From Buenos Aires to Rome and back via Birmingham – Mauro Zarate

Fans of the Premier League, cast your minds back to April 12th, 2008. It was the day that Mauro Zárate truly caught the attention of English fans, following up goals in March against Reading and Manchester City, with a sumptuous free kick to equalise late on against Everton for relegation threatened Birmingham. Zárate’s brief cameo in England’s second city was just one of several unusual stops in what has been an intriguing, frustrating and often perplexing career. 

The maverick Argentine is returning to the Premier League with a move to West Ham United, learn more about the new Hammer in my first article for inbedwithmaradona at the link below:

http://inbedwithmaradona.com/journal/2014/5/3/buenos-aires-rome-and-birmingham

World Cup Wild Cards

There have been enough column inches devoted to the likes of Neymar, Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, so for Four Four Tweet, I have compiled a list of wild cards, players that are not necessarily in the spotlight playing for the world’s top clubs, but whom could nevertheless prove crucial for their nation’s World Cup hopes and propel their own careers forward. A summer transfer looks likely for everyone on this list and how these individuals perform in Brazil could just dictate how high they climb and what fee they demand.

Read the full article at the link below:

http://fourfourtweet.co.uk/potential-world-cup-breakout-stars/

A WEEK IN FOOTBALL – MOURINHO’S MIND GAMES FINALLY PAYOFF FOR CHELSEA

José Mourinho’s whole career has been marked by mind games. His press conferences have become an event in themselves and have largely been successful. From the moment Mourinho introduced himself to England by declaring himself “the Special One”, the former Porto boss has shown a near unparalleled aptitude to use the media to his advantage. Able to go toe to toe with the likes of Wenger, Benitez and even the master of the art Sir Alex Ferguson, Mourinho has frequently used mind games to get in the heads of his opponents and gain a competitive edge.

This season though Mourinho hasn’t had things his way, often his jibes haven’t quite had the desired effects. Criticism of Manchester City’s spending was met largely with bemusement, very much a case of the pot calling the kettle black. As was Mourinho’s attempts to paint Chelsea as underdogs even as they led the league, if it was meant to heap pressure upon Liverpool and Manchester City, this ploy missed the mark somewhat. Liverpool and City remained largely consistent, if anything the constant writing off of his own side’s chances seemed to play on the Chelsea players’ minds, leading to such slip ups as the disastrous loss to Sunderland last week.

This weekend though in the huge title race encounter with Liverpool, Mourinho not only got his tactics spot on, but also his pre-match theatrics. In my weekly column for Stretty News, I take a closer look at where this crucial fixture was lost and won and what lessons Brendan Rodgers can learn from his former mentor turned rival.

Read the full article at the link below:

http://strettynews.com/a-week-in-football-mourinhos-mind-games-finally-payoff-for-chelsea/

HUNT FOR NEW MANAGER GOES ON, BUT WHAT DO UNITED NEED TO REVAMP THEIR STRUGGLING SQUAD?

After a terrible season, Moyes has got the sack and pundits and fans alike have all suggested that for Manchester United to be competitive once again they will need to clear out as many as 12 players and spend upwards of £200 million! In my latest article for Stretty News I argue that MUFC’s best move now is to remain calm and act quickly. With Van Gaal not available until after the World Cup, here are the three players United should sign ASAP for less than half that huge figure.

Read the full article at the link below:

http://strettynews.com/whilst-the-hunt-for-the-new-manager-goes-on-what-players-should-manchester-united-bring-in-and-who-should-they-move-on-in-order-to-revamp-their-struggling-squad/

Moyes out but who next for Manchester United?

David Moyes has finally been shown the door by Manchester United. Did he have to be given the sack? What was the final straw? Who now should replace the former Chosen One? I address all of these questions in my latest article for Four Four Tweet which is available at the link below:

http://fourfourtweet.co.uk/moyes-out-but-who-next-for-manchester-united/

A WEEK IN FOOTBALL PART 2 – FIGHT FOR PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVAL BLOWN WIDE OPEN

Yesterday in my column for Stretty News, I took a look at the wonderfully close and intriguing battle for the title and Champions League places currently raging at the top of the Premier League table. Equally enrapturing this season though has been the tussle for survival. Tight all season; in the past couple of weeks the fight to remain in England’s premier competition had looked to be a little clearer. Certainly relegation candidates Swansea, West Brom, Norwich and Aston Villa kept losing, but so did Sunderland, Fulham and Cardiff, the three clubs currently in the drop zone. As long as those three continued to lose, there seemed little chance of anything changing. This week though, the whole situation was blown wide open. Wins for Cardiff and Fulham have made survival anyone’s to win or lose, a couple of great escapes could well be on.

Take a closer look at those seven candidates by reading the full article at the link below:

http://strettynews.com/a-week-in-football-part-2-fight-for-premier-league-survival-blown-wide-open/

Have Nemanja Matić’s performances thus far for Chelsea justified the £21 million spent on his transfer from Benfica?

Nemanja Matic has been excellent since his transfer to Chelsea in January, but do his great performances really justify spending over £20 million on a player who just a few seasons earlier left the club for a fraction of the price? For my latest article for SoccerSouls, I look at the case of Matic and how it reflects on Chelsea’s wider transfer policy.

Read the full article at the link below:

http://www.soccersouls.com/2014/04/have-this-21m-chelsea-stars-performances-so-far-justify-his-transfer-fee/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Soccersouls+%28SoccerSouls%29

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