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Injury Zone: Who would be the biggest loss for England?

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England aren't the favourites to win the World Cup not by a long shot. Anyone taking advantage of completebetting.com's 2014 World Cup bets is far more likely to back the likes of Brazil, Germany, Spain, Argentina or even Italy and Uruguay England's rival teams at the group stages ahead of betting on [.

The Daily Rant…Hope Powell Is Washed Up & England Women Need A Change

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After watching England Women crash and burn after a disastrous Euro 2013 campaign, In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu asks some tough questions. In essence one couldn't believe how poor England's Women were. To call it embarrassing would be too meek an insult, yet there was something eerily worrying about the way Hope Powell's girls crashed [.

Are The FA Right To Let England Under 21 Boss Stuart Pearce Go?

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The English FA have confirmed that they will not be renewing the contract of Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce. But are they right to let him go? Rolly Pelovangu asks the tough questions. It's been six long years, I don't deserve it! So cried a desperate Stan in his final emotion-fueled rant to Marshall Mathers [.

England Should Eye Double Figure Victory over San Marino!

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TweetIt is almost impossible to preview the upcoming World Cup qualifier between England and San Marino this week without reminding ourselves of that San Marino goal that inflicted a final ignominy on Graham Taylor when he was the England manager that ended England's hopes of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup.

Should More English Players go Abroad?

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Tweet The English Premiership is truly global league. Their are, in fact,  62 different nationalities represented within a mere 50,000 sq Miles. But in the other 5,730,000 sq Miles, only 35 English players, not including Scotland, are playing abroad. The questions is; But why? Why are so many English footballers put off by the prospect [.

Opinion

No Signings Will Leave Arsenal Struggling To End Trophy Drought

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With one month of the transfer window left and the season drawing ever closer Arsenal have yet to make a marquee signing leaving their trophy hopes this season wavering. What happened? After being linked to the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and even a reunion with former captain Cesc Fabregas, it appears [.

Poll: Do You Liverpool Fans Want To Keep Luis Suarez At Anfield?

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Fuelled by what seems to be a never ending transfer merry-go-round of 'will he wont he', Luis suarez is fast becoming bigger than Liverpool football club themselves! Well, not necessarily, but you get the point. So the gloves are now officially off between the Reds and potential suitors Arsenal (amongst many other clubs) with the [.

RAMIRES: Should he stay in the middle?

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I wanted to open up discussion this afternoon on Ramires. I for one never thought that playing in the deeper lying midfield position next to Mikel would be his thing but am happy to say I have been proven wrong in the last two games.

Ever since Di Matteo took over the club, Ramires has found himself playing out on the right wing to do a job and to his credit has made an impact.

It Is Good David Beckham Did NOT Get Picked For Olympics Team GB

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TweetDavid Beckham was said to be sobbing over not being picked for the Great Britain Olympic football team. In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu has little sympathy. David Beckham will not be featuring for Team GB. Instead the three over-23 spots have gone to Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards respectively.

It Is Good David Beckham Was Left Out Of Olympics Team GB

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TweetDavid Beckham was said to be sobbing over not being picked for the Great Britain Olympic football team. In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu has little sympathy. Beckham will not be featuring for Team GB come the summer. Instead the three over-23 spots have gone to Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards respectively.

Italy Through England Out – Justice Has Been Done At Euro 2012

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TweetAfter yet another quarter-final heartbreak In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu celebrates the fact that footballing justice was done as Italy progressed at the expense of England. You can't always get what you want in life. That is a common fact and even with all the grafting and passionate fervor inimical to achieving success, it cannot [.

Euro 2012 Proves That France Are Not Yet Ready To Rule Europe

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TweetSpain vs France is tough to call and In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu feels if there is to be an upset in the Euro 2012, it would be here. That is to say France eliminate Spain. But I feel this France team is too young not yet ready to crack a major tournament so [...]

