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Asian Eye - Will Indonesia be wiped off the footballing map?

2 Apr 2012

Say “Indonesia”, and one of the last things that will come into your mind is probably football. Yet, against all odds Indonesia has been making World football headlines of late. However, unfortunately for the football-mad nation, it has been...
 

The Gordon Hill column: Farewell Barry Kitchener, friend and Millwall legend

31 Mar 2012

Millwall legend Barry Kitchener has died aged 64. This has been a sad day for me, with the news of another one of my fellow players and a true gentleman passing on, Big Kitch the gentle giant as he was know, our centre half for...
 

The Gordon Hill column: United and Red Star Belgrade, long time football friends

30 Mar 2012

This week I thought I would go down memory lane and tell you about one of my friends in the game who have played for other big clubs in the world. This week I am spending time in Cleveland, Ohio, doing a clinic and seminar for a close...
 

The Adam Doyle column: Barcelona and the demise of the ‘old school’ player

29 Mar 2012

I am not really what you would call a ‘cultured’ footballer. I might joke with the lads that I’ve got a left foot wand and the stylish abilities to rival the great Paolo Maldini (pictured), but deep down I know I am a bit of a throw...
 

The Graham Shaw column‏ - Time for technology

28 Mar 2012

Former professional footballer Graham Shaw heads up national law firm GT Law’s sports management division. Graham is a qualified lawyer and former Chief Executive of Stockport County. He made nearly 300 appearances in the Football League...
 

Coaching counsel: Is talk cheap?

28 Mar 2012

Ben Bartlett starts a new coaching-focused column today. Ben is a UEFA A Licence Coach and is Regional Coach Development Manager (East) at The Football Association, having previously worked in player development and coach development...
 

Asian Eye – Asian Champions League’s giants killing themselves

26 Mar 2012

Everybody loves a “group of death”, regardless of the competition. And this year’s AFC Champions League seemed to have served up a real gem of a group when it clumped together former “richest club in the world” contenders FC...
 

The Sebastian Brown column: Testing times

23 Mar 2012

The shocking incident involving Fabrice Muamba has saddened and united the football world. Rival players and teams have all come out and offered support and condolences to Muamba and family. It appears Fabrice is a hugely likeable man...
 

The Richard Lee column: Time is of the essence

23 Mar 2012

As a game I was playing in was drawing to a close, my outfield team-mates held the ball in the far corner of the field, using a common method of running out time. A random thought entered my head and it has become a minor obsession ever...
 

Sunday Football - Barcelona style (Part 6): 'Barcelona Light'

21 Mar 2012

Total Football's Spanish-based writer Jasmit Jabbal continues his column about Barcelona Sunday League side Darwins - and this week focuses on how they try to play like the mighty Barcelona, but so far haven't quite found their own version of...
 

The Ben Smith column: How times have changed

20 Mar 2012

Anyone who regularly reads my articles will know that I have been preparing for a life after playing football for some time. This season, on a personal note, has deteriorated into pretty much a non event. With this in mind, my planning...
 

The Gordon Hill column: Do we ask too much from our body?

20 Mar 2012

I would first like to say that my heart goes out to Fabrice Muamba, and hope he gets well and makes a full recovery. Our thoughts are with you Fabrice. However, after the weekend's events, we must look at players and ask if we are...
 

Asian Eye – Turkmenistan: Forever the bridesmaids?

20 Mar 2012

They say lighting never strikes twice. Not the case for the Turkmenistan national team – for them, it never seems to stop striking. Once again, the lowly Turkic state, ranked 166th in the World by FIFA, flattered to deceive, crashing to a 2-1...
 

The Gordon Hill column: Years and years of derbies and now a season-long rivalry

15 Mar 2012

Well well, this week I am going down memory lane to the old local derby: Manchester United vs Manchester City. I think the last time these two big clubs hammered it out for an entire season was way back. I remember the derbies I played in; City...
 

The Richard Lee column: The Federer v Nadal effect

14 Mar 2012

It was the summer of 2008 and I, like millions of others, sat back on a Sunday evening and watched two of the best tennis players ever to have graced this planet fight it out to be crowned Wimbledon champion: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal....
 

Asian Eye - Can Guangzhou’s ACL success drag Chinese football out of the doldrums?

13 Mar 2012

The modern world’s biggest sporting conundrum: why are China so terrible at fooball? With the biggest population on the planet, the second biggest economy on Earth, a generation of football-loving youngsters coming of age, Chinese football...
 

Sunday Football - Barcelona style (Part 5)

12 Mar 2012

A couple of weeks ago, due to the amazing power of Twitter, I had a kick about with Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague. After a game that demonstrated why we are not professional players, but why we love the beautiful game, we had some Tapas to round...
 

The Gordon Hill column: A bird's eye view of becoming a top player

12 Mar 2012

What does it take to get there and play at the top? Everyone, no matter what profession, needs help and guidance from other people if they want to be a success in life. Footballers more than most, rely on the influences of others. Why? Because...
 

The Adam Doyle column: Football for love or money? An alternative view

11 Mar 2012

Woking FC's Adam Doyle (pictured) continues his regular column with one of the most honest portrayals of a footballer's motivation that you are going to read. Without taking away anything from his performance on the pitch, Doyle reveals some of...
 

Asian Eye – Bahrain controversy is just the tip of a corruption iceberg

10 Mar 2012

When you think of corruption in Asian football, the image that immediately comes to mind is that of shady individuals from former Soviet Republics clutching brown envelopes stuffed with cash. Western European football fans frequently recall 1995,...