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Friday's transfer gossip

13 Apr 2012

The transfer window re-opens in around seven weeks, and clubs will be looking to boost their ranks and push on from this season. UEFA's 'Financial Fair Play' will be in place soon and clubs will want to spend big before they are restricted. ...
 

The best leagues in the world - Part four

12 Apr 2012

Germany's Bundesliga wins the race for fourth spot in Total Football's best leagues in the world rankings. France's Ligue 1 along with Holland's Eredivisie will be battling it out with America's MLS for fifth spot, before lesser known leagues are...
 

No such thing as being ‘too good to go down’

11 Apr 2012

Too good to go down? Tell that to German side Hamburg, once a European power-house and a Champions League side in 2007. ‘The Rothosen’ are the only club to play in every Bundesliga season since the league was formed in 1963 but...
 

The best leagues in the world - Part three

11 Apr 2012

Italy's Serie A reaches the top three in the best leagues in the world behind the Premier League and La Liga. Top clubs grace the grasses of Italy all battling it out to be crowned champions while teams challenge at the bottom to prevent...
 

Red hot La Liga

10 Apr 2012

The best two teams in the world are giving us an incomparable spectacle. La Liga is in an incandescent stage after Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw against Valencia and Barcelona’s 4-1 win against Zaragoza. Barca are now only four points...
 

Total Football Scout - Xherdan Shaqiri

7 Apr 2012

Xherdan Shaqiri is the next hot prospect in Total Football Scout. Following Cristian Tello, Shaqiri is quickly becoming one of Europe's best young players and has secured a transfer to one of the world's biggest clubs. But what is all the hype...
 

Waiting for his big break

7 Apr 2012

Jason Stokes is like many young players looking for his big break. The 21-year-old Birmingham-born utility player is trying his luck in Belgium, as he aims to show what he can do towards earning a pro contract back in the UK. ...
 

The best leagues in the world - Part two

6 Apr 2012

The best league in the world series continues on Total Football. After the English Premier League clinched top spot in our rankings, who will come second? This series will not solely feature on the well known leagues, lesser known leagues will...
 

Most Wanted: Edinson Cavani

6 Apr 2012

A new feature on Total Football is Most Wanted. The series will feature some of the most targeted players around the world. Many clubs are hoping to strengthen their squad this summer once the window re-opens but who are they aiming for? The...
 

English influence fading in Europe

6 Apr 2012

Chelsea are flying the flag for England in Europe – or are they? John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were the only English players in the Chelsea side as the Blues secured their passage to the Champions League...
 

Scott Sutter – Coming to a Premier League club near you soon

5 Apr 2012

If things had happened differently in the January transfer window, Scott Sutter may well have been playing at right back for Blackburn Rovers against Manchester United on Monday evening. As the mid-season window drew to a close, Sutter...
 

Premier League clubs keen on Kaka

5 Apr 2012

Kaka could be on his way out of Real Madrid at the end of the season – and his next stop could be the Premier League. But he has also been linked with a move to Paris St Germain. The brilliant Brazilian striker still has...
 

Emmanuel Petit interview‏ - Moral decay in English football

3 Apr 2012

Former France, Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Emmanuel Petit thinks football in England is suffering from moral decay. Petit was speaking at the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester and says that as society has changed, so has...
 

The history of match-fixing

3 Apr 2012

With recent cases of match-fixing in Turkey, Italy, China and Spain, it’s tempting to think of it as a modern curse. In fact, it’s as old as the hills and isn’t always driven by shady far-eastern gangsters. Manchester United v...
 

Unusual jobs in football: Technical director of the Kiribati Islands FA

3 Apr 2012

Kevin McGreskin is the new technical director of the Kiribati Islands FA. Total Football editor Mark Roach wanted to know more – and started by asking him how he even found out about the vacancy in the first place... Technical...
 

Thailand – Where football takes on a whole new meaning

30 Mar 2012

If you’ve been a visitor to Total Football for a while, you’ll know we are interested in all things football-related from around the world – matches, players, teams, tournaments, nations and fans. Ah yes, the fans, they make...
 

Total Football Scout - Cristian Tello

29 Mar 2012

Total Football Scout returns, looking at Barcelona's Cristian Tello. The youngster has caught the eye of many this season after breaking into Barcelona's first team and appearing in La Liga and the Champions League. Tello is yet to represent...
 

Olympics exit won’t hurt USA

28 Mar 2012

The first person I saw the morning after the United States were eliminated from Olympic qualifying for the second time in three cycles was an El Salvadorian friend. Mighty minnows El Salvador earned a point in a 3-3 draw to progress to...
 

Poor financial advice or economic misfortune? Evaluating clubs in administration

27 Mar 2012

In a perfect footballing world, all clubs would be on the same level, both on the field and financially. Would be equal competition, no advantages in revenue and transfers would basically be resolved by the player choosing the club he...
 

Hamburger SV – The dinosaur is in danger

26 Mar 2012

It would take the likes of FC Bayern and Borussia Moenchengladbach a couple of years to arrive on the scene in the country's first national league. Hamburger SV, albeit they started with an unnoticeable mid table finish, were there...