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BBC Announces New Pundits For Match of the Day

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A new Premier League season is upon us and that can only mean one thing...BBC's Match of the Day is back and this time round we are being treated to a fresh new line-up of pundits. Liverpool legend and MOTD veteran Alan Hansen will not be on the television screen of households and pubs all over the UK on Saturday nights.

Liverpool legend admits he was wrong to criticise Arsenal star

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Liverpool legend Alan Hansen has admitted that he was wrong to criticise Arsenal star Theo Walcott four years ago.

The former Reds central defender slammed the England international, claiming the 25-year-old did not have a football brain.

WATCH Sky Sports’s Video Montage of the 2013/14 Premier League Season [VIDEO]

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Not to be outdone by BBC's Match of the Day, Sky Sports has produced its own annual obligatory video montage that sums up the 2013/14 Premier League season (the best they can in a five minute video).

While the BBC one was narrated by Alan Hansen, the montage from Sky Sports focuses on some of the memorable commentary sound bites and visuals from the season.

Newcastle Were Dreadful – MOTD Pundit – Pardew On Probation?

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Poor Alan Shearer, the Newcastle legend didn't have too much to say on Saturday night's Match of the Day, after Newcastle were simply unbelievably pathetic against a rampant Southampton side who were streets better than us make that 100 streets better than us. Alan Hansen Newcastle were dreadful he's right!

Swansea’s Premier League Hopes Hang In The Balance Under Jonjo Shelvey

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Sitting just three points above the relegation zone, Swansea City find themselves in the perilous position where the club desperately need to begin winning matches to climb up the table.

The team is seemingly coming apart at the seams. The police were called to training on Friday after a report of a standoff between defenders Chico Flores and Garry Monk.

Premier League: Aston Villa v Manchester United Match Facts and Predictions

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Having already fallen 13 points behind leaders Arsenal in the title race Manchester United will know only a victory will be good enough if they are to have any say in the title race this season and what better way to start than a away tie against Aston Villa who have failed to beat United at Villa Park since the start of the 1995-96 season.

Arsenal Will Not Win the Premier League Says Alan Hansen: Daily Soccer Report

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Match of The Day pundit Alan Hansen believes that Arsenal will not win the Premier League this season.

Hansen, writing in his weeklyTelegraphcolumn, said:

"Despite their hugely impressive reaction since losing to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, which has enabled them to move clear at the top of the table, I still believe that Arsenal will end the campaign in fourth place.

The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups A & B

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Blimey. If you thought English Premier League defending was "dreeeeaaaadful" (copyright Alan Hansen) last season, and it was, wait ‘til you see what's coming.

Groups A and B

The opening day of the FIFA Under-20s World Cup was a bit of a joy to behold for lovers of expansive and positive football.

Hansen Should Hang His Head

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Late on in Arsenal's dispiriting defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, referee Mike Dean sent off Vincent Kompany for a dangerous tackle.

It was a straight red and evened up the on-pitch personnel to10 a side, although far too late in proceedings to offer any real hope to the men in red and white.

Hansen Should Hang His Head

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Late on in Arsenal's dispiriting defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, referee Mike Dean sent off Vincent Kompany for a dangerous tackle.

It was a straight red and evened up the on-pitch personnel to10 a side, although far too late in proceedings to offer any real hope to the men in red and white.

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Defending Philippe Senderos

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I don't know that there's much more to be said about the current problems so let's get specific here.

People are blaming our friend Philippe Senderos for a lot of things and while he sometimes looks shaky it's my contention that Bobby Moore would've been exposed in our current defence. Let's look:

Right then.

Defending Philippe Senderos

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I don't know that there's much more to be said about the current problems so let's get specific here.

People are blaming our friend Philippe Senderos for a lot of things and while he sometimes looks shaky it's my contention that Bobby Moore would've been exposed in our current defence. Let's look:

Right then.

Misleading first impressions?

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When Queens Park Rangers' eager communications department described new signing Park Ji-Sung as a "global phenomenon" it was easy to mock. After all, a quick Google search of the phrase mentions the decline of the honey bee but little of the similarly busy Korean midfielder.

And yet, who hasn't at some time got carried away with outrageous optimism about their club's summer signings?

Manchester United

Is that second half performance a turning point in our season?

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The question that is on every Chelsea fans lips after our fantastic second half performance against Manchester United is:
Is that the turning point in our season?
We shall see in the next two games against Steaua and West Ham at home this week!

The reason I ask is because of this article in The Telegraph written by Alan Hansen.

Pundit doubts De Gea quality

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Former Liverpool centre back, Alan Hansen, questioned Manchester United keeper David De Gea's credentials on BBC's Match of the Day last night after he flapped at the cross which ultimately led to Spurs snatching a late late equaliser in good old 'Fergie Time'. There's been much wrote about De Gea recently on RedRants and many [.

