1. Gerard Houllier Must Continue to Develop Aston Villa's Next Generation

    When Gerard Houllier does finally take over full time as Aston Villa manager he would do well to pay tribute to the work which Martin O’Neill has done during his time at the club...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about almost 4 years ago 182 reads 0 comments

  2. Mesut Özil Continues Jose Mourinho's Youthful Rebuilding of Real Madrid

    Real Madrid brought an end to what appeared to be the last remaining transfer saga of the summer with the arrival of Mesut Özil at the Bernabeu...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about 4 years ago 2,749 reads 5 comments

  3. Manchester City's Summer Signings Reward Their Faith in Roberto Mancini

    Despite being renowned as one of Italian football’s most ardent anglophiles, even Roberto Mancini has admitted he was unprepared for the unique challenge that faced him in English football...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about 4 years ago 1,159 reads 1 comments

  4. Joe Cole's Liverpool Move Can Give His Flagging Career a Final Flourish

    Beyond the rampaging riches being thrown about by Manchester City, the announcement that Joe Cole had signed for Liverpool has offered a genuine alternative for transfer story of the summer...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about 4 years ago 1,519 reads 3 comments

  5. Only Time Will Tell How England's Golden Generation Are Remembered

    So to Shizuoka in 2002 and Gelsenkirchen in 2006 we must add Bloemfontein in 2010, as England’s golden generation now face up to the reality of another exit from a tournament...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about 4 years ago 532 reads 0 comments

  6. 2010 FIFA World Cup: Uncertainty Reigns Supreme in France's Preparations

    For the first time since breaking their World Cup duck at home in 1998, France enter the tournament relegated from favourites to mere dark horses-though given the controversial ...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about 4 years ago 1,667 reads 2 comments

  7. 2010 FIFA World Cup: England Snub Is a Wake Up Call for Theo Walcott

    So the World Cup worm has turned for Theo Walcott, transforming him from unwanted selection four years ago into the plain unwanted today...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 224 reads 2 comments

  8. Adam Johnson Can Be England's World Cup Wildcard in South Africa

    If years of following England in World Cup tournaments teach you anything, it is that predicting the worth of a wildcard in the final squad can be a tricky business...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 452 reads 2 comments

  9. Selling Cesc Fabregas Leaves Arsene Wenger Facing His Biggest Challenge

    Ever since his departure from Barcelona almost seven years ago it was always a case of when, not if, Cesc Fabregas would return to the Nou Camp...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 1,439 reads 9 comments

  10. Raymond Domenech Springs Plenty of Surprises in France's World Cup Squad

    If the rumors are to be believed, the announcement of his France World Cup squad will represent one of the last acts of Raymond Domenech’s time as France manager...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 507 reads 0 comments

  11. Carlo Ancelotti Deserves Special Praise Among Chelsea's Worthy Champions

    And so to Chelsea go the prizes and the plaudits after a season of both disaster and triumph ended on a bright note for the men in blue from Stamford Bridge...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 277 reads 2 comments

  12. Robin Van Persie's Return Fails To Mask Arsenal's Flawed Finish To Season

    Another season of "so near, but yet so far" is drawing to an end, which neither the Arsenal fans, players, or their ever-faithful manager had hoped for...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 1,243 reads 23 comments

  13. Steve McClaren's FC Twente Story Shows the Way for British Managers to Go

    In England he could do nothing right, but in Holland he can do no wrong. Steve McClaren stands on the brink of leading FC Twente to their first ever Eredivisie success and he, more than anyone, can reflect how fate and fortune can change...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 703 reads 0 comments

  14. Fernando Torres and Rafael Benitez's Liverpool Futures May Depend On One Another

    As Liverpool contemplate how to overcome Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Europa League semifinal and thus ensure that a season of unremitting gloom ends with a distinctly ...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 712 reads 4 comments

  15. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal Must Embrace Change After Disappointing Finish

    "I know we have not won a trophy for four years but we have been very close. I believe this team, this year, will do it. When I say that, it is not to please [supporters] but because I am really convinced of it...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 698 reads 2 comments

  16. England's Dark Horses Threaten Fabio Capellos Established World Cup Order

    All of a sudden, life for Fabio Capello has begun to look difficult as England’s preparations for the World Cup enter the final phase...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 303 reads 2 comments

  17. Xavi's Sterling Service Remains The Focal Point Of Barcelona's Success

    In Catalunya you can be sure that the deification of Lionel Messi took another step towards completion after his four goals last night...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 212 reads 2 comments

  18. Laurent Blanc and Bordeaux Hope Success Story Holds Fitting Finale

    It says much about the success that Laurent Blanc has brought to Bordeaux that a run of defeats immediately spreads panic among the fans of the French champions...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 199 reads 4 comments

  19. Gonzalo Higuain's Star Shines Ever Brighter In Real Madrid's Galaxy

    Last summer as Real Madrid forked out over £150 million on signing some of the finest attacking players money could buy, doubtless there were plenty of the squad who will have feared for their future at the Bernebau...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 822 reads 6 comments

  20. West Ham Must Remain United in Scrap for Premier League Survival

    For most of London’s Premier League clubs this has been a season which has more than lived up to expectations, with Arsenal and Chelsea still in the hunt for the title, Tottenham ...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 74 reads 0 comments

  21. Chelsea Must Resist Calls for Change After Inter Milan Defeat

    For once, Jose Mourinho had refused to bow to hyperbole, simply sticking to one simple phrase when he remarked that his Inter Milan team was “the best team by far,” after its 1-0 victory over Chelsea...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 451 reads 7 comments

  22. Securing William Gallas' Arsenal Future Should Be Arsene Wenger's Top Priority

    As Arsene Wenger contemplates the season which has past, he may reflect on some of the notable successes which have underpinned a campaign which will rank as one of the more fruitful of his recent years, and that may yet prove bountiful for the Frenchman.

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 576 reads 4 comments

  23. Champions League Exit Shows AC Milan's Past Cannot Be Its Future

    It was hardly the fond farewell that David Beckham would have wished for, as he settled into his seat on the bench and watched his old side humble his new one...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 357 reads 1 comments

  24. Portsmouth's FA Cup Run Should Finally Earn Avram Grant Some Respect

    Few managers have been one kick away from securing the Champions League final before being fired, but if any one act was symbolic of the reputation of Avram Grant, it was arguably that...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 273 reads 1 comments

  25. Joe Hart Can Keep England's World Cup Ambitions in Safe Hands

    England goalkeepers are in danger of being filed alongside West Indian cricketers and Australian tennis players as a sporting species whose days of glory have past...

    Alex Stamp Written by Alex Stamp about over 4 years ago 154 reads 4 comments