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  1. Capital offences

    Southend goalkeeper Paul Smith did no favours for himself or his club with his faux pas at Wembley on Sunday prior to the JPT Final..

    As the two teams jogged out of the tunnel the custodian spotted a cameraman, just doing his job, filming the teams coming out.

    Mr Smith took it upon himself to issue a `one finger` salute in the direction of the lens. Whether or not it was to the cameraman, probably, or to a wider audience, only Mr Smith will know.

    Never the less it was tasteless and I`m sure when gesture is brought to the attention of Mr Brown, manager, Mr Smith, goalkeeper will feel like he should, ashamed.

    When Bobby Zamora needlessly and foolishly tried his Eric Cantona, though to be fair to Eric his infamous kung-fu assault was ...
  2. France v Honduras stats

    France v Honduras stats
    This will be the 1st ever meeting between France and Honduras.
    France have only won 1 of their last 9 games in the World Cup group stages (2-0 v Togo in 2006).
    Franck Ribéry was France's top scorer during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with 5 goals in 10 games. He is injured & out of the French squad.
    Since winning the World Cup in 1998, France have failed to score in 3 World Cup openers, drawing two 0-0 and losing 1-0 to Senegal in 2002
    Honduras failed to score in the 2010 World Cup.
    Jerry Bengtson was Honduras' top scorer in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with 9 goals in 12 games.

    Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)

    France: Rank: 17 Points: 913
    Honduras: Rank: 33 Points: 731

    World Cup 2014 Qualifying ...
  3. Which football laws would you change?

    By Steve Sands (AFS Contributor)

    I have been mulling over Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s proposals to give managers the opportunity to use television replays to challenge referees’ decisions during matches.

    Blatter told delegates via a video link at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester recently that such a system could be put on trial as early as next year.

    My initial reaction to the idea was - shouldn’t we be making sure that the current laws, or interpretations of those laws, are working as well as they could be before going off on such a radical tangent.

    At this point I have to declare myself a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to such things. Although the introduction of goal line technology was a long ...

    Updated 28th September 2014 at 11:32 AM by Veritas

  4. Away the lads – Four possible away wins to consider

    By Steve Sands (AFS contributor)

    I was reading about an electrician in his 30s who won £74,844 last Saturday which has inspired me to pick four matches for this weekend in which an away win looks likely.

    The Scarborough-based punter (who wishes to remain anonymous) placed a £5 bet on six matches on Coral’s Winning Ways coupon on Saturday, waking up to a £74,844 win.

    Well, I’m not ambitious enough to predict six games, so won’t be winning anyone enough to buy a holiday home in Spain – but maybe a set of new pans for the kitchen or an interesting water feature for the garden isn't out of the question!

    Brentford v AFC Bournemouth

    The Bees seem to have been destabilised in recent matches by speculation over the future of ...
  5. England and the Euros – 50 years of hurt

    By Dan Smith

    Since England first entered the Euros in 1968, their relationship with the tournament has been closely associated with disaster culminating in possibly the greatest disappointment in English football history, losing to Iceland, a nation with a population 190 times smaller than ours.

    During the Iceland match, the England players were poor and there did not appear to be a set gameplan. But as yet another pass was misplaced and another Harry Kane free kick blazed over the bar, was it really a surprise? It was not the first time that England had failed to live up to, sometimes even lowly, expectations.

    Ever since the Three Lions first entered the European Championships in 1968 as favourites, after winning the World Cup only two years before, ...

    Updated 30th June 2016 at 08:38 AM by Veritas

    History , European Championship , Competitions
  6. Lionel Messi breaks the all-time goal record for Barcelona

    Lionel Messi breaks the all-time goal record for Barcelona

    Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick in the 5-3 win over Granada in La Liga this evening, beating the Barcelona club record of 232 set by Cesar Rodriguez from 1939-1955.

    This is the 24-year old Messi's 2nd goal of the game and 233rd goal for Barcelona:

    Messi has achieved the record in 314 appearances (compared to 354 for Cesar) underlining his status as the finest current player of football, playing in what is arguably the best team ever.

    Messi's Barca goals

    153 La Liga
    49 Champions League
    19 Copa del Rey
    8 Spanish Super Cup
    4 FIFA Club World Cup
    1 European Super Cup

    And here's the current list ...
  7. Chelsea sack Di Matteo - utterly ridiculous!

    The only sensible reaction to Chelsea’s sacking of Roberto Di Matteo today is - utterly ridiculous.


    Because he guided the Blues to Champions League triumph just six months ago and winning Europe’s premier club competition had been the Holy Grail for Roman Abramovich since the Russian billionaire took over as Chelsea owner in 2003.

    Because in less than ten months in charge, he also led Chelsea to only their seventh ever FA Cup Final success.

    Utterly ridiculous, because Di Matteo was in charge for just 23 Premier League games for Chelsea. Only David Webb and Guus Hiddink managed fewer (13 each).

    Because under Abramovich, even before today’s dismissal, Chelsea have shelled out £37 million in compensation to sacked ...

    Updated 2nd October 2015 at 01:47 PM by Statisticus

  8. Why Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world

    For almost ten years now, the question about the best player in the world has had one of two answers: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. If you round up 100 football fans and ask them who they view as football's best player, 50 would say Ronaldo while the other 50 would say Messi.

    While the likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Neymar have all cut the gap between themselves and the top two, it's still hard to make an argument that any of those players are ready to replace either Ronaldo or Messi on football's throne.

    The question as to who is the game's best is usually answered, for the time being at least, with the naming of the 2015 Ballon d'Or winner - although that is unlikely to change the mind of those Ronaldo or Messi fans who feel there is no doubt that ...
  9. Corinthians send-off from the airport

    Corinthians send-off from the airport - imagine the welcome home.
  10. World Cup 2018 qualifying – Ten big talking points

    Football fans were well and truly spoilt this summer with the European Championships - the 24-team tournament eventually and surprisingly won by Portugal and watched by a global TV audience of millions. Fortunately, the international football calendar sees little downtime and the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup is well underway.

    In actual fact, qualifying started some time ago - although European nations only entered the action during the first week of September, around the globe the competition is in full swing. The qualifying campaign includes 209 teams incorporated in six different confederations and playing a grand total of 851 matches for the honour of becoming one of the 32 nations who will compete at the finals in 2018. Of course, hosts Russia have a guaranteed ...
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