Last night, 7th June 2023, is a night that will live long in the history of West Ham United. Jarrod Bowen’s dramatic intervention just as stoppage time was beginning sealed a memorable 2-1 win. The victory saw them pick up the UEFA Europa Conference League trophy for 2022/23. Let’s take a look at some of […]
Europa League: Do we underrate it in England?
Last night Sevilla saw off AS Roma to win the 2023 UEFA Europa League title, edging out the Italians on penalties after a 1-1 draw. With this victory, Sevilla have now won this competition seven times. Their first victory wasn’t until 2006, meaning it’s been a 17-year period where they’ve made the trophy their own. […]
Nottingham Forest: A new blueprint for Premier League survival?
Nottingham Forest won 1-0 at home to Arsenal on Saturday to clinch Premier League safety. This represents a great first season back in England’s top flight. Forest have been an interesting team to follow this season. Their approach seems different to that followed by many other promoted teams. This has led some to ask whether […]
Have Arsenal bottled the title?
Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Brighton this weekend seems to have put the writing on the wall. It appears that Manchester City will win the Premier League title again this season. But having led by eight points as recently as 1st April, have Arsenal bottled it? What is ‘bottling it’? The idea of “losing your bottle” […]
How good are Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic team?
Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic sealed the club’s 53rd league title on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Hearts. This was a second successive league win for the club since appointing the Australian as manager. It was also the 11th time in the past 12 years that Celtic have won the league title. Rangers of course secured […]
Can Sam Allardyce save Leeds United in just four games?
Leeds United have sounded the alarm bells, sacking Javi Gracia and bringing in a new manager until the end of the season. The new manager in question is Sam Allardyce, but can he save Leeds United in just four games? Allardyce becomes the third Leeds manager of a tumultuous season, following Jesse Marsch and Javi […]
Are Manchester City on the brink of a memorable treble?
We have reached the business end of another football season and talk turns to who will win the major honours. With Manchester City again in imperious form, fans and pundits alike are starting to ask an inevitable question: are they on the brink of the Treble? What is a Treble? The term ‘Treble’ refers to […]
Are FIFA right that more football is always better?
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made a call for “way more football” to be played following his recent re-election. This will have been music to the ears of some of the federations that voted for him. However, many others were letting out an exhausted sigh when hearing this refrain from the boss of global football. […]
Was Patrick Vieira sacked by the fixture computer?
Crystal Palace sacked Patrick Vieira as manager last week after a season and a half in the role. Yesterday they announced that his predecessor in the role, Roy Hodgson, will return as his successor. Vieira’s dismissal comes at the end of a 12-game winless run: a statistic that makes bleak reading. But is there more […]
Are Mbappé and Håland the new Messi and Ronaldo?
Kylian Mbappé and Erling Håland have been writing more football headlines this month, with both breaking club goalscoring records. On Saturday 4th March, Mbappé scored his 201st goal for Paris Saint-Germain, becoming the club’s record goalscorer. Then on Tuesday 14th March, Håland hit five goals for Man City against RB Leipzig in the Champions League. […]
Can the apprentice beat the master in the Premier League title race?
The Premier League title races finale could be exciting this year with a different challenger for the juggernaut that is Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Not only are north London giants Arsenal challenging the reigning champions, but they are five points clear of the Citizens at the top of the Premier League table with just 12 […]
How much has Erik ten Hag transformed Manchester United?
Erik ten Hag has won silverware in his first season as Manchester United manager. The Dutchman oversaw a 2-0 win against Newcastle United in the League Cup Final at Wembley. The victory followed an impressive win over Barcelona in the Europa League a few days earlier. These results keep Man Utd in the hunt for […]
Premier League VAR: how can Howard Webb fix the problems?
Premier League VAR was again the major talking point after a weekend featuring a number of high-profile errors by match officials using video technology. The VAR did not draw the lines when checking for offside on Brentford’s equaliser at the Emirates. Meanwhile, a similar error disallowed a Brighton goal against Crystal Palace. What is VAR? […]
Manchester City finances: what do new charges mean?
The Premier League has charged Manchester City with breaking rules around club finances. The statement from the league describes over 100 breaches of the league’s financial rules. What could this mean for Manchester City and for the Premier League? Which rules have Manchester City allegedly broken? The charges relate to Premier League rules which require […]
Is Sean Dyche the answer to Everton’s problems?
On 30th January, Everton announced Sean Dyche as their new manager. The former Burnley boss takes the reigns a week after the club dismissed Frank Lampard. Dyche faces the difficult task of trying to avoid the club’s first relegation in 72 years. Is he the right man for the job? Dyche’s Track Record Many fans […]
How Many Points per Season is a Good Goalkeeper Worth?
Newcastle’s 1-0 League Cup Semi-Final first-leg victory at Southampton saw their goalkeeper Nick Pope keep his 10th consecutive clean sheet. The longest such run for at least decade prompted much discussion amongst football pundits and online commentators. Soon repeated was an old cliché: that a good goalkeeper is worth 15-20 points a season. But is […]
Who Looks Best Placed to Make the Premier League Next Season?
The Championship is considered one of the most competitive leagues anywhere in Europe. However, the reward for whoever does snap up one of the three promotion places is an entry into the lucrative Premier League. Here is a look at the teams who are best placed to pick up promotion from the Championship this season. […]
City look imperious as they ease past sorry Spurs and target title
The Premier League table is finally taking shape, with teams producing excellent results in both halves of the table. In the most recent set of games, Manchester City completely outclassed struggling Spurs in a 3-0 home victory as Liverpool struggled to keep Leicester City at bay conceding 3 goals in seven minutes. Elsewhere, Aston Villa […]
Boubacar Kamara – Olympique de Marseille
The prodigal son of the Phocian city Boubacar Kamara was born on 23 November 1999 in Marseille (France). Kamara is a French footballer who plays as a central defender and now as a defensive midfielder at Olympique de Marseille. He joined the Marseille club in 2005 at the age of 5. He is considered to […]
Championship Promotion: Ranking the Title Race Season so far 2020/21
With the Championship season in full throttle there seem to be a myriad of teams battling it out at the top end of the table for those precious two automatic promotion spots. Norwich and Swansea City appear to be leading the Championship pack, with the Canaries sitting at the apex of the table and the […]