International football

The 2013 African Cup of Nations: A Tournament Comes To Life

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More often than not, major tournament semi-finals are deep disappointments. Even the best of recent African Cups of Nations have run out of some steam by the time there were only four teams left. So given this year's deeply disappointing tournament so far – and the prospect of 90-120 minutes of nerve-shredded beach football – imagine my surprise when.

A View From The Armchair: Our Final Word On Euro 2012

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During a fine European Championship finals tournament which had its shocks, the revelation that BBC co-commentator Martin Keown once captained England was possibly the most disturbing shock of all. Keown had as bad a tournament as Ashley Young, a player labelled an "international natural" last month by.

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Alan Hansen Makes Strike Duo Michael Owen and Jason Roberts Wince During Match of the Day

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Legendary Liverpool defender Alan Hansen pulled no punches as he was joined by strike duo Michael Owen and Jason Roberts after the pair commented on Edin Dzeko's goals from the bench ratio, Hansen asked both have they came off the bench this season and scored before giving it the old one-two with have either of you's scored a goal this season!

Video: Alan Hansen teaches Michael Owen and Jason Roberts the dangers of being a pundit while you’re still playing

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Those dangers being that the advice you offer to the players you're analysing is probably also applicable to you. After Match of the Day 2 guest Michael Owen spoke about the ease of coming off the bench to score goals, Alan Hansen decided to subject Owen and fellow pundit Jason Roberts' current scoring record to [.

Michael Owen and Jason Roberts get burned by Alan Hansen on live TV

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Stoke striker Michael Owen and Reading's Jason Roberts had to run to the BBC canteen to fetch ice and bandages straight after Sunday night's MOTD2 recording, as pundit Alan Hansen burned them both so hard.

Roberts has managed just one assist from three substitute appearances this season, while Owen has been too busy trying to get into the South Carolina Police Department with his Movember horseshoe mustache to muster more than one shot in four appearances from the bench.

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Garth Crooks demonstrates his tactical knowledge

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The BBC do pretty well to employ pundits that annoy us. Mark Lawrenson's predictions are dreadful, Alan Hansen is cripplingly negative and Alan Shearer is as boring as watching dry paint dry. Thankfully, they've managed to make it that little bit worse by allowing Garth Crooks to choose his team of the week in the [.

Harry Redknapp And Mick McCarthy Join ‘Match Of The Day’ Panel For 2012/13

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By Chris Wright

The BBC have announced that along with dug-in regulars Mark Lawrenson, Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer, the Match of the Day studio will be graced by none other than Harry Redknapp and Mick McCarty as of this Saturday evening with the pair tasked with bringing 'their considerable managerial expertise and experience to the country's most popular football programme.

Harry Redknapp And Mick McCarthy Join ‘Match Of The Day’ Panel For 2012/13

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By Chris Wright

The BBC have announced that along with dug-in regulars Mark Lawrenson, Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer, the Match of the Day studio will be graced by none other than Harry Redknapp and Mick McCarty as of this Saturday evening with the pair tasked with bringing 'their considerable managerial expertise and experience to the country's most popular football programme.

Timmy’s Season Preview

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Season previews always seem so half empty. Not because the writers are lazy (okay, some are) but because there's always that spectre of "well, shit can get real around the transfer deadline, so, here's some vague material that should be read skeptically. Enjoy!"

With that in mind, here's my preview.

Timmy’s Season Preview

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Season previews always seem so half empty. Not because the writers are lazy (okay, some are) but because there's always that spectre of "well, shit can get real around the transfer deadline, so, here's some vague material that should be read skeptically. Enjoy!"

With that in mind, here's my preview.

BBC desperately trying to get MOTD team to say something career-ending on air

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A BBC insider has revealed the lengths the corporation has gone to entrap the Match of the Day team- into uttering something so heinous that they have an excuse to sack them immediately.

The Match of the Day team are known to have long-term contracts with a variety of cast-iron clauses preventing them from being moved on for otherwise career-ending misdemeanours, including traffic offences, affairs, comparing a tackle to rape or not knowing anything about Hatem Ben Arfa.

“Stop Bunching!” – Are Tactics All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

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Ex-professional football players occupy a unique position in British society. For anyone else of any other profession or social standing, years having engaged in an activity on a professional basis day-in day-out would afford you with a modicum of respect and a reputation for expertise. You have been there, on the inside.

Euro 2012: Battle of the Broadcasters

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Follow @Regista_blog ::: FistedAway welcomes a guest post from Michael,
who has an ace surname and runs the splendid Regista ::: Euro-time is almost upon us. And yet, most of our attention is wrongly focused on the national teams competing at the finals, when we should be weighing up the merits of the real heroes – the broadcasters.

