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Norwegian football focus: Vestbyen FC

18 May 2012

Vestbyen is one of many local clubs in Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city. The first club everybody thinks of when it comes to this city is Rosenborg, the nine time Champions League participants. They are an...
 

The end of an era for AC Milan and Filippo Inzaghi

15 May 2012

It was an emotional end to AC Milan’s season at the weekend with their goalscoring legend Filippo Inzaghi playing his last match for the club. His 11-year reign ended on a high as he was able to score a trademark goal, beating the...
 

What does the future hold for Kaka?

15 May 2012

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has fuelled reports that playmaker Kaka could be leaving the Spanish giants in the summer. The most popular athlete on Twitter has struggled with injuries and form since joining from Serie A side AC Milan...
 

If it's only a game, why do death threats seem to be on the increase?

9 May 2012

For James McClean, Tuesday must have been joyous, gaining his first call up to Giovanni Trapattoni’s provisional 23-man Republic of Ireland squad for the Euro 2012 championships next month. For McClean (pictured), it has been a...
 

Is Llorente set to become latest victim of football amnesia?

8 May 2012

Football suffers from anterograde amnesia. There tends to be an overriding trend amongst lovers of the beautiful game to live in the moment, focusing on the last match to evaluate the progress of an individual or a team. Harry...
 

How do MLS kit sponsorship values compare to Europe?

4 May 2012

Kit sponsorship is one of the most important revenue streams for a football club, alongside ticket and match-day revenue, merchandise sales, television broadcast rights, and corporate partnerships. Unlike the other revenue streams,...
 

Have players lost all sense of respect?

4 May 2012

Life at Fiorentina has been far from smooth in recent years, particularly this year under the leadership of Delio Rossi (pictured). With the Tuscan side sitting 15th in Serie A, six points off relegation with only two games to go,...
 

‘Nothing works properly’ in Spain this season

29 Apr 2012

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge couldn't resist it. A few words into his speech at Bayern's celebratory meal in Madrid after the German side secured their place in the Champions League final, he realised his microphone was broken. A mischievous...
 

The best leagues in the world, part six: MLS (USA)

27 Apr 2012

Major League Soccer is sixth in Marcus Banks' league rankings. Total Football's Sreesha Vaman assesses the USA and Canada's top league, filled with star names including David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and...
 

England could take a leaf out of Swedish FA's book

25 Apr 2012

Euro 2012 will soon be upon us - and England still don't have a confirmed manager to lead them into battle. The powers that be in London could do worse than to take note of how their Swedish counterparts are doing things. ...
 

Real Madrid closing in on double Barca blow

22 Apr 2012

Barcelona, the best side in the world. Or are they? It's no good playing fantastic football if it leads to nothing. And that's what's in danger of happening at Barca this season. Defeat against arch rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico on...
 

The best leagues in the world - Part five

21 Apr 2012

The Eredivisie and the MLS narrowly miss out on fifth place. France’s Ligue 1 completes the top 5. A league which has seen Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho fight it out for their respective teams. Young starlets such as Eden Hazard...
 

Ranieri keen on Premier League return

20 Apr 2012

Claudio Ranieri says he is keen on a return to the Premier League. In an interview with the BBC, the former Chelsea manager, who has had spells at Valencia, Parma, Juventus, Roma and Inter since leaving Stamford Bridge, said:...
 

Spain’s stunning battle for supremacy

20 Apr 2012

Barcelona v Real Madrid, a battle of epic proportions this season. But it is not the most intriguing contest currently taking place in Spain. That honour rests with the stunning fight between those two Spanish-based gods of...
 

The great Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo debate

18 Apr 2012

Not since the years between 1984, when Michel Platinti guided France to becoming European Champions, and the World Cup in 1986, when Diego Maradona single handedly lifted a limited Argentina side to the status of world champions, has such a...
 

Most Wanted: Eden Hazard

15 Apr 2012

Eden Hazard could be the summer's most wanted player. He has become an integral member of the Lille and Belgium squad - and Zinedine Zidane gave the youngster a glowing report. The Real Madrid legend said: “Eden is technically gifted and very...
 

Weekly transfer gossip round up: United, City, Chelsea and Messi

15 Apr 2012

Manchester United have one hand on the Premier League trophy and an unsuccessful season for Manchester City could see their Abu Dhabi owners open their cheque book once again, with a raid on Athletic Bibao lined up. United, on the...
 

Could Juventus legend Del Piero be heading for the Premier League?

15 Apr 2012

Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli has been an ever-present at the Juventus Arena in a remarkable season, in which the Old Lady has gone 32 games unbeaten. Agnelli unquestionably brings an energy with his presence – as well...
 

Messi magic overshadows the brilliance of Ronaldo

14 Apr 2012

It seems that week in week out, La Liga legend Lionel Messi is breaking records at his own free will. Only recently he broke the long-standing record for most Champions League goals for Barcelona, whilst his league and cup goal...
 

Football's bad boys: Top 10 bad boy moments

14 Apr 2012

The final instalment of the football bad boys series will end with a look back on their top 10 bad boy moments. Whether its head-butts, two footed leg crunchers, team brawls or referee punches it will be covered in the concluding feature of the...