TOP 5… FREE KICKS

The direct free-kick may be one of the most iconic images in all of football; the sight of a wall being lined up by a nervy goalkeeper is known throughout the world as the footballing shorthand for ‘Watch this!’ Here I pay tribute to some of my all-time favourite direct free-kicks. Continue reading

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TOP 5… SAVES

Goalkeepers are widely regarded as being a bit bonkers; characters such as Campos, Chilavert, Higuita, Grobbelaar¬†or even Big Neville Southall garnered reputations as figures of unusuality,¬†unpredictability and controversy. Here though, I’ll be visiting the other end of the spectrum as I choose my favourite five saves of all time. Note however that in the interests of being a little more diverse, I have chosen to exclude both Gordon Banks’ immortal save from Pele in 1970, and David Seaman’s time-stopping brilliance against Stoke in the Cup. Enjoy! Continue reading

TOP 5… FOOTBALL COMMENTARY QUOTES OF MY LIFETIME (1983-2010)

Throughout the history of live football coverage, the commentator has had the unenviable task of capturing a memorable moment in a way that fully encapsulates both the facts of the matter and the magnitude of the event. A well-placed word or phrase can turn a great moment into a timeless one. Join me as I salute those pieces of football commentary that have cemented these moments in my memory forever. Continue reading

TOP 5… FOOTBALLING MOMENTS OF 2009

2009 was a banner year in football. Barcelona won everything in sight, the USA took further strides into the international football arena by reaching the final of the Confederations Cup, United took the title for a record-equalling 18th time and lost Cristiano Ronaldo to the relentless player-recycling machine that is Real Madrid. Come with me now as I recount my top five footballing moments of 2009. Continue reading