Why I Hate Diego Maradona

Originally published by Magic Spongers on July 14th 2011.
When I was growing up, there was always one name, one footballer in particular that really riled my Dad. This man’s name, when mentioned, was always accompanied with the word “cheat” – along with other, more colourful phrases – so I pretty much grew up thinking that this man was the footballing equivalent of Satan.

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My Perfect Player

Originally published by 15YearOldGooner on July 5th 2011.

Head – Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo may not be the most likeable of footballers, and his heading ability maybe isn’t his best asset, but his quality in the air can be staggering at times. He’s not only got an impressive leap; the power that the Real Madrid forward can put into his headers is astounding. Ronaldo can run into the box from either wing and slam home a header or ingeniously flick a header past a flapping goalkeeper – one of the best header-ers of a football you will ever see. Continue reading My Perfect Player

The laziness and dishonesty of a want-away footballer

Originally published on my personal blog on July 3rd 2011.

“I’m leaving this club because I want to win trophies”. It’s perhaps acceptable for a footballer to use this kind of line if they are at a club who are clearly happy to be languishing in mid-table or below, not looking to spend money to improve with little ambition anywhere in the club – just accepting their position in the hierarchy of club football. Continue reading The laziness and dishonesty of a want-away footballer