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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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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Sympathy for the Devil: Di Matteo’s sacking a disgrace

November 21, 2012 in Europe, Premier League

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Yesterday evening began with the rumour that Chelsea were playing a catenaccio. Literally translated as the “door-bolt”, you’d probably know it better as the 5-2-3, or a super defensive version of Wigan’s formation. Clearly Roberto Di Matteo returning to his roots.

But there was no truth to it: Chelsea played with the 4-2-3-1 like everyone was expecting them to, and lost. Not for lack of trying, they were simply not good enough.

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AVB’s weird but not-so-wonderful ways

September 14, 2012 in Premier League

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In January 2010, after the resignation of Owen Coyle and with the immediate priority of keeping the club in the Premier League, the Burnley hierarchy stood face-to-face with a fresh-looking young chap, apparently keen to express his desire to take over from Bolton-bound Coyle. With PowerPoint in tow and ideas brewing like a mythical potion in his complex brain, Andre Villas-Boas sought to impress his potential employers with strategy, strategy and yet more strategy. Unfortunately, for all AVB’s enterprise, his method of seduction did nothing but confuse and dumfound the Burnley executives. AVB was out the door before he could say “solidificate”.

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Read All About It: Transfer Fails

July 20, 2012 in Ligue 1, Premier League, Transfers

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The last couple of days have been quite tumultuous in regards to movement in football; who knows who will end up where? Here are four stories that caught my eye, and that I just HAVE to question…

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