• Youth In The Premier League

    In the 2016/17 season, the Premier League saw 16-year-old Angel Gomes play two minutes for Manchester United and 41-year-old Shay Given notch up 450 minutes for Stoke City, before the Potters realised that maybe signing Lee Grant was a better idea. Gomes was the only player born in 2000 to appear, while Given appeared in this world, presumably already with enormous hands and tendency to misjudge crosses, in 1976. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Youth In The Premier League

    The 2016/17 Premier League season was the first to see a player born this century to make an appearance; 16 year old Angel Gomes for Manchester United. On the other end of the spectrum, 41 year old Shay Given was the oldest player to make an appearance. Here we crunch the numbers to see the broader picture. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Manchester Utd Should Be Wary Pursuing Cristiano Ronaldo

    To many, the 'saga' involving Cristiano Ronaldo is eerily similar to what happened with Sergio Ramos. Both are Real Madrid legends, both were actively stating their desire to leave, and both seem to be using Manchester United to obtain their goal. With Sergio Ramos it was a new contract, with Ronaldo, it isn't quite that crystal clear. ...

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  • History Of The World Cup: Tactics Explained 1954-1966

    While football developed a lot between 1930 and 1950, it was still largely unrecognisable from the game we see today. Between 1954 and 1966, however, the game changed and morphed into a more familiar form with the development of the back four. ...

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  • Southampton Are Built For Managerial Turnover

    Southampton and Claude Puel appear ready to draw a line under their partnership and seem set to part ways after a contradictory season. Within the context of their recent history, eighth place was a fine return for the club and their progress through to the EFL Cup Final was another positive which, only five years ago, would have been an unimaginable highpoint. ...

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  • Whiteboard Extra: Moving Managers & Cup Finals

    Joe Devine is joined by Seb Stafford-Bloor, sub editor for umaxit.com. They discuss cup finals, manager movements, and three-at-the-back based criticisms. ...

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  • By The Numbers: Chelsea’s Best Ever Season?

    Chelsea under Antonio Conte claimed the club's sixth top flight title this season. We take a look at how his current side compare to the previous Chelsea title winning sides. ...

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  • Stop The Moralising: John Terry’s Departure Was Fine

    We all knew John Terry was gong to go out with something special. The precedent set by Didier Drogba meant that the ante had to be well and truly upped, and his 26th minute substitution, and guard of honour, did exactly that. I learned at half time in the game against Sunderland that it was Terry who had dreamed-up the move. It didn't surprise me that this had been the case: most seem agreed that it was a very John Terry thing to do. Whether you think that good or bad seems to rather depend on where your club allegiances lie. ...

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  • Whiteboard Football: The Impact of Corporate Governance of Football Clubs’ Firm Performance

    A study has looked at the impact of how corporate governance impacts a football clubs firm performance. The study was undertaken due to the fact that since 2000 there has been 44 football clubs enter into administration. This video summarises the study and examines the potential link between poor corporate governance and administration. ...

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  • Whiteboard Extra: Francesco Totti

    After 25 years, 617 appearances and 250 goals for Roma, Francesco Totti is finally retiring. Last week, we made a video looking at the various tactical uses of the player and today Joe Devine is joined by Alex Stewart to continue the discussion. ...

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