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Soccer Break Monday – Champions League last eight week special

April 4, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/With all the hype surrounding this week’s Champions League quarter-finals, the events of the weekend seem like a distant memory. Here’s a recap of a fascinating set of results around Europe the past few days.

Does anybody actually care who captains England?

March 22, 2011

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Last week, when Chelsea held a news conference to preview their Champions League match against FC Copenhagen, manager Carlo Ancelotti spent the first 20 minutes fielding questions about John Terry’s re-instatement as England captain.

Soccer Break Tuesday

March 15, 2011

SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPThe pain for Arsenal fans just rolls on it would seem, as a trip to my office’s kitchen confirmed on Monday when I heard two voices grumbling about “Van Persie” and “not enough shots”.

Reports of Chelsea’s decline are greatly exaggerated

November 17, 2010

SOCCER-ENGLAND/Former Chelsea midfielder Tony Cascarino must be in the running for an award for biggest over-reaction by a football pundit.

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.

England defence crumble in German masterclass

June 27, 2010

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England coach Fabio Capello would do well to take a transcript copy of Germany coach Joachim Loew’s post-match press conference – because in it he would find all the simple reasons why his side were trounced 4-1 and sent packing from the World Cup on Sunday.

A revolutionary (and slightly wacky) idea to spot handballs

April 19, 2010

I have come up with an idea that will revolutionise football. And I was sober at the time.
 
It would solve immediately the problem of knowing when players handle the ball and help referees and linesmen give the right decision every time and cut out attempts by players pleading they never handled the ball when they have — especially in the penalty area.
 
I admit its still a work in progress … but I reckon someone could invent an electro-magnetic liquid which players have to dip their arms in before kickoff. This solution, invisible, weightless, and undetectable would then dry to create a “second skin” from the points of the arm and hands the laws state constitute the areas of handball.
 
An electro-magnetic chip would then be placed in a ball, or the ball would be dipped in the same electro-magnetic fluid — and every time the two made contact … ball and arm/hand — a buzzer would sound from special loudspeakers in the stadium. The system would also be read through long-sleeved shirts and gloves.
 
Immediatly the buzzer goes off, everyone among the players, officials and fans, would know the player has handled — no argument. Naturally, goalkeepers would be exempt and the system would only be activated when the ball was in play, meaning players could still take throw-ins and pick up the ball when a whistle has been blown. 
 
The beauty of this system is that the referee can still decide whether it is accidental handball or not, or ball to hand.
 
The idea occurred to me after being at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea v Bolton last week and Spurs v Chelsea on Saturday.

Europeans baffled by fuss over Terry’s private life

February 7, 2010

Michel Platini’s Gallic shrug said it all. “I’m not bothered. What do you want me to say?” he said.

John Terry stripped of England captaincy – your views

February 5, 2010

John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy following revelations about his private life.

John Terry playing a dangerous game

July 27, 2009

Has John Terry got a bit big for his boots by questioning whether Chelsea’s ambition matches his own?