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Most Stylish Football Managers In The Premier League 2020-21

Friday, 11th September, 2020

The Most Stylish Football Managers

Who is the best dressed manager in football?

From tracksuit managers to the suited and booted, there’s a lot of style and fashion in the dugout and on the touchline these days.

With the money in football, there’s no reason why the managers shouldn’t be looking their best and dressing the part.

The Premier League 2020-21 season is finally here, with a later than usual start in September. All of the top managers remain in their jobs as of now, looking as stylish as ever.

There’s also the three promoted teams, Leeds, West Brom and Fulham entering the most stylish managers contest.

So in no particular order, here’s the best dressed managers in the Premier League, and what I love about their style.

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All Newcastle United Kits Puma Released For 2020-21 (Home, Away & Goalkeeper Kits)

Monday, 10th August, 2020

Newcastle Home, Away 3rd Kits 2020-21

The new season is not too far away, and Newcastle have now released all of their kits for the forthcoming 2020-21 season. This includes the home kit that was released a few weeks back, along side the away and 3rd kits. The goalkeeper kits have also been released alongside them.

Once again the kits have been supplied by Puma, with FUN88 as the sponsor.

The home strip is the traditional black and white, we have a yellow away shirt and a purple and black 3rd kit.

What do you think of them? Here’s what you need to know (including pics of the goalkeeper shirts which are great!)

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A Visual Guide To Every World Cup Football: A Nostalgic Look Back At Match Balls

Friday, 12th June, 2020

Every World Cup Football 1930 - 2018

Balls…Footballs. Once they were just round piece of equipment which were absolutely required to play a game of football. But for the past several decades, they’ve became a lot more.

I have always loved the World Cup, and the balls have played a bigger and bigger part in that. I thought it was about time I done a visual guide on all of the balls, and the stories behind them, both in historic terms and my own memories with them.

This is every World Cup football match ball from 1930 to 2018, and some stories behind them.

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H&M Studio Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection

Monday, 3rd September, 2018

H&M Studio Autumn Winter 2018 Collection

H&M have unveiled their latest collection, the H&M Studio Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, which looks pretty good, containing some good pieces for AW18 and the season moving forward.

We’re transitioning into our Autumn wardrobes with knits, sweaters and coats, so it’s the perfect time for this collection from H&M Studio. There’s some serious back to school vibes with the pieces of clothing within the collection, inspired by collegiate style which includes sweater vests, wool jackets, pea coats and varsity style sweatshirts.

H&M Say,  “H&M Studio is a collection of seasonal key pieces created by our dedicated in-house design team. This autumn, classic collegiate style is merged with rebellious punk appeal, offering authentic menswear in premium fabrics.

Let’s take a further look at the collection.

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The Premier League Is Back & I’ve Got My New Shirt!

Saturday, 11th August, 2018

Wearing my Newcastle Away Shirt 2018-19

I am so excited that the Premier League is back! We’re in for a great football season, everyone is excited coming off the back of the World Cup, and it’s the opening weekend of the Premier League.

Last night it all kicked off with Manchester United vs Leicester, but today the first game up is my team, Newcastle, and I’ve got myself the shirt.

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The Best Transfer Deadline Day Deals August 2018

Thursday, 9th August, 2018

August 2018 Transfer Deadline Day - The Best Deals

It’s transfer deadline day, and all the deals are done! Which players are going where, and who’ll be playing next season in the Premier League?

Deadline day is always exciting, twice a year, but the August one is usually the most exciting, as it starts before the season. This year, for the first time, the transfer window closes earlier; On the eve of the first Premier League match, which will be Leicester vs Man United tomorrow.

It’s been a really exciting transfer window, and deadline day did not disappoint either. But who was making all the waves?

Here’s the best transfer deadline day deals which I’ve been excited about.

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In 2018 Football Came Home – The England Story

Thursday, 12th July, 2018

World Cup 2018 - Football Came Home For England

It was a story of hope from the beginning, which is unusual for England teams in recent times. The song from 1996 came back, with the mantra being said, shouted and sung all over England for a month; It’s coming home. England did not win the 2018 World Cup, but there’s no doubt, football did come home.

