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England 5-0 Czech Republic: 5 things we learned
On Friday night England began their Euro 2020 qualifiers with a comfortable win against Czech Republic. A Raheem Sterling hat-trick, along with a Harry Kane penalty and a Tomáš Kalas own goal rounded off an impressive night at Wembley for Gareth Southgate's men. Here are 5 things we've learnt from the game. Sterling is clinical...
5 must see matches this weekend (16/17.3.19)
As we enter the business end of the season, there is still a lot to play for across Europe’s top leagues. Below are five games, from five different countries, between sides who are battling for the title, promotion, European football and league safety. Leeds United v Sheffield United Championship: Saturday 12:30 Sky Sports Football This...
5 must see matches this weekend (9-11.3.19)
The five games I’ve chosen for this weekend’s edition of ‘must see matches’ feature two derbies; one between two teams who have outside chances of reaching the Championship play-offs, and the other that is named after a motorway. In the Conference Premier 2nd hosts 1st, whilst we’ve got games from Spain’s first and second tier....
European Round-up
Over the weekend I watched quite a lot of European football. Here is a round-up of some of those games. FC Porto 1-2 Benfica The Eagles soar in Porto to leapfrog their opponents into first place Benfica inflicted only a third defeat of the season on rivals Porto as the Eagles came from behind to...
5 must see matches this weekend (2/3.3.19)
Rivalry. Built up over decades between neighbouring teams who have a genuine hatred for each other. Around the world there are many incredible rivalries that produce fascinating games time and time again. The 90 minutes that are played out in a derby cannot be challenged by any other fixture as the drive and desire to...
The Arrizabalaga Saga
On Sunday we witnessed the first major trophy of the season being won as Manchester City defeated Chelsea on penalties to win the Carabao Cup. However, City’s victory was overshadowed by what can only be described as an unbelievable act of disrespect from the Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga as he refused to be substituted late...
5 must see matches this weekend (23/24.2.19)
This weekend we take a look at five games up and down the country - that’s right it’s an all English affair! Chelsea and Manchester City meet at Wembley to contest the first piece of silverware this season. In the Championship we’ve got a relegation six-pointer as well as a matchup between two teams who...
5 must see matches this weekend (15-18.2.19)
The five matches I’ve selected this week feature two of the stand-out games in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Whilst overseas we have important games at the top of Serie B, Liga NOS and a match in the Bundesliga featuring two teams at either end of the table. Palermo v Brescia Serie B:...
Sarriball: Time for a change at Chelsea?
When it was announced back in July that Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri would become the new manager of Chelsea Football Club I began hearing the term ‘Sarriball’ a lot, whether it was online or from Chelsea fans excited to tell me how their club was about to blow the league out of the water with...
5 must see matches this weekend (18/19/20.1.19)
With most of Europe returning to league football this weekend after their extended winter breaks, we take a look at five games across it’s top divisions. Getafe v Deportivo Alavés La Liga Santander: 18th January 20:00 La Liga kicks-off on Friday night between two teams who have had wonderful starts to their campaigns. Both Deportivo...
5 must see matches this weekend (12/13.1.19)
The first edition of ‘must see matches’ for 2019 is an all-British affair as we take a look at five games through England’s top four divisions. There is a battle for safety between two teams in the Premier League, whilst three of the other games feature sides in the lower leagues that all have aspirations...
Manchester City v Liverpool: A title decider?
I know we have only just entered the new year and there are five more months of Premier League action to witness, but I have a feeling that this matchup at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night will be for more than just for three points. If Manchester City win, they will claw back to...
5 must see matches this weekend (29.12.18)
With most of Europe’s top leagues taking a short winter break, this weekend’s must see matches are all based in the UK. The early kick-off is a huge game in Scotland, with Rangers hosting Celtic in the 414th Old Firm Derby. In the Premier League we take a look at the leaders Liverpool who host...
5 must see matches this weekend (21/22/23.12.18)
In what will be these teams’ last fixtures before Christmas Day there is only one thing they all want, 3 points. I’ve selected five games that include a battle at the very top of the Bundesliga, as well as a relegation six-pointer at the foot of Ligue 1. Enjoy! Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga:...
5 must see matches this weekend (14-17.12.18)
This weekend’s choices are dominated by second tier games that will have significant impacts at the top of their retrospective leagues. On Sunday we will witness one of English football’s greatest historical derbies. Whilst over in Mexico, the Liga MX will reach its conclusion as the second leg of the final is played between two...
5 must see matches this week – Champions League edition (11/12.12.18)
Bonus edition of ‘must see matches’ this week (you lot are a lucky bunch) and it’s an absolute belter. Champions League football this time, best of the best and all to play for as we enter matchday 6. These are the five games I think are key in deciding who progresses through to the knockout...
