Bert Trautmann - A Tribute

July 26, 2013 in Features, Premier League by Emma Lucy Whitney

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Last Friday, the sad news broke of the death of Bert Trautmann, the Manchester City goalkeeping legend, who had passed away at his home in Valencia at the age of 89. Bert was an inspiration to not just City supporters, but to legions of football fans throughout the world, and the story of his life is nothing short of incredible. Appearing over 500 times between the sticks for City in a fifteen-year career at the club, Trautmann’s background as a former Luftwaffe paratrooper-turned-prisoner of war was already enough to single him out as something different, before he even played a game for the Blues. However, the fateful Cup Final of ’56 forever sealed his place in footballing lore, as Bert played on with an injured neck to help City win their third FA Cup, only finding out that his neck was in fact broken three days later. So many deserving tributes have already been given in honour of this wonderful gentleman, who achieved so much on the field and in life. For what it’s worth, here’s mine.

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Why was Andre Villas-Boas linked with the Barcelona job?

July 23, 2013 in La Liga, Premier League by Joseph Kingsley-Nyinah

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Why was Andre Villas-Boas linked with the Barcelona job?

I mean, I know I’m meant to start with fluff, with a nice lead-in before hitting you with the hook, but this is something that bewilders and frustrates me more than Tottenham’s inability to secure a striker of any kind of description – I don’t have the patience to obey conventions right now.

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Liverpool’s transfer dealings look to be a cause for optimism

July 23, 2013 in Premier League, Transfers by George Curtis

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Regardless of the furore surrounding Luis Suarez’s insistence that he shall not enter the new season as a Liverpool player, the Reds have encountered an unnervingly smooth start to their summer’s work. The low-key arrivals of Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto and Kolo Toure, as well as the capture of the highly-rated Sunderland stopper Simon Mignolet, have been complimented by two efficient performances against Preston North End, and in the rather more sapping climate of Indonesia, as they took on a Select XI and ended up 2-0 winners. What’s more, Steven Gerrard’s commitment to the club has been put into further writing as the Liverpool captain extended his contract by two years. Seldom have Liverpool been able to combine shrewd transfer dealings and sharp football so early in the footballing calendar, especially whilst the future of their prize asset remains in the balance.

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Wonga Dispute Causes Papiss Cisse Rift

July 19, 2013 in Premier League by Daniel Lloyd

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There have been many decisions made by the board at Newcastle United that have baffled, perplexed, stumped, and even angered the fans surrounding St James’ Park. Decisions like renaming the stadium, sacking Chris Hughton, selling Andy Carroll (although looking back on it, that wasn’t a bad bit of business), and lately, the change of shirt sponsors from Virgin Money to Wonga.com.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and using transfer bids as propaganda

July 17, 2013 in Transfers by Louis Baxter

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It wouldn’t be revelatory to suggest that the summer transfer window contains a lot of silliness. With the actual football on hiatus, transfer rumours are the main source of news capital, and in many ways define the stature of a club’s ambitions going in to the next season. With the public in the dark, and desperately clamouring for any hint of an exciting scoop, it is inevitable that games will be played here. Games will be played by know nothing upstarts, who will take advantage of the unanswered public need by presenting their best guess as fact, pretending to be ‘ITK’ and hopefully gathering enough followers that they can start a for-profit Sulia account.

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