Alan Mahood: Retiring from football. So… what now?

Credit: Callum McFadden. Photograph taken in February 2020 before Covid restrictions changed our lives as we know it. You’ve made the decision. Or you’ve had it made for you. Either way, it’s over. You grow up playing every minute you can, ball under the arm 24/7 taking every opportunity you get to get a touchContinue reading “Alan Mahood: Retiring from football. So… what now?”

Michael McGlinchey: Queens Park, New Zealand & playing in Japan

You signed for Queen’s Park FC in 2020. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe the club? I am really enjoying my time at Queen’s Park FC so far. As soon as I arrived I got a good sense of the club and the players. TheyContinue reading “Michael McGlinchey: Queens Park, New Zealand & playing in Japan”

R9 at Rangers: How close was Ronaldo to starring in Scotland?

Credit: Ricardo Stuckert Everyone loves a good transfer rumour and I’m not ashamed to say it but I love the transfers that come out of thin air that nobody ever saw coming. Some that come to mind are when Argentinian World Cup Stars Javier Mascherano & Carlos Tevez pitched up at West Ham and inContinue reading “R9 at Rangers: How close was Ronaldo to starring in Scotland?”

How one match pushed Zlatan to 300+ goals in his thirties!

Credit: Doha Stadium Plus Qatar In this entry in my Scandinavian series, we talk about a Swedish Footballer, which one is that? You can probably guess. There are moments in Football where logic cannot explain the way that someone reacts. The irrational anger I felt when I saw Luis Suarez cheat Ghana out of aContinue reading “How one match pushed Zlatan to 300+ goals in his thirties!”

Sven Göran Eriksson: Lazio title win was magical

Credit: Doha Stadium Plus Qatar You won the Serie A title with Lazio in 2000. Their fans are very passionate. What was it like when the title was sealed? It was magical and crazy. It got crazy with happiness in the stadium. People were crying everywhere. Fans and players alike. Even the owner was crying.Continue reading “Sven Göran Eriksson: Lazio title win was magical”

Haalander – RB Leipzig 1 Borussia Dortmund 3

Credit: Dirk Vorderstraße After Bayern Munich’s shock capitulation away at Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night, Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund met in what was a must win for both sides. Monchengladbach came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at home against Bayern, and this meant if Leipzig could win at home then they would go aboveContinue reading “Haalander – RB Leipzig 1 Borussia Dortmund 3”

Christie Murray: Shelley Kerr, Karen Carney and the bravery of Jen Beattie

Your Scotland teammate Jen Beattie recently spoke about her battle with breast cancer. As a national team, do you all come together in a tough moment like that? Jen was so brave to speak about her battle as it’s so raw. Her message is so important because she’s encouraging other woman to go and getContinue reading “Christie Murray: Shelley Kerr, Karen Carney and the bravery of Jen Beattie”

Copa Libertadores- Aggression, Flair and Amateur Dramatics

Credit: Carlos Figueroa Rojas / Media supported by Wikimedia Chile. The Copa Libertadores is perfect viewing for those who are looking for a rawer Champions League like competition. Both Semi-Final first legs that took place on Tuesday contained the perfect balance of familiar faces and breakthrough stars looking to set the world alight. River PlateContinue reading “Copa Libertadores- Aggression, Flair and Amateur Dramatics”

Interview with Timo Wenzel

Photograph courtesy of Pexels Former VFB Stuttgart defender talks to Stel on the #NOCHOFTES Podcast about his three years at Omonoia Nicosia, winning a league title and domestic cup. Watch the whole interview here You were one of 23 signings made by Omonoia Nicosia in 2008. Did you know much about the club before youContinue reading “Interview with Timo Wenzel”

Glen Johnson: Goalkeeping, West Ham United and Dagenham and Redbridge

Credit: Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club You are currently goalkeeping coach at Dagenham & Redbridge. How are you enjoying your time and your role so far and how would you describe a club such as Dagenham & Redbridge? My time at Dagenham & Redbridge has been enjoyable so far and I joined the club twoContinue reading “Glen Johnson: Goalkeeping, West Ham United and Dagenham and Redbridge”

Covid really has made the FA Cup lose it’s magic

Credit: Wembley Stadium Tours By Michael Burney For years now it has been said that the ‘Magic of the Cup’ has been dying. Ever since Manchester United pulled out of the competition to play in the inaugural World Club Championship in Brazil at the turn of the century, this line has been trotted out. It wouldContinue reading “Covid really has made the FA Cup lose it’s magic”

Serie A Review – Will the Scudetto return to Milan?

