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Then Carragher took Mario and had him flogged

October 10, 2014
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Then Carragher took Mario and had him flogged

It took Jesus Christ 33 years to be crucified, so, at age 24, Mario Balotelli looks a decent bet to beat his time. It was always inevitable that at some point the Italian was going to face belligerent criticism, but the special blend of the English media’s unique brand of hysteria and them actually...

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Is Wilfried Bony a good signing for Swansea?

August 30, 2013
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Is Wilfried Bony a good signing for Swansea?

Wilfried Bony seemed to have become relatively popular in English football circles, or at least those trying to piece together a fantasy football side, without even kicking a ball in the country. The Ivorian’s 37 goals in 36 appearances for Vitesse Arnhem caught the attention of Swansea and the admiration of those looking for...

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What does Willian offer?

August 26, 2013
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What does Willian offer?

Overnight, Willian appeared to have gained the attentions of English football. The rapid collapse of Anzhi Makhachkala’s future at the whims of Suleyman Kerimov triggered a scramble between Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea for the Brazilian despite him being relatively unheard of days earlier. But why? Other than it being fashionable, what do Chelsea have...

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What does Jordan Henderson bring to Liverpool?

February 20, 2013
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What does Jordan Henderson bring to Liverpool?

Over two years ago I wrote an article on Lucas Leiva. The Brazilian had become a scapegoat among Liverpool fans after struggling to adapt from the much less physical and slower Brasileirao. His faults were obvious, but the qualities that made him worth persevering with aren’t typically appreciated in English footballing culture – neat...

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What Could Have Been: Steven Gerrard

December 7, 2012
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What Could Have Been: Steven Gerrard

As Steven Gerrard approached his 100th England cap, a flood of articles appeared eulogising his career. Journalists across the country took it upon themselves to praise his all-round ability yet there was a twinge of disappointment that he hadn’t quite fulfilled his potential, particularly in regard to his time with England. Even Gerrard himself...

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Is Antonio Valencia a Man Utd number 7?

November 21, 2012
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Is Antonio Valencia a Man Utd number 7?

As the choice of many Manchester United legends, wearing the number 7 at Manchester United is considered a great honour. George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo are some of the best examples of past number sevens, but since Ronaldo’s departure there have been a couple of odd choices to...

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What Could Have Been: Michael Ballack

July 27, 2012
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What Could Have Been: Michael Ballack

I am not a superstitious person: I do not try to avoid black cats, I step on cracks in the pavement, and I avoid breaking mirrors because it’s just plain impractical. If there was ever a person to make me question those beliefs though, it’s Michael Ballack. Having worn the number 13 shirt at...

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What Could Have Been: Andriy Shevchenko

July 5, 2012
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What Could Have Been: Andriy Shevchenko

Ukraine’s opening game of Euro 2012 against Sweden was the perfect send-off for Andriy Shevchenko. Before the game Shevchenko was talked about, yet it was mostly backhanded discussion – he was one of few recognisable names on the Ukrainian roster, but debate was more about whether or not he would complete the 90 minutes...

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Ones to watch at Euro 2012

June 5, 2012
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Ones to watch at Euro 2012

We look at some of the lesser-known figures that could excite spectators.

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The rise and fall of Michael Essien

January 17, 2012
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The rise and fall of Michael Essien

Nicholas Kituno on the trials and tribulations of the Chelsea midfielder.

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