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Matthew Wood is a freelance sportswriter and blogger specialising in football and cricket; more of his commentary and analysis can be found at http://balancedsports.blogspot.com or you can follow him on Twitter @balanced_sports.

Could Spain’s second XI beat England?

While watching David Silva and Spain dismantle a dogged and compact Scotland on Wednesday, it struck me: this was hardly Spain's best outfit and...

Gasperini lastest victim of “Mourinho’s Curse”

With Gian Piero Gasperini's dismissal as Inter Milan manager, the Mourinho's Curse has claimed it's latest victim. Since his appointment at FC Porto,...

The Need For Advanced Football Stats

As a sports fan living in America, you're bombarded with statistics of increasing complexity across every sport - except football (or soccer, as the...

Champions League Preview: Real and Barca the teams to beat

It seems that in almost every aspect of the game, two clubs dominate the footballing world. They are Spanish super heavyweights Real Madrid and...

Champions League Preview: Manchester Plots European Domination

Manchester City get the chance to finally - definitively - emerge from the shadow of their cross-town Red rivals as this year's UEFA Champions...

Golden Generation or Fool’s Gold?

Barring an almighty flop, England will qualify for Euro 2012. They'll do so in marginally convincing fashion, maybe even topping a group which...

John Aloisi: helping or hurting?

John Aloisi has been vocal in his suggestions the A-League is a hard place to win friends. He needs to realise it's time to stop.

Was Luka Modric right to ask not to play?

The Guardian reported after Sunday's match against Manchester City that Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric asked manager Harry Redknapp not to play. Allegedly, the...

The next step for Financial Fair Play

It is fact that the gap between the "haves" and "have nots" in European football grows evermore larger. Last season in the English...

Mourinho out of time in Madrid?

Jose Mourinho has many gifts. For organisation, for having team buy into a philosophy, for quick quips and irritation. It's perhaps fitting...

How Do Promoted Teams Fare In The English Premier League?

How well do promoted teams fare in the English Premier League? What can fans of Swansea, QPR and Norwich City expect from the upcoming...

Socceroos defeat of Wales: a sign of things to come

The Socceroos' upcoming World Cup campaign looks on firm ground. This morning's friendly against Wales showed the evident class of both sides' top...