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Hugo Steckelmacher

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Hugo Steckelmacher has loved football since he can remember - indeed, his mother often jokes that he kicked so much as a baby due to his eagerness to get out of the womb and play football! Of German-Jewish descent, a rocky love-affair with Tottenham began at a young age, and his favourite players as a child were Nick Barmby and Gary Mabbutt. At the age of ten, he began to watch La Liga football and fell in love with the league and especially with the "juego bonito" of the two biggest clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Now living in Barcelona, Hugo regularly [sic] writes on La Liga and Tottenham.

Footballer Nicknames РPel̩, Pibe de Oro, Gazza, Becks, Zizou: A Century of Diminutives

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Don't call me Hugo any more. I'm English, don't you know? So you have to change my name. At school, P.E. teachers insisted on...

Ramos to play Football Manager this summer, what will Tottenham look like next season?

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After a turbulent season as replete with failure as success — an extremely disappointing league position and a whimpering exit from the UEFA Cup...

Football Fanzines – the perfect way to get your voice heard

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First off, as a sort of disclaimer I would like to start off by conceding that I am by no means an expert on...

Keeping the Bench Warm — The Trials & Tribulations of Back-Up Goalkeepers

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For one reason or another, this season has seen a number of long-suffering back-up goalkeepers finally venturing into the first eleven on a regular...

Every Ince a Premiership Manager

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"See I was supposed to be a footballer but they kept pickin' the other kid who was a foot taller I got lazy and less enthusiastic I stopped...

Lionel’s injuries – a Messi report

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The stage is FC Barcelona's famous Camp Nou stadium. The scoreline? 1-0, although you'd be forgiven for thinking that no-one cared. The reason for...

Nigel Adkins — Adkins diet just the tonic for united Scunny

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Back with the fourth installment of his series on exciting young English managers in the Football League, Hugo Steckelmacher looks at Scunthorpe United's Nigel...

Carling — probably not the best cup competition in the world

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"If the FA Cup final is football's Ascot, then the League Cup final is its Derby Day." — Alan Hardaker Now that the euphoria over...

Professional Footballers’ Association – How The PFA Helps Players

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"You give your life to football and then it often forgets you. Football clubs have a bad habit of taking players in, making the...

Slavery in Football

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The subject of slavery is one that rouses reactions verging from the understandably passionate to the frankly irrational. I can recall with a pang...

I’m an Arsenal player, get me out of here!

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Rather than structure this week's review chronologically, as is the custom, I would like first to invite you readers to participate in the interactive...

The Rise of Mark Stimson

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In Hugo Steckelmacher's third of his profiles on great English managing prospects in the Football League, he looks at the playing and managerial career...

Premier League To Play On Mars

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Hugo Steckelmacher returns with a somewhat late review for last week - excuses range from the fatigue from writing encyclopedia entries for Dave Penny...

Tony Mowbray – Destined For Greatness?

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In Hugo Steckelmacher's second of his profiles on great English managing prospects in the Football League, he looks at the playing and managerial career...

Roma v Real Madrid – 07/08 Champions League 2nd Round Preview

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On the 19th of February, the Champions League pits against each other two of the most emblematic teams in European football, in the shape...

Dave Penney – Profile – Darlington Manager

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In the first of his series on young English managers in the Football League, Hugo Steckelmacher seeks to demonstrate that Dave Penney is indeed...

“Under the Radar”: The Top 5 Up-and-Coming English Managers in the Football League

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In numerous other articles published on this site, I have sought to debunk the myth that English football is not producing enough young talent. Previously,...

10 Reasons Why Barcelona Should Have Signed Diego Milito and not Thierry Henry

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I was going to write a type of homage to Diego Milito during the transfer window as I anticipated that a move to a...

France vs. Spain and Italy vs. Portugal headline a week of intriguing International Football

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Whilst the whole world and his mother are hypothesizing about Don Fabio and his crew, I thought it might be a good idea to...

Week in Review: Arsenal overtake Manchester United as Tottenham splash cash, again

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The top stories this week - Arsenal overtaking Manchester United at the top of the Premier League, the end of the january transfer window...

Can the FA teach young footballers “Respect” for Referees?

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The British media's coverage, or lack thereof, of Brian Barwick's "Respect" programme, gives me great cause for complaint. This oversight is all too typical...

The Best Pub Team in England?

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Soccerlens's Hugo Steckelmacher looks back at the week gone by in the slightly crazy and always entertaining world of football. In the Premiership... Pool in the...

President takes precedent as Coleman resigns

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"I'm out for presidents to represent me; I'm out for dead presidents to represent me" - When the rapper Nas wrote these lines in...

Villa’s young Englishmen give Aston Martin a smooth journey

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In one of the first articles I ever wrote for Soccerlens, I delved into potential candidates for McClaren's new-look England squad. As in this...

Eye on Ghana: African Cup of Nations less than Touré-ffic news for FC Barcelona...

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Following the numerous articles written on the subject of the effect of the African Cup of Nations on the Premier League, shaping in particular...

La Liga January Transfers Watch: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and the rest

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Whilst the English papers continue to link all and sundry with transfers, grappling with the particularly persistent rumours of Berbatov and Anelka's moves to...

Predictions for 2008 — Spanish grapes picks of the British bunch

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Tradition dictates that as the clock counts down to midnight on New Year's Eve, Spaniards all over the Peninsula stuff twelve of those sumptuous...

Pepe: Real Madrid’s New Guardian

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Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira, known to most as just Pepe, was born in Maceló, Brazil, on the 26th of February 1983. As a defender,...

In Praise of Gudjohnsen

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The Icelandic warrior Asmund is prized for his integrity and determination. After making a pact with his fellow general and friend, Aswid, that whichever...