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  1. Can Derby record their first win of the season at Preston?

    Despite being installed among the strong favourites for promotion in the Championship, Derby have made a less than auspicious start to the season.

    It has undoubtedly been a steep and immediate learning curve for Paul Clement, who is in his first managerial position at the iPro Stadium after years working as a coach at Chelsea and Real Madrid, as his team have yet to hit the heights that many expected. Patience may be the name of the game for Derby fans who may already be concerned that a team that is packed with considerable quality in every area has yet to register a victory, but the upcoming trip to Preston presents a difficult challenge.

    Fellow promotion favourites Middlesbrough and Ipswich certainly found the going tough at Deepdale against ...

    Updated 18th September 2015 at 09:06 AM by 11v11

    Betting , Competitions , Football League
  2. Does the fixture computer need a reboot?

    It seems to me that when decisions are being made in football, whether it be on ticket prices, when games are played, venues for important matches, kick-off times and so on, that the fans are very low down on the list of considerations.

    This viewpoint was emphasised recently when the fixture gurus decided to send Carlisle United to play Plymouth Argyle on a Tuesday night!

    The life of a loyal football supporter is tough enough without adding to the challenge of those wanting to attend all of their team’s matches.

    Sitting in their armchair listening to a local radio commentary or following the game via Sky or social media simply doesn’t hack it for some of the hardiest of souls.

    For 169 Carlisle fans they just had to embark on a 779-mile ...

    Updated 28th August 2015 at 07:07 PM by Veritas

    Competitions , Football League , England , National Teams
  3. The phenomenon of the coloured boot

    Do we have Alan Ball to blame, or thank depending on your perspective, for the plethora of coloured boots now worn by the modern footballer?

    Yes, Alan Ball the trend setter as my fuddled memory certainly can’t recall anyone wearing anything other than black boots prior to Ball’s break with tradition.

    World Cup winner Ball first showcased his distinctive white boots at the beginning of the 1970/71 season whilst playing for Everton in the Charity Shield, a game the Merseyside outfit won 2-1 against Chelsea.

    Prior to that, car manufacturer Henry Ford could easily have been talking about football boots when he said in 1909, with reference to his Model T: “Any customer can have a car painted ...

    Updated 13th August 2015 at 02:56 PM by Veritas

  4. Clarifying the offside law

    I have to admit that I’m very much a traditionalist when it comes to the offside rule. It used to be oh so simple. Well, as simple as the offside law could ever be; you were either offside or you weren’t.

    Notwithstanding that, in this article I will look at the new clarifications of the offside rule introduced by the International FA Board (IFAB).

    The off-side rule has become over-complicated by the question as to whether a player was "interfering with play’ and by the even more complex question of what phase of play was the incident in or was a player active or not?

    To my mind if a professional footballer isn’t active, they shouldn’t be on the field of play in the first place. Over the years, I’ve seen one or two players who it was sometimes ...
  5. Input vacancy

    An opportunity has arisen to help us with the rewarding task of inputting match data on to the AFS database during the upcoming 2015-16 season.

    We consider this to be an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to explore a career in sports media or statistics or those who wish to increase their involvement in football or AFS.

    A commitment of probably three hours most Saturday evenings is required along with a keen eye for detail.

    Previous inputting experience would be an advantage but not essential as full training notes will be provided.

    All training and work can be done from home so applications are welcomed from the UK and further afield.

    At the moment, we must advise that this will be on a volunteer basis for the ...
  6. From Arbroath to Zagreb - Ten things I’ve learned whilst blogging

    In celebration of 50 blogs and over 250,000 page views, I’ve been having a quick review of the things I have discovered or been reminded of during my blogging adventure so far.

    1. Managers frequently get sacked after just a few months or even a few weeks in charge.

    Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is something of a trail blazer on this front.

    Back in May, Uwe Rösler became Cellino’s fourth appointment of a head coach, since the Italian became the West Yorkshire side’s owner in April 2014.

    It reminds you of that old joke about being given a season to prove yourself – previous boss Neil Redfearn got the winter!

    This is not a new trend for Cellino, who hired an astonishing 36 coaches during his 22 years as ...

    Updated 15th July 2015 at 08:10 PM by Veritas

    Competitions , Football League
  7. 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup openers sold out

    CONCACAF today announced that all tickets have been sold for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup kick off doubleheader in Dallas this evening which kicks off at the 20,500 capacity Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

    The 13th edition of CONCACAF’s premier national team tournament begins with Group A matches between Panama and Haiti at 6:00 p.m. CT, followed by USA versus Honduras at 8:30 p.m. CT.

    The tournament is being televised in the USA on Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, UniMás, UDN, and can be heard on the Fútbol de Primera radio network. Worldwide the tournament is being aired by numerous channels, including Gol TV in Latin America, LeTv in China, Televisa and TV Azteca in Mexico, BT Sport in the UK and Setanta Sports in Australia.

    Whilst Mexico and the USA ...
  8. Will England’s Lionesses be Cinderellas or pumpkins?

    Well if you want to find out you’ll have to risk staying up beyond midnight on Saturday evening to find out!

    And if you do, will England’s fairy Godmother deliver the team on a golden coach into the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup or will it all turn messy like over-ripe seasonal vegetables?

    England take on the host nation Canada, always a difficult task in major competitions, in Vancouver in a game to be screened live on BBC 1. Finally, some proper recognition for the status of the event and the performances of the Lionesses.

    Interestingly, the man plotting to stop England in their tracks has his own fairy-tale dream, which is to coach his beloved Newcastle United.
    John Herdman, a lad from County Durham, began his coaching career at ...
  9. Can Burnley earn promotion back to the Premier League?

    After a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, the Clarets are targeting a return to England's top flight in the new season. Sean Dyche's side struggled throughout their brief spell in the Premier League and they were relegated to the Championship after just one season back in the top division. And, although Burnley have lost top goalscorer Danny Ings - who will join Liverpool this summer - the Clarets have already started to bring new players into the club, including Aston Villa full-back Matthew Lowton.

    With a few more signings, Burnley certainly stand a chance of securing automatic promotion this season and many punters will be looking to back Dyche's side in the Championship betting markets before the season gets under way on August 8th.

    Burnley are more than capable ...
  10. Crossing the Sporting Divide: Cristiano Ronaldo's Mainstream Appeal

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    He's one of the world's finest footballers, but aside from performing miracles on the pitch, what else is Cristiano Ronaldo good at? A recent poll has ranked Ronaldo as the third highest paid sportsman in the world with earnings just over £50 million-a-year and, while much of this has come from his skills with a ball, a fair amount has come from his mainstream appeal.
    Indeed, while many football fans like to argue over which player is better, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, few would contest that the latter is a bigger media star than the former. Thanks to his numerous sponsorship deals and willingness to pose with pretty women whenever he gets the chance, Ronaldo has crossed borders and, as such, ...
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