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IT’S HERE!!!! Dave Disco Strikes again!

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Welcome to my blog I am Dave Disco I'm 32 years old I currently live in Swansea and I am (I think I may have mentioned this in intro) a TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR fan and along with a former colleague have become researchers of the weird and wonderful world of the bizarre football. We are embarking [...]

Jon Spurling’s Arsenal End Of Season Review

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1-0 up, 2-1 down and a (seemingly) improbable fight back... Arsenal's victory at the Hawthorns may not have had quite the drama of Manchester City's stunning fight back at the Etihad, but its importance for the Gunners cannot be overestimated.

Suicidal defending, an inability to keep possession, plenty of pretty passing and an unlikely 3-2 victory.

Euro 2012

Ricky Gervais Dares Gary Lineker To Spout ‘Game Of Two Halves’ Cliché Live On Air, Donates £1,000 To Charity

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By Chris Wright

#I'LLDOANYTHINGFORACRISP

You may have noticed that, during the BBC's coverage of the Portugal-Czech Republic quarter-final, MotD host Gary Lineker resorted to the calling the Portuguese victory 'a game of two halves' after the final whistle the oldest, lamest cliché in the big book o' old, lame clichés.

Euro 2012: France suffer from sticking to sentiment

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This article titled "Euro 2012: France suffer from sticking to sentiment" was written by Paul Doyle, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 12th June 2012 12.48 UTC

Alan Hansen's giddy declaration on the floundering Beeb on Monday night that Andriy Shevchenko's two goals constituted the most magical fairytale in the history of football suggests there is something intoxicating in the Salford air.

Nightmares for Szczesny and Rosicky, but Arshavin shines for Russia

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Somewhat hilariously, I forgot that I had a long-planned dinner engagement last night, so missed both of yesterday's opening games of Euro 2012. I did remember to record them, but haven't had time to watch them as yet. Never mind though, I have seen the highlights, which makes me perfectly entitled to comment on what happened with considerable authority just like Alan Hansen does on Match of the Day.

One in 10 men admit Euro 2012 glory would be better than their wedding day

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So far the build up to this international tournament has had everything – injuries, controversial squad selection, comatose friendlies and Alan Hansen talking absolute twaddle. Yet no sign of a pointless but undeniably intriguing football survey. Thankfully that glaring omission has been remedied. Courtesy of a survey from electrical chain Comet, we now know that [.

BBC pundit Alan Hansen baffles everyone with impossible Euro 2012 prediction

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Keyboard warriors throughout England are demanding a refund on their BBC licence fee after Alan Hansen predicted an impossible semi-final scenario at Euro 2012. The ex-Liverpool defender reckons Spain, Germany, Holland and Portugal will be the last four standing in Poland and Ukraine. But with Germany, Holland and Portugal all competing for two quarter-final places [.

The Rest

Malaysia Cup Draw 2014

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Group A - Pahang, JDT II, LionsXII, Felda United
Group B - Sarawak, Terengganu, Perak, Kedah
Group C - JDT, Kelantan, ATM, Penang
Group D - Sime Darby, T Team, PDRM, Selangor

JDT will be up against coach Bojan Hodak's outfit Kelantan which could add some spice for a local Alan Hansen but for the rest of us it's just another game.

Carragher Proud Of Winning Derby Record

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Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher insists he can be proud of his record against Everton as he heads towards retirement.
Vice-captain Carragher became only the sixth Liverpool player to make 30 Merseyside derby appearances in Sunday's 0-0 draw at Anfield - joining Ian Rush, Bruce Grobbelaar, Alan Hansen, Ian Callaghan and Ronnie Whelan.

A solution to diving: Senora Suarez, we’ve got a job for you

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A few high-profile diving incidents followed by the vacuum of the international break put 'simulation' at the top of the footballing agenda in recent days. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing piece of analysis on the subject was provided by Alan Hansen, who noted that Liverpool's Luis Suarez "goes down too easily".

Rooney: I Want To Be England’s Cantona

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On the opening day of the 1995-1996 season, Alan Hansen famously wrote off our title chances, claiming that you couldn't win anything with kids.

A couple of months later, Eric Cantona returned from his suspension and went on to help lead our team of kids to winning the Double.

Wayne Rooney has today claimed that he wants to have the same effect on England's younger players and help inspire them to success.

Funny Footballer Impressions

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Some great footballer and manager/pundit impressions from a couple of years ago which included Thierry Henry, Avram Grant, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Alan Hansen, Andre Villas Boas and Emmanuel Adebayor. I think in the case of this video they saved the best until last with a quality Adebayor impression.