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I’ve been to look at soccer matches from a really early age. My father began taking me to observe my favourite workforce Birmingham City from the age of six. On this article I write about how in my view, all seater stadiums have taken the ambiance out of football grounds.

I bear in mind as a younger little one feeling fairly intimidated by the group at Birmingham City’s house ground, called St Andrews. The noise and singing of the supporters was even fairly frightening at times.

The football group itself, all the… Continue reading

Stoke City winger Jermaine Pennant says he’d gladly to sign a permanent contract within the club in January.

The 27-year-old joined the Potters for the six-month loan deal from Spanish club Real Zaragoza in August and contains since made nine appearances.

“If the 2 main teams can agree something I will be greater than content with put pen to paper,” Pennant said.

Boss Tony Pulis has expressed his desire for keeping the first sort Liverpool man along at the club.

Speaking yesterday evening, Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke: “He’s the best lad, he’s been pretty decent for all of us… Continue reading

So the World Cup is now just three days away, with the opening game between South Africa and Mexico set to take place on Friday at 3.00pm (UK time). As the players go through their last minute preparations in the cold in South Africa, there’s a handful of players who will be sat at home with a desk fan to try and avoid the English summer heat, whilst watching the tournament with the rest of us.

Strangely, there are a large number of English Premier League players missing the tournament through injury; to name just a few:

 

Rio Ferdinand… Continue reading

England’stalismanic striker Wayne Rooneywill carry on fighting and will refuse to take his foot off the pedal in an attempt to protect himself for the World Cup. The 24-year-old was hindered by ankle and groin injuries for the majority of the domestic run-in with Manchester United, and he also injured his neck during the latter stages of Monday nights victory over Mexico – though the England boss Fabio Capello was quick to allay fears of the incident. The earlier knocks severely dented Uniteds hopes of clinching Premier League and Champions League honours, while Rooneys own form has suffered since, scoring… Continue reading

More than half, or to be precise, 386 out of all 736 players in this year’s World Cup – plus/minus your daily injury victim – ply their trade in one of Europe’s five big leagues; up from 346 in 2006.

The Premier League leads the way by some distance, providing 118 players (up from 103 in 2006), followed by the Bundesliga with 84 (75), Serie A with 80 (61), La Liga with 59 (51) and Ligue 1 with 45 (56). The relations stay roughly the same when you only count the foreign players, who play in those leagues.

Do… Continue reading

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