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Category: Debate

  • Boycotts, apathy, and jubilation… Qatar 2022 is finally here!

    Boycotts, apathy, and jubilation… Qatar 2022 is finally here!

    Whether people like it or not, the Qatar World Cup is finally here, with a mixed anticipation for the football itself. We spoke to Welsh, Norwegian and English experts to gauge a broad perspective.

  • Round Table: 2022/23 Season Predictions – Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League

    Round Table: 2022/23 Season Predictions – Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League

    As the English Premier League kicks into gear, it’s time for our writers to either look like clairvoyant geniuses… or look rather silly. Do you agree with our season predictions?

  • Euro 2020 Round Table: The aftermath

    Euro 2020 Round Table: The aftermath

    It’s probably safe to say Euro 2020 has been a tournament like none other for so many reasons, but in the end we got there! Records tumbled, borders were crossed many times over, and Football FINALLY/ALMOST came home…  Our panel discussed how our pre-tournament predictions went – some monstrous ones in there – the biggest […]

  • EDITORIAL: Black Lives Matter pre-match protests – To take a knee, or not to take a knee?

    EDITORIAL: Black Lives Matter pre-match protests – To take a knee, or not to take a knee?

    Across this tournament, aside from the insane drama and oh-so-nears, there has been a constant undercurrent of a wider societal issue that has touched the whole world in one way or another: the Black Lives Matter protest of taking a knee. Gareth Southgate sat down with his squad before the tournament and asked them whether […]

  • Euro 2020 Round Table: Winners, dark horses, flops, top scorers, fondest memories

    Euro 2020 Round Table: Winners, dark horses, flops, top scorers, fondest memories

    With what will surely go down as one of the more unusual European Championships after the year-long delay due to the global pandemic, not to mention the pan-continental set-up with games played from Azerbaijan to London, we sat down to discuss the key names we expect to turn up. Bryan Moore, Jack Wills, Andrew McAlister, […]

  • Debate: Coronavirus Pandemic

    Debate: Coronavirus Pandemic

    1) In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak, should we be postponing games instead of continuing to play them, either publicly or behind closed doors? Andrew Flint: I think we’re at the stage now where postponing games for a short period would make sense, but only if it is implemented across the board by UEFA. […]

  • Debate: Financial Fair Play

    Debate: Financial Fair Play

    What is your opinion on Financial Fair Play (FFP)? Richard Pike: As a Wigan Athletic supporter, I have a mixed opinion on FFP. Had it been in place when we were climbing up through the Football League, it would have been tough to reach the Premier League. Bridging the financial gap to other teams in […]

  • Debate: Return of European Club Competitions

    Debate: Return of European Club Competitions

    Will English clubs win both the Champions League and Europa League? Which teams and ties are you most looking forward to seeing in both competitions? Hanu Trivedi: No, I can’t see English clubs cleaning up both the trophies. Personally I believe that Liverpool and PSG (and Real Madrid of course) are the only teams with […]

  • Debate: January Transfer Window

    Debate: January Transfer Window

    Since the January transfer window came in for the 2001/02 season, which January transfer stands out for you as the best? Richard Pike: Both Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidić proved to be excellent winter transfer window additions for Manchester United. However, the January transfer that stands out most for me is Luis Suárez’s move from […]

  • Debate – The modern game

    Debate – The modern game

    1. Fan Cams have exploded into the mainstream conscience in recent years; are they a parasite exploiting the clickbait culture, or a genuine voice of the fans? Richard Pike: Whilst some fans on the programmes do make some decent observations and I understand why they exist, Im not a huge fan of the Fan TV […]