Dear Xabi

Dear Xabi, I usually begin any post on The Long Ball with some form of set-up but for this it feels impersonal. This is not a career retrospective nor a detailed analysis of why you were so good. This is a personal piece, something that I wanted to share with whomever would be in the […]

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The Stereotypes of European Football

With the Champions League and Europa League group stages now fully underway, Eion Smith takes a look at the types of sides to watch out for when watching continental football this season… The Big Guns What To Expect Always considered amongst the favourites for European success, the big guns are sides bred to win at all costs […]

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The Teams of the Group – World Cup 2014

The World Cup group stage finished yesterday after two weeks of breathtaking action. With so many twists and turns, myself and first time contributor @FussballMundial have each picked the best eleven players from the group stages for our “Teams of the Group”… @FussballMundial Honourable Mentions: Serge Aurier Alexis Sanchez Karim Benzema Oscar Vincent Enyeama Jose Juan […]

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The Less League, More Cup Strategy

Rory Smith is sick of the current Scottish league structure and watching the same games three or four times a season and has come up with a radical strategy aimed at changing that… I hate league football. It is boring and repetitive. You get stuck playing the same teams every year, not doing anything while some other […]

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Celtic’s Domination, Rangers’ Ascension & The Future Of Scottish Football

With Celtic recently cruising to a 45th league title in Scotland and Rangers already securing promotion to the second tier in their continued quest to reach the top again, Eion Smith considers where this leaves Scottish football and what the future may hold… 2013/14 was easy for the Old Firm. Yet again, they swept past the […]

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