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What ever happened to… Luís Boa Morte?

From Arsenal, via the Portuguese national team, to South Africa, this is the story of Luís Boa Morte, currently playing in the 12th tier of English football for for Hampshire Premier League Division One side Four Marks. Boa Morte started his youth career at Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, the country of his birth. His parents were from  São Tomé and Príncipe and moved to Portugal …

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Scout Report: Turkey

Background Turkey’s Super League (Super Lig) was founded in 1959, after a number of individual city-based leagues joined forces to create the national Super Lig. Of the sixteen teams that competed in the 1959 season, only Besiktas, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, and Genclerbirligi began the 2013-2014 season in the top flight. In recent times, the country has become an attractive destination for …

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Scout Report: Argentina

Background When Argentina is mentioned in a conversation, attention turns to the Argentine players that have lit up the world with incredible talent over the years. Alfredo Di Stefano played for Real Madrid in the 50’s and 60’s, Diego Maradona for Napoli in the 1980’s, and Lionel Messi is currently breaking record after record in the historic colours of Barcelona. …

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What ever happened to… Junichi Inamoto?

JUNICHI INAMOTO Factfile Full name: Junichi Inamoto Date of birth: 18 September 1979 (age 34) Place of birth: Yusui, Kagoshima, Japan Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 1?2 in) Playing position: Midfielder Playing career summary A part of Arsenal’s 2001/02 Championship winning squad, albeit with no league appearances, Inamoto was a great hope back home as part of Japan’s emerging …

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Ryan Giggs turns 40

Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs turns 40 today, 23 years since he signed his first professional contract at the club. Giggs looks set to become only the forth outfield player to play in the Premier League at the age of 40, following in the footsteps of Gordon Strachan (40 years, 83 days), Kevin Phillips (40 years, 89 days but still …

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Match Fixing in England

An undercover investigation from a leading newspaper in England uncovered a match fixing scandal within the lower leagues of English football. Footage of the undercover operation can be found online. It clearly shows a “fixer” discussing his ability to fix matches and how he does it. Players are apparently offered thousands of pounds for a fix, which is a 90 …

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Watch Zidane a 21st Century Portrait Online

To me, if I was asked whom was my favourite footballer ever to watch, the most talented player whom brought the most personal enjoyment to see, I would have to say Zinedine Zidane. I wasn’t around when Pele was playing, and from what I’ve seen of him in grainy-footage from Brazilian leagues of previous decades, he too must have been …

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Scout Report: Ukraine

Background Before 1991, Ukraine was part of the USSR, and their domestic clubs played in the Soviet Championship. But since then, Ukraine has gained independence, and the Ukrainian Football Federation was formed, alongside the national league, The Supreme League. Then in 1996, The Supreme League joined forces with all the professional football leagues in Ukraine and together became members of …

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Thrilling Merseyside Derby Ends In Draw

An exquisite 90 minutes of football was on display this afternoon at Goodison Park where Everton and Liverpool combined for 6 goals, split all square at 3 apiece in this year’s 1st installment of the Merceyside Derby. The match got off to an absolutely flying start with Philippe Coutinho giving Liverpool the lead after only 5 minutes via a back …

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Top 5 goal scoring keepers

In the last few weeks, football has seen a number of goalkeepers, including Stoke’s Asmir Begovic, score. Footyblog.net takes a look at 5 of the greatest goal scoring goalkeepers. 1) Rogério Ceni  Penalty’s, free kick’s you name it, this guy was the expert. Arguably the top scoring goal keeper of all time with over 110 competitive goals. The man, who …

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Scout Report: Denmark

Background The last 23 years has been a historical period for Danish football, internationally, and nationally. It was 22 years ago, in 1992, that the former domestic football championship was rebranded the Danish Superliga, and it’s been 21 years since the national side remarkably, against the odds, won the European Championships. The country has produced some of the world’s best …

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PFA plan for homegrown quota proposal

The Player’s Football Association are putting into motion plans to try and introduce a new rule which would mean European sides would have to start at least three home grown players in every match.  The PFA, who are set to send their plans to UEFA, are concerned about the decline in young English players playing in the Premier League. The …

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Throwback: Fergie scared by balloon

Sir Alex Ferguson was left red faced when a balloon, popped by assistant manager Mike Phelan, scared him out of his wits. The pair, along with other members of staff and substitutes were sitting on the bench in a visit to Stamford Bridge when the incident happened. This show of fear from Ferguson gave much amusement to the fellow back …

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