Back in May, when the lineup for this season’s Scottish Championship was finally decided, there was more than a murmur of excitement and anticipation from the Scottish footballing fraternity. A...
Liverpool's current situation is a prime example of what's been an extremely weird Premier League season so far. The Reds currently sit 12th in the league with 14 points, and a record of four wins,...
The French Second Division is not exactly a hotbed of betting activity, nor is it – in fairness - likely to attract major investors. In France, Ligue 1 has a monopolistic hold over the media’s...
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Southampton FC were probably no-one's bet to be chasing league leaders Chelsea at this point of this season, and yet there they are, two points clear of champions Manchester City and four points shy of The Quietest Club in LondonTM.
It all began in January with the departure of Nicola Cortese in Kafkaesque circumstances, which was followed by a shopping spree on the south coast; the loss of manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham, followed by the swift exits of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren to Liverpool; Calum Chambers sauntered off to Arsenal and Luke Shaw swaggered up to Manchester. Things weren’t looking too rosy on the shores of the Solent.
I never thought I’d ever write a hook for an article about blue balls, but here we are. Thanks, Brendan.
After the anticipation of the lead-up to the game, his team selection left me cold. And yes, the end of the game suggested something might happen, but ultimately the game ended without the climax we all desired. Such a tease.
Another season, another new manager another poor run of form, another Spursy performance against another team in the bottom half of the table, and another loss at home. It’s all so last season, it’s oh-so-Tottenham-Hotspur. In the last three years, the team have had to adapt to the different footballing philosophies of the three different managers; from Luís André de Pina Cabral e Villas-Boas (yep), to Tim Sherwood, to Mauricio Pochettino. Each manager is a proponent of a different style of football, and the learning curve attached to each philosophy would affect performances for a long time.
Nearly two and half months have passed since the transfer window slammed shut, and Liverpool are finding themselves in a disappointing yet unfamiliar position - 11th. As one of the most active clubs over the summer, Liverpool invested heavily in nine signings (eight below, with one on loan at the moment) after the sale of their talismanic number 7, Luis Suarez. But the question is: who has cut the mustard and who has bottled it by playing a part in Liverpool’s current position in the bottom half of the table? Let’s have a look:
Just when it looked as if Willy Sagnol was on the right track in terms of providing Girondins de Bordeaux with a vintage season on the pitch - his side currently sitting in fourth place, three points behind second-placed Paris Saint Germain - an off-the-cuff remark to a regional newspaper has threatened to derail his managerial career, and has created a racism storm across French football as a whole.
The French Second Division is not exactly a hotbed of betting activity, nor is it – in fairness - likely to attract major investors. In France, Ligue 1 has a monopolistic hold over the media’s attention. TV rights, media coverage – everything is centred around the big clubs: Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Monaco, with Bordeaux, Lille and Saint-Etienne battling amongst themselves to get their teams in the limelight when Paris Saint-Germain isn’t the feature game of the week.