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Football purist, realist and general sports fanatic. Interested in all aspects of the game, from all corners of the earth.

Sunday, 25 January 2015


Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan peered into his neighbours’ gardens and caught a glimpse of his Emirate’s future. Abu Dhabi was once reliant on pearling but The Great Depression of the 1930’s had cut the industry to it’s knees. Unlike other states surrounding the Persian Gulf (including Bahrain and Kuwait) he had no oil, so agreed to grant expanding oil companies concessions to hunt for the commodity he craved. In 1950 the Iraq Petroleum Company drilled the first boreholes in the ground of what would soon be known as The United Arab Emirates. A year, a million pounds and 13,000 feet later the mission was deemed unsuccessful.

A small provincial club in north-west England wasn't even a dirty thought in the Gulf State's mind back then.

Available at: http://www.blog.fantasy5live.com/2015/01/22/manchester-city-still-under-pressure-to-prove-progress/

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Wrong Man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

There is a club out there for every manager. The best of the best carry their success around with them like a watch on their wrist.

Alex Ferguson created unimaginable periods of success at both Manchester United and Aberdeen, Carlo Ancelotti solves footballing equations regardless of the language they’re posed in, Jose Mourinho’s teams may as well enter the Champions League at the semi-final stage.

Available at: http://www.blog.fantasy5live.com/2015/01/16/3985/

The Rotting Corpse of The Only Choice

"No why. Just here." - John Cage.

On the 8th of February, 2012, Harry Redknapp discovered what he was born to do in life. Just hours after successfully slipping away from a court case where he was accused of cheating the UK revenue system after receiving payments in a Monte Carlo based bank account from former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric (the most incriminating sentence of all time), news broke of Fabio Capello’s resignation as England manager. Fortune favours the bold.

Available at: http://www.blog.fantasy5live.com/2015/01/15/3939/

Ross Barkley: Leave him be

Steven Gerrard is broken. During his time he was so often the talisman; the catalyst behind Liverpool’s successful battle against total mediocrity. In the last twelve months Demba Ba, the World Cup and his own aching joints, Gerrard’s Unholy Trinity, amalgamated. The demolition ball they formed pounded into the Liverpool captain’s spirit and knocked him across the Atlantic.  Watching Gerrard’s interview on after accepting his fate no longer lay at Anfield the evidence was obvious; Steven Gerrard is a broken man.

How old is a Prospect?

The rise of Harry Kane is somewhat inconceivable to modern football fans. Despite people beginning to come to terms with the idea the aging curve for athletes is shifting to the left, his influence on the Tottenham squad this season has been significant for a 21 year-old. That hasn’t stopped people belittling his achievement however; for everyone other than Spurs fans Kane is a ‘flavour of the month’ footballer. The inevitable loss of form will see him out of North London and kick-start a career touring around bottom-half clubs, probably under Harry Redknapp. Twenty-one is too old nowadays.

Available at: http://www.blog.fantasy5live.com/2015/01/08/tottenham-hotspurs-harry-kane-cementing-his-place-as-a-top-player/

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Old Head on Broad Shoulders. The Israel Ilunga Interview

“Keep your head down, keep your head down, keep your head down”. The simple advice Israel Ilunga offers to hopeful youngsters across the country who already look up to him as a role model and ask him for advice through social networks at the tender age of eighteen. While the words may seem basic and uninspiring they’re ones that haven’t left his head since his foster parents Desmond and Anne passed them on to him the day before he took to a GAA field for the first time at the age of eleven.

More than a Club

Available at http://d13122742.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/more-than-a-club/