Young Lions in review: John Stones

July 23, 2015

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Stones Vs United

NB: Special thanks to Chris Smith for his valuable contributions to this article. “I want to set a mark and be a mixture of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.”  John Stones immediately set the bar of expectation high when he spoke to FourFourTwo’s Jonathon Fadugba in June 2015.  Setting his sights on becoming the embodiment […]

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Young Lions in review: Raheem Sterling

June 10, 2015

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Raheem Sterling in action against Tottenham, August 2014

NB: Special thanks to James Dutton for his valuable contributions to this article. Just over a year ago, Raheem Sterling was billed as the potential MVP for England at the World Cup in Brazil. The then 19-year-old had played without fear at the cutting edge of Liverpool’s attack; an integral part of a three-pronged assault of the opposition where […]

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Young Lions in review: Harry Kane

May 27, 2015

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Harry Kane - Tottenham vs Arsenal

NB: Special thanks to Greg Theoharis and Ben McAleer for their valuable contributions to this article. Harry Kane, 21-years-old, 29 goals in all competitions, 4 assists and the Premier League Young Player of the Year Award.  What more is there to say?  The Tottenham forward has enjoyed the most productive season of any Englishman, young […]

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Aaron Cresswell: Moulded by the Football League

April 22, 2015

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Aaron Cresswell

The first half of the 2014/15 season was a resounding success for West Ham United.  By December 2014 the Hammers were flying high in 4th place and dreaming of European qualification.  Their success was in part down to a solid defence and two in-form full-backs,  Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson.  The epitomes of the modern […]

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A boot review: Adidas 11Nova

February 13, 2015

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2 - Adidas 11Nova

Adidas launched the next generation of the Adipure 11pro boot range at the back-end of 2014. The launch heralded the return of the traditional, Kangaroo Leather upper and a new styling to rival the Nike Tiempo Legend. Adidas say that the third generation 11pro offers “the most comfortable and premium fit to date” and the […]

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The big, yellow monster and 4 significant January transfers

February 3, 2015

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Scott Sinclair is presented as a Villa player

Transfer deadline day, it’s a biannual event in the football calendar.  ‘Event’ being the keyword in that sentence, it now happens as routinely as the FA Cup or the Champions League final.  Football fans find themselves submerged in a sea of yellow ‘BREAKING NEWS’, rumours and media hyperbole for 24 hours on deadline day.

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Antonio Cassano: An unhinged genius

January 16, 2015

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Cassano3

This article originally appeared on These Football Times. It was a wet December night at Stadio San Nicola in 1999 as Bari played host to Inter Milan in Serie A. Inter were already clear favourites prior to the game as circumstances conspired against the home side; both of Bari’s regular forwards were sidelined through injury. […]

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Idle FC and the beginning of a dynasty

November 20, 2014

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Idle FC

Creating and establishing a new, amateur football team is an idea that several of my friends and I have toyed with for the past few seasons now.  We wanted to build something from scratch, a team that could be successful but one where we’d enjoy playing football.  In the summer of 2014 the wheels were […]

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England, Sterling and the ‘tiredgate’ affair

October 17, 2014

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Roy Hodgson and Raheem Sterling

October’s European qualifiers should have been a relatively painless affair for England with two fixtures against what the FIFA World Rankings say are vastly inferior teams.  A 5-0 victory over a San Marino side filled mostly with amateurs was never going to provide a genuine barometer to test the ability of this England side.  This […]

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Andy van der Meyde: Short skirts, drugs & alcohol

October 10, 2014

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Andy Van der Meyde at Ajax

This article originally appeared on these Football times. Ajax Amsterdam, one of the most successful football clubs in the world and the most famous of Holland’s club sides. Famed for their highly successful youth academy, the early to mid -2000s proved to be a particularly fruitful period for the young players of Ajax under the […]

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