In the Mixer

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Ghost-goal raises spectre of technology in football

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Most people haven't attended a refereeing course, but we can only assume that Lesson One covers what to do when a player hits the round thing between the two white posts – or maybe not if Crystal Palace's recent trip to Bristol City is anything to go by.

It did not take long for the season to witness its first truly calamitous piece of refereeing, or for those in favour of introducing technology to aid officials to re-issue their orders to drag the game into the 21st century.

Ghost-goal raises spectre of technology in football

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Most people haven't attended a refereeing course, but we can only assume that Lesson One covers what to do when a player hits the round thing between the two white posts – or maybe not if Crystal Palace's recent trip to Bristol City is anything to go by.

It did not take long for the season to witness its first truly calamitous piece of refereeing, or for those in favour of introducing technology to aid officials to re-issue their orders to drag the game into the 21st century.

Lampshade signing shines light on Benitez future

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A Liverpool legend once sang money cant't buy you love, but there is one man on Merseyside who would probably disagree.

As Liverpool prepare to face Stoke at Anfield on Wednesday, looking to put their first Premier League points on the board in the new campaign, manager Rafa Benitez has managed to fit in a spot of bargain basement shopping to fill a gaping hole in the Reds defence.

Lampshade signing shines light on Benitez future

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A Liverpool legend once sang money cant't buy you love, but there is one man on Merseyside who would probably disagree.

As Liverpool prepare to face Stoke at Anfield on Wednesday, looking to put their first Premier League points on the board in the new campaign, manager Rafa Benitez has managed to fit in a spot of bargain basement shopping to fill a gaping hole in the Reds defence.

Fit And Proper Person

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This may seem hard to believe, but the Premier League does actually have rules governing who can gain control of a Premiership football club. You see, not just any Tom, Dick or deposed despot can put on their wellies, wander into top paddock and milk the premiership cash cow. No, they must first pass what is known as the ‘fit and proper person test'.

Fit And Proper Person

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This may seem hard to believe, but the Premier League does actually have rules governing who can gain control of a Premiership football club. You see, not just any Tom, Dick or deposed despot can put on their wellies, wander into top paddock and milk the Premiership cash cow. No, they must first pass what is known as the ‘fit and proper person test'.

UEFA To Investigate Serbian Racism… Then Do Nothing

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If I were the head of the Serbian Football Federation, I'd be worried. The racist chanting by Serbian fans during their U21 team's final group match against England has really landed them in it. UEFA don't mess about when it comes to serious matters like this; they operate a policy of ‘zero tolerance'.

Or at least that's what UEFA spokesclown, William Gaillard, would like us to believe.

UEFA To Investigate Serbian Racism… Then Do Nothing

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If I were the head of the Serbian Football Federation, I'd be worried. The racist chanting by Serbian fans during their U21 team's final group match against England has really landed them in it. UEFA don't mess about when it comes to serious matters like this; they operate a policy of ‘zero tolerance'.

Tactics Not Tiredness Were To Blame For the European Demise Of Manchester United And Chelsea

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Following the Champions' league exits of England's top two sides, it seems that it is now universally accepted that going for victory in all competitions is foolish, it being ‘impossible to win on all fronts'. In fact, the very use of this terminology – usually found in descriptions of failed German attempts to conquer Europe – suggests that attempting to win the Champions' League alongside other domestic competitions is as difficult as taking an army through Russia in wintertime.

Tactics Not Tiredness Were To Blame For the European Demise Of Manchester United And Chelsea

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Following the Champions' league exits of England's top two sides, it seems that it is now universally accepted that going for victory in all competitions is foolish, it being ‘impossible to win on all fronts'. In fact, the very use of this terminology – usually found in descriptions of failed German attempts to conquer Europe – suggests that attempting to win the Champions' League alongside other domestic competitions is as difficult as taking an army through Russia in wintertime.

Good Bye And Good Riddance to Big Sam

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It is common for football writers and pundits to heap praise upon players and managers whose media profile far outweighs their achievements or abilities. It is, however, rare for inappropriate superlatives to survive the test of time. In a rather strange inversion of a common assumption regarding the veracity of historical accounts, the more time that separates the lauding of a player or manager from their heyday, the more accurate the description is likely to be.

Good Bye And Good Riddance to Big Sam

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It is common for football writers and pundits to heap praise upon players and managers whose media profile far outweighs their achievements or abilities. It is, however, rare for inappropriate superlatives to survive the test of time. In a rather strange inversion of a common assumption regarding the veracity of historical accounts, the more time that separates the lauding of a player or manager from their heyday, the more accurate the description is likely to be.

The confused ramblings of a desperate old man

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It's funny how quickly things can change in football. Until last week, Arsenal were probably the most stable and well-directed club in the country. The Emirates faithful were not burdened by concerns about whether or not their owners would be able to cope with the crippling debts they had secured against the club, or indeed, whether their manager may be sacked in an act of Stalinesque ruthlessness.

The confused ramblings of a desperate old man

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It's funny how quickly things can change in football. Until last week, Arsenal were probably the most stable and well-directed club in the country. The Emirates faithful were not burdened by concerns about whether or not their owners would be able to cope with the crippling debts they had secured against the club, or indeed, whether their manager may be sacked in an act of Stalinesque ruthlessness.

Poles Apart: Benitez And Wenger

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The most entertaining sports are usually those that allow many and varied approaches to result in success. Competitions where victory is not solely guaranteed by either the physical, technical, or tactical elements of the game, but where different combinations of all three can yield rewards have a greater appeal for one reason or another.