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  1. A year of Jürgen Klopp

    Liverpool completed a season’s worth of Premier League games under Jürgen Klopp with a disappointing draw against arch rivals Manchester United, but there’s no doubt that the Reds’ hopes and ambitions have been significantly lifted since the arrival of the charismatic German.

    The first 38 league games of his Anfield reign gleaned 65 points and the equivalent of a sixth place finish in last season’s table. That is four points more than those gained in the first 38 games under previous boss Brendan Rodgers.

    Due to the attacking style that has become a Klopp trademark, it’s somewhat surprising that his charges have scored only two more goals, in this initial period, than the Rodgers Reds (73 compared to 71). Further evidence the current team is still a work in progress ...
  2. The return of the terraces - AKA safe standing section?

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion are the latest clubs to explore the possibility of installing a so-called safe standing area at their grounds begging the question as to whether, 27 years after Hillsborough, the call for a return to terraces in English stadiums is becoming too loud to be ignored.

    Brighton officials have let it be known that they have visited Celtic and Borussia Dortmund to investigate the systems they have installed. A 2,975-capacity rail seating section was opened in the north-east corner of Celtic Park in July and has generally received a favourable response. This format allows for seats to be removed for competitions in which standing is allowed and replaced with a one-for-one standing area. Each supporter has a ticket for an allocated ...

    Updated 17th October 2016 at 11:47 AM by 11v11

    Milestones , History , Football Governance
  3. Arsene knows - 20 years of one Arsene Wenger

    At a time when it has once again been proved that just one day can be a long time in football, it is even more remarkable that it is now 20 years since Arsene Wenger was unveiled as the manager of Arsenal.

    Bruce Rioch had been sacked a week before the start of the 1996-97 season and the popular favourites to replace the former Bolton Wanderers boss were Terry Venables (fresh from the success of Euro 96) and the great Johan Cruyff.

    However, it was to be the virtually unknown “Arsene Who?”, as he was tagged by the London Evening Standard, who became the Gunners’ fifth manager since Terry Neill’s appointment 20 years earlier.

    His first captain at Highbury, Tony Adams, later confirmed the doubts amongst the senior players: “At first, I thought, what ...

    Updated 30th September 2016 at 01:28 PM by Veritas

    Milestones , Competitions , Premier League
  4. Will the Premier League see Video Assistant Referees soon?

    It’s been discussed and debated long and hard but, with a seemingly positive reaction to recent trials, the introduction of a video referee to more high profile games appears almost inevitable.

    After FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) agreed on the requirements of the video assistant referee (VAR), the first trial games took place in August in a match between New York Red Bulls II and Orlando City B in the third division of the United Soccer League.

    The VAR experiment is based on four categories; confirmation of goals, confirmation of penalties, red card incidents and mistaken identity.
    The VAR roadshow moved to Europe in September with the friendly international meeting between Italy and France in Bari.

    The experiment ...
  5. Will history repeat itself as Leicester try to win the Premier League again?

    The Premier League is well underway and the clubs are already beginning to show what they’re made of. With the Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho rivalry continuing over the Manchester Derby, with Manchester City coming out on top, to Leicester battling as the reigning champions, there’s a lot of speculation about whether Leicester will be able to win the League once again this season. We’re taking a look at the chances of history repeating itself this season, and whether another team will become the champions.

    The Leicester team hasn’t changed too much in terms of signings and sales, however there is one big player that the squad will miss dramatically, and that is N’Golo Kante. Kante has now signed for Chelsea, and was a key player in the Leicester midfield ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. The history of the most unlikely winners of all time

    History was made on the 2nd May 2016 when the unlikely underdogs Leicester officially became only the sixth team to win the Barclays Premier League.

    What’s more is that they won the league without kicking a ball as they watched Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea from the comfort of Jamie Vardy’s living room essentially making it mathematically impossible for them to be caught. After barely surviving the previous season, Leicester started the season as 5000-1 outsiders for the title; here we take a closer look at the figures within the team who made this triumph possible.

    Claudio Ranieri

    The appointment of the then 63 year old Italian was initially met with scepticism mainly due to his only previous Premier League experience was getting sacked by Chelsea ...

    Updated 13th September 2016 at 11:45 AM by 11v11

  8. The similarities between football and bingo jargon

    The jargon of bingo and football is, of course, very different, nevertheless, there are some considerable similarities.

    Both games are stupendously popular and just about everybody knows their most popular phrases. Whether it's playing a friendly game with your friends or playing for money both football and bingo are hugely popular worldwide, so much so they have developed their own etiquette and rules, variety of different tournaments as well as their own language and phrases. Now there may not be a great deal of similarities in their jargon here is handy guide of all the best phrases.

    Bingo Terms

    Many bingo terms have become so well known that they have managed to work themselves firmly into our colloquial language. Many use historical references and even ...

    Updated 13th September 2016 at 08:58 AM by 11v11

    History , Betting
  9. Aguero gives early notice in Premier League top goal scorer race

    Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has continued his stunning form in 2016 to take the early advantage in staking a claim to the title of the Premier League’s top scorer in 2016-17.

    With a fourth minute penalty against Sunderland on the opening day, the former Atletico Madrid striker extended his league return in the calendar year to 18 goals in 19 games.

    Of course, the title currently rests on the young shoulders of Harry Kane who will be hoping to revive the form that deserted him during England’s summer Euro campaign in France. The Tottenham Hotspur marksman netted 25 times last season; one ahead of Aguero and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.

    The latter played a crucial role in the Foxes’ sensational title-winning campaign and he’ll be determined to prove ...
  10. A magnificent seven challenge for the Premier League title.

    With the arrival of world-class managers and eye-watering sums available for investment in the transfer market, the competition for the Premier League title is widely acknowledged to be more open than ever before.

    The majority of pundits have agreed that at least seven of the 20 contenders have genuine claims but where the golden ball will land when the richest roulette wheel in football comes to a rest is probably more difficult to deduce as the season kicks-off than it has ever been before.

    Manchester City’s intentions are clear with the recruitment of arguably the best manager in the game in the shape of Pep Guardiola. Anything less than a third Premier League crown being housed in the Etihad boardroom next May will be regarded as failure.

    The target ...
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