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PA Preview: West Brom vs Manchester United

We take a look at tonight’s Premier League clash between West Brom and Manchester United at The Hawthorns. West Bromwich Albion host Manchester United in tonight’s Premier League fixture at the Hawthorns at 8pm. Louis van Gaal, when he arrived at Old Trafford, asked the fans not to cast judgement on his reign until after 3 months, however now that …

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The Salary Cap: Would It Work In the Premier League?

American Sports like the NBA have led the way in levelling the playing field for their teams. Sean Curtin investigates if such a system could ever work in the Premier League. The average Premier League weekly wage now stands somewhere around the £31,000-a-week mark. That means that in the last number of years, wages have exceeded 70% of revenue. If that …

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Anything But Balls: The Football Book History Forgot

Dan O’Mahony remembers the iconic Irish football publication, Anything But Balls. Anything But Balls is a football book from the 90s…. actually it’s a fairly insubstantial publication that might be better described as a booklet and most copies would have ended up in landfill years ago. However, we at Pundit Arena have gotten our mitts on one of the few …

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Top 5 Ridiculous Refeering Decisions

We at Pundit Arena have trawled through the internet to bring you an eclectic selection of dodgy football refereeing decisions. Not sure if they can be branded the five worst, but they have to be contenders. We particularly think no.5 in this collection represents a nadir for the refereeing profession. 1. Penalty awarded to Ireland vs Georgia (2009) When it …

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Rankings Are Meaningless In Euro 2016 Qualifiers

Following the recent international break, Gavin Nolan discusses how the importance of rankings during the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 is becoming meaningless when looking at the current group positions.  When organising the groups for most international tournaments, the governing body running the tournament will usually use the FIFA Ranking system to separate the teams. The use of this is …

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Tó Madeira: The Greatest Player in the World

With the exciting news that Football Manager 2015 is less than one month away, I got thinking about my own relationship with the famous football game. As a Leeds fan, my time playing Football Manager has been bitter-sweet at best. The odd cup victory was often the best I could muster in seasons often characterised by a relegation dogfight but …

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Homophobia Still Exists In Modern Football

Conor Heffernan talks about homophobia in football, and the fact that not a whole lot has changed in the past 25 years. In 1990, the Sun Newspaper ran an exclusive story with English footballer Justin Fashanu in which the young man revealed he was gay. Displaying its usual sensitivity to personal matters, the Sun ran with the headline “1m Football …

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Southampton Football Club – What Crisis?

Liam Cairns discusses how the departures during the summer at Southampton haven’t instigated any crisis and the success of Ronald Koeman and players like Graziano Pelle are helping Southampton punch above their weight.  Southampton Football Club on paper looked to be heading for a woeful season for 2014/15 considering the big names that have left. Rather worryingly during the transfer …

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Manchester United, LVG & The Importance Of PR

When Manchester United face off against West Brom this coming Monday, fans of the Red Devils will be hoping the club can continue a run of form that has seen two wins in their last three matches. In a season that has seen Louis van Gaal lead United back into the top four, it now appears that the dark days of …

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African Cup of Nations In Crisis Due To Ebola Virus

Spare a thought this weekend for fans of African football. Following the mid-week internationals, rumours have emerged that next year’s African Cup of Nations host, Morocco, has withdrawn from hosting the tournament due to fears over the Ebola virus that is currently running rampant in parts of Africa. The news came two months after Libya withdrew from hosting the 2017 …

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Football Convict Ched Evans ‘Adjusting To Normal Life’

Former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans is planning to release a ‘very personal and profound statement’ by video next week following his release from prison. In a statement released on his official website it states that the former Manchester City striker is now adjusting to to a normal life. Here is the statement in full that appeared on the footballers’ …

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Will Liverpool Be The End Of Old ‘Arry?

A big performance is needed from QPR against Liverpool on Sunday, as another defeat could leave manager Harry Redknapp facing the chop. Bottom of the league after seven games, QPR’s start to the season couldn’t have been any worse. The newly promoted side have suffered defeat, after humiliating defeat. New signings such as Rio Ferdinand have failed to live up …

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Premier League Preview – Southampton vs Sunderland

Southampton and Sunderland face off on Saturday, as Gus Poyet looks to build on the Black Cats’ victory against Stoke last time out. Southampton’s impressive start to the season has seen Ronald Koeman and Graziano Pelle take out the Manager and Player of the Month awards for September. Just reward for both men based on how things have been going for …

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Premier League Preview – Newcastle vs Leicester

Newcastle and Leicester City go head-to-head at St. James’ Park as Alan Pardew looks to take the Toon Army out of their Premier League rut. Both teams are coming off the back of 2-2 draws in their last matches. For the Magpies, Papiss Cisse is seemingly on a one-man mission to keep Alan Pardew in the job. It must be …

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Incredible Goals From Russian Third Division

When most of us think about Russian football, cold weather or outlandish racism springs to mind. We tend not to associate the Russian Leagues with outlandishly good football. Thanks to the magic of the Internet however, fans of the beautiful game now have the opportunity to see the all the goals and highlights from every division in every far flung …

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Reports: Manchester United To Spend £60m In January

Manchester United could be about to spend £60 million in the January after a number of reports linked Louis Van Gaal’s side with moves for Arturo Vidal and Ron Vlaar. According to reports, Aston Villa have slapped a £12 million price tag on their Dutch centre half Vlaar amid interest from Manchester United who are set to look to recruit …

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