The world of football transfers is an awkward, murky business. But the deal involving Tevez and Mascherano to West Ham in 2006 is truly in a world of its own. Why are Football Transfers so complicated? In a word: money. Anybody who’s played even a… Read More »How did Tevez and Mascherano Break the Law at West Ham in 2006?
Technically any part of the world can be titled like this, but the ‘Ultra Kingdom’ focuses on the biggest and best from the UK region.
The English Premier League has been a proving ground for American goalkeepers, and Brad Friedel might just peak at the top of that tree for his Aston Villa experience alone. His Early Work Permit Issues It’s not very easy for overseas players to play in… Read More »Brad Friedel: The Premier League’s Unbeatable Record-Breaker (2008-11)
As they continue to languish in the EFL Championship like they have done since dropping down in 2017, the times of Juninho Paulista turning out for the Boro seem almost as unlikely as them being managed by Michael Carrick – but they’re both true! Middlesbrough… Read More »Juninho Paulista & His Undeniable Love for Middlesbrough (1995-2002)
Before they became ‘good’ again, it’s worth remembering those like Esteban Cambiasso: central to Leicester’s development prior to that famous Premier League win … Make no mistake about it, Esteban Cambiasso was one hell of a player as he established his legacy in the Serie… Read More »Esteban Cambiasso: The Great Argentine of Leicester City (2017-18)
The proud Geordie outfit haven’t covered themselves in glory for a lot of reasons, and their treatment of one of their most reliable servants is a testament to that. I was always a big fan of Jonas Gutierrez from the moment he joined Newcastle around… Read More »The Tragic Mistreatment of Jonas Gutierrez at Newcastle in 2015
In my opinion (and correct me if you think I’m wrong), few players are as universally liked and respected as the legendary Swede. And it’s easy to see why! Now, you can say that me reflecting on Henrik Larsson is simply a case of getting… Read More »Why Do Celtic Fans Love Henrik Larsson So Much?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for players sinking their feet in the mud to get what they feel like they deserve, but there is such a thing as ‘going too far’, isn’t there? Arriving as a lesser known prospect from the then-Soviet Union, Andrei… Read More »The Awkward Start to Andrei Kanchelskis’ Everton Career in ’95
I thought that a person like Roy Keane would be impervious to compliments, but maybe he is human after all?! We all like to be told we’re good at things don’t we? Be it in the classroom or the bedroom (probably not by the same… Read More »Roy Keane & His Treasured Brian Clough Compliment (1992)
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
There are many players that are handed the label of ‘What could have been?’. Mario Balotelli, Adriano or Alexander Pato are prime examples of footballers who never quite hit the heights they were expected to. It is rare to find players in this world like… Read More »Ledley King: Spurs’ Great ‘What If’ Centre-Back (1999-2012)