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World Cup 2018 Review – How Spain Lost

Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018

Spain 2018 World Cup Review - Revista De La Seleccion Española

It’s that feeling only the true football fans understand, it’s the feeling of emptiness. Spain have been knocked out of the World Cup, losing to Russia on penalties. It was not the greatest campaign for Spain, and as with the last one, there’s the emotional story behind it too.

You wait 4 years for the World Cup, then it’s 4 weeks of brilliant and unforgettable football if you make the final and win, but when you go out, those 4 years are gone in an instant; It’s replaced with the feelings of what if, and another 4 year wait for the next one, not knowing what the future holds.

Where did it all go wrong? Some will say 2 days before it started, with Lopetegui announcing he was joining Real Madrid and was sacked, it’s hard to pin point exactly what went wrong.

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Spain 1 – 1 Russia – Spain Out Of Tee World Cup On Penalties!

Sunday, 1st July, 2018

Spain out of the World Cup 2018, losing on penalties to Russia 4-3

Spain have been knocked out of the World Cup, losing in the last 16 to hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties, after the game finished 1-1 after extra time.

The match was all Spain over the 120 minutes, with over 1000 passes and all the possession, with Russia reduced to counter attack breaks and defending. Russia started the game with a flat back 5, a system which was incredibly difficult for Spain to break through for the whole game.

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Spain 2 – 2 Morocco – High Drama!

Monday, 25th June, 2018

Spain 2 - 2 Morocco - Dramatic Draw In The World cup

That was dramatic!

Spain are into the last 16 of the World Cup after drawing 2-2 with Morocco, but it wasn’t an easy game to watch!

Morocco took the lead with a goal, a complete mix up with Iniesta and Sergio Ramos lead to them losing the ball around the half way line, the Moroccan Boutaïb was clear through on goal, kept his composure and scored. It only took Spain 5 minutes to get an equaliser, intricate play from Iniesta and Isco, with Isco making it 1-1 going into half time.

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Iran 0 – 1 Spain – A Hard Fought Win For Spain

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018

Spain beat Iran 1-0 In The World Cup 20th June 2018

Everyone seems to know the score, we’ve seen it all before…If you’re a Spain fan then you’ll be used to seeing teams not trying to play and only defending, and that’s what happened tonight, but Spain managed to grab a 1-0 win against Iran thanks to a Diego Costa goal in their second World Cup match.

Iran did not play in the first half, had 10 men behind the ball and could rarely even muster a counter attack. They added in some time wasting, really slow play and diving around like they’d been shot to waste as much time as possible, and made the beautiful game as ugly as can be.

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Portugal 3 – 3 Spain – World Cup Lives Up To It’s Billing

Friday, 15th June, 2018

Portugal 3 - 3 Spain - 15th June 2018

The first big match of the World Cup has lived up to it’s billing, with an epic game! It finished Portugal 3 – 3 Spain, and was a game which had everything.

Portugal started off the better team in the first 5 minutes, with Cristiano Ronaldo winning a penalty against his Real Madrid teammate, Nacho. He scored, and made it 1-1. Busquets played a long ball to Diego Costa who had a lot of work to do up on his own, and managed to bully the Portuguese defence and make it 1-1.

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Every Home & Away Football Shirts For The World Cup In 2018

Tuesday, 5th June, 2018

Every World Cup 2018 Football Shirt Home And Away

The World Cup is right around the corner! Here is every single home and away shirt you will be seeing in the World Cup, that’s 64 different kits! Virtually every team will be wearing a new kit in the competition, some with different designs, and some slight updates on their kit. It’s always good to see the fresh new kits in the World Cup, from the heavyweights such as Nike, Adidas and Puma, to the smaller brands such as Hummel, Errea and Uhlsport.

There’s a couple of first timers in the World Cup, including Iceland and Panama, so a few new kits to look out for. Do you have any favourites?

