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The Europa Fatigue

From next season, the Champions League will have a new little sister, the UEFA Cup will be no more and we will welcome the ‘all shiny and new’ Europa League. The big question has to be: will a clever facelift give renewed impetus to a competition that has been in steep decline in recent years....

 

Who Can Replace the Legend That Is Henry?

Summers are known for two things in the football world- the scarcity of the sport that everyone loves to watch and the inevitable rumours of players leaving Arsenal. Here I assess the five players that Arsenal have been linked with excessively and compare and contrast the attributes they would bring to our game....

 

Brains and footballers just don't mix

Every time I begin to think footballers can not really be as stupid as we all think they are, one of them opens their mouth and proves they really are that stupid....

 

Sven turns his hand to comedy

I think Sven Goran Eriksson is looking for a career in comedy with his latest interview....

 

What on a stick?

Jorge Valdano's rather er graphic description of Liverpool and Chelsea's Champions League semi-final raises a few good points....

 

City need help

I keep reading reports of Stuart Pearce talking about Manchester City being toothless and how he will look to resolve that in the summer....

 

Change is needed

While Steve Coppell is clearly unhappy with the loan system mostly because it has cost his team against Watford, he does make a valid point....

 

A step too far

It's nice to see Jose Mourinho has made so many friends since he has been at Chelsea! But, much as I like Jose and dislike Cristiano Ronaldo, this time he has gone too far....

 

Hammers got off lightly

Is it really fair that West Ham United only get a fine as a punishment for the signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano? Admittedly the fine is huge, but surely they were attempting to gain an advantage on the pitch and so have to be punished on the pitch by a points deduction....

 

Takeover fever

I think the time has come for Manchester City fans to worry about their club - Ray Ranson has made a bid! Every Leeds United fan will tell you how he played a major part in their downfall with his financial mismanagement....

 

By royal appointment

I am not sure if it is such a good thing for Arsenal that the queen is apparently a fan....

 

Free balls

I find it very strange that the PM of Thailand has decided that a lack of footballs is holding the country back from qualifying for a World Cup finals tournament....

 

A true great

This season is the final season as a manager for one of the true greats of English football....

 

New rules

What is Jose Mourinho on about? There is no new rule stopping refs from giving penalties against Manchester United....

 

Its not always about race

Why is this Milan Baros gesture seen as a racist insult? It looks to me like he is saying Stephane M′Bia smells, but I fail to see how that is racist....

 

Another American club in the UK?

It looks like Arsenal are about to be subject to a hostile takeover, as I wrote a while back....

 

 

Signs of bias

Why is it that Manchester United get to play before Chelsea do every single week?....

 

The only choice

Good to see UEFA have got something right today - they decided against giving Euro 2012 to Italy....

 

The pressure is on

Kevin Davies has made a very good point this week, the pressure really is on Arsenal in the race for the final Champions League spot....

 

Could there be an all-English final?

I just have to congratulate Manchester United and Chelsea on their qualification for the Champions League semi finals....

 

The most exciting league in the world

How can anyone call the English Premier League the most exciting in the world? The football may be a lot better to watch than Spanish and Italian football, but the title only has two teams chasing it....

 

It's a funny old game

What an amazing game football is, Saturday sees Portsmouth beat top of the table Manchester United while Watford get a hiding from mid table Middlesbrough....

 

Different strokes for different folks

I was struck by the differing treatments handed out to certain players while watching the match between Portsmouth and Manchester United....

 

Fan favourites

Why are certain players fan favourites? I can understand with some players, the Steven Gerrards and John Terrys of this world for instance....

 

What has happened to goalkeepers?

Why are there so few really top-quality keepers around? If Paul Robinson is the best England has to offer then there really is a big problem....

 

The pressure is telling on United

Manchester United are beginning to show signs that the pressure Chelsea are heaping on them is getting to them....

 

Congratulations

Congratulations have to go out to Dagenham and Redbridge after they won promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history....

 

He made them stars

I have just been reading Jose Mourinho's comments about turning players into stars, both at Chelsea and at Porto, and I have to say he has a point....

 

More trouble in Europe

So European trips have led to more problems for English fans, as if the Rome clashes were not enough! This time the problems were between Tottenham Hotspur fans and the Spanish police, with nobody blaming Sevilla supporters for what happened....

 

Champions League

After all four quarter-finals have been played the only reason I can see for Liverpool being favourites to win the Champions League is the fact they are the only ones almost certain to make the semis....

 

Football League is not for reserves

Sometimes I am ashamed to be a fan of a 'big' Premier League team, especially in the last few weeks....

 

Lyon's transfer budget

I am intrigued how Lyon can afford to set Gerrard Houllier a budget of 200 million euros to spend....

 

Martin O'Neill

Just a few months ago Martin O'Neill was seen as a saviour as his exciting, young Aston Villa side rode high in the league....

 

Liverpool's spending plans

I see the 'news'papers are speculating about Liverpool's transfer budget for next season, they seem to have settled on a figure of 40million....

 

UEFA must act now

Rewind back to 1984, AS Roma to play Liverpool in the European Cup final....

 

Where has Chelsea's money gone?

Roman Abramovich has spent fortunes on players over the last few years, breaking the world record for a transfer fee just last summer........

 

Mickey Mouse SPL

There is a lot of talk about the SPL being a 'mickey mouse' league because there are only ever two teams capable of winning it........

 

Flamini issues ultimatum

I see Flamini is proving Arsene Wenger is right to leave him out by talking about leaving when he is failing to get in the team........

 

What were West Ham thinking?

Having watched Liverpool take Arsenal apart at the weekend I really can not understand what Javier Mascherano was doing sat on the sidelines at West Ham........

 

New Zidanes

I see Ribery is no longer being talked about as the new Zidane, apparently the new Zidane is now Samir Nasri........

 

Ticket Prices

How is it Tottenham feel they can justify raising already exorbitant ticket prices for next season, even with the huge increase in tv revenue? For that matter how come the other clubs are making such a song and dance about freezing prices or making a tiny reduction? They could all make massive reductions if they chose, but of course they were never going to do so........

 

How did it happen?

Maybe I'm just a bit clueless regarding financial affairs, but I can't for the life of me figure out how John Arne Riise has ended up being declared bankrupt........

 

What happened to Arsenal's season?

A few weeks ago Arsenal were looking forward to the Carling Cup final, Champions League knockout stage and were still in the FA Cup.......

 

 

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