1. "Bad Boy" Bellamy Silencing the Critics

    After a big money move to Manchester City last season, many were heard to say that Welshman Craig Bellamy would be on the out soon after the beginning of this season...

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  2. Football Folklore: The Duty Of The Football Writer

    Throughout history, there have been the heroes and the scribes who seek to portray the exploits of said heroes to the people...

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  3. Ryan Giggs: The True United Timewarp

    Ryan Giggs passed a milestone recently when he struck his free kick at White Hart Lane to rule out Defoe's opener. Soon after he put the ball in the top corner, the commentator mentioned he ...

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  4. Unqualified Rant About Football

    Football, that strange pastime which so many of us are obsessed with, most notably highly payed managers and players, it is surely odd that some can say that the game means nothing when they ...

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  5. NZ Football's World Cup Dream Closest For 28 Years

    The anticipation is rising amongst the football public of New Zealand like it hasn't been seen since the heyday of the side (pictured) that qualified for the World Cup in Spain 1982...

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  6. EPL Horror Stories: Will Dos Santos Be As Unlucky As Cudicini?

    In the last few years it has become almost ridiculous the amount of players who could probably have extremely rewarding careers for all sorts of teams around the world while they have ...

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  7. Martin O'Neill Deserves Credit for Villainous Victory at Anfield

    Martin O'Neill has taken little credit so far in the press for his part in Villa's Anfield robbery '09, named so because with Liverpool's statistical domination it seemed that the visitors had literally stolen the game from the hosts at the final whistle.

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  8. Bertos and Phoenix Defy Bookies with Glorious Victory Over Perth

    The Wellington Phoenix seemed to be living up to their billing as rank wooden spooners in this seasons A-League after clawing their way back from two down last week only to lose it at the death away to the Newcastle Jets...

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  9. Will Anyone Ever Compare to the Legends of Years Gone By?

    As the years go by, mist grows over the edges of memories of greatness and skill that were seen from the terraces and stands around the world, not to mention listened to on radios and seen in grainy broadcasts on ancient televisions...

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  10. Is "Big Four" Still A Relevant Term In the Premier League?

    The Premier League has borne witness to many changes in form and participants over the years, and while certain big names have fallen from grace in almost horrific fashion over time it was slowly ...

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  11. Everton to Be Buoyed By the Return of "The Yak"

    Something quite remarkable about Everton's storming finish to last year's league season is that they were missing Yakubu Aiyegbeni, the club's premier striking talent, since the end of November when he ruptured his Achilles against Tottenham...

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  12. Who is in the Running for the Premier League Golden Boot This Season?

    Last season in a turbulent campaign which involved ups and downs for many teams and players it was somewhat reassuring for some purists out there that a striker ended up topping the league goalscoring charts in Nicolas Anelka...

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  13. Michael Owen Can Restore His Former Glory at United

    Sir Alex Ferguson's recent statement that United would not make any more transfers in this window was greeted by some with surprise and many with a worrisome remark...

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  14. EPL: Championship Trophy Could Remain in Manchester Another Year

    It is enough to make a die-hard Liverpool supporter shudder. The thought that after coming so close to finally ending one Manchester team's dominance they now have to deal with another...

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  15. The Inextricable Link Between Money and Football

    in·ex·tri·cable (in eks′tri kə bəl; often in′ek strik′ə bəl, -ik-) adjective: so complicated or involved as to be insolvable...

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  16. International Football: The Magic Of The Upset

    Fans of the game were stunned today as they saw Egypt down the World Champion Italians 1-0 in the Confederations Cup. The Italians had looked shaky in the lead up with a scrambled 4-3 win over south sea minnow New Zealand...

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  17. New Zealand Scare Italy In Prelude To Confederations Cup

    Early this morning, New Zealand time, I witnessed something I never thought I would see in my lifetime. My beloved NZ football side scoring first against the world champions...

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  18. Kaka Leaving Is Ronaldinho's Chance to Show He Is Still the Best

    With the recent furore over Kaka and his record-breaking move to Real Madrid, much has been said about the decline of the Serie A and in particular the reduction of Milan's chances in competing with the other big European clubs...

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  19. Football's Early Ambassadors and the Legacy Of Their Toil

    The worldwide appeal of football owes a lot to the playability of the game itself and the accessibility of the equipment to all who desire to play. The ball and two goals is all that is really needed besides the players themselves...

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  20. Thierry Henry Finally Gets CL Medal He Deserves

    When I awoke at quarter to six this morning I realised that in a technical sense I would be one of the first to see the 2009 Champions league final...

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  21. Blackburn Rovers: Where to From Here?

    Blackburn Rovers have assured their participation in next year's English Premier League with a reasonable finish to the season which saw them able to go to Stamford Bridge with enough points to not be overly concerned with the outcome...

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  22. Carlos Tevez Could Be The Final Piece In Liverpool's Jigsaw

    After once again witnessing Carlos Tevez show the world just why he is loved not only in his homeland but even in neighboring Brazil, it is astonishing to hear that he is still being linked with a move away from Old Trafford...

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  23. Chelsea-Barcelona: The Madness of Football as Heroes Fall and Fail

    In the aftermath of the second leg of the second semi inal enough has been said about the game itself, with literally thousands of writers across the globe putting their own respective angles on it...

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  24. Nelsen Breaks His Goal Duck Thanks to Lacklustre Wigan

    Big Kiwi defender Ryan Nelsen was finally able to convert a chance versus a somewhat mediocre Wigan the other day. Previously he had struck the post around 4567 times for Blackburn since his move there in 2005...

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  25. Nottingham Forest Almost "Out of the Woods"

    Nottingham Forest have got within a hair's breadth of saving their season from the dreaded yo-yo factor. That is, promotion followed by instant relegation...

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