The agitation game – why players throw tantrums to get that move

THIS has been something of an unsatisfactory summer for the reputation of footballers and their commitment to their contracts. A string of major players have made themselves the proverbial “pain in the arse” in order to push for a transfer, mostly when they are in mid-contract. The most recent example appears to be David Luiz, who moved from Chelsea to Arsenal in the closing minutes … Continue reading The agitation game – why players throw tantrums to get that move

The dramatic shop window

FOR the neutral, the UEFA Champions League final had the required level of drama to capture the attention of even the most hyperactive mind. However, there was something very predictable about Liverpool losing their most important player so early on, you could almost see the steam that has built up under Jürgen Klopp evaporating in front of your eyes. That Liverpool’s hopes were extinguished by … Continue reading The dramatic shop window

On the back of Bale

LET’S GET ONE thing straight. This is not the first time Wales have qualified for the latter stages of a major tournament since 1958. This is, however, the first time Wales have made it through to a “finals” since the World Cup in Sweden. Everyone seems to have forgotten 1976, when Wales reached the last eight of the European Championship, losing out to a fine … Continue reading On the back of Bale