1. Hull City and The "Formula For Survival"

    There is a formula at work for the teams that are set to struggle in the Premier League this season and it involves a magic points total of 40 points from 38 games...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about almost 6 years ago 383 reads 15 comments

  2. Belgium-New Zealand: Excessive Officiating Robs Minnows Again

    Olympic football...it has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? The chance to compete for a medal at one of the oldest and most prestigious of sporting events known to man...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about almost 6 years ago 157 reads 0 comments

  3. The Cheat and His Place In Modern Football

    I have recently been thinking about the amount of times I have seen players dive, handball deliberately, and foul intentionally in recent times. It seems that cheating to gain an advantage is very much a part of football these days...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about almost 6 years ago 400 reads 10 comments

  4. Wellington Phoenix: Playoffs Look to Be a Realistic Target

    Rising from the ashes of the Auckland Kings and the New Zealand Knights, the Wellington Phoenix are causing a few eyebrows to be raised as they look to their second season in Australia's professional football A-League...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about almost 6 years ago 303 reads 0 comments

  5. World Football-EPL Managers and the Sword of Damocles

    With the beginning of the league season only weeks away it is only natural that the bookies should start to give odds on which manager will be the first to face the firing squad...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about almost 6 years ago 358 reads 2 comments

  6. Manchester United: The Forgotten Contribution of a Certain Portuguese Winger

    After constantly reading all the articles about how good United are and how they will win again this season with or without C. Ronaldo and how they would have last season as well (which is fantasy if you ask me) I have had enough...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 1,798 reads 38 comments

  7. Shinawatra's Rat Pack. Can they break into the big four?

    Shinawatra's Rat Pack, or Manchester City. Call them what you want. Not yet do they get the press coverage of the original rat pack which most famously consisted of the stars that made the original Ocean's Eleven movie...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 376 reads 2 comments

  8. Bundesliga: Can Werder Bremen Go All The Way This Season?

    Werder Bremen having last season finished a creditable second but a disappointing ten points off the pace set by Bayern Munich will have a bit of work to do this season if they are to challenge the supremacy of their red clad rivals...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 519 reads 2 comments

  9. Champions League 2009: Who Can Restore Continental Pride?

    After last seasons abysmal showing in the Champions League the top clubs of Europe have a lot to do to regain the confident swagger they had before taking to the pitch against English clubs through the nineties...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 1,016 reads 13 comments

  10. Rafa Benitez-How Long Has He Got?

    With a new season weeks away it seems as though Benitez has been given another chance to try to make Liverpool a viable challenger in the English Premier League...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 198 reads 1 comments

  11. Sport Vs. Science: Realistically What Is More Important?

    This is something that has had me in two minds for a very long time, why does humanity waste so much time and money on sport and the pursuit of sport when realistically it is just a sideshow, ...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 445 reads 4 comments

  12. Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United Fans Need To Let Go

    The guy is a good player there is no doubting that. He is heralded by many as one of the greats. He is still young and his form is scintillating. At no time does he seem predictable, and this is true even when he disappoints...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 4,485 reads 68 comments

  13. Euro 2008 final: Spain Triumph As Germany Falter

    Before the final, the German team were said to be planning to restrict the Spanish midfield and its apparent ease at maintaining possession. Unfortunately for the Germans, this did not happen...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 834 reads 2 comments

  14. Stoke City: Sir Stanley Matthews Would Be Proud

    All the recent furore over the comings and goings of Cristiano Ronaldo and his wickedly fast feet reminded me of another great dribbling exponent who is no longer with us, but whose ...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 428 reads 5 comments

  15. Football Doesn't Need the U.S.

    After reading several articles which tried to reassure me that one day the United States would embrace football, I started to wonder what all this drivel was about...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 328 reads 10 comments

  16. Has Jose Mourinho's Reputation Been Damaged?

    FC Porto have been banned from the UEFA Champions League after being found guilty of match fixing during the league season of 03/04...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 862 reads 13 comments

  17. World Football: 6+5=Mediocre Football

    The vote has gone through the FIFA congress—the vote for mediocre football played by understrength teams...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 644 reads 10 comments

  18. Avram Grant and Why He Had to Go

    Some might say the sacking of Avram Grant was to do with his failure to bring any silverware to Stamford Bridge. Or his inability to form a lasting bond with the players and fans...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 697 reads 2 comments

  19. Are Nottingham Forest On The Way Back?

    Looking over the promotions and relegations in the various English competitions I came across a name that once inspired awe in football fans across Europe. A club that held the old champions trophy in back to back seasons in 78-79 and then 79-80...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 746 reads 6 comments

  20. Chelsea Unveil New Juggernaut

    Speculation surrounding transfer deals has reached new levels of fever after the announcement of Avram Grant having found the answer to all of his problems a week out from the Champions league Final...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 571 reads 9 comments

  21. Zenit St. Petersburg Take UEFA Cup Final: Attractive Football Wins the Day

    Upon reflection the UEFA cup final could have provided a lot more for the neutral viewer. Unfortunately Rangers beat Fiorentina on penalties and the final suffered as a result...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about 6 years ago 400 reads 2 comments

  22. Barcelona-Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson Can Rest Easy

    To see Barcelona vs. Manchester United battle it out reminds me of a titanic struggle I witnessed many years ago when I was taking a walk in the desert with a certain Mr Morrison. In the aftermath of gozilla vs...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about over 6 years ago 302 reads 0 comments

  23. Can Paul Jewell Turn Derby Around?

    Paul Jewell definitely has a task on his hands, becoming only the second manager in Premier League history to keep his side up after it was sitting bottom at Christmas. The only manager to do it so far was Bryan Robson at WBA...

    illya mclellan Written by illya mclellan about over 6 years ago 559 reads 1 comments