• Tournament Football,  World Cup 2018

    England’s World Cup Campaign – A Reflection – The future is bright

    Reflection After England’s defeat last night I think we are all left with a weird feeling. The feeling of natural disappointment, perhaps a missed opportunity to get to a final? But also a feeling of magnificent pride. Before this tournament people weren’t sure if England would get out the group, a particularly easy group at that. I remember before it started purposefully arguing why England could drop points against Panama. Instead we had a team that played a fine style of measured football. Now it is only natural for the team and fans to feel disappointment. However, England must not employ the Colombian route of ‘blame everyone else’, the classic…

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  • Tournament Football,  World Cup 2018

    World Cup Preview – England vs Croatia – Semi Final

    Overview   (Caveat – this piece will be short and sweet, as I’ve managed to pull a muscle in my back whilst walking to work and the whole Quasimodo thing just isn’t working for me)   Well Well Well!! England comfortably beat Sweden. There was a nervous feeling in the air as Sweden were our bogey team. However, you couldn’t help but feel they had a similar type of team to England with less quality. In England’s squad there are one or two young players emerging as world class, not to mention that Harry Kane has already established himself there, but still expectation was that it would be a more…

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    World Cup Preview – England vs Sweden – Quarter Final

    Overview And then there were eight. It’s still difficult to comprehend the fact that England are going to avoid Brazil, France, Belgium and Uruguay if they eventually get to the Semi’s/Final. As far as I’m concerned, England have already achieved above expectations this tournament in reaching the Quarters. I don’t care how they did it but beating Colombia in an away game, hostile atmosphere, it was quite an accomplishment. We all know there would be more England fans if Russia had not made it clear at the Euros that beer bellied bald Brits were public enemy number one. It is no surprise that the Colombian fans numbered 8-1. People should…

  • Tournament Football,  World Cup 2018

    World Cup Preview – England vs Colombia – Last 16

    Overview It looks like this world cup has become the underdogs tournament, a chance for a star next to their badge. With Germany, Spain, Portugal and Argentina knocked out and other, maybe not so large, teams making a big impression on the competition, such as hosts Russia. It seems that the 2018 tournament could fall into the hands of a complete outsider albeit France, Belgium, Uruguay and Brazil still looking very strong but destined to fight each other and not the underdogs. Underdogs England, Colombia, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia and Croatia won’t meet one of those feared sides until the final.  It’s crazy to think one of these stated teams will…

  • Tournament Football,  World Cup 2018,  Wunderkind Watch,  Youth Football

    Wunderkind Watch – World Cup Special P1 – Russia 2018

    World Cup Wunderkinds P1     Gabriel Jesus   Name: Gabriel Fernando de Jesus Club: Manchester City (England) Position: Forward Nationality: Brazilian Date of birth: 3 April 1997   The Past Let’s start with a bang, 21 year-old Jesus made his name as an exciting youngster at Brazilian club Palmeiras. Clearly an exciting prospect at youth level, 37 goals in 22 games (2014), supporters even started a petition to get the youngster more playing time. He had to wait until 2015 to make his debut subsequently receiving the Campeonato Brasileiro ‘Best Newcomer’ and winning the Copa do Brasil against legendary club Santos. Internationally, he started for Brazil U20 in the…

  • Toulon Tournament 2018,  Tournament Football,  Youth Football

    Toulon Tournament Recap – England vs Mexico – Final 2018

    England vs Mexico  – The Final   Preview England vs Mexico had nail biter written all over it. Two traditionally strong youth powerhouses who would come to blows. England presented a strong experienced squad while what Mexico lacked in depth of squad they made up for with a few outstanding talents that I have no doubt will remain on a global stage for the duration of their careers.   The Match The game started with a bang as, the definitive Mexico striker, Roberto Alvarado scored in the second minute assisted by Eduardo Aguirre. Aguirre had a sensational tournament topping it off with the golden boot and equalling Alan Shearers record…

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    Toulon Tournament Recap – England vs Scotland – Semi-Final – 2018

    England vs Scotland   Semi-Final England qualified for the Semi-Final as the best second place team in the group stages. This led to an exciting draw against yea-old enemy Scotland. Scotland had stunned hosts France in their group to qualify as top of their group and this led to an exciting showdown. Normally when England and Scotland meet it is in an organised friendly so to meet in a competitive context is always exciting. The other Semi-Final was a good match up of Mexico vs. Turkey. You need nerves of steel at these stages of the tournament but to get this far is great experience for young players to show…

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  • Wunderkind Watch,  Youth Football

    Wunderkind Watch – Diego Lainez

    Name: Diego Lainez Leyva Club: America (Mexico) Position: Midfielder Nationality: Mexican Date of birth: 9 June 2000 The Present Diego Lainez is a 17 year old Mexican player who currently plays for Liga MX Club America. One of the youngest ever players to make a debut for the first team at 16 he graduated through their youth set-up as an attacking midfielder (number 10) or wide-man. Lainez has extremely ‘quick feet’, great crossing ability and unbelievable dribbling, already being dubbed the Mexican Messi. This player certainly has been blessed with the talent to take the world by storm. He knows when to take a man on but also when to cross…

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    Wunderkind Watch – Billy Gilmour

    Wunderkind Watch – Billy Gilmour Name: Billy Clifford Gilmour Club: Chelsea Position: Midfielder Nationality: Scottish Date of birth: 11 June 2001 The Present Billy Clifford Gilmour is a 16 year old Scottish player who currently plays for Chelsea FC. Signed from Rangers academy at 15 years old he is a center midfielder with great technical ability and a solid range of passing, even more important to note though is his ability to dictate tempo from the center of the park. Currently representing Scotland at U21 level is no mean feat, not only that, showing he easily holds his own on the pitch. Interestingly his diminutive stature does not hold him back,…

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    Toulon Tournament Recap – England vs Qatar – Group Stage – 2018

    England vs Qatar   Qualification After England’s 0-0 draw with Mexico the two teams were neck and neck at the top of Group A. Both teams needed to win their last games against Qatar and China respectively as strong favourites; but being in 7 points each brought in the ‘win by how much’ factor. Mexico, playing first, beat China 3-1. This left England needing a 5-goal aggregate score line to top their group and guarantee qualification to the semi-finals. As I have previously mentioned there are only four groups at the Toulon tournament with the group winners and the best second placed team going through. If England did not achieve…