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The Adam Doyle column: The lottery of the play-offs

29 Apr 2012

I bought a lottery ticket last week. It was a Euromillions lucky dip ticket. I can’t remember the exact jackpot amount; just that it was an astronomical sum of money. I bought my ticket knowing full well that the winning numbers would be drawn...
 

From across the pond: Henry on track for another MLS record

28 Apr 2012

A recent match pitting former Mexican internationals against former U.S. internationals ended with a 2-0 American victory. The old timers contest held at Los Angeles Galaxy’s Home Depot Center was expected to attract a few hundred...
 

Coaching counsel: Even Guardiola lets Barcelona's players 'run the risk'

23 Apr 2012

Risk, it’s everywhere. No lesser man than Pep Guardiola (pictured) this week championed the approach at Barcelona, urging his players to play freely, removed from the shackle of fear and the shadow of their shell. ...
 

Asian Eye – Confusion reigns at Shanghai Shenhua with Tigana's exit

23 Apr 2012

Nicolas Anelka (pictured) was supposed to transform Chinese football. The eyes of the football world are being drawn to China’s second city as that transformation happens, though not for footballing reasons. A bizarre soap opera of...
 

The Delroy Alexander column: Call me the lone ranger

20 Apr 2012

As I openly pondered what it would take to put together a bid for ailing Glasgow Rangers with some friends the other day, I was stunned by the laughter ringing in my ears. My compatriots, all wealthy black businessmen and former...
 

Asian Eye - Buriram United in need of ACL leap of faith

19 Apr 2012

On a balmy spring Tuesday evening in South Korea’s North Jeolla province, the gentle wind blowing the cherry blossoms hither and thither outside, everything seemed right with the world of Thai club football. Buriram United, this...
 

From across the pond: USA and the Klinsmann factor

19 Apr 2012

In less than 100 days the London Olympics will begin. One notable absence will be the US men’s soccer team. In what can only be described as an epic failure, the Americans finished out of the top four in CONCACAF qualifying,...
 

The Gordon Hill column: The time has come for goalline technology

18 Apr 2012

After a weekend of terrible calls, it’s about time for goalline technology. I am sure that referees do not realise what it means when they allow a goal or disallow a goal in a very important game, when they don’t know if the...
 

The Adam Doyle column: The road to the Conference National - A title-winning season in review

17 Apr 2012

After ten months of toil the end of the season is almost upon us. For Woking it’s been an extremely enjoyable and successful one. With Saturday’s somewhat laborious victory over Maidenhead we clinched the title with two games...
 

Coaching counsel: Nature v nurture - are good players made in the stars, or stars in the making?

15 Apr 2012

The discussion of nature versus nurture is a topical one. I recently attended a workshop organised by Sports Coach UK (who support the recruitment, retention and development of coaches across all sports) on developing talent. ...
 

The Gordon Hill column: Balotelli, Beckham and some FA-prompted head scratching

12 Apr 2012

This week I am going to talk about two issues in the game which I think are definitely worth talking about. The first issue focuses on the future of Mario Balotelli, and the second centres around the call-up for David Beckham into the...
 

The Adam Doyle column: Referees, yellow cards, and Woking records

12 Apr 2012

Just before I sat down to write this piece, referee’s chief Mike Riley (pictured) made the somewhat unprecedented step of apologising to Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez. According to Martinez, Riley phoned to emphasise with...
 

The Ben Smith column: The managerial merry go round

12 Apr 2012

Football never ceases to surprise me and this week is no different. Obviously with me being out on loan at Aldershot I have been slightly out of the loop regarding Crawley Town. Nevertheless I was aware of the rumours and...
 

The Jack Midson column: Life at Wimbledon and fond memories of Oxford United

10 Apr 2012

AFC Wimbledon striker Jack Midson starts a new column today. The former Stevenage, Dagenham & Redbridge, Histon and Oxford United striker kicks off with a look back at his past experiences and gives his views on his aims for the future....
 

Asian Eye - Indian football still finding its feet

9 Apr 2012

Next time you find yourself down in the dumps because your favourite team has failed to win the Champions League for the third straight year, or has only won the EPL this season, stop to count your lucky stars before you start your moaning....
 

In Bruges: A sideways glance at the world of football

8 Apr 2012

Belgium-based player Jason Stokes starts a new column today, focusing on various issues affecting the beautiful game around the word. The 21-year-old Royal Racing Montegnee utility player kicks-off his new column with a look at the English...
 

Coaching counsel: Play the long game

8 Apr 2012

Did you read the title and anticipate an advocate of direct football detailing statistics and evidence that prove it’s the way to play? Maybe there is a case that could be made, but the reference is about suggesting to coaches to...
 

The Gordon Hill column: Will I be seeing tomorrow’s stars?

5 Apr 2012

It was great being a top player for Millwall and Manchester United and playing for my country, that is something nobody will take away from me. But now I am looking at tomorrow’s stars and I am getting a lot of pleasure seeing them...
 

The Ben Smith column: That time of year

4 Apr 2012

As a lower league player this is the time of year where you starting thinking about what the future holds and whether you are going to get offered a new deal by your present club. Whether you want to stay there or not it is always nice to have...
 

Coaching counsel: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

2 Apr 2012

Very little about me could be considered beautiful. I certainly wasn’t blessed with film-star features, charisma or inspiring intellect. However, is there a pre-determined ideal of how one should look, talk or be perceived? In the...