Newcastle United fans – apologies. Paddy Power can’t do anything about the appointment of Joe Kinnear. Other than ridicule it repeatedly on social media. Tough starts to season for Man City, West Ham and Fulham. All facing Joe Kinnear in August.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 19, 2013 Yes, while JK’s appointment may give us juvenile […]
He’s barely got his feet in the door and already Joe Kinnear is ruffling a few feathers around Newcastle. And by ‘ruffling a few feathers’ I do in fact mean ‘doing the verbal equivalent of ripping his shirt off, tying his tie around his head and beating chest shouting ‘come and have a go if […]
Yes we’re missing football a lot and yes we’re spending far too much time on the Daily Mail Showbiz section than is possibly socially acceptable. Oh well, at least the fixtures are out on Wednesday so that’ll pass a day or two.
South Africa won’t be at next year’s World Cup after defeat to Ethiopia meant the 2010 hosts can’t progress from their qualifying group, thanks in large part to this thunderous own goal from Bernard Parker. Things had started pretty well for Parker. His goal put them 1-0 up after 34 minutes, but he cancelled that […]
Barcelona ladies’ Alexia Putellas scored this beautiful goal in a 4-0 Copa de la Reina final win over Prainsa Zaragoza. Putellas beats two defenders with a Zidane-style stepover thingy before skipping past the keeper. Take a bow.
By Josh Powell | Confederations Cup betting If you’re backing the top goalscorer at this year’s Confederations Cup, you’ll find it throws up more questions than you’re average episode of ’24′. Do you back a Brazilian? They are the favourites and are likely to get the most playing time, plus a Brazilian has won four […]
By Josh Powell | Confederations Cup betting The Confederations Cup is like the World Cup just without the Dutch falling out with each other, the Germans winning on penalties, or the English embarrassing themselves on a global stage. You still get all the biggest names and the best games plus it’s live on BBC so […]
Whether it’s a lunch-time school yard kick-around or the upper echelons of the football pyramid, the old age ‘dog on the pitch’ scenario is nothing new. Well, the scenario is nothing new, but this method of dealing with the issue certainly is. Whilst a gentle ‘shoo, shoo’ is the more common approach, over in the […]
With the Premier League done for the season and no major international tournament on this summer you have plenty of time on your hands. You can do all those odd jobs around the house you’ve been meaning to do or read that Dostoevsky novel that’s been gathering dust on your shelf. Hell, you have time […]
#2ndcoming ‘I am back because we feel we are in the best moments of our careers, ready to work together again and in much better conditions this time to succeed in what this club wants, which is stability. ‘My career has been built and raised on success. I was able to achieve success and win […]
By Josh Powell | European Under-21 Championship It’s hard to decide who is having a worse European Under-21 Championship, Stuart Pearce or Paddy Power? ‘Psycho’ has had to watch his team get beaten by Italy, humiliated by Norway and will probably be shown the door by the FA in the next few days, paving the […]
Somewhere in Spain there is a huge factory churning out model footballers with the aim of maintaining Spanish dominance in the world game. Isco has come straight from the factory and is flip-flapping his way through the European Under-21 Championship. The Malaga midfielder won the ‘Golden Boy’ last year, meaning he’s the best young talent […]
By Josh Powell | International football The big yellow ball in the sky is back and with farmers tans, home-made paddling pools and sweaty public transport comes the thought of chilling in a beer garden with an ice-cold cider. It’s the perfect scenario, and one that is even more appealing when you consider the drinks […]
By Josh Powell | European Under-21 Championship England didn’t get off to the greatest start in the Championship, crumbling to a 1-0 defeat to Italy and showing about as much attacking intent, creativity and incisiveness as a dry sponge. Stuart Pearce’s side can’t afford any more slip-ups in their games against Norway and Israel if […]
By Aidan Elder | Chief sports writer ‘You should never go back’ is one cliché that’s been trotted out a lot this week as Jose Mourinho was confirmed as the latest Chelsea sacking waiting to happen. Like a relationship that didn’t seem so utterly hideous in retrospect or watching any Adam Sandler movie more than […]