Credit: Scipio83 The return of fans to Italian football cannot come soon enough in what is shaping up to be the most exciting title race in the past decade. The surprise emergence of A.C Milan as Serie A leaders under the guidance of manager Stefano Pioli and influence of the ever green Zlatan Ibrahimovic hasContinue reading “Serie A Review – Will the Scudetto return to Milan?”

Neil Young: Managing Marine, returning to Chester and preparing for Josè Mourinho and Spurs

Credit: Marine AFC Before we talk about the FA Cup run and what it means to you and the club, you’ve just signed a new long term contract at Marine. How much are you enjoying life at the club? I have just signed a contract for the next three and a half years as I’mContinue reading “Neil Young: Managing Marine, returning to Chester and preparing for Josè Mourinho and Spurs”

Andrew Barrowman: Birmingham, Ross County and life after football

Credit: SPFL You retired in 2018. How are you enjoying your retirement from professional football and how is life for you these days? In terms of retirement I think the first thing to say it is that I was probably ready to retire and sometimes players are forced into retirement whether that due to injuryContinue reading “Andrew Barrowman: Birmingham, Ross County and life after football”

Kevin Day: Ian Wright leaving Palace broke my heart

Credit: Sky Sports I still haven’t quite forgiven him for leaving us for Arsenal. Every time I see him he always laughs and says ‘What will it take for you to stop calling me Judas?’ Well, get a time machine and don’t kiss the Arsenal badge when you score against us which is what heContinue reading “Kevin Day: Ian Wright leaving Palace broke my heart”

Keeping Eric Bailly fit would go a long way to strengthening the defence

Credit: Manchester United Football Club By Michael Burney Since his arrival from Villarreal in the summer of 2016, Eric Bailly has only managed to show glimpses of his undoubted talent as a centre back. There have been numerous injuries and mad cap moments which has even lead to a Twitter page named ‘Out of contextContinue reading “Keeping Eric Bailly fit would go a long way to strengthening the defence”

The Scottish Football Christmas and New Year Review

I, Dr. Grant Campbell of the ‘Campbell’s Footballs’ podcast and one of the presenters of the SPFL42 Show (a.k.a. Stato) return with my Scottish Football review. I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas break. A very Happy 2021 to each and every one of my readers. May this year be a special one forContinue reading “The Scottish Football Christmas and New Year Review”

Belgian First Division A: The season so far and January needs

Written by the team @BelgianPodcast January is always an important time for football clubs, as it gives them the chance to build upon or try and turn around the season they have been having so far. We will look below at all of the sides in the Belgian Pro League, analysing how their season has been goingContinue reading “Belgian First Division A: The season so far and January needs”

The top 5 Premier League Playmakers profiled

Credit: Pexels Written by Callum McFadden with data from the team @ViziFootball. This is a profile of the top 5 playmakers in the Premier League. Jack Grealish Jack Grealish is statistically probably the best of the bunch. Hated by rival fans for his socks, the fouls he collects etc etc, these same people also secretlyContinue reading “The top 5 Premier League Playmakers profiled”

Josh Hmami: Marine, Neil Young and preparing for Tottenham Hotspur

Credit: Marine AFC You joined Marine in the summer of 2020. How did the move materialise? When I was at Ramsbottom, we played Marine in the last game before COVID curtailed the season. Ramsbottom won the game 1-0 and I had a good game that day. Then, in the summer Neil Young called me asContinue reading “Josh Hmami: Marine, Neil Young and preparing for Tottenham Hotspur”

Nostalgic touch a good way to end Only An Excuse

Credit: BBC news ONLY An Excuse used to be the thing to look forward to at Hogmanay back in the nineties and early 2000’s. Every end of year, Jonathan Watson would dress up and do great impressions of some of Scottish Football’s biggest names, from Sir Alex Ferguson to Walter Smith, from Kenny Dalglish toContinue reading “Nostalgic touch a good way to end Only An Excuse”

Haaland, Odegaard and King: How Norway could become an International Footballing Power

Credit: Werner100359 For this issue of my tales from Scandinavia series we visit Norway. A country who Footballing wise haven’t really seen much daylight. Having only qualified for four major tournaments since 1938 with their last appearance coming in Euro 2000 the Norwegians, despite their passion and love for the game, really haven’t had muchContinue reading “Haaland, Odegaard and King: How Norway could become an International Footballing Power”

Raman Paul: My love of football and working with DRN Sport

All photographs courtesy of Raman Paul You recently became a consultant at DRN Sport. What does your new role involve? Firstly, I’d like to thank Kiko Rodriguez for the opportunity. My role as a football consultant will be primarily to assist the team at DRN by working hard to find talented players to join usContinue reading “Raman Paul: My love of football and working with DRN Sport”