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  1. No Suarez in Brazil would be a loss for all

    John Brewin

    The implications of Luis Suarez missing the World Cup are myriad. It would be bad luck for fans of football to lose Suarez for this tournament; whether the Uruguay international is playing the role of bad guy or brilliant match-winner, he is never le...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  2. Van Gaal ready to bring Dutch revolution to Manchester

    John Brewin

    The worst-kept secret in football is finally official. Manchester United are going Dutch. In employing one of the big beasts of European football, the club heads down an avenue of great change. Louis van Gaal will be its first coach not from Britain ...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  3. Concerns remain about Hodgson's sensible England squad

    John Brewin

    The public statements of Ashley Cole and Roy Hodgson were respectful and cordial. When news broke on Sunday that Cole was not part of England's expedition to Brazil, the headline act of the selection process had already been performed. Old Traffor...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  4. City seize on rivals' slips to claim their crown

    John Brewin

    MANCHESTER -- The streets of Manchester were filled with noise on Sunday night. City fans belted out songs of praise for, variously, Manuel Pellegrini, Pablo Zabaleta and, loudest of all, Steven Gerrard. In English football, schadenfreude is always a...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  5. Predicting the England World Cup squad

    John Brewin

    There will be little time for the Premier League's ever-dwindling band of Englishmen to think back on a season only just gone. Following Super Sunday, Monday will be another moment of truth. Brazil or a beach elsewhere? Many will be mulling over thei...

    Blog | May 10, 2014
  6. PFA award confirms Suarez is the best in the English game

    John Brewin

    In football, redemption can be readily achieved if a player becomes the best. Luis Suarez follows in a tradition of stars of questionable reputation whose football did enough talking for them to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year award. The f...

    Blog | April 27, 2014
  7. No teenage kicks

    John Brewin

    "Playing football the Matt Busby Way," sing Manchester United fans. Perhaps David Moyes' greatest problem was to fail to meet that expectation. "Just go out there and enjoy yourself," was United's patriarch's most frequent prematch advice. Moyes'...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  8. Results, delusions, atmosphere made Moyes' firing inevitable

    John Brewin

    When Manchester United lost Sir Alex Ferguson as manager, they became just another football club. The usual life of a football manager is brutish and short. Football clubs sack failing managers; it happens all the time. David Moyes' departure woul...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  9. Sterling set to shine for England

    John Brewin

    Something in English football's psyche loves a wild card at international tournaments. Youth paired with pace has become particularly seductive. Such ardour most probably derives from the memory of a teenage Michael Owen coltishly strafing through...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  10. Five conclusions from the Euro 2016 qualifying draw

    John Brewin

    Little did we know that the "Week of Football" was actually the length of time that the Euro 2016 draw would take. A collection of great goalkeepers pulled balls from bowls, as the continent sat on the edge of their seats, mostly as a means by which ...

    Blog | February 23, 2014
  11. Euro 2016 -- Platini's farcical attempt to fix international foot...

    John Brewin

    The once thrilling novelty of a Euro or World Cup has been reduced by exposure. Globalisation, through both a freer movement of players and TV access to leagues from far-flung countries, has damaged international football, perhaps terminally. Worl...

    Blog | February 21, 2014
  12. Remembering Tom Finney, the 'Preston Plumber'

    John Brewin

    "To dictate the pace and course of a game, a player has to be blessed with awesome qualities. Those who have accomplished it on a regular basis can be counted on the fingers of one hand - Pele, Maradona, Best, Di Stefano, and Tom Finney." Sir Stan...

    Blog | February 15, 2014
  13. Three Things: West Ham vs. Newcastle

    John Brewin

    LONDON -- Three observations from Newcastle United's 3-1 win over West Ham. 1. Cabaye sinks Sam No place in top-level English football is as unforgiving as Upton Park. That goes for both visitors and home team. Managers, too, are frequently giv...

    Blog | January 18, 2014
  14. Three Things: Derby County vs. Chelsea

    John Brewin

    DERBY, England -- Chelsea continued on in the FA Cup, defeating Derby County 2-0 at Pride Park. Here are some quick thoughts from Sunday's third-round clash ... 1. Silence of the Rams Often, the difference between top football teams and the gam...

    Blog | January 05, 2014
  15. What a difference a year makes

    John Brewin

    Football achievement is usually measured in seasons, yet this group of players, managers and one club has had a 2013 to remember, for reasons both good and bad. Luis Suarez Captain, leader, legend? Luis Suarez is on an unerring path to rede...

    Blog | December 25, 2013
  16. Match-fixing a threat to football's integrity

    John Brewin

    It couldn't happen here? Following the exposure of betting scams in Spain, Italy, Germany and Eastern Europe, recent events suggest that match-fixing's teeth have bitten deeply into English football. This week saw the arrest of six men, including ...

    Blog | December 13, 2013