Case Study: Manchester United 0-0 Hull City 1/2/2017

February 3, 2017
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Case Study: Manchester United 0-0 Hull City 1/2/2017

Manchester United must be sick of the sight of Hull City after playing them three times since Christmas. Despite a slow start to the season, United seemed to be picking up some momentum with their unbeaten record of 17 games coming to an end in the return leg of the League Cup semi-final last...

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Case Study: Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid 15/1/2017

January 25, 2017
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Case Study: Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid 15/1/2017

After extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 40 games by moving past Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, Real Madrid had every right to be confident of putting some distance between themselves and the chasing pack at the top of La Liga. Nevertheless the hard work had been done in...

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Book Review: Studying Football by Ellis Cashmore and Kevin Dixon

November 28, 2016
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Book Review: Studying Football by Ellis Cashmore and Kevin Dixon

“Studying Football” is something of a misnomer, because the sport itself has very little to do with the book. Having a flick through the index, it’s surprising quite how few footballers are listed and very few of them are in there for anything they do out on the turf. The book instead focuses on...

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Case Study: Fenerbahce 2-1 Manchester United 3/11/2016

November 8, 2016
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Case Study: Fenerbahce 2-1 Manchester United 3/11/2016

Failing to muster a decent run of form as title rivals pull out in front and a Champions League place up for grabs meant the Europa League had a sudden importance for Jose Mourinho. Although a Uefa cup winner with Porto, the competition became devalued due to the expansion of the Champions League in...

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Case Study: West Brom 0-4 Manchester City 29/10/2016

October 30, 2016
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Case Study: West Brom 0-4 Manchester City 29/10/2016

For years we have heard of a mythical wet and windy night in Stoke that would be the true test for Barcelona. European cups and league titles all meant nothing until the world’s best footballers had been kicked a lot on a plough-field. Many thought the fateful day would never come, and they were...

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Premier League 2015/16 awards

July 24, 2016
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Premier League 2015/16 awards

Wonderful story, but one you would never want to actually watch back. While Leicester’s rise is incredible, it’s worth noting that it simply wouldn’t be allowed to happen if the Premier League was any good. It is an embarrassment that the league has been this poor for so long yet has shown no signs...

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