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

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

Watch the ZIdane documentary 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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WAG of the Week: Sam Cooke – Girlfriend of Chris Smalling

Just wow. This weeks ‘Wag of the Week’ is Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling’s stunning girlfriend Sam Cooke. Smalling, 23, who featured in England’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Germany on Tuesday,  is a very lucky man to be with Cooke, born four years before the defender. The former Fulham defender was first pictured with the blonde …

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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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