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May 30th, 2012 by

Love this, especially the Arsene Wenger one…

Football Banter Podcast – 29 May 2012

May 29th, 2012 by

This week a shorter podcast sees us reflect on Hodgson’s revealing England squad numbers, chat about SoccerAid and it’s comedy moments and we even manager to crowbar a mention of podcast favourite Danny Dyer.

England Squad Numbers Revealed

May 29th, 2012 by

Roy Hodgson announced the shirt numbers today for his 23 man England squad.

Whilst there are no guarantees, numbers 1 to 11 look very much like Hodgson’s first choice team…

  1. Joe Hart
  2. Glen Johnson
  3. Ashley Cole
  4. Steven Gerrard
  5. Gary Cahill
  6. John Terry
  7. Theo Walcott
  8. Frank Lampard
  9. Andy Carroll
  10. Wayne Rooney
  11. Ashley Young
  12. Leighton Baines
  13. Robert Green
  14. Phil Jones
  15. Joleon Lescott
  16. James Milner
  17. Scott Parker
  18. Phil Jagielka
  19. Stewart Downing
  20. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  21. Jermain Defoe
  22. Danny Wellbeck
  23. Jack Butland

Obviously England will be without Wayne Rooney for their first 2 matches of Euro 2012 and it may be a case of shuffling a couple of players to accommodate that rather than just a straight swap. Or could it be that the squad numbers aren’t indicative of the starting XI at all? Joleon Lescott, Scott Parker and Jermain Defoe will be among many others hoping that is the case.

Joey Barton Incidents Infographic

May 28th, 2012 by

Love him or hate him, Joey Barton is never far from controversy – here’s a look at all his controversial incidents…

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The Football Banter Podcast – 25 May 2012

May 25th, 2012 by

The team are back after a short break to recap on Manchester City’s victory, Chelsea lifting the Champions League and take a look at England’s chances in the Euros.

Manchester United to Sign Superstar Bargain

May 5th, 2012 by
Rumours haShinji Kagawa is a Japanese footballer. 日本語: 香...ve been flying around the football world in recent weeks about Japanese sensation Shinji Kagawa declining a new contract offer from Borussia Dortmund. If Kagawa fails to agree a new deal in the next couple of weeks, Dortmund are ready to let him leave the club. The Japan international is out of contract at the end of next season and Dortmund are believed to have offered him a new long-term deal worth around €3million a year.

Borussia Dortmund expect Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa to join Manchester United this summer after he rejected their latest contract offer.Dortmund are reported to want £5-7 million for the 23-year-old but United are still to finalise a decision.

It’s evident that the Red Devils will be looking for a creative midfield player who can score goals especially with the fact that Paul Scholes can not be relied on forever. This summer will undoubtedly see the Old Trafford side dip into the transfer market for a marquee midfielder.

There’s the obvious benefit of marketing potential the Japanese star provides, given the fact he’s a major celebrity in his home country. That’s something United will look to take advantage of just like they have done with Park Ji-Sung, who has made tens of millions for the club across Far East Asia.

It is clear Kagawa will be moving on this summer after declining contract negotiations with Borussia Dortmund and what better club is there to sign for?

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The Football Banter Podcast – 1 May 2012

May 1st, 2012 by

After missing last week the pod team return to talk about Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager, Chelsea’s Champions League Heroics and talk about the Premier League title run-in…

Anti-Football Or Brilliant Football?

April 27th, 2012 by

 

Chelsea's crest, 2005–present

Chelsea's crest, 2005–present (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chelsea has come into much criticism lately for the tactics they used to defeat Barcelona. So should they do all they can to win the match no matter how ugly it looks or go out and lose to entertain the fans? Well the last time I checked, Football was a competitive sport right? A game of two sides in which one could ultimately be the victor – progressing exponentially over time, gaining commercial, reputable and prestigious acclaim while it grew; Developing rules, regulations, set matches, teams, fixtures, leagues and so on. But is the basis of the game still not to win? Every club is a business, and sure playing the more attractive football will ultimately win praise and help to obtain more fans, of the game or the club, but why shouldn’t it be acceptable for a team that are aware of their shortcomings in quality and talent to try and put in the extra effort that’s needed and win by defending and hitting on the break?

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How Well Can Ireland Do

April 24th, 2012 by

So how well can Ireland do? Its hard to judge how the Irish will fare seeing as international tournament football has been so rare for so long. But have no doubt, these are experienced Premier League players who are more than capable of springing a surprise. Trapattoni faces home country Italy once again, and in 2009 qualifying Ireland drew home and away with the Azzuri, including a sensational game in which Ireland scored what they thought to be a winner in the 87th minute, only to concede a 90th minute equaliser. Ireland also play Spain again for the first time comptetivly since the 2002 World Cup final in which penalties were needed to separate the teams, while neutrals will be hoping for a better game between Croatia and Ireland, both seeking to cause an upset and seize second spot, managed to serve up in the 0-0 friendly in August. The draw was tough on Ireland, but anything is possible when it comes to this country, and even if group stages is a hurdle too high, you can bet the fans will enjoy themselves anyhow. (more…)

The Football Banter Podcast – 17 April 2012

April 18th, 2012 by

The title race is back on (sort of but not really), Liverpool’s season may yet prove to be successful and Pele comes out with another cracker…