Having suffered a broken fibula during pre-season, Jack Wilshere would have been delighted that his original diagnosis only ruled him out for a matter of months. However, as we find ourselves nearing the end of the season, the Arsenal midfielder has yet to play a single minute of first team football this year.
After almost nine months out with the injury, Wilshere is stepping up preparations for a return to first team duties with run outs for the Arsenal under 21 side. With England boss Roy Hodgson failing to rule out a place in his squad for Wilshere for the upcoming European Championships, the midfielder must now impress in the remainder of the campaign to be sure of his place.
Wilshere was undoubtedly one of his country’s strongest performers, with two goals
Despite being the most-watched football league in the world (and the self-proclaimed most exciting), there hasn’t been a lot of parity in the Premier League since its formation in 1992.
However, the tide seems to be shifting as no longer is simply splashing the most cash for superstars enough to win a title. While it’s too early to tell if this year is an anomaly or not, what is certain is that this season has had more shocks and surprises than any other in recent memory (particularly for punters) With the season coming to an end soon, we all know that there will be even more shocks! A lot of football betting will be going down in the last few weeks. If you want to join in and find out more on how to get started, check out this guide to mobile sports betting from OnlineCasino.co.uk.
Updated 4th April 2016 at 03:07 PM by Veritas
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.
Updated 23rd March 2016 at 03:25 PM by Veritas
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
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.
Updated 8th March 2016 at 02:17 PM by 11v11
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
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
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
Updated 24th February 2016 at 05:36 PM by 11v11
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
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
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 spent