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  1. Can anyone stop Leicester City winning the Premier League?

    Leicester City appear destined for one of the greatest upsets in football history in winning the Premier League. Yet, five points adrift Tottenham Hotspur still dream of glory and even Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refuses to give up hope whilst there is still a mathematical possibility of a fourth Premier League title. So what does historical precedent tell us about each side's claim on the Premier League history?

    In the table below we look at the margin of difference between the team in first place in the Premier League and those in second and third place, where the leader ended up, who became champion and how many points they achieved.

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  2. Nike launch of multiple similar national team kits ends in fiasco

    Nike's kit launches for the England and US national teams were met with scorn from fans and media on Thursday, whilst panic-stricken executives cancelled the launch of the Brazil shirt in Rio due to unwarranted concerns over demonstrations.

    The company, known only as "Sportswear Company A" in US indictments relating to football-related corruption, decided to launch its new England, France, USA and Brazil on the same day - perhaps hoping fans wouldn't notice how similar they are.

    The England design comprises white shirt and shorts with blue trim, grey-blue sleeves and shoulders, and red socks. The red away kit carries the same design but with blue socks, and dark red sleeves and shoulders.

    According to the FA, the red away shirt commemorates the 50th anniversary ...

    Updated 18th March 2016 at 02:28 PM by 11v11

    Categories
    Competitions , England , Football business , USMNT , National Teams
  3. End of Manchester United era?

    The retirement of Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager was lamented by many as the 'end of an era' and how true that has proved to be as media and sponsors slowly adjust to United's loss of dominance.

    An article by Jack Gaughan in Monday's edition of the Mail Online argued that Manchester United are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League this season and mentioned in passing that a similar failure next year would trigger a clause in Adidas' contract incurring a 30% reduction in the 10-year 750 million pound shirt deal with Adidas.

    Gaughan argued that Manchester United can absorb a failure to qualify for the Champions League this season, although the club's ability to attract the best players in world football will be severely impacted.

    However, ...

    Updated 8th March 2016 at 02:17 PM by 11v11

    Categories
    History , Competitions , Premier League
  4. Can England make history at the European Championship this summer?

    The hopes and expectations of an entire nation will once again surface as England begin preparation for Euro 2016, with Roy Hodgson's side hoping to do themselves proud in a tournament that could point towards a bright or dark future for the national team.

    While the focus should remain on a Premier League season that has been the most unpredictable, yet dramatic and exciting, in recent history, the players will undoubtedly have one eye on this summer and will look to make an impression at their respective club in order to make the 23-man squad. It remains to be seen who Hodgson selects to represent England, but although the Three Lions are dark horses with Bookies.com to come back from France victorious, history would suggest that it will take a monumental effort to not only ...

    Updated 25th February 2016 at 10:45 PM by 11v11

    Categories
    European Championship , Competitions , England , National Teams
  5. Liverpool FC: Transfer Signing and Rumours this Transfer Window

    The winter transfer window is never the busiest one, but some clubs do beef-up their options in the areas that they?ve identified weak links in their sides through the first half of the season.

    It often takes January signings a while to settle in, and they often don?t perform at their optimum levels while they get used to the physicality and busy fixture list in the UK.

    Many of the big clubs have struggled in one position or another and both Manchester clubs, Liverpool FC and Chelsea were all expected to make some big name signings to fill in the positions that they had identified as problem areas.

    Liverpool FC has had an interesting season so far with the sacking of Brendan Rogers and the excitement of hiring Jurgen Klopp, amongst quite a lengthy ...
  6. The FIFA presidential candidates

    The five candidates vying for the votes of the 209 national football associations in the contest due to take place on February 26 in Zurich are surely the most impressively named candidates for any election ever: Gianni Infantino, Jerome Champagne, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale.

    On this page we briefly evaluate their campaigns, chances of success and public pledges of support. A candidate needs a two third majority of voters to win in the first round or a simple majority in subsequent rounds.

    The electorate is made up of the 209 Football Federations (46 from Asia, 54 from Africa, 35 from CONCACAF, 10 from CONMEBOL, 11 from Oceania and 53 from Europe).

    The latest odds can be found on a variety of football betting sites ...
  7. 5 football manager appointments that came as a big surprise

    Taking on the role of manager of a top flight football club is a precarious task to say the least. Even the most respected managers can get it wrong, while the incompetent can be sacked in the blink of an eye. While some managers seem to have what it takes to turn a team around and keep it successful, here's 5 football manager appointments that came as a big surprise to both fans and pundits alike.

    1.
    Paolo di Canio – Sunderland

    The Knowledge: Real footballing heroes; and the return of the cap-less cost-a-lots-paolo-di-canio-jpg

    Putting the controversial former Swindon Town boss, Paolo di Canio, in charge of Sunderland caused anger amongst the fans of the Black Cats right from the start. Due to Canio's links with fascism, the Vice-Chairman resigned and the Durham Miners Association removed its banner from the ground. Taking ...
  8. Why January transfer window spending may go through the roof

    The January transfer window opened on Saturday for clubs in England, Scotland, Germany and France with expectations of a high spending round dependent on early sales to set the merry-go-round in motion.

    Transfer windows open today in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, with Turkey following tomorrow and Ireland on Thursday. Switzerland’s window doesn’t open until the 16th, Poland’s on the 18th and Romania’s not until the 26th.

    Premier League clubs have until 11pm on February 1st to complete their transactions, but high spending by the title (and Champions League) contenders, fueled by massive TV revenues and particularly poor first halves to the season from Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, will be the determining factor in whether the total ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. The UEFA 2016 European Championship Draw

    The draw was made in Paris on Saturday 12 December 2015.

    For the Euro 2016 match schedule click here


    Group A:
    France
    Romania
    Albania
    Switzerland

    Group B:
    England
    Russia
    Wales
    Slovakia

    Group C:
    Germany
    Ukraine
    Poland
    Northern Ireland

    Group D:

    Spain
    Czech Republic
    Turkey
    Croatia

    Group E:
    Belgium
    Italy
    Republic of Ireland
    Sweden

    Group F:
    Portugal
    Iceland
    Austria
    Hungary


    Pot 1
    France
    Spain
    Germany
    England
    Portugal
    Belgium

    Pot 2
    Italy ...

    Updated 14th December 2015 at 09:51 AM by Veritas

    Categories
    European Championship , Competitions
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