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Season Preview 13/14: Liverpool

It has been four long years since Liverpool last qualified for the Champions League. And with each year of absence from Europe’s elite competition, the harder it is to break back in. The cycle began under Rafa Benitez, when Liverpool finished seventh in 2009/10. It continued under the dismal reign of Roy Hodgson, then Kenny … Continue reading


Jack Wells speaks to Fresh Press

Jack Wells speaks to Fresh Press founders, Harry Hugo and Dan Wilcox, about their company’s mission statement, the opportunities for young football writers, and what the future holds for Fresh Press.


Adios Spain? Not for the next decade – at the very least

Brazil 3-0 Spain. And the hyperbole begins. In the fickle world of football, Spain’s vice-like grip over international football loosened on the last Sunday of June, now over a week ago, as they were comfortably beaten by the powerful and hard-working Brazilians in the final of the Confederations Cup. It’s true, on the night, Spain … Continue reading


Joe Allen – the best is yet to come

Despite it being a bright and sunny afternoon at Anfield, where Liverpool played host to Arsenal in the club’s second home game of the 2012/13 season, in metaphoric terms, it was anything but bright and sunny for Liverpool Football Club. The Reds were played off the park by their league rivals and beaten 2-0. We … Continue reading


Dissertation: An investigation into xenophobia and nationalism in the tabloid representation of football managers

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I would like to make clear that this dissertation is academic work, submitted as part of my BA (Hons) degree in Journalism in May 2013. While anyone is welcome to use the information collated in this piece of research, a year’s worth of hard work has gone into researching and writing it; therefore, … Continue reading


Philippe Coutinho can be the catalyst to a red resurgence

When Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool in January for £8.5 million, not many people foresaw the immediate impact he would make. Quite the opposite, in fact. Many people questioned whether the 20-year old Brazilian would be strong enough to cope with the physical nature of the Premier League. They said that despite possessing plenty of talent, … Continue reading


‘Financial Fair Play’ in football’s lower leagues

What do Portsmouth, Leeds United, Rangers and Deportivo La Coruna all have in common? They are all stark reminders of the financial fragility of modern-day football and how quickly the joys of ‘the beautiful game’ can turn sour. The phrase ‘Financial Fair Play’ has been part of football jargon since it was first agreed in … Continue reading

Mark Clattenburg Vs Chelsea

The ridiculous Clattenburg case and how it might have been avoided

The issue of racism is seldom from the headlines these days. Over the past year or so, the list of events involving racism goes on and on. Incidents involving players such as Luis Suarez and John Terry, Racist taunts from Serbian spectators at an Under-21 International fixture, and now allegations of a referee making a … Continue reading


August – Player of the month

August – the Premier League season is back! And judging by the opening fixtures, it’s back with a bang. Michael Laudrup’s new-look Swansea City tore QPR apart, 5-0, on the opening day; Southampton came close to upsetting the two Manchester clubs; and it seems that Arsenal fans were right, Robin Van Persie really does score … Continue reading


Liverpool Fans’ Season Preview: Rodgers’ revolution will put us back in the mix

Published by: Sabotage Times Liverpool Pre Season: Good, bad or ugly? Pre-season isn’t really about results, it’s about building fitness, and anyone who watches their side’s pre-season games will usually tell you that they are pretty tedious to watch. Nevertheless, ‘encouraging’ is the word that springs to mind. The match results weren’t great and we … Continue reading


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