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  1. Soccer Aid - True Blood

    by , 17th October 2014 at 03:56 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    You may recall that in the middle of my serious, or at least semi- serious, football blogs I suddenly wrote one based around the television series Sex and the City.

    This was based on someone suggesting that I frequently used the expression - ‘it got me thinking’ – a saying that one of the characters in the show uses in nearly every episode apparently.

    On the back of that my irrepressible work colleague Nicola decided to set me a new challenge along similar lines.

    Surely there can’t be any connections between the television show ‘True Blood’ and football was the gauntlet she laid down, adding how about linking in Take That as well along the way.

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    Updated 17th October 2014 at 04:10 PM by Veritas

  2. A few sports apps for your smart phones

    by , 30th September 2014 at 03:57 PM (11v11 blog)
    by B. Money

    If you have a smartphone and have a bit of time on your hands, why not idle a bit of time away playing around with a sports-related Android app? Here we have a quick look at a few of the most popular entertainment options of the early 21st century, including some sports-themed apps, a simulated football game, sports information application and online casino!

    FIFA 14

    The FIFA franchise is the dominant simulated football game, featuring 33 leagues, over 600 licensed teams, and more than 16,000 players. You'll find this pretty user-friendly, optimised for tablets as well as smartphones – while the touch controls can be mastered quickly. FIFA ...

    Updated 30th September 2014 at 05:08 PM by 11v11

  3. Golfing Footballers

    by , 25th September 2014 at 08:48 AM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    Just a short blog to mark the 2014 Ryder Cup which starts tomorrow at Gleneagles.

    2014 is the first time in more than 40 years, and only the second time in its history, that the tournament has been staged in Scotland.

    I have to admit that the competition is one of my favourite sporting events and is likely to reduce me to being a couch potato for the next few days.

    Making a link to football is pretty straightforward.

    Footballers have been rushing to the golf course after training for generations. And some claim that they could have played the sport professionally.

    Indeed, in 2013 the Professional Footballers Golf Tournament was launched to bring together some of the biggest stars ...

    Updated 25th September 2014 at 01:42 PM by Veritas

  4. On football, blogging and Sex and the City

    by , 21st September 2014 at 12:07 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    As a novice blogger I was keen, if a little apprehensive, to see what feedback I would receive to my early ventures. You can imagine how surprised I was to get the following reaction.

    “Just had a read of your blog and it made me think of Sex and the City. Carrie Bradshaw used the phrase ‘it got me thinking’ in pretty much every episode.”

    I’ll definitely have to stop using that expression, which got me thinking!
    Surely there can’t be any connections between Sex and the City and football that would allow me to shoehorn this unexpected feedback into one of my blogs. Well here goes, I’m going to attempt it.

    It turns out there was a very strong link earlier in the year. The show made a ...

    Updated 25th September 2014 at 01:42 PM by Veritas

  5. Wembley wins right to host Euro final and semi-finals

    by , 19th September 2014 at 11:44 AM (11v11 blog)
    England will be hosting the Euro 2020 final and semi-finals, with a unanimous vote in favour it was confirmed today.

    UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino explained the reasoning behind the plans to host Europe 2020 in multiple locations around Europe, saying:

    "2020 is the 60th anniversary of the European Football Championship. Obviously the fact that the Euro will feature 24 teams instead of 16 puts an additional burden on countries hosting such an event. It becomes much more difficult for many countries – the requirements are becoming bigger and bigger.

    "An opportunity like this, to give many cities and many countries the possibility to host even just one part of a Euro, is certainly an excellent thing, especially in times when you have an economic ...

    Updated 19th September 2014 at 12:13 PM by 11v11

  6. When is booing acceptable at a football match?

    by , 15th September 2014 at 09:07 PM (11v11 blog)
    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    In my first blog for 11v11, I squeezed in a sneaky reference to cricket, my other sporting love. It covered Sepp Blatter’s plans to give managers the chance to use television replays to challenge decisions - a concept that cricket has fully embraced. Although cricket, unlike football, has natural stoppages that allow for such reviews.

    This blog is actually inspired by cricket, after Birmingham born all-rounder Moeen Ali was recently booed by Indian supporters while playing for England at Edgbaston.

    To his Credit Ali told the BBC afterwards that he “wasn't too fussed. It didn't affect me one bit.”

    It got me thinking, is it acceptable to boo at a football match?

    The problem is that ...

    Updated 28th September 2014 at 10:31 AM by Veritas

    Tags: booing, football
  7. - Rewarding grass-roots sporting heroes

    by , 2nd July 2014 at 04:55 PM (11v11 blog)
    With certain overpaid prima donnas in the news, we’re happy to provide some publicity for a scheme set up to reward grass-roots genuine sporting heroes.

    Since 2011,, the used car specialist, have been seeking out and rewarding those members of different communities who do everything they can to help others.

    This year are looking for the Most Deserving Sporting Hero - those nominated include a triathlon coach, a gymnastics coach, a basketball coach, the manager of a boxing club and, from the world of football, the chairman of the Ashleworth Woodpeckers Youth Football Club.

    The winner of the title of “the Most Deserving Sporting Hero,” a used car from and a donation of £250 to their sporting club will be decided ...
  8. 11v11 site testing programme with Ezoic

    by , 8th March 2014 at 12:30 PM (11v11 blog)
    We are pleased to announce that we have entered into what we believe to be the world’s most advanced and comprehensive site testing programme with Ezoic. As part of this programme we will be incrementally improving our site whilst offering numerous different page layouts and navigation structures to users in order to evaluate what works best on which platform, to increase our site revenue (which will be ploughed back into further improvements) and improve usability of the site. Our loyal users will undoubtedly find the site behaves somewhat differently than previously and some of the usual functionality may be difficult to access in the short term, so we apologise in advance for the temporary inconvenience, but the site improvements this programme will deliver will be better for everyone ...
  9. Premier League Performance of the Week: Blackburn Rovers

    by , 22nd November 2011 at 04:28 PM (11v11 blog)
    This week's performance of the week goes to Blackburn Rovers for their 3-3 draw at Wigan Athletic

    - On the first anniversary of Venky’s takeover of the club, Rovers faced a must-not-lose game at fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic in a Lancashire derby.

    - The game was played amid the growing unrest of disillusioned Rovers supporters unhappy with the owners and manager Steve Kean.

    - Blackburn opened the scoring with Yakubu’s 100th goal in English league football.

    - Wigan led 2-1 at the interval and Blackburn’s mood deepened as the owners failed to re-appear in the directors box after half-time and influential midfielder David Dunn was sent-off shortly after the re-start.
    - Rovers were level on the hour after ...

    Updated 25th November 2011 at 09:09 PM by 11v11

  10. Premier League Goal of the Week: Kevin Davies

    by , 8th November 2011 at 07:17 PM (11v11 blog)
    Goal of the Week: Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers’ opener against Stoke City)

    - This week’s award recognises the art of quick-thinking as Bolton Wanderers took a crucial early lead against Stoke City.
    - Still without a home point after five games this season, Bolton were desperate for a morale boosting win.

    - They needed a good start and got it with a smart opening goal within two minutes.

    - Referee Howard Webb pulled up Asmir Begovic when he collected Glenn Whelan’s back-pass (the ball came off the midfielder’s foot and moved in a backwards direction).
    - While Begovic and his City colleagues turned their attention to arguing the validity of the decision, Ivan Klasnic grabbed the ball from the keeper’s grasp and, with ...
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