This article was written by guest writer Cameron Kilmister. You can find more of his work on his own blog here. All the transfer talk coming from the Bundesliga nmight be focused on Mario Gotze’s £31.5 million move to Dortmunds arch rivals, Bayern Munich and to be honest, why wouldn’t all the focus be on him. This is a player who has been dubbed as one of the greatest talents to emerge from a German clubs youth academy, and at the age of 20 he still has a bright long career ahead of him. Yet Gotze is not the only promising looking player to emerge from a youth academy in the Bundesliga. Over the last decade the Read more..
“The best team lost”, is the quote doing the rounds after Real Madrid’s 1-2 win at Old Trafford. It’s widely accepted that this rare show of humility from Jose Mourinho is true, but as Manchester United know better than most, you need to be more than simply “the best team” in a competition, if you want to win it. Mourinho’s modesty is being seen as an indication that this great wandering winner will one day want to settle down at Old Trafford. Alex Ferguson has singled out the Portuguese in the past as one of the few managers whom he thinks has the quality to continue the work he’s done at Manchester United. Mourinho withdrew Read more..
The following article is a guest post written by Elie Sarkis, you can contact Elie via Twitter or visit his own site here. Click here if you are interested in submitting your own guest post to the site. In recent times FC Barcelona has proved to be the team to fear. Sir Alex Ferguson, one of the most coveted managers alive in football history, who is also known for his arrogance and love for the game, claimed that Pep’s side was the best team he had ever faced in his whole career. That statement came directly after the second defeat to this Barca team at Wembley, on English territory – 3-1 on may 2011 and most importantly Read more..
Despite failing to beat Corinthians in the final, Chelsea and Rafa Benitez must have enjoyed the World Club Cup as it meant they could get away from the everyday grind of Stamford Bridge life, at least for a short while. Chelsea have won only one of the four league games they’ve played at home since Rafa Benitez took over, losing one to QPR and drawing two more. Considering that much of the new Chelsea power was established by an excellent home record under Jose Mourinho, the losses don’t go down well whoever their latest manager is, but as that new manager is a Spaniard who was adopted by Merseyside and Liverpool FC in particular, those losses go down like a Read more..
One of Brazil’s most consistent but unsung youth stars, Romulo, has signed for Spartak Moscow from Vasco Da Gama for €8m, as the Rio based club looked to push through a transfer quickly to raise funds. One of the stars of the Brazilian Olympic team, Romulo is one of a central pair used by Brazil to sure up the centre of the park, allowing the more flamboyant, higher profile players to strut their stuff in the attacking third. Whilst the likes of Neymar, Oscar, Lucas Moura, and Leandro Damiao might bring more in terms of transfer fees, and attract more interest from European clubs, the real value is in the unsung heroes. His partner in Read more..
As the group stages near a close, the Olympic football tournament has usurped many of the other Olympic sports, with its well attended events, entertaining matches, and (some) star players living up to expectations. Chelsea fans will be encouraged by the solid start Oscar has made to the games with Brazil, with their new man playing well and grabbing himself a goal as the Selecao managed three goals in their first two matches. Neymar has also lived up to massive expectations, entertaining crowds across the country with his silky skills and supreme confidence, and a move to Europe looks like it should come sooner rather than later to aid his development in time for 2014. Read more..
After a reasonable display against a strong Brazil team in the lead up to the mens Olympic football competition, team GB will be looking to get off to a good start in the group stages, in what could be a tricky first game against Senegal. Anyone attending these games will have been presented with some ridiculous demands as to what you can and can’t take into the stadium with you, as the games organisers pander to their precious sponsors, at the expense of fun and enjoyment for paying spectators. Measures have been taken to tackle corruption at the Olympics, and maybe some more measures should be taken to tackle the killjoy organisation of the games. Read more..
If watching people chasing each other around a track, or throwing objects around on a field isn’t your idea of entertainment, then there are plenty of other sports at the Olympic games to keep you half interested. After the much hyped build up to the games it’s natural to feel disappointed when you realise athletics isn’t really that good to watch, and the goings on at your local baths are more exciting than the 200 metre freestyle swimming. To put it in a football context, it’s similar to the build up to an England performance at a major tournament – all hype, expectation, sponsorship and waffle – but not much of an end product. The Read more..
Brazil is the birthplace of the beautiful game, or as they call it – o jogo bonito. Since Charles Miller arrived in the Sao Paulo port Santos with a couple of footballs and a set of rules, the Brazilians have been going about the game of football in their own way, and in their own time. Eradicating the staidness of the British game they were presented with; they created a style of football which incorporated parts of their carnival culture, their religious beliefs, and a sense of individual flair which has made the Brazillian national team a worldwide attraction. Then the Tika-Takas at Barcelona and Spain came along claimed the beautiful game as their own. Read more..
The two inevitabilities which arise during an English campaign at a major tournament are that they will exit on penalties, and that we will be asking the question ‘where next?’ even before the final ball is scuffed by an English foot. The air of resignation with which England approached this tournament was viewed as refreshingly realistic by most England fans, and Hodgsonism was fully embraced by a nation of noble warriors battling against the footballing odds, and in the shape of Andrea Prilo and Gigi Buffon, the footballing Gods. A few fans thought that England had more to give than the Hodgson tactics permitted, and many foreign pundits were bemused by the new look Steven Read more..