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African Cup of Nations 2012 preview - Group D

23 Jan 2012

Ghana, Botswana, Mali, Guinea 2010 runners-up Ghana progressed through the qualification stages with relative comfort, dropping just two points and conceding a solitary goal in the process. Key to the recent...
 

Coaching the next generation of Canadians - one on one style

19 Jan 2012

UEFA A licence coach Ian McClurg had a simple concept - and has turned it into a successful business. Although football is a team sport, it is what individual players do that decides the outcome of a game. A brilliant piece of...
 

Youth game is booming in the US

18 Jan 2012

Jim Cosgrove is the executive director at US Youth Soccer. And it is no small role - he oversees the needs of three million players at youth level in the US. Total Football editor Mark Roach asked him what US Youth Soccer is doing...
 

South Korea - A passion for football

17 Jan 2012

It's October 2010. I’m sat in a Manchester United themed restaurant and bar just outside Daegu City centre in a place called Manchon-dong, watching Bolton Wanderers against Liverpool. In South Korea at that time you could watch...
 

La Masia - Barcelona’s secret weapon

16 Jan 2012

As the saying goes, you never win anything with kids. But for Barcelona, this accusation couldn’t be further from the truth. The kids of the famous La Masia are rolling from a production line of exceptionally gifted talent that...
 

A League round-up - Jim Magilton making an impact Down Under

16 Jan 2012

Melbourne Victory 1-1 Adelaide United Over 20,000 saw Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United play out a 1-1 draw at AAMI Park on Friday evening. The A League all time top scorer Archie Thompson gave Victory a sixth minute lead when...
 

A League round-up - Emerton strikes but Sydney slump

5 Jan 2012

Total Football's Nick Ford brings you the first in a new series of round-ups from Australia's A League. The A League was founded in 2004 and features nine clubs from Australia and one - Wellington - from New Zealand. The...
 

An eye on the world of 'soccer' - New York style

3 Jan 2012

Jack Bell celebrates his 21st anniversary as a soccer writer for the New York Times in March. Total Football's Hayley Thorpe asked him about his experiences, how the perception of the game has changed in the US, the US women's team...
 

Football in Italy gets set for 120 years - all thanks to a group of English cricket fans

3 Jan 2012

Next year will be the 120th anniversary of football in Italy - and it all started thanks to a group of English football and cricket fans. On September 7, 1893 a group of 10 Englishmen assembled in a small room in via Palestro, a...
 

Highs and lows 2011 - Thierry Henry

31 Dec 2011

Total Football editor Mark Roach continues his look at how some of football's biggest names fared in 2011. Will it be Hooray for Henry at Arsenal? So the prodigal son returns, but will the 2012 version of Thierry Henry live up to...
 

Brits abroad - But have you even heard of Herbert Kilpin?

31 Dec 2011

Since its debut season in 1992/93, the English Premier League has attracted many of the world’s best footballers. Many players will tell the press they have joined a Premier League side as ‘it’s the best league in the world’...
 

All is not well during Norway's bleak mid winter

31 Dec 2011

For those of you not too familiar with the beautiful game in Scandinavia, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (pictured) might be the only three words that pop in to your head when 'football' and 'Norway' are mentioned together in the same sentence. ...
 

Highs and lows 2011 - Samuel Eto'o

31 Dec 2011

Welcome to part 2 of our mini-series on the players who starred in 2011 and those who will consider it to be a year to forget. So, 2012 could start on a bright note for Kaka after a troubled year. But one man who had...
 

Highs and lows - Who was hot and who wasn't in 2011?

31 Dec 2011

You are probably now a bit weary of getting stuffed at Christmas (that wasn't aimed at Wigan fans by the way) so, don't worry, this isn't going to be a long list. Instead, Total Football has picked out a few of the stars that...
 

Who are Argentina's bogey side?

27 Dec 2011

South America is known for high quality players and the success of its national sides. Lionel Messi is currently the world's best player and Brazil and Argentina have two of the best records in World Cup history. There are...
 

What did Beckham, Messi, Wenger and Mourinho want for Christmas?

25 Dec 2011

Happy Christmas from Total Football to all our readers. Hopefully you got what you wanted for Christmas. But what did everyone else want? Total Football looks at what might have been on the Christmas wish list for players,...
 

The world's greatest - Total Football's 'best of the rest'

24 Dec 2011

Christmas is here and a new world class player would be at the top of any manager's festive wish list. In a thoughtful mood at this time of year, the Total Football team pondered who those wish lists might contain. Lionel...
 

Jari Litmanen – still going strong!

15 Dec 2011

It may come as a surprise to Liverpool fans that their former striker Jari Litmanen is still making an impact as a player. Finally, 24 years after Limanen made his first team debut for Reipas Lahti in the Finnish Premier League - on May...
 

Russia - A developing football nation

10 Dec 2011

Russia is widely accepted as one of the fastest developing nations in world football. With the 2018 World Cup now on the agenda and a vastly improved domestic league complete with superrich tycoons, Russian football is in rapid...
 

Proud, gifted and at home - meet the Euro 2012 dark horses

9 Dec 2011

When a young Oleg Blokhin pulled on his national shirt for the first time it wasn’t yellow or blue, it was red and emblazoned on the front of his shirt were the letters CCCP. Forty years will have elapsed since Blokhin’s...