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Replacing Alex Ferguson

My first reaction, yesterday: The press have appointed David Moyes as Ferguson’s successor. Will he follow in the footsteps of Wilf McGuinness or Frank O’Farrell? Man Utd would be better off trying to coax Jupp Heynckes out of retirement, as least for 3 years. You need an experienced and successful interim between a legend and… Continue reading Replacing Alex Ferguson

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Changing Dominance In The Champions League

The Wikipedia article entitled “European Cup and UEFA Champions League history” addresses periods of dominance by countries or clubs.  What it doesn’t address is how the advent in 1997 of having more than one club qualify from certain countries has influenced which countries dominate the competition.  The dominant footballing nations of European club football, Italy,… Continue reading Changing Dominance In The Champions League

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Last Eight To Finals Of The League Cup, 2012-2013

The 2013 League Cup Final on 24 February 2013 between Swansea City and Bradford City has been notable for the following: Swansea City are the first Welsh club to win the League Cup. This is only the second occasion that a Welsh club has won either of the two major domestic cup competitions in England.… Continue reading Last Eight To Finals Of The League Cup, 2012-2013

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Years In The Football League – Post-1987 Relegation Versus Pre-1987 Longevity

Of the 21 clubs that were in the Football League in 1987 when automatic promotion and relegation with non-league was introduced, and were subsequently relegated to non-league (ignoring that some of them have been re-formed): 11 clubs were not in the Football League when the Third Divisions North & South were formed in 1921, and… Continue reading Years In The Football League – Post-1987 Relegation Versus Pre-1987 Longevity

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FIFA – “The Family”

A summary of the voting at the FIFA Congress: The FA’s move at the Fifa Congress on Wednesday was defeated by 172 votes to 17. The Scottish FA was the only association to publicly back the FA. (It now appears that Vietnam voted for the FA motion by mistake – so it should have been… Continue reading FIFA – “The Family”