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Scowling Scolari needs a rethink

December 1, 2008

Defeat to Arsenal means Luiz Felipe Scolari is facing his first big test as Chelsea manager and there are plenty of people waiting to see how the volatile Brazilian handles it.

Friday afternoon question: Should domestic cups be scrapped?

November 14, 2008

Real Madrid were knocked out of the King’s Cup by third-tier Real Union this week and Chelsea lost to second division Burnley in the Carling Cup, but which sides were really celebrating?

The Carling Cup is different, that’s why we love it

By Reuters Staff
November 13, 2008

In September, Mitch Phillips argued here that the League Cup should be shuffled off into retirement. Who could argue for prolonging the life of this tired, unwanted “third competition”? Well, actually, after this week’s action, I would.

Mourinho to Manchester United is actually not so mad

October 27, 2008

British tabloids are used to putting 2+2 together and getting 5.

In my mind, the rumour about Inter boss Jose Mourinho one day replacing Alex Ferguson at Man United is 2+2 = 4.5…ie. closer to the truth than the usual tittle-tattle but without concrete foundations.

So is this really going to be Liverpool’s year?

October 27, 2008

Liverpool have shown they have most of the key attributes of title-winning teams this season but there remains one test for them to pass before we can really talk about them as favourites.

You know football’s gone mad when…

October 1, 2008

 cheeky Mourinho

Italians haven’t quite cottoned on yet to Jose Mourinho’s sense of humour.

Mourinho up to his old tricks at Inter Milan

September 22, 2008

Mourinho, known as ‘Mou’ by the Italian press

When Jose Mourinho first arrived at Inter Milan, I was expecting fireworks.

His sharp wit and tongue while at Chelsea won him fans and enemies in equal measure but no one could say the ’Special One’ was dull. 

Vlog on the Pitch: Scolari is a tough man to please

September 18, 2008

Chelsea seemed to do just about everything right in their Champions League victory over Bordeaux this week but new coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was not overly impressed.

I love the Champions League (or at least I think I do)

September 18, 2008

Lampard celebratesFootball fans, football bosses, even us football journalists do not usually sit on the fence when it comes to giving our opinions on the issues of the day.

Will English clubs dominate Europe again?

September 16, 2008

The Champions League trophy gets packed awayBayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sounded a familiar note this week when he predicted that English clubs would once again dominate the Champions League (see here or here for the story).