Case Study: Everton 0-3 Manchester United 17/10/2015

October 20, 2015
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Case Study: Everton 0-3 Manchester United 17/10/2015

Both teams had reasons to be unhappy heading into the game, but for very different reasons. Manchester United were coming back of a comprehensive defeat away to Arsenal, picked apart with alarming ease within the opening twenty minutes, while the death of Everton legend Howard Kendall, who had featured first as a player and...

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Retrospective: Milan 0-1 Juventus 2005

October 13, 2015
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Retrospective: Milan 0-1 Juventus 2005

It may have taken the extreme depths and European embarrassments we are currently seeing for everyone to catch on to the fact that the Premier League is pretty terrible at the moment, although it’s lacked real quality since 2011, but there’s little greater evidence of quite how far it’s fallen than the creeping possibility...

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Case Study: Porto 2-1 Chelsea 29/9/2015

September 30, 2015
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Case Study: Porto 2-1 Chelsea 29/9/2015

An unfortunate time for Jose Mourinho to return to the club where he made his name, and an even worse time to face Iker Casillas again after their infamous spat. Chelsea’s difficulties on and off the field this season don’t really need introducing anymore, but another defeat in Mourinho’s homeland would probably do greater...

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Case Study: Wales 1-0 Belgium 12/6/2015

June 17, 2015
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Case Study: Wales 1-0 Belgium 12/6/2015

Wales’ rapid rise under Chris Coleman, thanks in large part to the groundwork done by Gary Speed, faced its biggest test against Belgium. Marc Wilmots’ team being ranked second in the world suggests FIFA heads are too busy shredding documents to sort any real comparison, but it’s a decent measure of the task at...

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Premier League 2014/15 awards

June 13, 2015
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Premier League 2014/15 awards

What a terrible season. A mediocre Chelsea side comfortably wrapped up the league early, with Manchester City mounting the worst title defence since their last one. The Champions League spots were a foregone conclusion despite those in the hunt all doing their best to throw away their place at every opportunity. Last season’s surprise...

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Retrospective: Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal 2006

May 3, 2015
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Retrospective: Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal 2006

Amid the back and forth between Arsenal and Chelsea after their dull clash, there was more than a little mistruth flying around. Jose Mourinho is obviously a serial liar, yet the other camp were lacking a little self-awareness. There’s an admittance that the “boring boring Chelsea” chants are an adaptation of an earlier song...

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