Obscure 90′s Footballers Part II

On April 5th of this year, we released an article detailing the interesting career paths of some of football’s forgotten men. As part of this article, we invited others to share their own ‘Obscure Footballer’ tales. So here we go… Anyone remember Stuart Hicks?

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It’s Not Just Jack

Jack Wilshere hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week after pictures came out of the midfielder smoking outside a club in London. Arsene Wenger was displeased despite the original story that, in the words of a spokesman on Jack’s behalf; ‘One dared Jack, who does not smoke, to momentarily hold the cigarette as part of a prank.’

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Chin up, Jonjo

After Jonjo Shelvey’s tumultuous performance against Liverpool on Monday night, one in which he grabbed one goal and three assists (selflessly sharing the spoils amongst both teams), here we recount some other shambolic and up’n'down displays in recent history. (Note: There aren’t all that many on par..)

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Moyes and Marouane – A Match Made in Heaven

Whilst Arsene Wenger took most of the flak for his refusal to spend this summer, there were more than a few tuts and shakes of the head going on in Manchester with the only man to arrive at Old Trafford a 20 year old Uruguayan right-back with one senior appearance for Peñarol.

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How England should line up for Moldova…

After Roy’s announcement of the England squad on Tuesday, here we offer our thoughts on the best starting XI amongst this selection. England formation to start in the upcoming qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. Let us know if you agree or indeed completely disagree!

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Move over RVP – Golden Boot Contenders 2013

One Robin Van Persie is naturally the bookies’ favourite to clinch what would be his third consecutive golden boot award this season. Since the league’s beginning only Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry have managed this accolade, and whilst RVP has a damn good chance there’ll be no shortage of talented strikers out to stop him this season.

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Low Cost, Big Impact: Which new signings will make a splash?

The Premier League season is upon us, so we’ve taken a look at some of the top cut-price transfers that have occurred this summer. You heard them here first!

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Skrill Premier Preview

We take a look at English football’s fifth tier with a preview of the newly named Football Conference, the ‘Skrill Premier’.

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Best Premier League Debuts

With a nod to Ashton Agar’s performance at the Ashes this seeks to evaluate the best footballing debuts in Premier League history. With some talented fresh new faces joining the league this coming season (see Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Luis Alberto and Andre Schurrle to name just three) this list may well have some new additions come August.

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Tips for the 2013 British Open

We take a look at a few players who could challenge for the Claret Jug later this month in Scotland. With so many players eager to get their hands on the famous Claret Jug, who are the front runners in 2013? We’re going to have a look at some slightly less predictable picks in descending order of likelihood!

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Australia 2013 Ashes Squad: Who’s Who!

With the dust settling on the finale of the Champions Trophy, we provide a who’s who of Australia’s touring party this summer. Like David Warner, we’ll try not to pull any punches with our appraisal of the sixteen man squad! Several of these are unlikely to be familiar names to English audiences, especially as the Test squad looks very different to the side that finished bottom of its Champions Trophy group earlier this month.

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2013 Premiership Retirees XI

A sad but inevitable part of football – players tend to retire at some point. This season however has been the season for retirements. Whether it was a shared belief that ‘if Fergie’s retiring I should too’ or the superstition of the ’13′; this season has seen numerous Premier League legends hang up their boots.

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Lions 1st Test Team – Oddslife’s XV!

We take a look at the British and Irish Lions potential starting XV for the first test against Australia. There are one or two big calls – we’re starting off in the backs as there are some particularly hard decisions up front! Get in the Lions spirit and leave us a comment with your preferred selection – Can the Lions secure a first series win since 1997?

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Potential Summer Transfers 2013

We haven’t even got into the transfer window and everything is going crazy! Fabregas to United or Arsenal? Eriksen to Liverpool? Lukaku to West Ham? We take a look at some of the big transfer rumours doing the rounds this summer and assess how likely the moves are to materialise.

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Replacing Moyes – An Inside Job?

