual roundabout of transfers will kick into life again. But it’s the manager’s market that is looking like the more interesting. Quite a few top clubs are looking for new managers this summer, and this could have a very big impact on how next season will play… Continue reading Let the game of manager musical chairs begin.

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Did the European Super League actually have a point?

I mean, the structure of the competition is not something I could ever abide by. A closed shop of self-chosen elite, with a few invited guests, who would be constantly reminded of their luck to be invited into the club. It was an arrogant plan executed by old men who have a lot of money,… Continue reading Did the European Super League actually have a point?

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The Champions League final should not be held in Istanbul this year.

These are exceptional times, and plans have to change quickly. Istanbul has held European finals before, very successfully. Liverpool’s incredible comeback in the 2005 final against AC Milan. That was in Istanbul. The stadium is great, even if the pitch is a little far away for my liking. And there is no doubt that a… Continue reading The Champions League final should not be held in Istanbul this year.

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The fallout of the Super League.

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? The extraordinary 48 hours that football fans witnessed earlier this week was really something to behold. The collapse of the European Super League is a victory for football fans, preserving the structure that has allowed the game to flourish into the global enterprise it has become. But it has… Continue reading The fallout of the Super League.

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Team spirit was a cornerstone of great Chelsea teams in the past. It seems to be returning.

Chelsea reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last night, seven years on from when they last reached the same stage of Europe’s premier club football competition. But why has it taken so long for Chelsea to get back to the closing stages of the Champions League? Why have they failed to build on their… Continue reading Team spirit was a cornerstone of great Chelsea teams in the past. It seems to be returning.

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Free transfers could be as interesting as the big money deals this summer.

It’s about this time every year that the rumour mill really kicks into high gear for the upcoming summer transfer window. And as usual, some truly astronomical numbers are starting to be thrown about. The main target seems to be Borussia Dortmund’s hotshot striker Erling Haaland. All the major players of European football are being… Continue reading Free transfers could be as interesting as the big money deals this summer.

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Why do English football fans put more into their clubs than their country?

That’s not to say that English fans don’t support the national team. They obviously do. You just need to look at how well attended England games are (when fans are allowed in of course). Even when it is only a friendly, England games regularly get attendances of 50,000 or more. Tournaments are also very well… Continue reading Why do English football fans put more into their clubs than their country?

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Do England now have a selection problem?

This current international break is one of the few remaining chances for players to stake a claim to spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championships. And there is a debate amongst fans about who should be in that squad come the summer. In particular, who should be in the midfield slots. England are… Continue reading Do England now have a selection problem?

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Is Solskjaer going to take Manchester United any further?

So, another cup exit for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. You do start to wonder how much longer the board will continue to back him after two and half years in the job. They will be expecting some return on their investment in him as a manager. Not only did they take him when… Continue reading Is Solskjaer going to take Manchester United any further?