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Blackpool offer refreshing antidote to bloated Premier League

August 16, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/August remains a time for cricket and athletics in many people’s minds but if we are going to have football then it was probably fitting that the most uplifting performance of the opening day of the Premier League season came from the country’s number one seaside holiday destination.

Unlike Del Piero et al, at least Beckham may get a farewell game

August 12, 2010

Fabio Capello’s impromptu announcement that David Beckham was too old to play for England has divided opinion across the blogosphere.

Hernandez shines among Premier League newcomers

August 9, 2010

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Perusing through the latest influx of major pre-season signings to join the English Premier League can quickly become a competition to find which transaction does not include the words Manchester and City.

Capello faces tough task to change England’s “mentality problem”

August 8, 2010

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Watching a repeat on Saturday of a TV comedy show first shown early in 2010 offered a stark reminder of how quickly and deeply Fabio Capello’s stock has fallen in the eyes of the average England fan.

By the way…the European season has started

August 6, 2010

RTR2E8Q7[1]ZANETTISMALLNevermind Iker Casillas hoisting the World Cup, it doesn’t seem five minutes since Javier Zanetti had the European Cup on his head while sporting that crazed grin back in May.

Bullfighting banned in Catalonia — So how will David Villa celebrate now?

July 31, 2010

SOCCER-WORLD/Now that the Spanish region of Catalonia has banned bullfighting, what will happen to striker David’s Villa goal-scoring celebrations?

Schalke get Ruhrpott Raul but Spain may have the last laugh

July 28, 2010

GERMANY/Raul’s decision to join Schalke 04 in Germany rather than one of the English sides interested in taking him will have plenty of Real Madrid fans scratching their heads, I suspect. “What is he doing going to the Bundesliga when he could have gone to la Premier?” I can hear them ask. “What a step down after playing for Real in the Best League In The World (TM)!” “And where is this Schalke place anyway?”

What’s behind Spain’s run of sporting success?

July 26, 2010

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Spanish sports fans have never had it so good.

The Iberian nation is celebrating its latest triumphs after a month of success that local media have called a golden age.

Tired footballers? Cutting pre-season tours would help

July 22, 2010

Critics said the World Cup lacked quality because the players were tired after a long, draining season.

Is Liverpool the right choice for Joe Cole?

July 19, 2010

England midfielder Joe Cole sprang a slight surprise by choosing to sign for Liverpool rather than other suitors such as Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.