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Sunday Football - Barcelona style (Part 4)

10 Mar 2012

Total Football continues its unique regular column with Jasmit Jabbal, a Sunday League manager in Barcelona. Jabbal’s fascinating insight this week reveals how the side managed to bounce back after defeat. In the league where we play...
 

The Gordon Hill column: Chelsea - the Dallas Cowboys of the Premier League

9 Mar 2012

I thought a lot about this weekend’s news, and it has happened again, another manager in 2012 has lost his job. Andre Villas-Boas' tortured spell as Chelsea manager comes to an abrupt end and bites the dust. Well, would you believe...
 

The Ben Smith column: Overspending in football - is it cheating?

8 Mar 2012

Businesses and individuals in all walks of life are currently finding it hard to make ends meet. They are having to make sacrifices and cut their cloth accordingly. Recent events have proven that football clubs are no different. At...
 

The Mark Catlin column: It's a business Jim, but not as we know it!

6 Mar 2012

Some of our younger readers may have never seen the original Star Trek. So just to bring you up to speed... On finding a new species, the doctor (Mccoy) used to say to Captain Kirk: "it’s life Jim, but not as we know it!" This pretty...
 

The Gordon Hill column: Why Stuart Pearce is a better choice for the England job than Harry Redknapp

5 Mar 2012

What do I think about the England job and the FA? Well I have tried to put some ideas together. What would I do? A lot of people may not agree but this is my opinion. Something that has always haunted me about the England job is the...
 

Asian Eye - Uzbekistan gunning for World Cup qualification

3 Mar 2012

Asia – the world’s biggest, most populated continent. For decades now, it has been identified by scheming football entrepreneurs not just as a growth market, but the place to strike it rich – a vast, mostly untapped oilfield of financial...
 

The Gordon Hill column: From £25 a week to cry babies and prima donnas

1 Mar 2012

The olden day player I have been blessed to be a part of football at the professional level for nearly 49 years, from being a young 11-year-old at QPR to performing for Manchester United and earning an England place. Playing...
 

Mind and body - Love and Awareness

1 Mar 2012

The two most essential factors in any true healing are love and awareness. It is true that success in health, in performance and in life, starts from within. A positive mind and positive feelings are the basis for a positive outcome. ...
 

The Mark Catlin column: Stop knocking football!

28 Feb 2012

Bury had the recent unenviable long trip down to Exeter. On the journey down to Devon during Friday, news began to break of Portsmouth going into administration, and this news fresh on the back of the already shocking news of Rangers entering...
 

Fitness first - Variety keeps you healthy

25 Feb 2012

As we age and grow older, our bodily functions slowly change and decrease. In football, those changes can have a huge impact on a player’s career after they reach the age of 30. Equally, when such players suffer an injury, they might take...
 

The Gordon Hill column: The beauty of the FA Cup

24 Feb 2012

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Gordon Hill starts a new column today with a look at how the FA Cup has maintained its status as the world’s best cup competition. Let us start with last weekend’s performances from...
 

In off the post: Terry's disrespect for England captaincy means he is not worthy

23 Feb 2012

Like many people I was shocked but not a little relieved at the news that Mr Capello had walked, apparently on a matter of principle. Inevitably, the whirlwind that followed covered every kind of speculation ranging from who...
 

The Graham Shaw column: Authorities must tackle illegal betting with Olympics looming

23 Feb 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...
 

The Adam Doyle column: Carlos Tevez, theoretical physics, and the influence of disruptive players

22 Feb 2012

Carlos Tevez must be a theoretical physicist. He believes in quantum mechanics and the existence of infinite universes where everything and anything can happen. For instance, in one universe, Arsene Wenger sees every decision made by...
 

The Mark Catlin column: There is just no loyalty in football anymore, fact or fiction?

22 Feb 2012

The general consensus amongst football fans in the modern game is that in regards to both players and managers: 1) there is just no loyalty in football anymore, 2) contracts are not worth the paper they are written on 3) all the power is now with...
 

The Sebastian Brown column: We must tackle homophobia in football

21 Feb 2012

The Rock says… There have been a lot of conversation-stimulating events in football since my last column, many of which are based on prejudice and discrimination in the ‘beautiful game’. Whether it is John Terry’s ‘will he/won’t...
 

The Ben Smith column: What’s your team’s recruitment strategy?

21 Feb 2012

I have just started reading a book by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski called ‘Why England Lose and Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained’. One of the chapters talks about the mistakes teams make in the transfer market. While reading...
 

I scream, therefore I am… the mentality of a football supporter

12 Feb 2012

Woking defender Adam Doyle starts a new Total Football column today. Starting with a look at the mentality of football supporters... "Paul Terry, you’re a f****** murderer" came the battle cry from the stands upon seeing...
 

Total Football Scout - Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

12 Feb 2012

Total Football's Marcus Banks starts Total Football Scout - a new series of features focusing on the world's best young players - today. Who are the world's hottest young talents? Marcus will scour the globe to uncover...
 

The Mark Catlin column: The rise of online football

8 Feb 2012

In the ‘old days’ us fans met once a week at the match, talked about it in the pub afterwards and on the way home, and pretty much that was it (unless we bumped into fellow fans during the week) until the next game. I often remark...