Despite no trophies in his 11 year tenure Moyes has rightly earned the accolade of Everton legend. Whilst the man himself has some big boots to fill, the boot’s he’s left at Goodison are pretty sizeable too. A few popular Everton FC figures have cropped up in discussion of the manager’s job in recent days, we take a look at their potential here…

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8 Reasons the Bundesliga Should Be More Popular

The Champions League Final at Wembley this year will be an all German affair. At the start of the competition this is something that very few expected; the Bundesliga after all is continually overlooked in discussions of the best leagues in the world. Here are eight reasons why you should pay the Bundesliga more attention than you already do.

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Premier League Goals of the Season 12/13

There have been some unbelievable goals in the premier league over the last few months, but which was the best? We take a look at the runners and riders for Premier League goal of the season 2012/13

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Brazilians in the Premier League!

Philippe Coutinho is looking like an inspired signing for Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool, having bamboozled a number of Premier League defences since his arrival from Inter in January. He is one of fifty-one Brazilians to have appeared in the Premier League in total, with fourteen of those remaining active. Scroll down for an exhaustive look at the rest of the Brazilians in the Premier League!

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Top 10 Football’s Funniest Moments

With the amount of money in football nowadays, many take it all too seriously. They forget that it is after all just a game. Not Luis Suarez. It’s questionable (and granted more than a little unlikely) that he chose to bite his opponent Branislav Ivanovic’s arm in yesterday’s match in a bid to get a few laughs. In response to yesterday’s incident we’ve compiled a top ten of football’s funny moments.

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The Best Football Celebrations of All Time!

It’s that time of the season where outpourings of emotion are ten a penny and indeed, Alan Pardew and Papiss Cisse themselves were particularly exuberant in their revelry against Fulham just a week ago! It’s not just those in the north east who know how to celebrate though… here are the best football celebrations of all time!

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Football on Twitter – Who to Follow?

Everyone who’s anyone has Twitter nowadays. In the world of sport it’s given fans a unique opportunity to interact with players, one like no other in history, but it seems both fans and players alike are still adjusting to it. In this article Oddslife gives you the lowdown on who to follow in the footballing world; controversy, humour, philosophy – you name it, there’s a player who tweets it.

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Obscure 90s Footballers – Where Are They Now??

Whilst it continues to delight by churning out names of cult ‘heroes’ long forgotten from the decade that brought us Google, the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, this article sets about picking a few gems and finding out where are they now.

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Paolo Di Canio, Politics and the Press

It’s fair to say that I’m not a big Paolo Di Canio fan. I dislike his ostentatious manner. I thought the way he humiliated Swindon goalkeeper Wes Foderingham was extremely unnecessary and his departure from the Wiltshire club appeared totally bizarre, at least to the slightly uninformed observer. If I was Ellis Short I cannot say I would have been rushing to appoint Di Canio and I think they are worse off with the enigmatic Italian at the helm than they were with Martin O’ Neill.

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The New Kings of North London?

Undoubtedly the most bitter of London football rivalries the clash has taken on a more significant note in the past few seasons with the rise of Tottenham Hotspur and accompanying fall of Arsenal. As it stands four points now separate the two clubs with Spurs occupying fourth and Arsenal in fifth, albeit with a game in hand.

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The Best Football Kits in the World!

There’s undoubtedly a fair amount of subjectivity when considering which football kits are the best, but here are a few of the current numbers that ought to tickle your fancy. The more daring manufacturers tend to traverse a difficult line between fashion faux pas and magnificence, so hopefully these ten lean towards the latter.

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The Funniest Football Injuries of All Time!

In light of Carl Ikeme’s incredibly unfortunate injury this week (for those who don’t know, the Wolves goalkeeper injured himself punching a tactics board at half time, still angry at Dave Davis’ calamitous own goal in which he was culpable) we’ve compiled a list of the funniest football injuries ever. Get ready for sheer stupidity and embarrassment!

