1. Aston Villa: A Statistical and Tactical Analysis (Part 2)

    In the first part of this article , we looked at some of the areas where Aston Villa were struggling this season...

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  2. Tennis: Is Novak Djokovic the Next Roger Federer or Mats Wilander?

    In 2011, Novak Djokovic was undoubtedly the best player on the planet. Ten titles, including three Grand Slams and five Masters 1000 titles, as well as a 70-6 record, placed him well ahead of all his nearest competitors...

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  3. Aston Villa: A Statistical and Tactical Analysis (Part 1)

    Having not been the most popular choice in the first place, Aston Villa's Alex McLeish finds himself under growing pressure—from the fans if not from the club itself...

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  4. Mark Cavendish and the Tour De France

    It is one of the most grueling sporting events on the planet. Over three weeks ago, 198 cyclists departed from Passage du Gois...

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  5. Haye and Klitschko Set for Heavyweight Fight of the Year

    After over two years in the making, tomorrow night sees one of the most anticipated fights in many years...

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  6. World Football in Gibraltar Hampered by UEFA Political Stance

    Gibraltar is best known for its monkeys, its reputation as somewhat of a tax haven and possibly for its role in the pre-credit scene in the 1987 James Bond film, The Living Daylights ...

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  7. Aston Villa: Who Will Be the Next Manager?

    Since Gerard Houllier’s departure from Aston Villa was finalised just over a week ago, the rumour mill has been churning through numerous different managers who might take up the role at the club...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 3 years ago 1,137 reads 10 comments

  8. FIFA Dictatorship: Sepp Blatter's Delusional View

    Sepp Blatter’s press conference yesterday was supposedly intended to confer the image that FIFA has everything under control...

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  9. Next Aston Villa Manager: 11 Potential Candidates

    Given the poor season that Aston Villa have had this season, there had been growing pressure on Gerard Houllier to be sacked. However, the board decided to give him time, at least until the summer, to prove he could turn things around...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 3 years ago 1,201 reads 9 comments

  10. The Death of Wouter Weylandt: Tragedy Strikes the Giro D'Italia

    On a beautiful day, the riders of the Giro d’Italia were in the middle of the descent down from the Passo del Bocco...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 3 years ago 1,468 reads 1 comments

  11. Carlo Ancelotti: Who Might Chelsea and Abramovich Turn to If He Leaves?

    There are increasing rumours that Carlo Ancelotti will be relieved of his duties come the end of the season, even if Chelsea can perform a miracle and catch Manchester United in the league...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 3 years ago 1,094 reads 23 comments

  12. EPL: Drunken Exchange Could Spell Serious Trouble for Aston Villa

    What began as a simple team bonding day has turned into a full-blown incident for Aston Villa. After a day of paintballing, the players and coaching staff sat down for a group dinner, ...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 3 years ago 1,151 reads 7 comments

  13. Milos Raonic: A New Tennis Star Is Born

    As Milos Raonic sent down another booming first serve, a cry of yes went up from the crowd. The return from Fernando Verdasco nestled in the net and in only his eighth ATP tour-level tournament, the young Canadian had his first title...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 3 years ago 2,223 reads 38 comments

  14. Why Should Footballers Show Loyalty to Their Clubs?

    Whenever a player decides to leave a club for a higher pay deal at another club, fans always label him a "greedy, money-grabber" who should have shown more loyalty to his current club...

    Ian Dorward Written by Ian Dorward about over 3 years ago 771 reads 8 comments

  15. Justine Henin Retires From Tennis For The Second Time

    It is a sad end to the career of one of the greatest players of the modern game. With 43 singles titles, including seven Grand Slams, an Olympic gold medal and over $20m in prize ...

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  16. Transfer Window Brings Renewed Optimism at Villa Park

    Two weeks ago, a 10-man Aston Villa side fell into the relegation zone of the Premiership for the first time in eight years following a 1-0 home defeat against Sunderland ...

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  17. Indian Takeover of Blackburn Complete, But Could it Be a Bad Thing For the Club?

    Today Blackburn became the ninth Premiership side to come under foreign ownership, as Venky’s takeover was confirmed...

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  18. Youth Revolution Glosses Over Injury Crisis at Aston Villa

    There is a saying that every cloud has a silver lining. Sometimes it can be difficult to find, but it is generally always there. As the injury list at Aston Villa continues to mount, fans could be forgiven for worrying about the upcoming fixtures...

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  19. Allegations of Corruption in the 2018 World Cup Bid

    There has been a succession of stories in recent weeks exposing corruption within the FIFA committee designated to decide the location of the 2018 World Cup...

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  20. Makhaya Ntini Announces His Retirement From International Cricket

    At a press conference on Tuesday, South African fast bowler, Makhaya Ntini announced his retirement from international cricket. He will make his final appearance against India at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Jan...

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  21. Aston Villa's Gerard Houllier: 1-Month Progress Report

    Trying to follow in the footsteps of Martin O’Neill has proved a difficult task for Gerard Houllier...

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  22. Aston Villa 0 - Chelsea 0: A Review and Aston Villa Player Ratings

    In the end it would be difficult to argue that either side deserved to win this game, and a draw was probably a fair result...

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  23. English Premier League Preview: Aston Villa V Chelsea

    The late kick-off on Saturday is an intriguing prospect as league leaders Chelsea head to one of their least favourite grounds—Villa Park. Despite their success over the past decade, Chelsea have only won once at Villa Park in the past 11 years...

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  24. The Pathway To Developing the New Generation of England Stars: Coaching Overhaul

    Since the World Cup, the issue of the lack of quality of players coming through the youth systems in England has been under scrutiny...

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  25. More Than Just a Game: The Mixed Impact of Football in Honduras

    Often people who do not understand the passion for football question why so many people care about 22 players running around after a ball for 90 minutes. Even some passionate fans feel that it is simply a game, and nothing more important than that...

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