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 03:17 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 11:45 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 06:36 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
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
The draw was made in Paris on Saturday 12 December 2015.
For the Euro 2016 match schedule click here
Republic of Ireland
Updated 14th December 2015 at 10:51 AM by Veritas
Over recent months, we hope you have enjoyed the blogs that have been compiled on our behalf by Steve Sands.
We can now reveal that he wrote them while valiantly battling against a serious long-term illness.
Sadly, despite his enduring good nature, Steve has lost his brave battle and passed away peacefully earlier this week.
As regular readers may well have gathered, he was a devoted Hull City supporter.
After taking his first tentative steps on to the Boothferry Park terraces in the 1970s, Steve loyally stood-by the Tigers through the many years when they plunged into previously unknown depths.
As the saying goes, a friend in need was a friend indeed.
The reward was following them on the incredible journey to the
On Saturday Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy scored at Newcastle United thereby equalling Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record for scoring in ten consecutive Premier League games.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy set the record playing for Manchester United between 22 March 2003 and 23 August 2003 and, coincidentally, his tenth game of the run was also at St James' Park.
But, as we all know, football wasn’t invented in 1992, and Vardy still has plenty of targets to aim for.
In the pre-Premier League era, Stan Mortensen scored in each of Blackpool's 11 games in the top division (old League Division One) between 3 February 1951 and 7 April 1951.
That was part of the sequence when he scored in all 15 league games that he played in for the Tangerines between 23