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Football after all is a game of Opinions so let’s see exactly what our expert football writers have to say here in this section of Footy Blog. Read fan analysis’ of the latest big football matches and see what they make of their teams performance during the season, the latest managers signings (or lack of!) and anything else from the wonderful world of soccer.

7 ‘Star’ Players Destined to be Flops

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Making bold football predictions is dangerous. Get it wrong and the repercussions can leave you red face and can go on to define your career, isn’t that right Alan Hansen? It becomes even more dangerous to venture into the world of predictions, after a season that has seen all norm go out of the window, as 5000-1 outsiders Leicester City …

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Leicester City: From Fairy Tale to Myth?

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  Once upon a time in the East Midlands, Kasper Schmeichel declared, “It is quite an emotional moment. We were down and out at one point but never stopped believing, never gave up – worked hard every day.” But the fairy tale feat the Leicester City gatekeeper was alluding to wasn’t a title triumph or an accomplishment of similar celebratory …

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The State of Australian Football – Part 2

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  It is too easy to underestimate the importance of reputation in the world game. In Australia we have done this for too long. It is hard to think of one footballing nation that derives instant respect without a bona fide superstar.   The football identities of entire nations have been built around individuals who have reached the heights of …

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The State of Australian Football – Part 1

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  How can Australian football continue developing if we think we’ve already hit our peak?   Football fans across the world love the idea of a golden era. An epoch of brilliance that in a heartbeat they can identify – ‘I remember where I was when’, best when encapsulated by a moment (‘Aloisi scores’ anyone?) and always available in a …

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The inherent ritualism of a local derby

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Attending football matches can be seen as overtly ritualistic for die-hard supporters. There are pre-game rituals, everything from a pub you visit before every home game to an organised march flowing towards the ground as a sea of passion and colour, both inspiring fellow fans and intimidating opposition.   During a match these ritualised behaviours come to an ultimate fruition, fans exhibit …

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Klopp is right to abandon league for European glory

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  Any neutrals or casual Liverpool fans might have taken the night off after just 10 minutes. A 2 goal blitz from Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang within the opening ten minutes would have seen the non-believers turning off their screens in the disgust. The the anti-Klopp memes were already starting to flow on Twitter as the knives were being sharpened.   …

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Derby County have learned from last season’s mistakes, and are ready to play the big boys

Chris Martin’s late penalty earned Derby County a vital point against fellow promotion-chasing and unbeaten Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend. But can boss Paul Clement build on a promising start to the season after the Christmas period? Five wins out of the last six at the iPro, one defeat in 15 games and currently holding the best defensive record …

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The kids who lost their wonder

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  Harry Kane is on fire right now. With 18 goals so far this season, a record which includes seven goals in the last seven Premier League games, the imposing Tottenham striker has taken a monumental leap in a short period of time, transitioning from a player on the fringes to one of the country’s deadliest forwards. For sheer hard …

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Angel Di Maria’s Arrival Merely Papers over the Cracks at Manchester United

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In perhaps one of the more interesting transfer stories of late, Manchester United have broken the bank to bring in winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7m, a British record transfer fee. A statement of intent from manager Louis Van Gaal that, despite the Old Trafford side’s decline over the past year, the club can still attract the …

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Why a top four finish is a realistic aim for Liverpool this season

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After the disappointment of narrowly missing out on the Premier League title in 2013/14 and the departure of star striker Luis Suarez this summer to Barcelona via his teeth, many critics have written off Liverpool’s chances of repeating their impressive feats of last season and mounting another challenge for the league championship. Liverpool’s 2013/14 campaign represented a high point for …

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