Help Football

This is part of our efforts to improve football. In this column we discuss the key issues facing football – using more technology, money in the game, diving / simulation, developing young players and football training in general, changes to rules (governing football and clubs) and a lot more.

Referees need our help, not our hate

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Referees are easy targets in the world of football - their decisions decide matches, title races and the financial health of clubs (to the...

Liverpool and other English clubs should work together with Uefa

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Everybody's quite worked up over the Uefa-Liverpool tiff on the behavior of Liverpool supporters at the Champions League final in Athens some 2 weeks...

Too High To Play Football?

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Don't worry - unlike an earlier exclusive, this article does not involve drugs. It does, however, involve high altitudes (high enough to make it hard...

Solving the mess of international friendlies

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A plan to change the face of international football, and provide opportunities and funds for football at lower levels. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, and your suggestions and improvements in the comments please. I thought this up during the second half of the England-Brazil game tonight, which summed up everything poor about these type of games, and served to highlight the opportunity we have to make real improvements.

Arsenal 3rd, Tottenham 10th, Newcastle still crap, West Ham relegated? What’s the right result?

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Throughout the 2006/2007 season we kept talking about poor refereeing decisions and how they were costing teams valuable points. And from the whining /...

Will you jerk off to save the world?

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Here's an interesting news tidbit surrounding the 2007 FA Cup final - the Guardian reports that (I'm paraphrasing this): "Fans at the final will eat...

Management Gone Mad At Wigan, Newcastle, Manchester City and the rest

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The age of football management is dead. In only a few bloody days, the whole landscape of top-flight football has changed, and even more...

Premier League vs YouTube – a misguided attack on the wrong target

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As we all know by now, the English Premier League is to sue Youtube for what it calls copyright infringement on its content. The...

WARNING! Playing football with women can make you horny…

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Do you get turned on by the thought of playing football against women? Of tackling them, scoring against them, being caught offside? Well, do...

Premier League sues YouTube, no more free football videos?

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Your biggest source for football videos is under attack. The English Premier League is suing YouTube for allowing users to upload video clips of goals...

Will the FA punish Brown and Ball for their attacks on Alonso and Ronaldo?

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Two off-the-ball challenges that the referee did not see. Two challenges that merited straight reds (if Scholes can get a red for swinging but...

Are you a “true” football fan?

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Are you a 'true' fan? In the year or so of managing Soccerlens, I've heard this quite often: you're not a true fan, if you...