Check out every kit below

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Real Madrid 3 – 1 Liverpool – Champions League Final 2018

Sunday, 27th May, 2018

Real Madrid beat Liverpool in Champions League Final 2018

What a game it was last night! Real Madrid are the champions of Europe once again, winning the Champions League 3 times in a row and have an ever growing record of titles, now sitting at 13. It’s a game which will be remembered for a couple of things, depending on your personal affiliation, but for me and many, it was all about that Gareth Bale goal.

Here’s how I saw the game.

Liverpool were pretty decent for the first 20-30 minutes, then bad news for Liverpool, Salah got injured from a tussle with Sergio Ramos, and had to go off injured. A short time later Dani Carvajal also got injured for Real Madrid, stretching for the ball. Both players were in tears as they left the pitch.

Real Madrid started to play better, and in the 2nd half, Benzema opened the scoring with a bizarre goal. The Liverpool ‘keeper Karius went to throw the ball out to a defender, Benzema stuck out a leg, the ball hit it and trickled into the net. Benzema had earlier scored a goal in the 1st half, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

Just 4 minutes later, Liverpool got an equaliser. Liverpool won a corner and the ball was played in, it was headed on and Saido Mane was quick and managed to get in and stabbed the ball into the net.

Then the moment of magic. Bale came on, and scored a wonder goal. Marcelo crossed the ball in, and Bale hit the sweetest overhead kick of all time, and scored an unbelievable goal from about 15 yards out. It was a goal which was worthy of winning any game.

With just under 10 minutes to play, Bale scored again. Bale had the space opened up for him, and from about 25-30 yards shot more of less straight at Karius, who couldn’t deal with the ball, and it went in.

Real Madrid went on to win 3-1, and fully deserved the victory.

A lot of the focus will be on Karius, who’s 2 huge mistakes cost Liverpool. But in the end, Real Madrid were the better team, and did deserve to win.

The two big talking points for anyone who was supporting Liverpool for the night were the huge errors of Karius, and Mo Salah going off injured, with most blaming Sergio Ramos for a cynical foul. The foul itself was not bad, it was 2 players fighting to get to the ball, with Salah grappling with Ramos, Ramos getting his arm and not letting go, the two fall to the ground, and sadly for Salah, for Liverpool and for the game, he got injured and had to go off.

Then there’s Karius. The two errors he made were so huge, they were errors they no goalkeeper should make at the top level, or some would say, at any professional level. It was the final of the Champions League, and those two errors will be remembered in Liverpool and England forever. It will be tough for him to come back from those mistakes, as they were so high profile. It was a major loss of focus in 2 incidents.

It’s interesting to see the perspective from the two countries; The media/fans from England focus on the Salah injury, Sergio Ramos and Karius, while the Spanish fans and media are talking about the wonder goal and the beautiful game, Real Madrid’s 13th win and 3 in a row, with many called it a Dynasty.

Real Madrid were simply the better team, with the better players doing more in the game. The difference was that Real Madrid had a Gareth Bale to come on and win the game, and without Salah, Liverpool looked out of ideas. None of their attacking players really made any kind of impact, with Trent Alexander-Arnold one of their better players.

After the game Gareth Bale was talking like he was almost resigned to leaving Real Madrid, talking about his future and how he needs to start more games, a strange conversation to have after scoring one of the best goals of all time in a final, and winning a Champions League.

He was not alone talking about the future, with Cristiano Ronaldo saying “It been very nice playing for Real Madrid”.

Real Madrid Champions 2018

Real Madrid 3 – 1 Liverpool

Benzema (51′), Bale (64′, 83′) | Mane (55′)


Spain 2018 World Cup Squad Announced

Monday, 21st May, 2018

Spain 2018 World Cup Squad Announcement

Today was the day, later than most of the other teams, Spain announced the squad which will be going to Russia in the World Cup this Summer. The squad is the following:

Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao).

Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid).

Forwards: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid).

Asensio and Vazquez are named as forwards by most, but are seen more as midfielders, which means there’s only 3 real strikers. Not a big surprise.

What do you think of the squad?

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