So, the European Championships are here and in all honesty I’m not very excited. I don’t feel that same ‘buzz’ that I feel for the World Cup, a significant game in the premier league title race or fight to avoid relegation or even just a standard knockout game in the Champions league. All in all I’m not sure whether the European Championships actually matter that much or are they just glorified friendly games.
With the co-hosts Poland being granted 1st seed status, this group never promised to shower us with fireworks. Can the mecurial Russians turn the entertainment dials up? Or will this be forever known as the most uninspiring group ever?
Rarely do weekends of football contain such a wide array of vital fixtures, but this is one of those weekends, with significant matches affecting both ends of the Premier League table. In what could be a surprising weekend, I attempt to predict the results for each match. Continue reading →
For years, Manchester United fans have sat on their high-horses, looking down at those petty clubs who change managers as regularly as Katie Price changes husbands. Even Arsenal occasionally suffer doubts over the long-standing Arsene Wenger. Yet, with Sir Alex Ferguson entering his 70th year, how much longer can these fans stay perched up high? To steal one of Ferguson’s most famous quotes, they could be knocked off their perch in the near future. As a line in French film La Haine goes, it isn’t the fall that matters, but the landing. What matters is which manager is chosen to replace arguably the greatest in footballing history.
Finally, after surviving a long summer devoid of football, the Premier League is back for its 20th edition. Last season will be remembered for the bravery and heroics of small Blackpool and for Manchester United’s record breaking 19th league title. But what will make this league season memorable? Here, I put my neck on the line and predict how the 2011/12 Premier League season will play out. Continue reading →