I have been a football and cricket journalist since 1999, working for the likes of the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, PA, Uefa.com, Goal.com, ESPN, theFA.com and many other media organisations, covering the European and world game, with particular attention on top-flight English football.
I have a deep interest and passion for the European Cup, and have either attended, covered or watched every World Cup and European Championship finals since 1986, while I am also a Liverpool fan.
RE: 20 amazing long-range golazos - unless I missed it, not sure why you didn't include Danny Rose's cracker against Arsenal. Granted, there aren't many quality versions available, but it's a stunner. I was watching that game when it happened and about lost my mind. Not only an amazing shot but against a big rival AND on his prem debut, no less! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XALVPwkor7U
No worries, Richard. I've heard there were some little issues with the site earlier today—sorry you had to go in and make the changes yourself! Thanks for letting me know.
Just curious, how is it that the Bundesliga is SO criminally overlooked in much of these B/R writeups. You did a "best dribblers" list and didn't include Julian Draxler (who was second in all of Europe behind Ribery with like 6 dribbles per game 2 seasons ago) or Mario Goetze who was also one of the top in the Bundesliga and Europe last season?
No problem, Richard! Thanks for the continued hard work.
Hi, Richard. No problem! For some reason, it read "Boaten" rather than "Boateng." Strange that it wasn't present in the original? I wonder what happened there? Cheers!
Hi Richard, we are looking for guest bloogers for our cricket website http://www.cricanalysis.com. Do let us know if you can contribute articles. Thanks!
So in 2012, messi was not only top scorer in liga, CL, and in all competitions but he broke the record for most gols ever in a calender year. Yet some thought ronaldo should have won it because he inspired madrid to the liga title, while messi only won CDR. So following that logic, we can all agree that messi is more deserving of this years balon since he inspired barca to the title while ronaldo win 0 trophies
about george weah:
"However, still a slightly odd winner though, with the Liberian claiming just a domestic cup double with Paris Saint-Germain in 1995 to see off Bayern Munich striker Jurgen Klinsmann in second place."
...and what does this have to do with anything? yes, traditionally the winner has been on a successful team but that's not a requirement by any means. sometimes the best player isn't on the best, or even a good, team. this is terrible logic. especially considering Bayern won nothing that year, which contradicts the original point anyway
Stop writing United articles you idiot.
Hi there...Good article -Potential Successors to David Moyes at Manchester United-...your genius... i love it!