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All in the mind – Is the brain the new frontier in football training?

Today’s soccer professionals have a battery of physios, fitness trainers and doctors all striving to fine-tune their players’ physique for optimum performance. But are football clubs missing a trick in overlooking dedicated training for the most important organ of all — the brain? Scientists at London’s Brunel University believe the game’s top talents, such as […]

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The tweaks that led to Barca’s comeback

A few days before Barca’s second-leg vs Milan, I posted an article going through some of the problems Barca were facing – tactically and otherwise – during a difficult run in their season. Changes were required. Spanish football expert Andy West takes a look at some of reasons Barca were able to mount their historic comeback. […]

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Super Santi shows his range

For this current generation of gifted Spanish passers, their precise position isn’t a major concern. Whereas midfielders who predominantly cross want to be fielded on the side of their stronger foot, and prolific shooters prefer to start on the opposite flank, where they can cut inside, passers are much more adaptable.The quartet of attacking midfielders […]

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EPL Myths | Arsenal can’t defend? Suarez not big game player? United scoring more?

  In the 21st century the media is more prevalent than ever. There’s the traditional broadsheets of course, but now there are blogs, fanzines, television shows from every country, and pundits. Everybody’s a pundit. Of course in the 21st century information is also more readily accessible than ever before, which means that theoretically, all this conjecture should […]

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The £24m phone call

As Manchester United head into this weekend’s game against Liverpool with a commanding seven point lead, its tough to see what things would have been like without Robin Van Persie in the United line-up. Amy Lawrence from the Guardian revisits the ‘phone call’ that Sir Alex Ferguson made to Arsene Wenger, which apparently clinched the […]

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Who are the dirtiest team in the EPL?

Several teams in the Premier League have been branded as ‘dirty’ teams over the years, but which teams actually deserve the title of ‘dirtiest’ this season? We take a look at which teams have committed the most fouls this season, as well as which teams have received the most yellow cards. We have also looked […]

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Ba & Torres: Will it work?

Reports suggest that last night, Chelsea triggered the £7.5m release clause for Newcastle striker, Demba Ba. With Daniel Sturridge on his way to Liverpool, Benitez has identified the Senegalese hitman as his preferred transfer target. He’s already scored 13 goals in the premier league this season, and could prove to be an effective partner up-front […]

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Everton: How David Moyes has reinvented the club

For a team that worked so hard at winning their reputation as the Premier League’s slow starters, the table makes healthy and refreshing reading for Everton and manager David Moyes. Too often in recent times Everton and their supporters have examined the final standings in May and been left wondering what might have been had […]

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Wenger decides to rely on British core

As a result of the premature departure of his side’s previous leaders – Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Alex Song to name a few –  it appears that Arsene Wenger has decided to rely on a British core rather than “fickle” foreigners. Losing the likes of Cesc and RVP must have been particularly painful […]

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Corinthians leave Chelsea singing the Blues

James Young from the Independent gives us his verdict on how Corinthians were able to defeat Chelsea at the Club World Cup final in Japan. … While Chelsea had their moments, those who have watched Corinthians over the last couple of years will know that “bend but don’t break” is practically the team motto. Theirs […]

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