Season Preview 2013-14: Aston Villa

August 12, 2013 in Premier League, Team Previews

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For Aston Villa, last season can only be described as highly disappointing. Although Villa were never going to challenge for the title or even a place in Europe, nobody would have thought that this history-rich club would be relieved to be in the top division come the end of the season. Fortunately for Villa and Paul Lambert, it was quite obvious towards the end of the season that the team’s position was down to extended periods of underperforming rather than a complete lack of ability within the squad. Nonetheless, a host of players have arrived and even more have departed.
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Manchester United’s Transfer Targets List

June 14, 2013 in Premier League, Transfers

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With the departure of Sir Alex and the arrival of David Moyes, a new era dawns on Manchester United. Although Sir Alex’s final season at United culminated in the team securing their 20th top flight title, you would have to say the great man managed it with perhaps the second or even the third best squad in the Premier League. There were moments in the season where United were being dubbed a ‘one-man team’ as a result of Robin van Persie’s goal scoring exploits, which is a stark contrast to the previous great teams of Sir Alex’s tenure.  The team of ’96 boasted Schmeichel, Bruce, Giggs and Cantona. The team of ’99 had Beckham, Scholes, Keane and Cole. In ’07, United had possibly their best squad ever with van der Sar, Vidic, Ronaldo, Rooney and Tevez. So now, David Moyes has the chance to create a team that will leave its own mark in history.

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The Best Quotes of The 2012-13 Football Season

May 17, 2013 in Funny Stuff

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“He is nasty, a traitor. Sometimes I feel people roll out the red carpet for him. So I talk to remind people Joey Barton is a very violent player, far away from the image he tries to give since he joined Marseille.” - Ousmane Dabo seems to have made up with Joey Barton.

“Perhaps I shouldn’t say it, but I’m maybe a little too intelligent to be a footballer.” - Joey Barton’s humble opinion.

“The uneducated Joey Barton is fascinating for the degree of his stupidity, his ego and his megalomania!” - Mikael Silvestre would disagree with Joey Barton, it seems.

“He isn’t in the same stratosphere as the boy Messi and that Ronaldo fella. Stop going on about goals in Brazil league as well. I once scored 77 in one season in the Rainhill and Byrne U-14 league, and that’s a stronger comp.” - Joey Barton on Neymar. Priceless.

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Roy Keane: Public Enemy No. 2 - but is he right or wrong?

March 7, 2013 in Europe

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For now and at least until the start of next year’s Champions League campaign, Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir has diverted the hatred that United fans have for Manchester City, Liverpool, Rafael Benitez and so on directly unto himself with the decision he made in sending off Nani in the crucial tie against Real Madrid. This decision led to United’s exit, but more surprisingly led to some extremely controversial comments from former player, captain and legend Roy Keane, who in the eyes of some United fans, has beyond doubt severed any ties that remained between him and the prestigious football club. So are the fans right to turn their backs on a man they worshipped, or is the fickleness of football fans showing again?

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David De Gea shows why the critics are wrong

February 15, 2013 in Europe, Premier League

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He’s weak. He hasn’t got the physical stature required to cut it in the Premier League. He can’t deal with crosses and his decision making is poor. Yet, the much criticised Spanish shot stopper sits 12 points clear in the league with his team, leading the race for the Premier League title and is being touted as a possible replacement for Victor Valdes at Barcelona, or even as an understudy to Iker Casillas at Real Madrid. So if he really is as rubbish as everyone is making him out to be, how has he managed to attract interest from two of the biggest clubs in the world?

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