Just-Football Archives for January 2010

La Liga Lowdown, Jornada 13: Magnificent Barcelona victorious in El Clásico

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After weeks of constant hype, Barcelona and Real Madrid finally met in the Camp Nou last night for the first Clásico of the season. Weeks of "Messi vs Cristiano", "Guardiola vs Mourinho" were finally put to an end as Barça emerged as winners.

The Saturday Skills #4

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Last week on The Saturday Skills we brought you the mastery of Ronaldinho. This week's Saturday Skills is a compilation of flicks and tricks from various stars around the world, compiled impressively by pembs1 on Youtube.

Weekend Six Pack – More Bolton, Championship Crunch, Low goal Clasico

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Each week our betting columnist Rob Hartnett will bring you six bets from the weekend football action. Rob is the public face of leading In Play betting specialists 188BET.com and appears regularly on the Bolton, Wigan, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Everton websites doing betting previews.

Feyenoord Falling Fast

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Feyenoord fans are angry. The little road sign above gives a clue why. Stephen Farrell returns to elaborate on a Dutch downfall.

Fans of some of Europe's biggest clubs have been having a tough time of it this season. Liverpool have been slow to get going in the Premier League, Bayern Munich are eighth after their worst ever Bundesliga start and even the previously dominant Inter Milan are sixth in Serie A, nine points off the pace.

Scout Report – Erik Lamela

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Introducing a new feature on Just Football, the Scout Report. The Scout Report will be a new regular feature on the site, brought to you by our effortlessly knowledgeable columnist Tom Shaw.

La Liga Lowdown, Jornada 12: Beware Fortress Cornellà-El Prat

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Although many will be talking about some other team in the city of Barcelona this weekend, another victory for Espanyol ensures they remain in the Champions League places ahead of Valencia, Atlético and Sevilla – most people's favourites for the spots.

Canadian brothers in arms

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Julian de Guzman (above) is a Canadian international. His brother Jonathan meanwhile declared for the Netherlands. What's the story there? Making his debut for Just Football, Tom Victor reports on the very different paths of this intriguing football brotherhood.

The Saturday Skills #3 – Ronaldinho

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The Saturday Skills is a new feature on Just Football, in which we bring you a tonic to the detailed commentary, analysis and thought-provoking debate that we usually provide for you here in the form of some of the most jaw-dropping, aesthetically beautiful football skills we can find.

The Weekend Six Pack Plus – Quiet start at Emirates, Fiesta in Madrid

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The Weekend Six Pack

Each week our betting columnist Rob Hartnett will bring you six bets from the weekend football action. Rob is the public face of leading In Play betting specialists 188BET.

Youth revolution in Norway

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Youth football month on Just Football continues now with a trip to Scandinavia to look at a nation whose faith in youth is beginning to pay dividends. Another first cap, we welcome Vegard Rostad Rinne.

Norwegian football has undergone somewhat of a youth revolution in recent years, having fallen quite badly in standard since the start of the millennium.

Modern England fans. Boo all the time.

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At half time and full time of England vs France, England were booed off the pitch. Now, the problem with booing the team off is that whether intended as a show of displeasure aimed at a collective or not, when you boo one you boo them all.

La Liga Lowdown, Jornada 11: Handbags at El Molinón, Forlan > Torres

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José Mourinho watched his team overcome Sporting Gijón this weekend in what turned out to be a feisty and intense affair. After being sent off against Murcia in the Copa del Rey, the Real Madrid manager was forced to watch the game from one of El Molinón's VIP boxes.

Life’s rosy at Rosenborg

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Rosenborg have it all their own way in Norway. But for how long? Winning his first cap for Just Football, Charlie Anderson has more.

You may be aware of Rosenborg. They're the club in Norway that people have actually heard of.

Weekend Six Pack – ABC of weekend winners, AC, Bayer and Chelsea

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The Weekend Six Pack

Each week our betting columnist Rob Hartnett will bring you six bets from the weekend football action. Rob is the public face of leading In Play betting specialists 188BET.

TP Mazembe – Champions of Africa?

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"Today, our morale is on top. I think we are capable of scoring three goals by half time." Espérance striker Khaled Ayari.

Positivity. Positivity is always a good thing. In this case however even blind, optimistic, the-world-is-our-oyster-and-nothing-can-possibly-go-wrong Disneyland levels of positivity may not be enough.

