Category Archives: Football

Did the Europa League hurt Spurs?

It’s one of many footballing myths I’ve been wanting to investigate, but not found the time or means to do so. Another thing¬†I’d love to investigate are “is a player more likely to score when he is playing against his … Continue reading

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World Cup Qualifying Explained

With the FIFA World Cup qualifiers starting this weekend, I thought it would be worth outlining how the whole process works. Currently, there are 111 teams still in the competition across the six zones, and this needs to be whittled … Continue reading

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Rethinking Ronaldo

In a World Cup qualifier in September 2013, Portugal and Ronaldo travelled to Belfast to play Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland took a 2-1 lead, following which chants of “Messi, Messi!” erupted every time our hero touched the ball. Ronaldo then … Continue reading

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Summer of 2004

  I think Plato, Aristotle and Socrates would have loved football. They could have had endless chat about various philosophies of how to play the game. Would they support Arsenal (pretty, but wasteful and not as successful as they want … Continue reading

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Finances and Football

In football, administration seems to be more and more common. But what is it and why does it happen? Every club’s individual situation is different, but the pattern is usually fairly¬†similar. Usually, a club will have had a few successful … Continue reading

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The 40 point plan

Since the Premier League moved to 20 teams, the conventional wisdom is that 40 points is enough for survival in that division. I thought it was worth a quick look to see if this was true. I have taken the … Continue reading

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Summer of 2000

All football tournaments are memorable in their own ways, but to this day, I think Euro 2000, held in Belgium and the Netherlands, will take some toppling as the greatest tournament of all time. Qualifying Northern Ireland had a tough … Continue reading

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