1. Rooney, Rio and Ronaldo End Porto's English Supremacy

    Earlier today I was able to tune my receiver to the radio-waves emanating from Portugal that were transmitting the signal that I wished to locate. This was able to be done through the wonders of modern technology and the magic of electronics...

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  2. Blackburn's Ryan Nelsen: New Zealand's Lifeline to the EPL

    New Zealand is about as far from the Premier League as you can get, thousands of miles across the ocean, it is to the English, a distant holiday spot or a place where some relatives moved to...

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  3. Refereeing in the Modern Age of Football: Is It Ruining Our Beautiful Game?

    I heard an interesting conversation recently between a pair of broadcasters on the game of football and the state of the on field regulatory official and the behaviour of said individual...

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  4. Nottingham Forest and Davies Dicing With Disaster

    Nottingham Forest are one of only four English clubs to have won the premier European club football trophy...

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  5. Manchester United-Liverpool: The Battle Is Over, Now Back to the War

    On a warm autumn evening just three nights ago, I was in the company of a few friends when we set out for the local pub to catch one of the classic matchups of the modern age of football...

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  6. A Nice Day for an Execution: Are Football Managers Crazy?

    The concluding are words from a Frank O'Farrell quote as he was summoned to a special board meeting at Old Trafford as he realized his career at that club had ended...

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  7. Stoke City-Bolton: The Fight Continues in an English Classic

    Stoke City and Tony Pulis have received a magnificent boost in their fight for survival in the top flight of English football...

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  8. Stoke Teach Aston Villa A Lesson

    Martin O'Neill and his Aston Villa side are riding high in the league this season and have dispatched many who have taken the pitch to battle with them so far...

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  9. The Champions League Second Round: It's the Real Deal Now, Folks

    So the second round is upon us. It is now a knock-out, cup competition which relies less on form than the group stage and more on the ability of certain individuals and teams to steel themselves for potential glory...

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  10. Big Phil's Chelsea: A Tougher Task Than Mourinho's

    Upon hearing of the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari from the Chelsea managerial job I was surprised for a time and then it sank in that it was just a continuation of the mentality that has stopped Chelsea from becoming a major European powerhouse...

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  11. Avoiding the Drop in the Premier League: Is the Championship So Bad?

    As we begin the run in to the end of another season, and the potential for heartache grows among fans of the clubs who are struggling for points in the Premier League, it must be asked: ...

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  12. Everton and Moyes Are Snapping at The Heels Of The Big Dogs

    After a seemingly disastrous start to the the season, many a Blues fan would have been looking at Liverpool's progress and wondering what horror would befall them next...

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  13. AC Milan-Genoa: Beckham Delivers and Ancelotti Does Not

    Milan went into today's game vs. Genoa hoping to continue with the pressure they had managed to put on Inter in the last few weeks...

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  14. Nottingham Forest-Sheffield Wednesday: Forest Continue Recovery

    Not too long ago and you could have seen this game in the top flight as both of these sides have had periods in which they were among the elite of the English game...

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  15. United-Inter: Can the Special One Unseat the Red Knight?

    After sitting through an unbelievably dour performance by Inter in their victory over Sampdoria, I heard several references by the commentators to the upcoming Champions League match between Manchester United and Internazionale...

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  16. The Myth of Football's "Good Ole Days"

    More and more I have seen people lamenting the "changes" football as a worldwide network is undergoing. The perceived change in values and ethics by professionals and the teams they play for ...

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  17. Allardyce Lays to Rest Demons of His Newcastle Nightmare

    Big Sam Allardyce was at a Newcastle game again in the weekend, again watching them lose through some poor finishing and an apparent lack of desire...

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  18. Dear Manchester United: There Is a Sky Blue Monster Knocking at Your Door

    Recently there has been much moaning and gnashing of teeth over the advent of Manchester City gaining new owners who seem to have a stash of cash larger than Aladdin after his lucrative stumbling across a magic lamp...

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  19. Chris Gayle Shows Class, but Windies Left To Wonder

    Chris Gayle was again the shining light for the West Indies cricket side as they produced a disciplined and at times ferocious batting display in which they threatened to post a score in excess ...

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  20. Fate and Coincidence in Football

    What is fate? Fate is determined to be the idea that there can be a pre-determined path or order of events that can lead to certain outcomes...

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  21. Time Doesn't Exist: Happy New Year Bleacher

    As the celebrations swing into full pendulum, I find myself compelled to write a little congratulation to all the fabulous writers who I have been lucky enough to join in this little exercise that is the Bleacher Report...

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  22. Portsmouth-West Ham United: Blistering Bellamy Pulverises Pompey

    In today's match at Fratton park it was West Ham who found themselves staring up the table at their opponents, Portsmouth...

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  23. Juventus Beat AC Milan in Six-Goal Thriller

    In a match that was vital for both teams and their ambitions to stay in touch with Mourinho's Inter, it was the home side who took the points with a hard-working and at times inspired victory...

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  24. El Clasico: Barca Beat Madrid 2-0 But Puyol Proves The "Real" Difference

    In an encounter that was supposed to be about the attacking flair of the Barcelona side overwhelming the defensive frailty of the unsure Madrid rearguard, it was in fact the old campaigner Carles Puyol who was the difference...

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  25. Rooney Gets Away With Murder and Then Scores as Well

    Yesterday's UEFA Champions League match had something for everyone watching, even the fans of the Danish underdogs Aalborg...

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