Recent Blogs Posts

Will Everton’s signings spring them into top four?

Everton have made a number of significant moves in the transfer market this summer in their bid to break into the top four of the Premier League. The Toffees have invested almost £100 million over the course of the summer to land some of the most talented young players in England. Source: GoldenVision90 via Twitter Romelu Lukaku is poised to leave the club, with his sale to Manchester United expected to cover the vast expenditure of the Merseysiders. Ronald Koeman's…
Comments 1 Comments
Read More Read More
 

Football teams that exploit the home ground advantage

Whether they play at home or away, the support that European football teams drum up is always incredible. If we take a look at an infographic that tells us more about the teams and the stadiums they play in, their incredible winning strikes, games won in the last decade and record home wins it’s easy to see why the term ‘home ground advantage’ comes about.   Turning the Home Ground into a Battlefield The team that deserves the first mention…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

FIFA Confederations Cup kicks off a busy year for Russian hosts

The Russian men's national team has kicked off what promises to be a historic year with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand. Nobody knows more than the Russian FA that this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup is an essential test run for the nation's selection to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup next year. Even though the Confederations Cup is a far smaller tournament, featuring just four host cities and a fraction of the games due to be played next year,…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

Six contenders, one trophy: who will win the Premier League title next season?

Chelsea were the strongest team in England’s top flight by some way last season and nobody can argue with that. Antonio Conte’s men deserved to lift the Premier League title after a very impressive campaign and the Blues will be quietly confident of defending their crown in the 2017/18 season. Source: Premier League via Facebook However, it could be very different this time around. England’s elite clubs, including both Manchester sides, are likely to spend big in the transfer window…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

FIFA video assistant referees and the FIFA Confederations Cup

After trials at U-20 level, elements of FIFA’s Play Fair! Initiative are now making a big splash at senior international level in the FIFA Confederations Cup, in particular with the use of 'Video Assistant Referees' (VARs) which represent just one of the major changes to the game’s rules being debated and tested. The IFAB and FIFA formally launching the new play fair! Initiative last Thursday as part of “a strategy focussing on improving fairness and the image of the game.”…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

Will the heroes of England under 20 World Cup success get Premier League game time this season?

There was celebration and elation in Suwon on the 11th of June as Paul Simpson led England 20s to a historic World Cup triumph. Dominic Calvert Lewin's strike was enough to secure the title in a competitively fought game and each and every one of the players deserves enormous credit for their part in the success. But will we see this exciting generation feature in the Premier League next season?  (more…)
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

Who will win the Confederations Cup in 2017?

The Confederations Cup is a special tournament held between eight teams from around the world that takes place from 17th June until 2nd July.  The 2017 tournament is being held in Russia but who are the favourites and which nation have the best record in it? What is the Confederations Cup? The Confederations Cup was founded back in 1992 by FIFA, the international football body.  The tournament is held every four years and is contested by the holders of each…
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More
 

Artificial football pitches – past and future

Artificial pitches have changed (and are changing) football - and certainly not for the worse. Thanks to artificial pitches, lots of games have been able to take place which otherwise would not have done so. As technology improves and artificial pitches are able to become more and more authentic, their role will only become more significant. But their reputation hasn’t always been exactly positive. If you’re intrigued, here’s their story, their past, and their future. (more…)
Comments 0 Comments
Read More Read More