1. Real Madrid, Inter Milan and the Champions League Groups of Death

    Groups A and G are widely recognised as the clichéd but accurate "Groups of Death" in this year's edition of the Champions League, featuring European heavyweights like Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and rivals AC Milan...

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  2. EPL: Will This Be The Year That Youth Products Prosper at Birmingham?

    Two seasons ago, Birmingham manager Alex Mcleish found himself in a war of words with minor paper-contributor and boardroom element Karen Brady following some ill advised words regarding the average age of the Birmingham team from the latter...

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  3. EPL: Hometown Decisions Rescue Bolton From Two-Goal Deficit

    Birmingham City fans might be a little mystified as to how their team left the Reebok with only a point, but Bolton's aerial bombardment proved effective enough to snatch a point...

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  4. Arteta's Inclusion in the England Team Could Start a Dangerous Trend

    For those not up to date with the latest controversial issue to arise in the England set-up, then allow me to fill you in...

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  5. Bundesliga and Serie A and the Chase for the Champions League Spots

    The general opinion in the footballing world is that whilst Serie A is in a steep decline, the Bundesliga is on the rise...

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  6. Did Werder Bremen Sell Out By Selling Mesut Ozil To Madrid?

    These are the thoughts of some people, for a particularly vociferous reflection see here. Now, there are some interesting arguments here regarding Ozil and his transfer to Real, but ...

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  7. Steve McClaren's European Exodus Can Repair His Battered Reputation

    It takes a lifetime to build a reputation and a second to destroy it, or so the saying goes. Steve McClaren had himself a steady reputation as a competent manager, but his infamous ...

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  8. Real Madrid: German Starlets Oezil and Khedira Join Galacticos

    Teutonic Teens Join Mourinho in Madrid Undoubtedly, two of the top performers on a German team which performed very well in the World Cup were Mesut Oezil and Sami Khedira. Real promptly brought them both to the Bernabau for surprisingly small fees...

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  9. EPL: The Midfield Dilemma for Alex Mcleish Is Experience vs. Youth

    With the loan signing of Matt Derbyshire for Birmingham City, the old cliches about giving the manager a "pleasant headache" are in full swing, given that he has a good batch of strikers to choose from...

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  10. Preview of the 2010-11 Premier League Season: Birmingham City

    Following the unmitigated success of last season, ending with a top-10 finish for the Blues in their first season back in the league, Birmingham has high hopes regarding the target of this season...

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  11. Birmingham City Preseason: Success Breeds Pressure for Alex Mcleish

    Birmingham kicked off their pre-season with victory in the 'prestigious' Xtep Cup in Hong Kong. This victory put me in a thoughtful frame of mind, following Blues stellar season, ...

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  12. The Joe Cole Debate: Cole or Steven Gerrard Behind Fernando Torres?

    With the signing of free agent Joe Cole, Liverpool look to have trumped their close competition for a popular and skillful player...

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  13. Does Anti-Football Have a Place in the Modern Game?

    Following the Dutch's rough house tactics against the Spanish in the World Cup Final, I will examine whether there is any place left in the modern game for ideals based around physical superiority and bullying tactics...

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  14. 2010 FIFA World Cup: All-Tournament Team

    This World Cup has had some real stand-out performers, and narrowing them down to the best 11 is difficult to say the least...

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  15. World Cup 2010: What Does the Future Hold for Germany's Veterans?

    While the young German team excelled and collected fans during their World Cup jaunt, it is easy to imagine that there might have been some watching with some trepidation...

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  16. World Cup 2010: The Third Place Playoff and Its Unlikely Participants

    Naturally Uruguayan and German fans are a little deflated following narrow losses in their respective semifinals, but there is still the matter of the largely meaningless bronze medal game...

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  17. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Breaking Down the Key Battles of Germany Vs. Spain

    Games of this magnitude are rarely won by single players, but instead by a team outweighing the other in the amount of key victories on the pitch...

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  18. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Germany vs. Spain, the Battle of the Midfields

    "Tikka Takka" vs "Teamgeist" Spain swept every one before them in the 2008 European Championship with a modern and controlled form of football based around a few midfield maestros...

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  19. World Cup 2010: Who Can Replace Thomas Mueller For The Semi-Final?

    There have been many revelations in this young and vibrant German side, but Thomas Mueller's incredible rise has been the most startling...

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  20. Germany vs. Spain FIFA World Cup: Could Spain's Lack of Humility Cost Them?

    "Germany will not be pleased that they have to play Spain." The words of Spanish attacker David Villa after a hard-earnt win over a very spirited Paraguay side...

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  21. World Cup 2010: Germany Edge Klose To the Final

    The German young guns have truly defied all expectation that was levelled at them for this World Cup. When England were announced as their round of 16, opponents there were those who ...

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  22. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Can the Netherlands Really Win the World Cup?

    Who could have foreseen this Holland team knocking out Brazil? I'm sure that now there are people who would swear blind that they always believed in "le Oranje," but I doubt that there ...

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  23. World Cup 2010: Argentina vs. Germany Pits Individual Skill vs. 'Teamgeist'

    As Germany and Argentina prepare to faceoff in a rematch of their 2006 quarterfinal game, I look ahead to the tactical style of their coaches and analyse their performances in this World Cup...

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  24. FIFA World Cup 2010: Expect Germany vs. Argentina Fireworks

    First things first, this quarterfinal matchup between Germany and Argentina has the potential to be the game of the tournament. Two high scoring and attacking teams going head-to-head for a chance to reach the semifinals...

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  25. World Cup: In England's Managerial Merry-Go-Round, Is David Beckham the Answer?

    With England's dismal failure in the 2010 World Cup, it is almost a tradition to immediately find a scapegoat...

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