1. Mainz: An Unfamiliar Face at the Top of The Bundesliga

    As the final whistle blew at the Stadion am Bruchweg on Saturday afternoon, Mainz fans celebrated what many viewed as an impossible record...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about 4 years ago 178 reads 2 comments

  2. Reckless Challenges Rather Than Physical Play Is the Problem in the Premiership

    There is a difference between physical play and reckless play. Arsene Wenger, Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce have been outspoken on this topic in recent weeks as it seems to hit the headlines on an almost weekly basis...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about 4 years ago 397 reads 16 comments

  3. Can Arsene Wenger Adapt to Mount a Serious Title Challenge Again?

    Towards the end of Arsenal 's defeat to Chelsea yesterday, Andy Gray made an interesting comment in commentary...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about 4 years ago 323 reads 15 comments

  4. Ashley Young: Should He Be Given a Chance for England?

    When Aston Villa paid £8 million for a young winger from Watford in January 2007, people were surprised at such a high fee for an unproven youngster...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about 4 years ago 232 reads 8 comments

  5. The Rebirth of Valencia: Light at The End of The Tunnel For The Crisis Club

    Rewind to October 2004. Juan Bautista Soler, a Spanish property developer, took over as president of Valencia CF, one of Europe’s biggest clubs at the time...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about 4 years ago 1,320 reads 7 comments

  6. Are Manchester City Realistic Challengers for English Premier League Title?

    Before the match, Roberto Mancini piled the pressure onto Chelsea by suggesting that they should stroll to the title this season...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about 4 years ago 206 reads 2 comments

  7. Gerard Houllier Era Begins at Villa Park

    Wednesday evening sees the beginning of a new era at Villa Park. Forty-five days after Martin O’Neill sensationally walked out of the club, Gerard Houllier finally takes charge for ...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about 4 years ago 110 reads 1 comments

  8. Joy for Mirjana Lučić: A Journey To Hell and Back

    For many players, winning a match at one of the Grand Slam tournaments is an achievement. Outside of the top players, working your way through qualifying and reaching the main draw ...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 2,771 reads 1 comments

  9. Stoke vs. Aston Villa At The Britannia Stadium: Analysis and Reactions

    When you go to the Britannia Stadium to play Stoke in the Premiership, you know what is coming. An aerial barrage, a hostile reception, and a real physical challenge. And tonight was no different...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 230 reads 1 comments

  10. Can Novak Djokovic Upset Rafa Nadal in The US Open Final?

    As Novak Djokovic hit a backhand wide, it brought up two match points for Roger Federer. The headlines were already being written – another Grand Slam final between the two greatest players in the world today...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 1,329 reads 29 comments

  11. U.S. Open 2010: Has Vera Zvonareva's Time Finally Arrived?

    As Caroline Wozniacki hit her final forehand into the net, Vera Zvonareva took another major step to banishing her US Open demons. Rewind just over 12 months, and Zvonareva led by a set to love against Flavia Pennetta...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 1,034 reads 4 comments

  12. Gerard Houllier: The Right Man for Aston Villa?

    With Gerard Houllier announced as the new manager of Aston Villa, there has been a mixed reaction from Villa fans...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 207 reads 0 comments

  13. Nii Lamptey: The Tale of a Tragic Career

    Nii Lamptey should have been a worldwide superstar, but instead, very few people know his story. At the age of 19, he had the footballing world at his feet...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 8,249 reads 16 comments

  14. The Best Deals Completed on Transfer Deadline Day

    Transfer deadline day is always a day of furious action for clubs and managers alike. The culmination of the summer transfer window, it is vital to secure that last signing to complete the team before the window slams shut until January...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 743 reads 6 comments

  15. Fabio Capello a 'Jackass?' The Media are the 'Gormless' Ones

    As the Euro 2012 qualifiers are set to get underway, Fabio Capello has named his first squad. No Jack Wilshere. No Andy Carroll. No David Stockdale. No mention of Mikel Arteta...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 415 reads 5 comments

  16. A Night of Upsets and Comebacks: A Europa League Review

    Generally, the qualifying round for the Europa League is seen as somewhat of an unwelcome annoyance for the bigger sides on the path to the group stage...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 378 reads 0 comments

  17. Your Nightmare Returns: Urgent Action Is Needed at Villa Park

    ‘Your Nightmare Returns’. The banner that the Rapid Vienna fans unfurled ahead of the kickoff last night looks prophetic now. After the humiliating 6-0 defeat to Newcastle at the weekend, surely things could not get worse for Villa? Wrong...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 382 reads 0 comments

  18. Aston Villa: A Positive Start for Team in Life After Martin O'Neill

    Despite the predictions of many a pundit, life at Villa Park has progressed relatively serenely since the sudden departure of Martin O’Neill...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 234 reads 4 comments

  19. Sepp Blatter: Some of His Worst Ideas

    As President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter has a great deal of clout and power when it comes to the game of football. Since his appointment to the role back in 1998, he has amused us with a constant stream of simply ridiculous ideas...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 1,339 reads 4 comments

  20. Blessing in Disguise? Noticeable Lack of Grief at Martin O'Neill's Exit

    Despite many of the pundits and fans suggesting that Martin O’Neill’s sudden departure from Aston Villa is going to have a major negative impact on their season, one thing has been noticeably missing...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 317 reads 12 comments

  21. Where Did It All Go Wrong: The Sad Demise of Ana Ivanovic

    On May 26th 2008, at only 20 years old, Ana Ivanovic lifted the French Open title. Having only dropped one set in the tournament and gained the coveted world No. 1 spot, the future seemed to be bright for the young Serb...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 2,159 reads 8 comments

  22. The Next Manager of Aston Villa: Eight Possible Candidates

    Following the shock resignation of Martin O'Neill less than a week before the start of the new Premiership season, Aston Villa have been thrown into disarray...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 1,791 reads 8 comments

  23. Who's in, Who's Out, and Who Should Be in? The Latest England Squad

    After the debacle of South Africa, Fabio Capello and England begin the long road to restoring pride in the national side. During the tournament, England lacked creativity, pace and the ability to score goals...

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  24. Are Zenit St. Petersburg Realistic Challengers to the Established Elite?

    Year after year, even the most disinterested football fan would be able to pick the majority of teams that are likely to reach the later stages of the Champions League...

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  25. Pessimistic Times at Villa Park, But Are Things Really That Bad?

    After two seasons of making a serious challenge for the Champions League, and a Carling Cup final and an FA Cup semi-final last season, you would have thought that hopes would be high for the upcoming season...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 4 years ago 615 reads 14 comments