Euro 2012 Exit To Spain Proves That Young France Are Still Not Ready

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TweetSpain brushed France aside 2-0 to send Les Bleus crashing out of Euro 2012 leaving In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu to question whether this youthfully French side are ready to win big things. In the end it wasn't even close. Two goals by Xabi Alonso the second from the spot gave holdes Spain [.

Euro 2012 Daily Round-Up: Fabregas Slams Pitch As Spain Draw

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TweetCesc Fabregas slammed the state of the pitch as Spain and Italy played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in their Group C opener. "The pitch was a disaster," said Fabregas. "It's lamentable to play on a pitch like that. We deserved a lot more. It's lamentable that we still have to play on pitches like [.

Euro 2012 Daily Round-Up: Netherlands Are 1 Dimensional & More…

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TweetIn The Stands brings the first of its daily Euro 2012 round-ups straight from our offices to your mind with our premier opening being Holland's 1 dimensional play and the best players of the tournament so far We all see Holland crash and burn in their opening match with Denmark at the Euros. The 1-0 [.

DEBATE: Will Mental Weakness Hinder England Again?

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TweetIn The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu muses on one major obstacle England must overcome if they are to triumph at Euro 2012 – the mental barrier. So the balls have been drawn, the groups decided, the path has been set and all roads now lead to Ukraine/Poland as the summer's footballing bonanza looms.

English Players Have No Technique & No Dribbling Skills

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TweetIn The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu salutes the FA's plan to introduce smaller pitches, smaller side games, smaller goals for kids football in England whilst examining England's lack of dribbling ability and technique. So it ended Norway 0-1 England. Hmmm...you would think that after a game of such little significance most comments would be swept under [.

Football Is Better Than Sex!

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TweetManchester City fans experienced extreme highs after their team won the Premier League title after a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers prompting the question is football better than sex? For any Manchester City fan the feelings experienced when watching their team secure a dramatic last-gasp 3-2 win against Queens Park Rangers to secure the [.

Why Football Is Better Than Sex!

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TweetManchester City fans experienced orgasmic highs after their team won the Premier League title thanks to a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers. The events at the Etihad Stadium proved why football is better than sex! For any Manchester City fan the feelings experienced when watching their team secure a dramatic last-gasp 3-2 win against [.

Liverpool Thrashing Means Chelsea Must Now Beat Bayern Munich

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TweetLiverpool exacted revenge for their FA Cup final defeat by smashing Chelsea 4-1 at Anfield leaving the Blues in a do-or-die clash with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Form is temporary class is permanent right? For Chelsea's sake they had better hope that that most famous football axiom is true ahead of the UEFA [.

5 Reasons Why Barcelona Are Not As Good As Before

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TweetHolders Barcelona crashed out of the UEFA Champions League after a 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the Camp Nou prompting In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu to ponder why. What happened guys? Those must have been amongst the first words Barca coach Pep Guardiola would have ushered to his team of stars after suffering Champions League [.

Will FA Cup Success Mean Liverpool Have Had A Good Season?

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TweetWith the FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Chelsea less than two weeks away In The Stands Rolly Pelovangu asks whether or not victory will mean that Kenny Dalglish's men have had a good season. Many scoffed at the return of ‘King' Kenny to Anfield last season thinking that the Scot was somewhat out of [.

Why Are Foreign Footballers Like Mario Balotelli So Misunderstood?

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TweetSex with hookers, obscene levels of cash and flash cars. Why are footballers so vilified by the media? It is a question In The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu tackles by arguing that footballers today are just misunderstood No sooner had Mario Balotelli issued a seemingly heartfelt apology to boss Roberto Mancini, Italian head coach Cesare Prandelli, [.

Edinson Cavani

Paris St Germain The New Force In Europe?

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Paris St Germain are set to match the £54million release clause needed to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani prompting the question are the French club set to become the new force in European football? Last season's Ligue 1 champions are reportedly ready to match Cavani's €63 million minimum fee release clause and have already agreed [.

Are Paris St Germain The New Force In Europe?

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Paris St Germain are set to match the £54million release clause needed to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani prompting the question are the French club set to become the new force in European football? Last season's Ligue 1 champions are reportedly ready to match Cavani's €63 million minimum fee release clause and have already agreed [.

