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Matt is the owner and chief-editor of the Footy Blog, one of the UK's leading football news blogs.

Derry City Football Club; still shattered by the loss of their beloved captain

It has been just over a month since the tragic passing of Derry City’s leader Ryan McBride, yet the club and city are still yet to come to terms with what has transpired. The inspirational Derry man sadly lost his life at the young age of 27, and his beloved side are seemingly yet to fully recover from this heart-breaking …

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Did really Neymar deserve credit for being Neymar against the Old Lady?

Without a miracle and even a score, in April 19, FC Barcelona ended up losing 0-3 with Juventus FC in the aggregate. Barcelona failed to score in both stadiums of a Champions League has been a while since the 2012/13 semi-final against Bayern Munich. In its situation that 6 points behind Real Madrid in La Liga which is realistically quite …

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Remarkable Rooster Landing a Premier League Deal?

Juventus have been the outstanding team in Serie A this season again and the title looks like it will be in the hands of The Old Lady once more as we head towards the end of the season. Their players will be praised and rightly so, no doubt they will pick up individual awards, Gonzalo Higuain has scored a fantastic 21 …

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Campaign to deny The Sun Newspaper access to all Premier League Football Clubs

You’ve likely heard about the decision by Everton FC to deny The Sun journalists access from their premises, a move which followed former editor Kelvin MacKenzie’s racist and unprovoked article which attacked footballer Ross Barkley and people from Liverpool. We’d like to think that it wasn’t just this particular piece by MacKenzie which prompted the move – there’s been a …

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FC United: Is the role of the board members important? very important!

Almost 12 years ago a group of disenchanted Manchester United fans founded their own football club – FC United of Manchester (FC United) – as a radical act of resistance against a club that they felt no longer represented what football meant to them that people had watched this club was going commercialism and a global brand rather than the …

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Manchester United v Anderlecht – An Historic Match

It’s the Europa League quarter-final, a Thursday night match, Manchester United against Anderlecht – a team in a league ranked 10th in the world, nothing to get too excited about some may say. However, not only are the stakes high for both teams, progression will edge either side towards a passage into next year’s Champion’s League as well as a …

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Bottom Three Battle

A shock 2-1 win for Crystal Palace against Chelsea at the weekend and a comeback from Hull over West Ham, and the race to beat the drop couldn’t be closer. Reaching 37 to 40 points, the so-called tally that managers and pundits alike conclude is the total required to guarantee survival, is proving difficult for teams in the bottom half …

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The Future of Football – For the Good of the Game

The current FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, must have been reading my article from 24 November last year (Are You Blind Referee – It’s Surely TMO For A Change https://footyblog.net/blind-referee-surely-tmo-change/ ) as the race to develop the beautiful game by use of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has certainly and steadily gained momentum, having most prominently been trialled at the World …

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Ooh Aah Cantona – 20 Years Since The King Left Old Trafford

The next few months will mark specific and special dates leading up the 20th anniversary of Eric Cantona leaving Manchester United. This flamboyant, exquisite, magnificent player was named ‘The King’ of Old Trafford. United supporters and football fans around the world marvelled at his play but during March, April and May 1997, little did anyone know we were witnessing the …

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Quarter-Final Forecast

The quarter-final draw for the Champion’s League has thrown up some interesting and thrilling ties, all of which could be won by either team, and after the dramatic and exciting score lines from the last 16 matches, we will be hoping for more of the same when the competition returns on April 11th. While the international break will halt domestic …

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