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Premier League Footballs – A History

Following on the announcement of the garish new Premier League ball to be used next season, we take a look at the history of footballs used in the Premier League. Well some of these brought a tear to our eyes. How many Mitre Pro Maxs we booted into Old Man Rodger’s junk yard we’ll never know. How many Nike T90 Aeros …

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Is Celtic Boss Ronny Deila The New Martin O’Neill?

Ronny Deila has helped mastermind a successful season at Celtic so far, and with just weeks left to go, the question now is can he execute a feat only Martin O’Neill has been able to replicate at Celtic since the 1960s? – the treble.  In the 2000/01 season the Northern Irishman took three pieces of silverware back to Glasgow in just his …

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Dortmund Fans’ ’97 Tribute Reminds Us All They Are The Best In Europe

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That choreography though! Dortmund fans love some choreographed tifo’s to really hammer the point home that they’re the best in Europe.   Despite crashing out last night, Dortmund fans still managed to cover themselves in glory and acclaim. with only one Champions League medal to their name, it was last night’s victorious opposition; Juventus, who they beat to claim their …

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Five Reasons Why Juventus Can Win The Champions League

After an impressive 5-1 aggregate win against Borussia Dortmund in the last sixteen, we evaluate why Juventus can win the Champions League. Coached by Max Allegri, the two-time winners of the competition are now in the last eight after last night’s impressive victory. In Italy, they find themselves fourteen points ahead of second-placed Roma in the Serie A table, and the Bianconeri …

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Lionel Messi: The Ultimate Utility Player?

Lionel Messi is lauded for his goalscoring and dribbling ability, however last night he proved his versatility, switching up his roles against Manchester City. Barcelona danced their way around Manchester City in what was akin to a salsa vs City’s game of musical chairs, as they advanced to the quarter-finals. The scoreline greatly flattered the blue side of Manchester, so much …

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Premier League Heroes: John Arne Riise

  A consistently good defender with an absolute rocket shot in his arsenal. John Arne Riise is Norway’s most capped player and this week’s Premier League hero for good reason.  John Arne Riise was born in Molde, Norway on the 24th of August 1980 and began his football career at Norwegian side Aalesund but only spent one season there before …

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Mats Hummels Makes Slide Tackling Look Oh So Graceful

Borussia Dortmund are enduring a nightmare season, but German juggernaut Mats Hummels is still portraying moments of defensive brilliance from time to time. Graceful and committed, if there was ever a tackle that summed up the playing style of the Dortmund captain it’s most definitely this clip from Wednesday night’s loss to Juventus. Despite conceding a woeful three unanswered goals, this tackle …

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Video: Guardiola’s Reaction To Messi’s Nutmeg Is Priceless

Lionel Messi is one of those players that anyone who adores the beautiful game loves to watch, and it appears his former manager at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola is still as big a fan as ever, when watching the Argentinian against Manchester City last night.  This reaction from the now Bayern Munich boss shows just how good Messi was against City last …

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Chelsea Will Regret Selling Kevin de Bruyne

Chelsea were unimpressive and sloppy during their 1-1 draw with Southampton last weekend as players like Fabregas and Oscar failed to provide the creativity to secure the three points they needed to edge them closer to the Premier League title. On the same day as Chelsea’s unexciting draw with Southampton, a former Chelsea player lit up the Bundesliga and secured …

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Pundit Arena Predicts The Premier League Top Four

We have all sorts of contraptions here at Pundit Arena HQ. Geodesic perturbations, quantum foams, Planck-Wheeler jobbies and a sort of tidal gravity contraption we got down at the flee market. You wouldn’t understand. Well, neither do we really. It’s science stuff. Anyway, the important thing is that we’ve gotten out our magical crystal ball, given it a bit of spit …

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That Fernando Torres Winning Penalty From A Mental Shootout

Last night saw Atletico Madrid go up against German side Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16 of the Champions League.  Having lost the first leg 1-0, Atletico had it all to do last night at the Vicente Calderon. Mario Suarez scored in the 27th minute and the Madrid side pushed hard in the second half in search of a winner. …

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Video: Atletico Coach Simeone Never Lost It

Atletico Madrid advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last night against Bayer Leverkusen, going through following a penalty shootout.  However, this week in training, coach Diego Simeone showed that he could have avoided the confines of the dugout for another few years, and played in the last 16 tie himself with these silky skills.

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New Adidas Manchester United 15/16 Kits Leaked

Well these are much nicer. Last month saw some pretty horrendous images leaked online of the supposed Manchester United kits for next season. However, today new images have emerged and they are certainly much easier on the eye.  Next season Manchester United will make the big changeover from Nike to Adidas. After some pretty horrible jerseys in recent years, fans …

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Monaco vs Arsenal: Why The Gunners Will Go Through Tonight

After a shocking performance saw Arsenal thumped 3-1 by Monaco at the Emirates last month, John Murphy presents 3 reasons why he thinks The Gunners will go through tonight.  Arsenal Have A Better Squad With the talent Arsene Wenger has available to him at present it’s no wonder that some are backing them for a late title charge. With Chelsea …

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Eden Hazard Makes Nutmegs Look So Easy

While Chelsea might be getting some flak for their negative football, the same cannot be said of their creative genius, Eden Hazard. The skilful Belgian was up to his usual tricks at the weekend, nutmegging the Southampton rearguard with ease. Hazard has a reputation for nutmegging his opponents but he’s got a long way to go before taking Juan Mata’s crown for …

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VIDEO: Will Cristiano Ronaldo Return To Manchester United?

Well this is gathering a bit of momentum. After rumours broke that Sir Alex Ferguson had flown to Madrid to discuss a potential Ronaldo return, the Sky Sports pundits were on the case during the weekend’s edition of Sunday Supplement. Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t seem happy. Footage released yesterday seemed to show him muttering unpleasantness at the Real faithful and he …

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Rayo & Real de Madrid: The True Experience

On a week of insane lows for Real Madrid, David Cullinane travelled to the Spanish capital in order to experience the two sides of Madrid’s footballing communities – Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid CDF. Rayo, the small left wing liberals from the Vallecans working-class district of Madrid is a fascinating club, with one of Europe’s most interesting style of fans. Compare this to a …

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The Greatest Irish XI To Play In The Premier League

It’s Paddy’s Day. We’re wearing our green socks, singing ditties and doing a bit of a jig in the office. We got the cans of Guinness out this morning and given the day in question, we started shouting at each other about the greatest Irish players ever to play in the Premier League.  So, after much debate (and just a …

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