England

Confidence is key

There are many key components that all need to function simultaneously for a football player, or any other athlete for that matter, to reach the best of their ability. Clearly having the requisite skill and physical attributes to reach the top is of great importance but at the truly elite level of sport much is decided in the mind.

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Spain

Ronaldo vs Messi: Did the right man win?

With a higher scrabble score for his name (eight to seven), we can’t help but look at the numbers and think Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the 2013 Ballon d’Or. The trick will be repeating the feat and proving the vote wasn’t won more from sympathy of having to compete against the man that had won each of the previous four titles.

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England

Martinez’s Everton continue to impress

Beginning a new job in any warp of life can be tricky and can take a significant amount of time to adjust. However, Roberto Martinez’s tenure at Everton has so far been nothing short of brilliant. He has imposed his playing style and demands upon his new players and the club find themselves a few points off the summit of the Premier League.

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England

Regal Rooney returns

With everything that went on at Manchester United this summer it was going to be hard to predict how their season would transpire. The change in manager is, and has been, huge but the return to the fold of Wayne Rooney has been their biggest success thus far. Over the last few weeks he has been imperious and looks back to his regal best at Old Trafford.

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Germany

Guardiola making doubters look foolish

How could Josep Guardiola possibly improve a side that has just won every trophy possible the season before? Why does a coach who has lead the best players in recent times to unprecedented success at Barcelona really deserve that much credit?

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England

Lloris is the best in the business

With Joe Hart’s lack of form and Asmir Begovic scoring against Southampton at the weekend the subject of goalkeepers has become very relevant over the last week or so. One of the few clubs who have no qualms over their keeper is Tottenham Hotspur who in Hugo Lloris posses the best in the league at this moment in time.

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England

The League Cup should be taken seriously

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Sitting in front of Arsenal vs Chelsea last night it seemed obvious that the league cup really should be taken a little more seriously. Whilst fixture congestion certainly played a significant part in the starting elevens in this particular game, it clouds the main issue; the league cup means nothing to far too many teams any more.

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World

Are Champions League outsider's odds an outstanding offer?

Whilst the majority of the Champions League debate focuses on who will win it, Viktoria Plzen are 10,000/1 outsiders to lift the most prestigious of Club Trophies. But should they really be that big, or even bigger, or are there teams who have even less of a chance than their odds suggest?

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Dream Football League

Group Draw and Schedule

The draw for the Dream Football League groups was carried out on Thursday evening. The draw was carried out and witnessed by Ryan Keaney and Chris Mayer. They were both happy the draw was fair and correct.

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My Favourite XI

My Favourite XI : IndieZizou

After a brief lull, “My Favourite XI” is now kicking into gear and we are thrilled to welcome our first guest post of the revamped series. Jamie from IndieZizou is on hand to guide you through the 11 players that have left a mark on him.

There is a core of Manchester United legends; but you should also spot an admiration for a certain type of midfield maestro. He has picked out every type of maestro that you could imagine.

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