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Hello there, My name is Anthony and I am a 24-year-old (as of Aug 07) avid Manchester City fan. I relocated to Belfast in October 2007, and am currently keeping an eye on the Premiership and European football (mainly through Betfair lol) from over here now. I am originally from Manchester and gained my 2: 1 degree in Journalism from the University of Lincoln in 2005. I enjoy the chance Ahmed gave me to write on Soccerlens and like to read the writings of others. Some terrific articles are typed up, others not so great but as long as people are always learning about how to express themselves and their ideas about the beautiful game then I think, as Sven would say, that is 'very good'. I look forward to interacting further with the readers and hopefully writing many more articles.

Barca drop points in race for La Liga

Barcelona endured a frustrating return to action in La Liga as they were held at Camp Nou by Villareal yesterday evening. The hosts enjoyed...

UEFA Cup 08-09 Matchday 3 Review

The UEFA Cup group stages are beginning to take shape with some interesting clashes on matchday 3 last night. Group A In Group A Manchester...

Shinawatra ends the chaos at Manchester City

After Manchester City's catastrophic 8-1 reverse at Middlesbrough on the final day of the 2007-8 season, Sven Goran-Eriksson, and a substantial proportion of the...

UEFA Cup Final 2008 – Is Manchester Ready?

Editor: The author's worst fears were realised as fan violence marred the UEFA Cup Final. Marco has the match report, Guardian has the eyewitness...

Ronaldinho to Manchester City – Fact Or Fiction?

The basis for this very short piece lies in a phone call received from my brother after work today, which comprised predominantly one-way traffic...

The Value of Set-Pieces in Modern-Day Football

Football has undergone something of a revolution in the past few decades in many ways like tactics, diet and players themselves on the pitch....

Eriksson loses surprise element as Manchester City begin to lose ground

The season is at a distinct crossroads for Manchester City at present and it seems as good a time as any to analyse the...

Toffees not to Manchester City’s taste as Lescott gives Everton the spoils

Joleon Lescott's goal ensured the only fire burning brightly around Goodison Park this week was Everton's European dream as they recorded a valuable three...

Scotland and Northern Ireland Illuminate Euro Qualifiers

England's failure in the 2006 World Cup, unsurprisingly on penalties, brought about that familiar disappointment and the usual inquests from the media and fans...

England 2-3 Croatia: Petric Puts the Final Nail in McClaren’s Coffin

The news that Steve McClaren lost his job has filtered through the media this morning, following last night's abject 3-2 defeat to Croatia at...

Bizarre Love Triangle: The Politics of International Football

I had initially anticipated that my next 3 articles, which are in the pipeline, would concern something completely different to the slightly dubious nature...

Bayern Munich held by courageous Bolton

Bolton weathered a second half onslaught from a Bayern Munich side inspired by the talismanic Franck Ribery to claim a highly impressive UEFA Cup...