1. Michael Owen: Don't Expect Much from Striker's Stoke Comeback

    Many have questioned the wisdom of Stoke City signing Michael Owen on a permanent contract following the striker's release from Manchester United , and there is plenty of cause to ask why it has happened...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 1,892 reads 1 comments

  2. Juventus Show Chelsea It's Not over Until the Old Lady Sings

    Chelsea began their Champions League defence with an exciting 2-2 draw with Juventus at Stamford Bridge. The Old Lady of Turin showed there was plenty of life left in her as she scrubbed out the Londoners' two-goal lead...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 2,838 reads 29 comments

  3. Financial Fair Play: 5 Potential Winners Under UEFA's Rules

    Last week UEFA administered the first sanctions to clubs across Europe who have failed to comply with its "financial fair play" regulations...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 5,563 reads 18 comments

  4. UEFA Champions League: 11 Young Players to Watch

    It feels as though the season has only just begun, but already the Champions League is upon us. Well, technically the competition started with the first qualifying round back in ...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 462 reads 17 comments

  5. Building the World's Best Football Player with the Best Bits of 7 Superstars

    To paraphrase the intro to The Six Million Dollar Man : "Gentleman—we can build him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's best footballer. Better...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 2,625 reads 10 comments

  6. Arsenal vs. Southampton: Complete Preview, Team News and Projected Lineups

    Arsenal have gotten off to a solid, if unspectacular, start to their Premier League campaign. Southampton , back in the top flight after a seven-year absence that took them as ...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 3,833 reads 5 comments

  7. Tottenham: Why Dembele Means Spurs Won't Miss Modric and Van Der Vaart

    The signing of Moussa Dembele late in the summer transfer window offers Spurs fans the prospect of an exciting change in midfield set-up which will help compensate for the loss of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart ...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 5,026 reads 8 comments

  8. England Struggle to Spark but Avoid Getting Burnt by Ukraine at Wembley

    England put in their most underwhelming performance of Roy Hodgson 's reign at manager against Ukraine, but they still managed to preserve his unbeaten record by salvaging a 1-1 in their World Cup qualifier...

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  9. Clint Dempsey at Tottenham: Why 'Deuce' Can Lead Spurs to Top 4

    Clint Dempsey made his first ever appearance in English football playing against Tottenham Hotspur for Fulham . Now, he can help Spurs retain their status as one of the top four clubs in the Premier League as a player for the club...

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  10. 10 Men Who Shamed Soccer

    Football may be the greatest and most popular sport on the planet, but like any other game it certainly attracts its fair share of undesirables...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 5,785 reads 21 comments

  11. Barcelona: Why They Can Return to the Top This Season

    For a club which has made a habit of winning La Liga and the Champions League over the past few years, to end the 2011-12 campaign with just a triumph in the Copa del Rey to show for it was a major disappointment...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 4,638 reads 11 comments

  12. World Cup 2014: 4 Realistic Ambitions for England's Campaign

    The road to glory at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil gets underway for European nations this weekend when the qualification campaign for UEFA teams begins...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 1,480 reads 1 comments

  13. Roberto Mancini's 8 Most Important Decisions So Far as Man City Manager

    When Roberto Mancini took over as manager of Manchester City in December 2009, the fear was that he had inherited a poisoned chalice. Within three years, he was the toast of the club after bringing them their first league title in 44 years...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 3,372 reads 11 comments

  14. World Cup Qualifiers: Picking England's Best XI to Face Moldova

    The moment when Roy Hodgson truly begins his job as England's manager comes on Friday when he sends his team out to contest its first 2014 World Cup qualifier in Moldova...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 4,640 reads 30 comments

  15. Tottenham's Summer Business Boosted by Liverpool's Hesitation

    As is so often the case, Tottenham were one of the most involved clubs on transfer deadline day, having had a whole summer to take care of business...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 3,477 reads 4 comments

  16. Transfer Deadline Day: 10 Bold Predictions

    The summer transfer window closing just a matter of hours from now. That is a statement which, technically, is just as true as it was when it officially opened on July 1, but you get the picture...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 3,013 reads 14 comments

  17. Alex Song: What the Ex-Arsenal Midfielder Brings to Barcelona

    Given the sheer magnitude of Robin van Persie's summer move from Arsenal to Manchester United, it is little wonder that the fuss made over Alex Song's subsequent exit for Barcelona paled in comparison...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 4,451 reads 5 comments

  18. Liverpool: Pass Master Joe Allen Central to New Anfield Era

    After a 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the season brought back the feelings of self-pity which have become all too familiar of late around Liverpool , ...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 7,221 reads 19 comments

  19. Villas-Boas and Tottenham Hotspur: A Marriage with No Honeymoon

    The final whistle at White Hart Lane on Saturday was greeted by a significant number of boos from the home fans...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 1,350 reads 9 comments

  20. Tottenham Transfers: 6 Players Spurs Should Consider Making Late Moves for

    The transfer window closes in a week's time, but at Tottenham there is still plenty of work to do. Spurs finally completed the drawn-out signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on Wednesday, ...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 5,309 reads 19 comments

  21. Serie a Preview: Predicting the Top 15 Scorers for 2012-13

    One of the many repercussions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving AC Milan to join French club Paris Saint-Germain this summer is that he is not around to defend his title as Serie A's top scorer, the Capocannoniere...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 1,496 reads 1 comments

  22. Ranking Neymar and the Top 10 Young Brazilian Talents in the World Right Now

    Brazil may have fallen at the final hurdle in their quest for their first Olympic football gold medal earlier this summer, but the squad in London was the ideal showcase for the bulging crop of fine young players the country has produced...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 27,752 reads 43 comments

  23. EPL: Rating the Top 10 New Signings Based on Their Opening Match

    The Premier League season has finally got underway after three months starved of football. Apart from Euro 2012 and the Olympics, that is...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 2,761 reads 7 comments

  24. Lionel Messi: 5 Areas in Which the Barcelona Superstar Can Still Improve

    Being asked to find ways in which to make Lionel Messi better at football is a bit like working out how to make Usain Bolt run faster or Spinal Tap funnier...

    Tony Mabert Written by Tony Mabert about 2 years ago 14,229 reads 36 comments

  25. Eden Hazard: Good and Bad Points from Chelsea Star's EPL Debut

    After the hype that had been drawn out all summer, Eden Hazard finally got the chance to impress on his Premier League debut for Chelsea ...

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