Ballsy Banter Roll Of Honour 2012: One To Watch in 2013

December 19, 2012 in Awards

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Day three of Ballsy Banter’s Roll Of Honour sees our panel look to the future and discuss the stars of tomorrow. Who has shown sparks of genius that could turn into blazes of genius in the following year? The Ballsy Banter team looks at our latest category - The ‘One to Watch’ in 2013.

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Where next for Gareth Bale?

November 30, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers

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Gareth Bale: the best Welsh player since Ryan Giggs. The similarities between the Manchester United legend and the new, younger ‘Welsh Wizard’ are there for everybody to see. Both were hailed as the future of Welsh football. In his peak, Giggs was a blistering left winger that induced a medical condition amongst defenders known as ‘twisted blood’, and at the moment, you would find it difficult to look past Bale when considering who you would call the best left winger in the Premier League. Gareth Bale has even adopted Ryan’s famous number 11 jersey for both club and country. The one thing that will remain starkly different about the two is that Ryan Giggs’ future had never been in doubt since his debut back in 1992 – he was going to be at Manchester United for the rest of his career. Gareth Bale, however, will not be spending another 10 or 15 years at Tottenham Hotspur, no matter what AVB may say to the media - sorry Spurs fans, that is a fact, and it’s not ‘if’, but rather ‘when’ he leaves. Tottenham fans will call it ‘lack of loyalty’, but Gareth Bale will call it ‘ambition’.

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Serie A round-up: Juve threaten to run away as Milan falter

November 22, 2012 in Serie A

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It may not be as popular as it used to be, but Serie A has kept fans on the edge of their seat this season. As the race to catch table-topping Juventus hots up, the main talking point in Italy is that of AC Milan’s poor start. Many pundits and players claim that the Rossoneri will get back on track, but supporters don’t seem so convinced.

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Serie A Round-up: Juventus looking good as Milan lag behind

October 15, 2012 in Serie A

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The new Serie A campaign is only seven games old, but already, the league table has a very familiar feel to it. Predictably, Turin giants Juventus top the league, with Napoli a place behind them on goal difference. However, one standing that looks very unusual is AC Milan in eleventh place. Admittedly, many pundits predicted the Rossoneri to have a tough season, but it is still unusual to see the side so far off the pace.

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Serie A Starts Again!

September 6, 2012 in Serie A

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Another Serie A campaign has kicked off after another bizarre summer. Match fixing still looms large over Italian football as the Scommessopoli scandal will affect yet another campaign. Not only has former Siena defender Emanuele Pesoli chained himself to the Italian FA headquarters in protest at being banned, four clubs have started the season on minus points. Even more astonishing is that in Serie B, nine clubs kicked off with a numerical disadvantage. Not only have clubs been docked points because of match fixing, but last season’s unbeaten title winners Juventus will be without manager Antonio Conte after he too was suspended for ten months.

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