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John Terry – Guilty or not?

For casual onlookers, it seems strange to see one man cleared of an offence in a British court of law only to be found guilty of the same allegations by a sport`s governing body. However, that is exactly what has happened in the case of Chelsea captain John Terry who was charged by the FA and subsequently declared to be guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers` defender Anton Ferdinand.

It`s easier to accept the fact that the Football Association can come to its own conclusions, irrespective of court findings and not to question the reasons why this is possible. So that leaves the question as to why they have come Read On..

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Jose Mourinho – Which English team will he manage once he has left Spain?

Jose Mourinho has openly said that he would welcome a return to England and manage `any club` in the Premier League when his stint in charge of Real Madrid is over. The straight talking Portuguese made some very direct comments over this stating that after Real   `England, that`s for sure`.

Mourinho also said that when in England he is Blue   a direct reference to his old team Chelsea but is a return to Stamford Bridge remotely likely? Roman Abramovich sacked the `special one` in 2007 after three years that brought a string of honours, including back to back Premiership wins.

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Wayne Rooney – 10 Premier League years

It has been 10 years since Wayne Rooney’s league debut goal against Arsenal. Since then he has terrorised teams all over Europe with notable performances against the likes of Fenerbahce, AC Milan, Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City. While working with some of the greatest strike partners in his time with Van Nistelrooy, Solskjaer, Tevez, Ronaldo and Van Persie.

But how much more can Rooney achieve at the club he claims to want to end his career with?

To give some perspective to Rooney’s success and potential success, Ryan Giggs, the most decorated Premier League player has secured 33 club trophies and if Rooney were to match the lifespan of Giggs’ career which, Read On..

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Which nation had the poorest turn out at Football Stadiums around Europe?

I was watching Real Madrid’s win over Granada this past Sunday and just from where the camera is positioned you can always get a sense of how large the stadium is.

This got me thinking about how well stadiums across Europe fill out each week.

Here are some interesting statistics about the attendance of the biggest football stadiums around Europe.

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Joey Barton and transfer news that have surprised me

It has been a funny transfer window. Not least with Robin Van Persie’s shock move to Manchester United. A transfer that most would have scoffed at this time 3 months ago.

Now we have the bizarre episode with QPR and Joey Barton. I think that whenever a foreign club comes in for an English player it raises a few eyebrows unless it is one like David Beckham or Michael Owen to Real Madrid. I know that Barton’s end of season behaviour was appalling, but surely the punishments handed out by QPR were undeserved, a fine was surely the just outcome without the unusually poor treatment the club followed up with, which Read On..

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Gary Neville’s rise as a TV analyst

There was never any doubt about Gary Neville’s tactical knowledge of the beautiful game, which could be seen both through the way he played and through his time as a TV pundit on ITV during the 2002 World Cup when he was injured and the 2008 European Championship.

Upon replacing Andy Gray on Sky Sports, Neville started off some what shaky in his new position with awkward trembling around the TV studio and uncomfortable exchanges when talking with players and managers from the studio to the press room.

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Impressions for the opening day of the Premier League 2012/2013 campaign

As much as I was looking forward to watching match of the day with the pundit line up of Lineker, Hansen and Shearer I always feel that there is so much to take in and the short highlight clips never really allow you to judge a player’s performance. None the less I will summarise what I took from the program.

The biggest shock of course was the 3-0 romping by West Brom against Liverpool. For the first time that I can remember since the Premiership started West Brom have looked like a stable team who you wouldn’t necessarily nail them down as a team for relegation. They seem to have a Read On..

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How Robin Van Persie has broken the mould

Robin Van Persie is set to arrive in Manchester later on today to under go a medical and sort out personal terms for a contract that Sir Alex Ferguson will be licking his lips for.

When Van Persie announced back in July that he wouldn’t be signing a new contract with the Gunners, it would have been met

by many with a roll of the eyes as Manchester City step forward to offer him a contract to rival that of Tevez and Aguero. As the last few weeks have gone on though, it has come to light that maybe RVP Isn’t drawn to just cash. I think this because the whole situationhas Read On..

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Michael James Owen. The story so far..

Life long Everton fan, Michael Owen had a tremendous start to his career, joining Liverpool after graduating from Lilleshall school at the tender age of just 16. His first breakthrough came   in the FA youthcup against West Ham.

In 1997 Owen made his debut against Wimbledon with his goal being nothing but a consolation in a 2-1 defeat.

The following season Owen was able to get his foot in the door as he showed himself as an opportunist in replacing the injured Robbie Fowler upfront. In Owen’s breakthrough and arguably greatest season as a footballer he equalled Chris Sutton’s 18 Premier League goals and was voted PFA young player of the Read On..

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So what have we learnt from Team GB?

First and foremost, I believe the competition is excellent for football, and gives young players the opportunity for great success. Even if that success is not met, many of the players are playing at a rare event on a stage broadcasted around the world.

For me, it is a stepping-stone that is perhaps greater than the under 21s European championship, because of what it means to the players.

So what have we learnt from individuals?

Tom cleverly 

I have been a big fan of the boy since he was exchanging passes with a certain Ronaldo a few years ago during pre season games. What stands out to me is his confidence and going Read On..

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