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Soccer Break Monday

April 18, 2011

SOCCER-SPAIN/CLASICOReal Madrid 1 Barcelona 1. Pictures of the teams suggest they were both pleased with the result but you would imagine Barcelona came away the happier side. Though Real were down to ten men for almost the entire second half so must be relieved not to have lost.

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”.

Drogba, Ferdinand…who next for the World Cup curse?

June 4, 2010

A top player seems to get injured on the eve of every major tournament and this year it looks like Didier Drogba and Rio Ferdinand have suffered the World Cup curse.

UPDATE: Predicting the scores — round 12

November 10, 2009

TUESDAY UPDATE: Whatever you think about the penalty which gave Liverpool a 2-2 draw with Birmingham, it certainly made a difference to our prediction league.

Is Ferdinand past his peak?

October 25, 2009

Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool has again exposed the chinks in the Premier League champions’ armour, notably their defensive frailties against top level opposition.

Does the captaincy really matter in football?

January 8, 2009

Here’s a question for you: Who is Manchester United’s official club captain?

A little humility goes a long way for England

October 16, 2008

Wayne Rooney

England have made their best start to a World Cup qualifying campaign and Wayne Rooney thinks he’s playing at his best, so why haven’t Fabio Capello’s men been bragging about how they’re going to bring home the trophy in 2010?

Should fans be criticised for booing their own team?

October 13, 2008

Fabio CapelloSupporters are in the firing line after incidents at this weekend’s World Cup qualifiers.

Vlog on the Pitch — who’d be your England captain?

May 27, 2008

Fabio Capello has named John Terry as captain for England’s friendly against the United States on Wednesday, which may be some slim consolation for that penalty miss in the Champions League final.