January 25, 2014
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 […]
December 3, 2013
On 1st September 2012, a highly promising, young footballer made a grave mistake that was to have the most dire of consequences. Driving his grandfather’s Mercedes C220 saloon through Brackley (Greater Manchester), Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter was travelling at 55mph, almost twice the 30mph limit and accelerating before he smashed into the side […]
October 29, 2013
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. Said quiz can be found here. Twitter subsequently exploded with all manner of responses […]
October 22, 2013
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. Only a few minutes in, the Group E clash […]
September 12, 2013
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. John O’Brien was once lauded as the greatest American footballer of his generation. He successfully […]
August 12, 2013
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. What exactly happened last season? […]
July 8, 2013
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.
July 1, 2013
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.
May 28, 2013
Brazilian attacking midfielders have become hot property in Europe over the last decade, Ronaldinho lit up European football for the best part of the 21st century with PSG, La Liga giants Barcelona and then AC Milan, winning the Fifa World Player of the Year award twice in 2004 & 2005, with a Ballon d’Or in […]
May 20, 2013
After 13 years of dismay, relegation, administration and anguish, Bradford City finally tasted success! Six seasons in the bottom division have been painful to take at best, twice finishing 18th in League Two and barely clinging onto Football League status. However, Saturday 18th May 2013 changed all that.