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Robin Van Persie: Should he Stay or Should he Go?

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Tweetfor the pleasure of ITS,  John-James Grice investigates the proverbial short-plank that Robin Van Persie now stands on... Much of Arsenal's achievements last season were all down to one man, Robin Van Persie. The Dutch forward enjoyed an outstanding season last year, scoring 30 goals in what turned out to be his best ever domestic [.

Robin Van Persie: Should he Stay or Should he Go?

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TweetFor the pleasure of ITS, John-James Grice investigates the proverbial short-plank that Robin Van Persie now stands on... Much of Arsenal's achievements last season were all down to one man, Robin Van Persie. The Dutch forward enjoyed an outstanding season last year, scoring 30 goals in what turned out to be his best ever domestic [.

Euro 2012

Why Didn’t Ronaldo Take An Early Penalty Kick?

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TweetPortugal crashed out of Euro 2012 after a 4-2 penalty shoot-out defeat to Spain with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo bizarrely not even taking one. What happened? Admittedly, without their captain, Portugal may not have even reached the last four so superb was Ronaldo's performance in overcoming the Netherlands in the Group of Death, before easing past [.

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Laurent Blanc – The Birth of A Legend?

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As a player, Laurent Blanc was one of France's most loved and respected servants a composed and calm sweeper who read the game superbly and was big and physical, he was a key component of the side which won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. But success as a player does not always [...]

FC Barcelona

We Said Manchester City Will Win The Premier League Back in August!

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TweetManchester City are poised to win the 2012/2013 Premier League title In The Stands takes the time to remind that we were the first to say this will happen. Yep, way back on 28 August, 2011. After seeing the Citizens smash Tottenham Hotspurs to smithereens at White Hart Lane, work at the In The Stands [.

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Career In Pictures

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TweetPep Guardiola has announced his decision to leave Barcelona at the end of the season prompting a tearful Rolly Pelovangu to look back fondly at his time at the Camp Nou. Josep 'Pep' Guardiola joined La Blaugrana as coach in June 2008 having taken over from Frank Rijkaard after the Catalan giants limped to a [.

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Thoughts on the upcoming CBA discussions

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I remember the last CBA discussion back in 2010. Back then the players had a lot of momentum and things that they wanted changed moving forward. Now that agreement is set to expire at the end of the year which means a new round of discussion is ahead of us here.

I struggle with figuring out what exactly the players have to debate about this time around.

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Paolo Di Canio Had To Go Or Else Sunderland Collapsed!

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So Sunderland have sacked head coach Paolo Di Canio with the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League table. In The Stands Rolly Pelovangu asks who is surprised? Just 13 games in and Di Canio has already been given the bullet with Sunderland propping up the league table, looking poor on all fronts, lacking goals [.

Who Would You Choose Luis Suarez Or Wayne Rooney?

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Newly appointed Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is facing a choice whether to choose between Luis Suarez or Wayne Rooney. Both players are unsettled at their respective clubs with both courting a move overseas, and in the case of Wayne Rooney even a potential move south to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. With the pair showing such [.

Roberto Martinez – The Right Man to Lead Everton Forward

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Everton have officially unveiled Roberto Martinez as their new manager, in what is a good move for both the club and the Spanish coach. David Moyes has filled big shoes at Manchester United, but the Scot has left something of a legacy at Goodison Park after 11 years in charge of the Merseyside club. Although [.

Skyfall (EPL Talk Podcast)

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Lot's of discussion on this week's podcast. International talk, stats on winning the league and news of Twitter which no one wants to hear about. Could you be more excited? I know...so whilst they squark about Twitter why don't you...

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Too Much Finances & Money Is Wasted In Football

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TweetIn The Stands' Rolly Pelovangu explores the world of football finance taking care not to spill his tea as he cringes at the level of money wasted in the game nowadays. The end. And that was that. It had taken me just under 2 hours to read from cover-to-cover the ‘I am The Secret Footballer' [.