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  • There’s a famous scene in the movie Pulp Fiction, where in order to clear up an accidental murder scene, Jules and Vincent, two of the lead characters of the movie, call upon an experienced old hand called “The Wolf”, who specialises in getting the results you need, but as long as you do EXACTLY what he says. Sure enough, by following The Wolf’s instructions, the murder scene is totally cleared up and the two men walk away clean. There’s an air of The Wolf in Manchester United’s appointment of Louis van Gaal today, as the club looks to distance itself from David Moyes’ inadvertent shooting of the club’s face by looking firmly in the direction of someone who’s been there and done it all, who knows exactly what he wants those around him to do, and who’ll get them the results they so desperately need.

  • Saturday evening marked a huge event in Spanish football, as Atletico Madrid secured their league title with a draw against Barcelona. The game was fitting to their season: they pulled through even in the worst circumstances. They got the result they needed despite of having to substitute two key players, and despite going behind away to one of the biggest teams in the world.

  • In 2004, Chelsea hired a manager. He was considered the best young coaching talent in the world, and the Premier League felt lucky to have him. This manager won the Carling Cup and the Premier League title in his first season in English football, an achievement not really slandered by the fact his squad cost considerably more than anyone else’s, and his wage bill was much higher. Of course, this manager was Jose Mourinho, the Special One, and he has been "The Best Manager in The World" ever since.

  • Seven games in, and Man City Women have endured a very mixed start to their 2014 campaign. Early progress in the FA Cup has been tempered, whilst form and results in the league have been pretty disappointing, though something of a silver lining is forming with performances in the Continental Cup. Let’s take a closer look at MCWFC’s season so far.

  • It’s becoming a tired argument, but it’s one that is going to keep on raging until Arsene Wenger eventually leaves Arsenal or has a season that the fans can be proud of. It’s a debate that has been going on for years, and and it is one which has divided the supporters as either ‘fickle’ or ‘naive’, especially when we lose a game or have a season that is below par. But this issue might be resolved sooner than expected, or at least, I think it should be.

  • It’s been a big week for Major League Soccer as ESPN, FOX, and Univision inked a new TV deal, and Jurgen Klinnsman released his 30-man preliminary World Cup roster.

    On Monday, Major League Soccer made a major announcement about the future of MLS on TV. MLS has officially signed a new television and media rights partnership with ESPN, FOX Sports, and Univision. All of these channels will televise the US Men’s and Women’s National Team games, as well as MLS matches through 2022. The break-down of matches for the USNT will go something like this; ESPN and FOX Sports will split Men’s National Team broadcast package of approximately 10 games per year, and will share the schedule of Women’s National Team games. Univision broadcast all of the US Men’s National Team games, plus a minimum of four Women’s National Team matches each year throughout the duration of the deal.

  • And that’s that. 2013/14 will go down as one of the greatest seasons ever, right?

    Well, no. It seemed that half of the teams in the league at any given time were utterly miserable for one reason or another. But all this failure and awful luck gives us a chance to spread the schadenfreude around. And there’s nothing I like better on my toast.

    So, without further ado, here is the Fail XI 2014.

  • Join Matty, Emma and George as we go through all the big stories from the past few days in football. We look over the final day of the Premier League season looking at the title chase and the effects it has had throughout the league ranging from european places to managerial shake-ups. We also look at Roy Hodgson's managerial squadron heading to Brazil this summer and what is going down across Europe. We also exclusively reveal the prizes on offer SATURDAY 17TH MAY at MELTDOWN LONDON for the FIFA 14 TOURNAMENT!

  • Both Napoli and Fiorentina were looking to crown a great season by winning the Coppa Italia. Rafa Benitez arrived in Italy - where he previously failed with Inter - and brought in a total of twelve players to Napoli, shifting the side to a 4-2-3-1 formation from the 3-5-2 that they have used under Walter Mazzarri. Vincenzo Montella is about to close a successful season with Fiorentina, a season that can easily see them finish above the likes of Lazio, Internazionale, and Milan. It is not surprising that he is rumoured to be in talks to take over at Milan.

  • There are many England managers. Some of them wear red at weekends, others choose blue. It is difficult to identify them most weeks, as they only become recognisable once they get a whiff of opportunity; the opportunity to share their despair and discontent with the rest of us disenchanted England managers. We pick the team, not Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello, Roy Hodgson or whoever dares to take our privilege away from us. So, when that fraud, that opportunistic vulture so shamelessly defers from the future we have designed for the England team, we retaliate with words of injustice and disbelief. We ask why? We ask how?

  • Armin Veh is a stalwart of the German game; a man who has had his fair share of highs and lows. Having spent a large number of years outside the German top flight, playing for and managing his hometown team Augsburg among others, he shot to prominence in 2007 when he guided Stuttgart to the Bundesliga title. With a team including the likes of Mario Gomez and a young Sami Khedira, he defied the odds (and a poor start to the season) to shock the traditional ‘big teams’.

  • With just two games left to play, the battle to avoid the drop down to Germany's second tier is hotting up. The season has served up surprises galore, with supposedly-doomed sides pushing for European football, and big names in severe danger of falling through the trapdoor. Let's takes a look at who is in danger and who has managed to claw their way clear of the relegation zone.

  • Anyone who has been keeping track of the Premier League in 2014 can see that since the sale of key player Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United have been struggling to find form.

    During the course of the first half of the season, Newcastle had been surprising everyone, with wins over the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea. By the end of 2013, Newcastle were sitting in eighth place after just about falling behind Tottenham and Manchester United, as they had been sitting in sixth for most of December.

 

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