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The Ben Smith column: To break or not to break?

7 Feb 2012

With the arctic conditions we are currently experiencing, which as a result, have decimated pretty much the entire lower league football programme this weekend I thought this may be a good time to re-open the debate on whether or not we should...
 

Ford's Focus - Meet Buruk Yilmaz, Trabzonspor's 25 goals in 20 games striker

1 Feb 2012

When Buruk Yilmaz scored a brace for Trabzonspor against Ankaragucu last weekend, the Turkish striker took his Super Lig tally to 25 for the season. A remarkable figure considering he has only featured in 20 games. Yilmaz’s closest...
 

Fitness first - Football and massage

1 Feb 2012

There are a vast range of treatments and massages to help people recover from heavy sports sessions, release muscle tightness or simply get their regular 'MOT'. More importantly, you need to know what type of treatment goes best with the sports...
 

Mirandés: La Liga’s worst nightmare

1 Feb 2012

Who is top scorer in Spain’s Copa del Rey this season? Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 40 league goals last season? No. How about Lionel Messi? Try again. Maybe Roberto Soldado, the most prolific Spanish striker this term? No, not him either....
 

An eye on the world of football - When will the game catch up with technology?

29 Jan 2012

Canadian-based football referee Michael McCormack starts a new column for Total Football today. McCormack has refereed football at virtually all amateur levels, in both Canada and the US. His experience includes games at the Dallas...
 

The Mark Catlin column: To B or not to B - That is the question

29 Jan 2012

I may not know that much about Shakespeare, but if there is something that I do know about it’s the effect of allowing ‘B’ teams to compete in a national football league structure. As Andy Williamson (our Football League...
 

In off the post, by Dougie Brimson

29 Jan 2012

Dougie Brimson is a best-selling author, screenwriter and Watford fan. His latest project is a new comedy ebook 'The Art of Fart' - well, that was his latest project, until Total Football twisted his arm and somehow managed to persuade him that...
 

The science of football: Developing Mental Toughness

28 Jan 2012

Sport psychology has not always been well received in the world of professional football. Despite being widely acclaimed as the world’s most popular game, the implementation of psychological procedures to enhance football performance...
 

The Richard Lee column: Why superstitions can be used to your advantage

28 Jan 2012

Brentford goalkeeper Richard Lee starts his new Total Football column with a look at superstitions - and reveals what happened when he started wearing the number 13 shirt... It’s Friday 13th June; heavy tropical thunderstorms in...
 

The Sebastian Brown column: Planning ahead

28 Jan 2012

First things first, Jason Euell was by far the best singer in our after dinner sing off from a few weeks ago. McNaughton improved but only in the fact he didn’t have to read the words from his phone! Billy appeared nervous but...
 

Sunday football in Barcelona - The recovery begins

28 Jan 2012

Total Football picks up the trail of Darwins, a Sunday League side in Barcelona, and Jasmit Jabbal, their beleagured coach. Jasmit talks us through the side's progress on the pitch and some of their training methods, Barcelona Sunday League...
 

The Ben Smith column: Will the art of tackling become extinct?

27 Jan 2012

Over the last few weeks we have seen some high profile and controversial refereeing decisions regarding lunging tackles. As we know over the last ten years the rules of the game have evolved to encourage attacking play. While we...
 

Ford's Focus - Salvador's thunderbolts and surviving a bullet to the brain

27 Jan 2012

I became aware of Salvador Cabañas through many hours spent playing Football Manager 2010. Wherever I bought him on the game, he would score goals. Like other reasonably unknown players, I looked him up on Youtube to see what the real...
 

Blake's 7 - Buzsaky is Rangers' diamond in the rough

27 Jan 2012

Hi, Paul Blake here again with another look at the past week in the crazy world of football. In this week’s edition of ‘Blake’s 7’ I applaud Mark Hughes for finding a diamond in the rough at QPR, question whether Arsene...
 

The Mark Catlin column: Who'd be a football club director?

25 Jan 2012

Mark Catlin is a director with League One club Bury. He starts his new Total Football column by pondering why he even became a football club director in the first place... Football club directors - Why? I often think long and...
 

La Liga: A highly entertaining derby in Seville

25 Jan 2012

The weekend saw the return of a Spanish football institution: the Seville derby. Real Betis’ relegation from La Liga in 2009 meant that football fans in Andalusia’s capital were deprived of a derby for two seasons, a wait which...
 

Mac attack: Video replays? Yes or no? Er, Yes!

23 Jan 2012

Change is one of the human race’s greatest assets; throughout our whole existence we have changed our society and our surroundings beyond all recognition. Since the ice age, through Roman times and the Industrial Revolution, human...
 

Blake's 7 - Referees need to step up their game

20 Jan 2012

Hi, Paul Blake here again with another look at the crazy world of football. In this week’s edition of ‘Blake’s 7’ I tackle the issue of two footed lunges, question whether referees have the bottle to apply football’s...
 

La Liga: Callejón the unlikely hero as Real Madrid edge past Mallorca

20 Jan 2012

Last weekend Real Madrid’s Jose Maria Callejón was probably regretting his decision to return to the place where he learnt his trade. His former side Espanyol had just got a famous and unlikely 1-1 draw against their bigger,...
 

Ford's Focus - Rivaldo extends his career, in Angola

19 Jan 2012

Total Football's Nick Ford starts a new column today. Nick resides in Henley-on-Thames, home of the world famous annual regatta and the recent phenomenon that is the 80s Rewind Festival. So he can just pop down by the riverside for creative...