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The greatest goal ever?

14 Oct 2011

Without thinking about it, shout out the name of the player you think has scored the greatest ever goal? Messi? Pele? Maradona? Nope. Must be a Brazilian, right? Nope. Italian? Nope. Anyone think of an English player? Then...
 

Testing fan loyalties to the limit

14 Oct 2011

Football fans are tribal by nature. But their loyalties can be stretched. Supporter-driven clubs such as AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester were started because the fans objected to what was...
 

Where are they now? Dean Barrick

14 Oct 2011

Dean Barrick, the former Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Cambridge United, Preston, Bury and Doncaster player is now living a new life as a PE teacher in Thailand. Here, he talks about his career, the best player he's ever played...
 

The rise of the Big Shorts

14 Oct 2011

For most of us, a decent standard of Saturday or Sunday parks football is about the best we can hope for during our playing 'careers'. Occasionally in Sunday football your side will come up against...
 

Gone, but not forgotten

12 Oct 2011

In among recent stories of millionaire footballers complaining about Manchester because it’s cold, and volatile fans evoking memories of the dark days in the recent north London derby, the heart-warming tale of Old Garchonians FC has...
 

Waiting for his big break

1 Oct 2011

Shaun Gordon is like many young players. The 17-year-old striker has international experience with Trinidad and Tobago's under 23s and has played at Wigan and Barnet. Like many schoolboys, he grew up idolising players like Brazilian striker...
 

Brian Seymour-Smith interview

26 Sep 2011

Brian Seymour-Smith (pictured) has 11 years of experience as a Sky Television reporter under his belt, so naturally he's seen his fair share of great games, players and goals. Total Football reporter Eugene Allen spoke to him about working...
 

A career in football after your playing days are over

25 Sep 2011

It will happen eventually. Every player has a shelf life, so thinking ahead to your next career move is a good idea. Management, coaching, scouting and player representation are some of the options available to players who want to stay in the...
 

No doubting who is the greatest

25 Sep 2011

The greatest footballer of all time? As far as I'm concerned, that's a no brainer. While Lionel Messi stands head and shoulders above anyone else at the moment and is among the greatest footballing talents the world has ever seen, he...
 

What were they thinking? Ronaldinho in fashion shocker

24 Sep 2011

Rumour has it that, at one time, Ronaldinho was going to sign for Manchester United. Judging by this picture of the Brazilian superstar, perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson decided he would never be able to take him seriously. The...
 

Focus on your ball skills, not your baggy pants

24 Sep 2011

It might not be top of your kit list but the right underwear for a game of footy is arguably just as important as your boots. After all, if you’re inadvertently flashing the crowd in baggy boxers then nobody will be...
 

Crawley Town midfielder Ben Smith writes for Total Football

23 Sep 2011

Crawley midfielder Ben Smith starts a new weekly column on Monday. He started his career at Arsenal, broke into the first team at Reading, and has also played for Yeovil, Southend, Hereford, Shrewsbury and Weymouth. He scored the winner in an FA...
 

Games we'll never forget: Man Utd 4 Real Madrid 3

22 Sep 2011

Old Trafford, April 23rd 2003 - United win but Ronaldo steals the show This night belonged to Ronaldo. An evening which showed the world football in its truest colours; a magical, mesmerising spectacle which unites us all in...
 

It's just not cricket

19 Sep 2011

England is a proud sporting nation and have delivered success on the global stage, but why does our national football team struggle in tournaments? Pete Dreyer investigates. Those of us who take pride in supporting our nation...
 

Footballers and Twitter – an ill-advised combination

15 Sep 2011

When footballers first took to twitter, there was widespread jubilation. Well, jubilation from the most hardcore fans of those players at the forefront of social networking and mild pleasure from the...
 

Realistic fantasy football?

15 Sep 2011

James Barrett talks to ex-Arsenal right back Lee Dixon about his involvement in a social media football game and how his experiences help him along the way. A first person point of view football...
 

They think it's all over... but we still love commentators

13 Sep 2011

Some football commentators we love and some we love to loathe. Even a TV programme has used one of the most famous football commentary lines ever in its title. It shows how football commentaries...