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Hey, I'm Dan. I'm 20, and I'm studying Creative Writing at Brunel University in West London. Among other things I am passionate about playing, watching and particularly writing about football... I write for my university magazine, and run my own blog - www.footiefrog.com - and now I'm excited to write for something that people actually read! I hope you enjoy...

Football’s Going Home(-grown)

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The Premier League have introduced a home-grown player rule and a limit on squad sizes – both of which will come into effect from next season. The 20 Premier League clubs have voted to introduce the measures which will see all teams limited to a squad of 25 of which eight players must be ‘home-grown’.

Arsenal head to Old Trafford all Gunners blazing

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After surprisingly struggling in matches against Birmingham and Burnley, and unconvincingly-yet-convincingly beating Wigan, Manchester Utd ‘welcome’ Arsenal to Old Trafford for an early-season titan clash. All the Gunners are blazing in the Premier League so far, comfortably winning their opening games, scoring a staggering ten goals and conceding only two as they continue to shame their pre-season critics. That’s obviously ignoring the five goals that Arsene Wenger’s men put past Celtic en route to Champions League qualification. Four competitive games, a measly 3 goals against and an astonishing 15 goals in that oh-so-important ‘F’ column. So who’s the key man? Well, sadly for Sir Alex, it’s Arsene. Wenger has changed the Arsenal formation to a fluid 4-3-3 system, so Fergie can forget plans of wafting Van Persie’s socks under Vidic’s nostrils - everyone in an Emirates stamp is filling his boots...

Bundesliga new boys put Bayern in the spotlight

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I would have thought that Franck Ribery and Franz Beckenbauer now finally agree on something. The French sensation should have been sold. Der Kaiser has watched new manager Louis van Gaal take a measly 2 points from his first 3 matches, and, following this weekend, the kings of German football are sat in a rather peasant-like 14th in the Bundesliga. Bayern lost 2-1 away to newly promoted Mainz on Saturday to register their worst start to a Bundesliga campaign since 1966, and all is not well at the Allianz...

New Balls? Please…

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The new English Premier League season kicked off at the weekend in sensational fashion, with many players and clubs crushing the lazy assumptions and predictions surrounding them in the press. But, critic-defying performance aside, something else struck me about the opening round of matches in our beloved league, something that has had as big an impact as the new signings or the unwanted injuries…

Yoann Gourcuff: the one that got away

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Ligue Un kicked off last weekend, and champions Bordeaux opened their title defence in style, romping to a 4-1 win over promoted Lens. This set a new Ligue Un record - Les Girondins had secured their 12th successive league victory. The previous record of 11 consecutive top-flight wins was set by Lille 60 years ago. After having also won the 2009 Trophee des Champions, beating Guingamp 2-0 two weeks previously, Bordeaux fans are understandably reveling in their wonderful start to the season. In the meantime those A.C. Milan tifosi that are au fait with their French football were undoubtedly watching the success of Bordeaux and cursing their luck. Why? One reason – Bordeaux talisman Yoann Gourcuff: the one that got away.