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From across the pond: USA get set for Scotland

24 May 2012

When the USA host Scotland on Saturday in Jacksonville, it will be the largest attendance for an international friendly match in Florida. For a change, the crowd favourites will be the returning...
 

The Dean Barrick column – Drogba, Di Matteo and Mancini

22 May 2012

Dean Barrick played for Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Cambridge United, Preston, Bury and Doncaster – and, as a manager, he led Hucknall Town to the FA Trophy final. Now working as a teacher in Thailand, Barrick gives his...
 

From across the pond: Montreal's football history

20 May 2012

When LA Galaxy's David Beckham struck one of his trademark free-kicks for a goal against the Montreal Impact, it was interesting to hear how many of the 60,000 crowd in the Olympic Stadium cheered. Understandably, the Canadian team...
 

The Dean Holdsworth column: Five minutes can change lives

18 May 2012

I was of course keeping an eye on the deciding fixtures in the Premier League last weekend, and what happened was simply incredible. It’s unbelievable, that feeling of destiny and how four or five minutes can change people's lives...
 

The Gordon Hill column: United v City - The times are changing

18 May 2012

In my previous article a few weeks ago, I said it would be great if Manchester City won the Premier League title. They have broken the dominance of Manchester United's reign and I am delighted for the club and the former players who...
 

The Ben Smith column: Got there in the end!

18 May 2012

An eventful season of ups and downs has finally come to an end. It was a year where anything that could possibly happen, did happen – for both the club and me! The result? Crawley Town finally managed to achieve...
 

Coaching counsel: Measures of improvement

18 May 2012

Sidney Phillips once said: “People are made stronger on realisation that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm”. This quote is apt for many disciplines; it is certainly a truism in relation to sport. It is...
 

The Delroy Alexander column: Loss of conscience

18 May 2012

What a wonderful world sport is. Just as news that the once mighty Liverpool FC had parted company with their iconic talisman Kenny Dalglish, his often beleaguered predecessor in the job, Roy Hodgson, was announcing his first...
 

Asian Eye: Sharks bite back after slow start to 2012

16 May 2012

In Thailand, 2012 did not get off to a great start for Chonburi FC. They had edged their way into a play-off match, victory in which would have seen them qualify for the AFC Champions League. But a nervy performance at Korean...
 

The Nikki Lee column – Hammers on course for Premier League

14 May 2012

Model Nikki Lee – a big West Ham and England fan – starts a new Total Football column today. She kicks off her new column by telling us why her dad is in a good mood – and gives us her views on her beloved Hammers... I gather...
 

From across the pond: MLS sides have cup ambitions

10 May 2012

While the European season nears its conclusion, the congestion of fixtures is just beginning to pile up on this side of the Atlantic. The announcement of several touring teams will be featured, included among them the MLS All-Star...
 

Coaching counsel: Curriculum for our game

9 May 2012

As one season draws to a close, thoughts are instantly drawn to next season and, certainly for youth coaches, considering how can I help the players to improve again next year? In the majority of education environments a curriculum...
 

The Football Foundation column: Investing in the future

9 May 2012

England manager Graham Taylor once pointed out, “If you think about the ultimate football icon of the last ten years – David Beckham – where did he come from? Like everyone else, it was through the grassroots.” Each week...
 

The Dean Barrick column – Hodgson, Champions League, Di Matteo and Cisse

8 May 2012

Dean Barrick played for Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Cambridge United, Preston, Bury and Doncaster – and, as a manager, he led Hucknall Town to the FA Trophy final. Now working as a teacher in Thailand, Barrick gives his...
 

The Gordon Hill column: Jubilation, relief and tears

7 May 2012

The closing of another season looms. While some have already enjoyed their celebrations, there will be more jubilation to come, as well as relief and a lot of tears, for players and fans. What a great weekend of football it was and...
 

Maradona’s UAE show rumbles on despite ACL heartbreak

7 May 2012

Many football fans would like to remember Diego Maradona as the all-potent demigod he was with a ball at his feet. However, if you are based in the Middle East, it is hard to cling on to this memory, when you have to put up with the...
 

From across the pond: Toronto FC and the argument for relegation

3 May 2012

More bad news for Canadian club Toronto FC as they drop their seventh game without a win early in this Major Soccer League season. After a promising pre-season start which saw Aron Winter’s men reach the semi-finals of the Concacaf Champions...
 

Coaching counsel: Foundations are fundamental

2 May 2012

The strength in any structure is based in its foundations. A building in what is dug, a tree in the roots it establishes and a study in the research that underpins. Athletes may be no different. Many sports and sport...
 

The Gordon Hill column: Why I think the FA have got it wrong again

1 May 2012

The FA have stunned us yet again, this time with their view that Roy Hodgson is the best man for the England job. As a former England player I am baffled. While all the talk seemed to be pointing towards Harry Redknapp becoming the...
 

The Gordon Hill column: Chelsea have shown what they are made of

29 Apr 2012

Chelsea v Barcelona - two great teams and only one winner. What a night and what a performance it was from the Blues in midweek. It shows what Chelsea are made of under Roberto Di Matteo - and it shows what can be done when you put you...