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Does Circus Act Rio Really Deserve Roy’s Recall?

We take a look at the ins and outs of Rio’s England recall and discuss whether it’s really such a good idea. 81 caps, a lot of injuries, a lot of controversy, a lot of tweeting in the last couple of years and certainly a lot of eulogising from the red half of Manchester. But is Roy doing the right thing in handing the 34-year-old another shot at international football?

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Should Giggs’ shirt number be retired?

Whilst he may have preferred an alternative scenario to make his 1000th senior career performance, Ryan Giggs put in a typically strong and energetic performance in a game in which he was three years the senior of the next oldest player on the pitch; the referee. The Welshman recently signed a contract which will keep him at Old Trafford past his 40th birthday!

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Oddslife’s European Football Round-Up – 23rd/24th of February

In the first instalment of a new Oddslife feature, we take a look at some of the weekend’s action from continental Europe. Hopefully readers of the round up each week will get a head start in the Oddslife predictor game with some extra knowledge of who the continent’s form teams are! Our European player of the week this time – Arjen Robben.

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The Best Young Players on Fifa 13′s Career Mode ( The Winter Update Edition)

Back in October we came up with a list of the best young players to sign on Fifa 13’s Career Mode, which you can find here. Most of these are still pretty good to go, except you might want to take a rain check on Cragno who doesn’t appear to come as good! After the winter update, here is Oddslife’s updated ‘Best Young Players’ list for you to take advantage of!

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Liverpool vs Swansea: Premier League Preview

Liverpool vs Swansea is one of the biggest fixtures this week as the Reds look to bounce back from a difficult week. Can Brendan Rodgers lead his side to success against the Swans? Swansea may be worth a punt; especially as the Anfield club have failed to win in four outings since they pulverised a shell-shocked Norwich in mid January.

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An Idiot’s Guide to Brazilian Domestic Football

In a Euro-Centric footballing world, we take a look at how Brazilian domestic football is organised! It’s fair to say that Brazilian football is a pretty exciting place to be at the moment. A World Cup on home soil is less than five hundred days away, and golden boy Neymar has pledged his immediate future to the country.

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January Transfer Window Analysis

The 2013 January transfer window came to a relatively quiet end last week, although Premiership clubs still managed to spend £130 million – a full £70 million increase on last year’s total outlay! Despite this, David Beckham’s move to PSG rightly stole the spotlight, as he agreed to donate his entire 5 month salary to a Parisian children’s charity.

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Where To Get The Best Title Winning Odds

At the start of the campaign Bradford City were 10,000-1 outsiders to win the League Cup. Now, after some audacious wins against Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa the best odds around stand at just 9/2 (Betfair) for them to lift the trophy in what would be one of the greatest underdog stories of all time in English football.

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The Best Strike Partnerships in World Football

What is the best strike partnership in world football? Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney? Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller? In an era where the front two is being phased out, we take a look at the possible options. Is there a dynamic duo that we’ve criminally missed? Leave us a comment or tweet us @Oddslife with your best strike partnerships!

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Championship Team of the Season so far and more

£90 million pounds. That’s the base figure in additional earnings that clubs receive for promotion to the Premier League. And, according to Adam Bull of Deloitte, this figure is set to increase with the league having secured a £3 billion deal for TV rights from 2013/14. This will mean even the club that finish bottom will receive over £60 million.

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The Suarez handball and FIVE other uses of the hand!

The Suarez handball against Mansfield has polarised pundits, and as the forward isn’t exactly the most loved player away from Merseyside it has proven a rather easy stick to beat him with. Here’s a clip of it, but surely the Suarez handball wasn’t as bad as these?

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Can Reading beat the Christmas Relegation Curse?

Reading have it all to do. Despite already climbing to the dizzying heights of nineteenth, they were bottom of the pile at Christmas and as the curse indicates, that means bidding the Premiership adieu at the end of the season.

