Ballsy Banter Roll of Honour 2012: Villain of the Year

December 20, 2012 in Awards

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We are well and truly into panto season, and today’s category in the Roll of Honour looks at the ‘Villains of the Year’ - those that have raised the ire of the footballing world. Be it through poor judgement or moments of madness, these people have made the footballing landscape an unpleasant place to be.

So let’s see who we’ve picked as our ‘Villain Of The Year’….

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FA Cup Third Round Preview: Part 2

December 13, 2012 in FA and Carling Cup

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Mansfield Town/Lincoln City vs Liverpool

Relegation to the Conference is perhaps the most devastating thing that can happen to a club in the English game. There’s the financial reasons, of course, but also, there can’t be too many leagues in Europe, nay world,  harder to escape then the Blue Square Premier. With only two promotion spots, and but one automatic spot, the league can be a purgatory. Mansfield Town have found this out the hard way, and the reality that one poor season can potentially ruin the club for the next decade. But they have showed signs of rallying,  losing in the play-offs last season and being in contention for them again this year.

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Setting the bar for Demba Ba: possible options for the striker

December 12, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers

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They missed the opportunity in summer, when his release clause was a mere (ha!) £7 million, but with his club seemingly in freefall, so many clubs light on strikers and without a stint in South Africa putting them off, it almost seems negligent to ignore the merits of Newcastle’s Demba Ba this January. But who’ll go in for him? Well…

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“Give Brendan Rodgers time” - but for what?

November 30, 2012 in Premier League

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In May 2009, on the back of a second Champions League final in four years, Rafael Benitez had led Liverpool to within five points of their inaugural Premier League title. Merely two-and-a-half years on from the Spaniard’s departure in 2010, the roaring flame of Benitez’s legacy has been reduced to nothing but a damp squib. Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, and now Brendan Rodgers have all failed to reignite LFC’s charge, and as mid-season looms, Rodgers’ tenure to date poses more questions than it provides answers. Mid-table obscurity beckons for a side once nailed on for a top four finish, but after thoughtless transfer deals, ownership fiascos and semi-political controversies, performances on the pitch have stalled. Moreover, Liverpool are not the team they used to be.

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Rafael Benitez, Chelsea and Liverpool: The Unwanted Alliance

November 22, 2012 in Premier League

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It’s the unholy alliance neither club wants. The litany of players and staff who have been involved with both clubs in recent years is impressive. Joe Cole, Glen Johnson, Raul Meireles, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka and Steve Clarke have now been joined by Rafael Benitez and Boudewijn Zenden as men who have represented both Liverpool and Chelsea.

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