Lewis Emanuel: Talent, torment and armed robbery

April 10, 2014

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Lewis Emanuel during his time at Bradford

Here is an extract from my latest article published on the acclaimed website, In Bed With Maradona.  In this piece I focused on the dramatic career descent of former Bradford City and Luton Town left-back, Lewis Emanuel who was recently convicted on charges of armed robbery.  Extract below:

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Bayern Munich’s Swiss Star: Xherdan Shaqiri’s future in Bavaria?

March 26, 2014

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Shaqiri

Bayern Munich’s domination of the Bundesliga has continued in the most spectacular fashion this season as they sealed the title with a 1-3 victory over Hertha Berlin with 7 league games still to play.  A 25 point chasm sits between them and Borussia Dortmund in second place in a remarkable season for Bayern whose 52 game unbeaten […]

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Mata in Manchester

January 25, 2014

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Mata

The dominant story of the January transfer window by some stretch has been the move of Spanish playmaker Juan Mata from Chelsea to Manchester United. Now that Mata has finally become a United player, I decided to take a look at the significance of his signing, is he the player United need? How could he […]

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A Second Chance

December 3, 2013

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Courtney Meppen-Walter

On 1st September 2012, a highly promising, young footballer made a grave mistake that was to have the most dire of consequences.

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Are you a football hipster?

October 29, 2013

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Dortmund subbuteo

Ever wanted to know if you’re a true football hipster?  Well, today was your lucky day!  The Guardian’s most recent quiz allows individuals to determine just how much of a football hipster they are, simply by answering a few questions online.

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Shaking Football’s Corporate Monster

October 22, 2013

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Gazprom: Don't Foul The Arctic

Here is an extract from my latest article for these Football times: Shaking Football’s Corporate Monster. European football fans will seldom need reminding of the incident in the Champions League tie between Swiss League champions FC Basel and Schalke 04 of Germany’s Bundesliga early in October.

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John O’Brien: American Hero

September 12, 2013

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John O'Brien

Below is a short extract from a piece I wrote for the acclaimed website In Bed With Maradona on the former Ajax and USA international footballer, John O’Brien.  You can read the full article here – John O’Brien: American Hero.

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Premier League Preview

August 12, 2013

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Sir Alex lifts the Premier League trophy for the last time

For my first ever blog post on The Playmaker, I wrote a Premier League Preview piece and as we approach the start of another campaign in the top division, I thought it would be fitting to go back to where I started and write a preview for the coming season.

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We Need To Talk About Darren

July 8, 2013

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Darren Bent

It would be an understatement to say that Darren Bent has endured a difficult season for Aston Villa. He struggled for fitness and form in a campaign to forget, coming under intense scrutiny from some of the Villa fan base and generally not living up to his price tag for a number of reasons.

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Mancienne on a Mission

July 1, 2013

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Mancienne HSV

A British football player plying their trade in a foreign league is a rare commodity these days and success stories for those who make the move abroad are even harder to come by. Very few British players and/or coaches are making a successful impact on football around the globe.

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