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The Football Banter Podcast – 27 March 2012

It’s that time of the week again! This week on the Football Banter podcast we ask if Roberto Mancini will be sacked if Manchester City fail to win a trophy this season, could Grant Holt really make England’s Euro 2012 squad? We take a look at Liverpool’s poor form and review all of the weeks football action.

The Football Banter Podcast – 20 March 2012

This week Pete returns to the pod and we talk about Fernando Torres’ return to form, Mancini turning into Kevin Keegan and review action from the Champions League, Premier League FA Cup and take a rare look at the Championship!

Gary Lineker’s Impression Of Martin Jol

The title says it all!

Ribery Plays Rock Paper Scissors To Take Free Kick

In a team full of stars it’s never easy deciding who should take the free kicks. Bayern Munich’s Frank Ribery has got the solution though – have a quick game of rock paper scissors…

Fabrice Muamba Collapses On The Pitch

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Bolton’s 23 year old midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch in the 42nd minute of their FA Cup quarter final with Spurs today. Muamba was treated by paramedics before being stretchered off and rushed to hospital, referee Howard Webb abandoned the game after consulting with both managers.

It’s unclear what caused Muamba’s collapse, and he is thought to be in critical condition. Both sets of players were visibly shaken by the events, and supporters of both teams started chanting Muamba’s name shortly after the match was abandoned.

Here at Football Banter we wish Fabrice Muamba a speedy recovery and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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Champions League Draw

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After a typically long and arduous ceremony, eventually we learned what matches we would be enjoying over the next few months, with the final taking place on May 19th.

Quite possibly the tie of the quarter final draw is AC Milan against Barcelona, the Italian side grinding out a win against Arsenal which may well give then a renewed belief, although it seems highly likely Barcelona will be the team that we see In the semi-finals. An interesting dynamic to this match is the fact it seems almost a foregone conclusion we will see Thiago Silva in a Barcelona shirt next season, and so his performance may be one to watch out for. (more…)

The Best Goal Celebrations Ever?

Icelandic football team Stjarnan F.C. are known for their elaborate goal celebrations – take a look at this compilation of some of their best efforts!

John Terry, Chelsea Manager

In their dramatic victory over Napoli last night, John Terry often criticised for having too much influence in the Chelsea dressing room stood on the sidelines after being substituted in extra time (presumably to avoid having to take another Champions League penalty) and dished out instructions to his teammates. Influence. What influence?

New Chelsea Manager John Terry

The Football Banter Podcast – 13 Mar 2012

We’re back after missing last week through a technical issue! This week we talk about Paul Scholes for England, the best football tv ads, QPR and Wolves sacking their managers too soon, Messi/Maradona and discuss Robin Van Persie’s bizarre goading following Arsenal’s victory over Newcastle.

England Should Not Recall Paul Scholes

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Paul Scholes coming out of retirement for Manchester United is looking more and more like a master stroke from Alex Ferguson. Since he returned, Scholes has been a regular in the United team putting in a series of solid performances and giving his would be successors a lesson in ball retention. It’s no co-incidence that Scholes’ return has seen United knock Manchester City off the top spot with a single point of breathing room. Scholes performances have seen that old question rear it’s head again: should England recall him? (more…)