The Saturday Skills #2 – Alexis Sanchez

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The Saturday Skills is a new feature on Just Football. We've spent all week bringing you thought-provoking and reasoned analysis now it's the weekend relax and unwind with an array of high class skills from some of the game's top performers.

How universities could help improve English football

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Does the format for reserve/youth team level competitive football in England need changing? Making his debut for Just Football, Daniel Griffin looks Stateside for a novel solution.

In recent years, the English national side has fared less than well in major competitions.

Josh McEachran and the sprouting shoots of Chelsea’s Academy

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There he is. Staring at you. The future of Chelsea. The future of England? Who knows. As our youth football month continues on Just Football Philip Rolfe, man in the know when it comes to Chelsea youth, has more.

Ravel Morrison – The Next ‘Saviour of English Football’?

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Talented but troubled, a genius fighting demons hmm, where have I heard that before? Continuing our ongoing youth football theme running throughout November, Nick, editor of the excellent United Youth, is here to talk to us about a genuine young English sensation progressing through the ranks at Old Trafford:

As the English national side stumbles from one underwhelming tournament display to the next, it's a frustrating and frequently self-defeating habit of both the media and supporters to pin all hopes for the future on one man (or boy, as is often the case).

La Liga Lowdown, Jornada 10: Another Bernabéu nightmare for Atlético Madrid

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On Sunday night the Bernabéu played host to el derby Madrileño – the Madrid derby, between Real and Atlético. Despite everybody wanting it to be a contest, people were also aware of the fact that Atlético hadn't emerged victorious in their last seventeen derby attempts (their last win coming in the 1999-00 season).

Weekend Six Pack – Bolton and Newcastle for starters, Lazio and Real for the main course

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The Weekend Six Pack

Each week our betting columnist Rob Hartnett will bring you six bets from the weekend football action. Rob is the public face of leading In Play betting specialists 188BET.

The Saturday Skills #1

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Introducing a new feature on Just Football - The Saturday Skills.

Here at Just Football we look at the game with as wide a lens as possible, bringing you anything from refereeing in Scotland to passionate derbies in Chile to administrative reform in Nigeria.

Ref or end ‘em: Scottish football shrouded in refereeing controversy

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Nani's recent goal for Manchester United against Tottenham caused a frisson of controversy in England. But you think Mark Clattenburg has it bad? Try refereeing Celtic or Rangers in Scotland.

Red Hot Chile Title Decider: Colo Colo meet ‘La U’ in el Superclasico

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Colo-Colo and Universidad de Chile, giants of the Chilean game, go head-to-head this weekend with everything at stake. Just Football's man in Chile, Santiago Irribarra, tells the tale:

This Sunday, November 7th, is the day of el Superclásico.

Top 100 Young Players in World Football, 2010 (Don Balon)

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Here on Just Football we like to keep a keen eye on youth talent in football and emerging young stars of the game, as we did at the Under-20 World Cup in 2009 and the Under-19 European Championships in France earlier this year.

Heart problems force Rubén de la Red’s retirement at 25

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Rubén de la Red announced his retirement from professional football today, two years after collapsing during Real Madrid's Copa del Rey tie against Real Unión. The 25-year-old midfielder has been unable to play since then, due to problems with his heart.

Liverpool go down Director of Football route

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Someone at Anfield has been reading Just Football. A month ago our very own Gregg Carter wrote a detailed analysis of how a Dirctor of Football model could work in the British game despite it being a more unpopular model of directorship than the traditional managerial system in Britain.

Bursaspor 0-3 Manchester United: Youngsters impress but Scholes still the master

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In the 82nd minute of Bursaspor's 3-0 defeat to Manchester United, an entire stand of Bursaspor fans stood arm-in-arm, backs to the action, jumping up and down and singing.

Nani vs Spurs – Goal or No Goal?

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Nani's goal for Manchester United against Tottenham at Old Trafford has caused a lot of debate. ESPN called it 'a farce', BBC called it 'controversial', Tottenham's official website went for 'bizarre' but should it have stood?

La Liga Lowdown, Jornada 9: Real Madrid and Barcelona begin to mark their territory

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Well that didn't take very long did it? Real Madrid and Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga this weekend with wins over Hércules and Sevilla respectively, whilst the so-called "alternatives" to the big boys faltered.