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Fox Sports Articles

After Bleacher Report linked up with Fox Sports, the American website began to publish my work on a regular basis.

Good headline, good byline. But good journalism?

Good headline, good byline. But good journalism?

Allardyce reveals unsavoury side on Premiership return

An immediate reaction (read: perhaps knee-jerk) to Sam Allardyce’s decision to end his BBC boycott upon coming out of football’s wilderness and being appointed as Blackburn manager. At the time, it seemed a decision that lacked real integrity.

Don’t overlook Barca’s tactical victory

Post-match analysis of Barcelona’s last gasp 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, that set the Catalan giants on to the Champions League final.

Bright international future awaits Belgium’s young starlets

A look at the emergence of talented young players in a European country not necessarily renowned for its footballers (Danny Blind excepted).

Could Walcott benefit from a change in position?

Opinion piece suggesting Theo Walcott might be more effective on the left for Arsenal, rather than his traditional role on the right. Apropos of not a lot, Wenger tried him there the next game.

United’s success built on the craft of Carrick

A look at how much credit Michael Carrick can take for Manchester United’s title success last season (08/09). It was a viewpoint echoed by Jonathan Northcroft later in the Sunday Times.

Sale helps Milan’s bottom line, but will it help Real’s?

In the wake of Kaka’s sale to Real Madrid, I looked at the causes for the transfer and wonder whether the deal will have the dual effect the Spanish club hope.

Final is fitting stage for Barcelona’s historic 4-3-3

Fox requested some Barca-based analysis ahead of the Champions League final against Manchester United, so I looked at the history and character of the famous 4-3-3 formation the club employ.

Barcelona biding time in response to Real Madrid

Report on Barcelona’s summer transfer attitude, and how it has not been unduly affected by the big spending of their arch-rivals.

Villa determined not to become a victim of circumstance

Analysis of the unclear future of Valencia’s star David Villa, who was coveted by both Real Madrid and Barcelona, along with many English clubs. Focuses on how the Spanish international is making his case for a move on the pitch, not in the press.

USA announces arrival on the international stage

Reaction to the USA’s Confederations Cup final performance, and how it symbolised a subtle yet significant shift in the country’s status in the world game. (Also reprinted by the Los Angeles Times online).

New and returning faces in the Champions League

Fox Sports requested my analysis on some of the unfamiliar names competing in this season’s (09/10) Champions League, so I wrote a quick rundown of the teams who had automatically qualified for the competition’s group stages, despite not competing last season.

United hope to nuture Obertan’s natural talent

Opinion piece attempting to explain the reasoning behind United’s capture of Gabriel Obertan, by looking at how the club will hope to nuture what they see as the Frenchman’s impressive natural abilities.

Forlan finds the net easily, but not another club

Article wondering why more clubs aren’t interested in Diego Forlan, despite the Uruguayan being one of Europe’s most prolific scorers of the last few seasons. Is his age, and memories of his failure at Manchester United, holding him back?

Terry, Lescott exemplify differing attractions of Manchester City

A look at the contrasting reasons behind John Terry and Joleon Lescott’s attraction to joining the expensive Manchester City project. For the opportunity, or for the money?

Why the Eto’o-Ibrahimovic transfer makes sense

Reaction to the part-exchange transfer of Samuel Eto’o for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, laying out why the transfer made a good deal for all clubs, managers, and players involved.

Kakuta has debutant ball for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Comment piece on Gael Kakuta’s debut for Chelsea, in which the young Frenchman displayed both the attitude and talent that the very best young players seem to have. Considering the pressure his situation puts on him, an extremely impressive cameo.

Unfit foreign owners make Premier League more competitive (at both ends)

Look at how foreign owners in charge of clubs at the top and bottom of the league have inadvertently hampered the progression of their teams, allowing competitors a chance to shake up the usual status quo.

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