Monthly Archives: July 2012

Liverpool Don’t Need £15million Joe Allen

Matt Stanger of F365 makes a very valid point with regards to the £15million Liverpool are apparently willing to pay for Swansea’s midfielder Joe Allen.

While I’ve previously likened the young Wales international’s playing style (not quality) to Andres Iniesta, I fully agree with Stanger’s argument in this article: the money can be better spent elsewhere and there are already other current Liverpool players capable of buying into Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ playing philosophy. 

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There Are No Shortcuts In Football…

In response to Didier Drogba’s move to the Chinese Super League, F365’s Daniel Storey reckons that China as a footballing country has got it all wrong, citing past examples of the Middle East and the United States as comparisons.

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Coutinho the pride of Inter

Scott Fleming of Football Italia casts his eye on Inter Milan’s young starlet Phillipe Coutinho who looks to be quickly developing into a first-team regular under new coach Andrea Stramaccioni.

I watched him wreck all sorts of havoc against Tottenham’s defence in the Champions League a few seasons ago, and picked him to be a future star, but Leonardo’s replacing of Rafa Benitez resulted in Coutinho’s disappearance from the starting XI.

Glad he’s now seemingly back on track for great things.

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The End of Michael Owen

David Tully of In Bed With Maradona (IBWM) examines the present state of ex-England hitman Michael Owen as the former Ballon d’Or winner’s career seemingly grinds to a halting standstill.

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Why talk of Ganso to Manchester United is misguided

Christopher Atkins of The Elastico highlights how the hype surrounding the latest young South American enganche, Santos’ Brazilian playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso, is currently mere hype given the player’s slow progress.

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The end of Riquelme’s era

Jonathan Wilson gives his take on the end of Juan Roman Riquelme’s era at Boca Juniors, highlighting what an important role, both tactically and socially, Riquelme holds as one of the last old-school enganches.

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