5 must see matches this weekend (7/8/9.12.18)
Fancy, free-flowing football dominates this weekend’s choices as two giants of the game collide, but that’s enough about Plymouth and Bradford. These 5 games also feature a few smaller teams such as Bayern Munich, Juventus and Marseille - you may of heard of them. Whilst over the pond two of America’s soccer teams prepare to...
The Premier League at Christmas: The most wonderful time of the year
While most of the major leagues around Europe take a winter break between December and January, the Premier League prepares for its most hectic part of the season, the Christmas period. Busy Schedule Between 30th November and 3rd January there will be eighty games played in the English top flight, meaning teams will be playing...
5 must see matches this Weekend (1/2.12.18)
This weekend's choices feature two huge derbies from the Premier League, along with three other games that could have huge implications at the top of their corresponding leagues. Sheffield United v Leeds United Championship: 1st December 12:30 Sheffield United host Leeds in the early kick-off on Saturday In what promises to be a enticing matchup. This...
5 must see football matches this Weekend (24.11.18) Lionel Messi
As good as it was watching England score a last minute winner to top their group and qualify for the semi-final of the Nations League, I am delighted to see the back of the international break as that can only mean one thing - the return of league football! With that in mind I have...
A defeat that may actually have saved Burnley’s season Burnley FC
Burnley were 90 minutes away from playing in the group stages of a European competition for the first time in over 60 years. They faced Olympiakos at Turf Moor on Thursday night looking to overturn a 3-1 deficit suffered in Greece a week earlier. Unfortunately the Clarets fell short, drawing 1-1 on the night to...
Bournemouth Poppies v Hashtag United: Pre-Season Hashtag United
As I was travelling along the south coast from Brighton to Bournemouth on Saturday, about to get my first taste of a live Hashtag United game, I had a genuine feeling of excitement. I have been following this YouTube team since it’s creation back in 2016 and, even back then, I could see the potential...
Russia 2018: From Hostility to Hospitality
Just a couple of months ago we were heading into the World Cup in Russia with loads of fears and concerns; is there going to be violence and unrest amongst the locals and visiting fans? Will this be a boring tournament? Will VAR be a success or a hinderance? Now the World Cup has been...
The chance of a lifetime for England at Russia 2018
Now, as I write this I am trying my hardest to keep a level head because at the end of the day we are England, and we have not been good in a World Cup tournament In a very long time. However, I will let the fanatic in me take over as I show you...
World Cup preview: Group E and Group F
Two huge nations feature in groups E and F; Brazil and Germany. With nine World Cup successes between them, they simply cannot be ignored. These two are royalty when it comes to this tournament and surely at least one of them will be playing in the final in Moscow on 15th July. Group E Brazil...
World Cup preview: Group C and Group D Iceland thunderclap, russia 2018, kettle mag
We continue our World Cup preview by looking at groups C and D containing a couple of the favourites to win the tournament; France and Argentina. On the contrary, we have Peru who are making their first World Cup appearance in nearly 40 years, and Iceland who are debutants to the competition. Group C France...
World Cup preview: Group A and Group B World Cup 2018, russia, kettle mag
As the football season is now officially over, we can full focus on the holy grail that is the World Cup, with just under two weeks to go before kick-off in Moscow! In this article (and a few to follow) I am going to look at the groups, which teams are the favourite, who will...
Champions League final Preview: Real Madrid v Liverpool
It has been 13 years since that famous night in Istanbul. Liverpool defying the odds to come from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan in what arguably was the greatest Champions League final of all time. Since then, they have only appeared in the final once, 2 years after their success, against the same opponent...
England’s World Cup squad: 5 wildcards that should go to Russia
On Wednesday 16th May Gareth Southgate will choose 23 individuals whom he believes can win England the World Cup. Here are my 5 wildcards that I think should be on the plane to Russia. Ruben Loftus-Cheek The 22 year old has had a fantastic, break through season for Crystal Palace (on loan from Chelsea) where...
Darren Moore: A bitter sweet start to managerial life
When Darren Moore was appointed caretaker manager on 2nd April West Bromwich Albion looked down and out.  The Baggies were ten points from safety, seven points adrift from nineteenth placed Stoke, and hadn’t won a Premier League game since 13th January (a run that stretched to nine games). The Championship was an inevitability. With this...
The Championship: Final day frantics, again!
As we enter the final weekend of the season, the Championship yet again has some big questions to answer. Who will clinch automatic promotion? Who will secure that last playoff spot? Who will be relegated? Year after year questions like these are asked on the final day and it’s for this reason I believe that...
Woking v Dover: Win or bust
Picture the scene. It's the final day of the National League season, forty five games played over nine long months. For Woking, they are ninety minutes away from crashing out of the league. They must win, and hope Barrow drop points against Chester, to stay alive. For Dover, it's a very different picture. They still...