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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England Will Never Win Anything And That’s OK

October 18, 2012 in International

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There’s a scene in the excellent TV show Breaking Bad, where amateur meth dealer Jesse Pinkman has incurred a fearsome reputation on the street based on the notion he killed a meth junkie who owed him with a cash machine. He didn’t kill him with a cash machine, rather witnessed it accidentally fall on the junkie’s head. He doesn’t understand why everyone thinks he’s such a big-shot, until his partner Walter tells him he’s a blowfish, because his reputation has expanded several times beyond his actual skill-set based on nothing but air. Of course, if anyone were to engage him, he’d pop like a balloon, but they don’t know that.  All this is to say, this is what I believe the England national football team have become, a mediocre fish that pretends it’s three or four times bigger than it is. But it’s all hot air, all talk and posturing. I’m tired of the endless line of players, media and fans involving us in conversations we don’t belong.

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World Cup Qualifying Round-Up: An Unpredictable Evening

October 17, 2012 in International

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Well, yesterday was utterly insane.

In a region known for having its minnows beaten by double figures, the most recent batch of World Cup qualifiers threw up more shocks than a soap writer thrown onto power lines.

The night began with Croatia-Wales; the latter on a high after robbing the Scots, the former having lost at home once in 18 years, when a former Southampton academy member tore them to pieces. With another former Southampton academy member among their ranks, reasons for the Welsh to be optimistic.

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Scouting Report: Santi Cazorla

July 30, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers

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For the second time in twelve months, pint-sized Spanish international Santi Cazorla looks like being sold simply to balance the books. A year ago, Valencian side Villarreal were forced to cash in on one of their prized assets in an attempt to reduce both their wage bill and burgeoning debt. Then, La Liga rivals Malaga were the beneficiaries and during the 2011/12 season, the fortunes of the two clubs couldn’t have been more different. Shorn of their star man, the men from Castellon were relegated on the final day of the campaign, while Malaga finished fourth, the highest placing in their history, to qualify for the Champions League.

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Olympic Football Preview: Spain, Brazil and erm..Gabon?

July 10, 2012 in International, Olympics

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So Euro 2012 is finished, The Sun is printing thousands of pictures a day of footballers on their holidays and the transfer merry-go-round hasn’t quite got into full flow; this time of year is the precious 2 weeks or so when the Football League is generally a bit quiet. But not this year. In case you didn’t know the Olympics are starting in just over 2 weeks and thank heavens for more football.

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