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FIFA World Team of the Year Predictions, Ballon D’or, Goal of the Year and more

It’s that time of the year where awards are thrown out with reckless abandon and the nitty gritty of league football is swapped for a glitzy ceremony in Switzerland. Among the prizes handed out on the 7th of January will be the much coveted Ballon d’or award, awards for the coach of the year, women’s player of the year, the fair play award and more. So first off, the big one:

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January 2013 Transfer Window – Club by Club Guide

Forget Christmas. The footballing festive period begins in January as managers throughout the country search for that missing link; a proven goalscorer, an undiscovered gem or a midfield dynamo. Whoever he is and wherever he plays is irrelevant; if he can make a difference in the latter half of the season then it’ll overshadow any gift a manager or true fan could have hoped to receive.

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Oddslife’s Week 18 Premier League Preview

As the Premier League season nears the halfway stage, the scramble for points is really intensifying. QPR are finally off the bottom following their win against Fulham, and Man United are the team to beat with a 6 point cushion at the top. We start with QPR, who are starting to believe in the Great Escape!

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How to Make Easy Coins on Fifa 13’s Ultimate Team Mode

You want a good team, but can’t be bothered to play endless amounts of games to afford just one or two decent players? Getting no luck in the gold pack lottery? This guide is for you. Be aware that there isn’t a sudden method to make you a millionaire, but here is a fairly concise guide on how you can be making thousand coin profits in absolutely no time.

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Make your Fantasy Premier League move!

For those of you fully immersed in the heat of the Fantasy Premier League battle, I have a January 2013 solution! Watch out for the African Cup of Nations, activate your transfer wildcard and get this cost effective crop of players on board! Despite their eye catching starts to this campaign, you can still afford this title winning squad!

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Will the January transfer window save Wenger?

Wenger went against his usual policy of trying out youngsters in the League Cup and instead fielded a strong line up which included such stars as Jack Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski and Aaron Ramsey. The cost of assembling the Arsenal side totalled £65 million, the victorious Bradford team meanwhile cost just £7500.

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Can Harry save QPR?

On December 5th 2005 Harry Redknapp returned to Portsmouth tasked with saving the club from relegation to the Championship. At the time they were languishing in the relegation zone with just ten points from fifteen games. Despite this, he managed it, and in doing so cemented his place in the hearts and minds of Portsmouth fans for years to come.

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Oddslife’s Week 16 Premier League Preview

Arsene Wenger’s mid-table Gunners take on the Europa League chasing Baggies! Okay, so we all expect Saturday’s hosts to overcome their recent dip in form, but they need to start picking up points soon. They will also have to make do without Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott for this important clash. Can Long, Lukaku and co help spring a surprise? I doubt it.

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Financial Fair Play… Is It Working?

Clubs are monitored over first two and then three year periods and are essentially expected to spend no more than they earn over that time-frame, with the first real analysis coming in 2013/14. It’s not meant to be an overt discouragement to clubs paying over inflated fees, but it certainly means teams have to watch their spending and make sufficient cash from TV money, commercial revenue, ticket sales etc. to cover expenditure.

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Oddslife’s Week 15 Premier League Preview

Even at this relatively early stage of the season, it seems like the Manchester clubs are competing in a 2 horse race for the title. Rafa Benitez has struggled on his return to the Premier League, starting with 2 goalless draws, and Fernando Torres doesn’t look like finding form any time soon.

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Pardew’s suffering Toon: What has happened to Newcastle United?

This time one year ago, Newcastle were one of two unbeaten teams in the Premier League and found themselves 3rd in the table. Fast forward one year and Alan Pardew’s team have just recorded their fourth straight loss and are suffering their worst form since relegation from the top flight in 2008/09.

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David Beckham: What’s next?

It did not take long for clubs around the world to sit up and take notice when news filtered through that David Beckham is looking for one last challenge before retirement. Every club knows what signing Beckham means; they are not just acquiring a footballer, they’re also getting the brand that comes with him.