One year removed from their Champion League final defeat against Manchester United on penalties, the Blues were veering for a rematch against their domestic rivals but would suffer a calamitous exit in their semi-final second leg tie against the eventual champions Barcelona, mainly thanks to… Read More »‘It’s a F***ing Disgrace!’: The Famous Chelsea v Barcelona UCL Showdown of ’09
from the UEFA Champions League
Most clubs can’t even get into this thing to experience its joy … but I guess that in itself is the entire point of the UEFA Champions League …
16th February 2011 was the date we England fans thought we had witnessed the best English talent since Paul Gascoigne. It was the evening where a 19-year-old Jack Wilshere dominated arguably the best midfielder of all time. He eclipsed the Barca midfield, and was a driver… Read More »The Rough ‘n’ Tumble Rollercoaster Journey of Jack Wilshere (since ’08)
If there was ever an advocate for why stats mean nothing in a single football match, then this must be right up there with the best of those examples! At present, it seems as though Tony Watt’s days in a Celtic shirt were miles away.… Read More »When Celtic’s Tony Watt Conquered The ‘Mighty’ Barcelona in 2011
When the great Eric Cantona retired from the game and wore his Manchester United jersey for the last time on the 11th May 1997, there was an overwhelming question which was; ‘’Who’s going to replace the King’’….. Plenty were unsure about Teddy Sheringham when he arrived… Read More »Teddy Sheringham & His Tough Old Trafford Challenge in ’97
In what has been a truly extraordinary past few days in the world of our beloved game, this is one twist that will delight fans the world over. As a Manchester United fan myself, I have never been a fan of what Ed Woodward’s inclusion… Read More »Ding Dong, Ed Woodward is GONE!
As soon as Messi & Ronaldo came onto the scene, the Ballon D’Or just appeared to be theirs … but hark back to 2010 and Wesley Sneijder was more than staking his claim! £13.5million. That was the price for Wesley Sneijder; a playerwho became synonymous… Read More »Wesley Sneijder: The [*True*] Winner of the Ballon D’Or in 2010!
As things stand Fred appears to be Manchester United’s biggest (and easiest) scapegoat! So while I can understand why many fans may not be too fond of him … I absolutely love him, and I’m not alone! Fred is possibly the least Brazilian footballer you’ve… Read More »Why Many Manchester United Fans (*Secretly*) Adore Fred!
Across his illustrious CV, Roy Makaay’s lethal ability to strike the ball terrorised defences all over Europe but, it was his remarkable achievements at Deportivo La Coruña that are still remembered today. Cushioned volleys, neat finishes, audacious long-shots. You name it. He did it. The endless YouTube… Read More »Roy Makaay: The ‘Dutch Dynamite’ of Deportivo (1999-’03)
Key to all great teams is the role of the leader, an on-field general who ensures standards never drop, and Barca had arguably the best in the business in Carles Puyol! A one-club man, Puyol played 593 games for Barca (mainly at centre-half or right-back),… Read More »Carles Puyol: ‘El Capitan de Catalunya’ (1999-2014)