August 30, 2016
Category / Football
July 7, 2016
Betting on football transfers: hot tips for summer 2016
While European football fans have been busy focusing their attention on Euro 2016, the transfer market will be its usual hub of activity, as clubs seek to improve their fortunes for the upcoming 2016/17 season. After a shock win for Leicester City, it’s safe to say that the Premier League’s established ‘big teams’ will be...
June 30, 2016
Will the Premier League return to its status quo next season?
The 2015/16 season will go down in the history books as one of the greatest Premier League campaigns ever. In a year Leicester City went from a team that narrowly escaped from relegation into the champions of England, while 2014/15 league winners Chelsea spent much of the season floundering in the middle of the table,...
June 15, 2016
If Euro 2016 was an episode of ‘Game of Thrones’…
With Euro 2016 fever starting to build, and everyone’s favourite TV show, Game of Thrones, starting it’s most exciting series so far, it got us thinking. If national teams were thrown into George R. R. Martin’s world, which houses would they be? House Lannister – Germany Rich, powerful and constantly scheming. A decade ago the German’s...
June 9, 2016
The Premier League’s Worst 11 of the 2015/16 Season
The 2015/16 Premier League season has been beyond incredible, the exploits of Leicester and Spurs have reinvigorated the league, while the plight of the “big guns” has made it one of the most exciting years in living memory. But forget Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and the other headline grabbers, we’re here to look at this...
May 25, 2016
Best websites to find free football predictions & tips
It’s cliché to say, but anything can happen in football. The best way to avoid losing your money on football bets is to know every single piece of information that could wind up causing the outcome of the game. But that’s basically impossible, and would take far too much time to do. Luckily, there are…
May 25, 2016
If you had bet on a PL team to win every game this season…
With the current Premier League season being the most surprising on record, we wondered how a dedicated punter might have faired if they had wagered £10 on a particular team to win every game, for a whole season. This means come rain or shine, how would 38 bets of £10 for every single team to...
May 24, 2016
Does the UEFA coefficient give an accurate picture of countries’ strength?
The UEFA coefficients are a statistical method of ranking countries in order to seed them for competitions. The ranking system has been the subject of much debate as many suggest it does not represent an accurate portrait of the game. How Are Coefficients Calculated? In 2008 the method of calculating the national ranks was...
April 8, 2016
Euro 2016: England vs Slovakia betting with NetBet
England’s last Group B match is against Slovakia in Saint Etienne. The Three Lions’ qualification to the second round could hinge on this match, depending on previous results. Let’s take a look at the main betting opportunities for this match with NetBet, who have over 100 markets to choose from. ContentEngland vs Slovakia: Betting Preview...
December 16, 2015
The South African Connection: Kaizer Motaung, Jomo Sono, and the North American Soccer League
Andrew Guest explores 'one of the more obscure connections in world football' between the old NASL and World Cup hosts South Africa.
December 11, 2015
Fan Ownership: The Bundesliga Model
In today’s installment of our week-long examination of fan ownership, we turn to Germany. The Bundesliga is often held up as an ideal example of this and a model that English clubs should follow. But, as Terry Duffelen reports, it's not quite that simple.
October 19, 2015
Liverpool and the Culture of Continuity
It’s a funny business, football. Undoubtedly the two most successful managers in English football since the dawn of the Premier League in 1992 have been Sir Alex Ferguson with Manchester United and Arsene Wenger with Arsenal. Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League titles, amid a myriad of honours....
October 10, 2015
The Professionalization of the Chicago Fire’s Independent Supporters’ Association
Peter Wilt attended the AGM of the Fire's Independent Supporters' Association, and came away impressed with their growth since his days as GM and President of the club.
October 6, 2015
Seagulls Flying High
It’s been a long road for Brighton and Hove Albion. “You’ve come a long way, baby,” as the team’s old sponsor and supporter Fatboy Slim might point out. In 1997, the Seagulls were in the absolute pits; stadium-less, as their historic home the Goldstone Ground was being demolished. Languishing in the very lowest reaches of...
August 19, 2015
Chelsea’s prospects for the Premier League so far
Can Chelsea retain their title as Premier League champions for the fifth time following their slow start to the season? The annual Community Shield match on August 2nd saw the 2014/15 champions concede to Arsenal. This was the 14th time that the two teams came face to face in the Community Shield arena, and the...
June 30, 2015
Can Crystal Palace solidify their place in the Premier League and become a solid fixture in the top flight once again?
Can Crystal Palace solidify their place in the Premier League and become a solid fixture in the top flight once again? For the first time ever, Palace have now been in the Premier League for two seasons in a row and will be looking to build on that momentum heading into kick off for the...
May 29, 2015
Cristiano Ronaldo’s next club
Cristiano Ronaldo is coming off yet another stellar season, however, he will be disappointed that it has ended trophyless. The 2014-15 La Liga campaign has seen Ronaldo net 48 goals in 35 appearances. If it were not for the scintillating form of Barcelona’s front three – Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez – that would...
May 29, 2015
Has Ronaldo been Real’s best player this season?
It might not have been the most successful season in Real Madrid’s history but there have still been some positives to take from the 2014/15 campaign. Despite starting the year by winning the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, before embarking on an incredible 22-game winning streak, the wheels fell off the...
May 27, 2015
Is there value at the Villa?
Is the forthcoming FA Cup final quite as much of a foregone conclusion as the bookmakers would suggest? Well … maybe. The famous “bloke in the pub” will tell you earnestly how the FA Cup final often goes to the underdogs. And as he’s telling you this, he’ll cite examples from history like Sunderland’s defeat...
May 21, 2015
How can Juventus stop Barcelona in the Champions League final?
How can Juventus stop Barcelona in the Champions League final? Juventus face Barcelona in this year’s showpiece event on June 6th, and Massimiliano Allegri’s side know that victory in Europe’s elite competition will see them earn the coveted Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble. The Italian champions have won Serie A for the...
March 21, 2015
Bunyodkor, Barcelona and the Dictator’s Daughter
The connections between Uzbeki champions Bunyondkur, a murkily financed new Super Club backed by a murderous regime, and Barcelona appear to go far beyond the similarity of their badges, and cast a shadow on Barcelona's global reputation for unusual integrity.
March 20, 2015
China’s Football Ambitions
This week China formally announced their desire to qualify as a host for the next FIFA World Cup.In order to achieve this; the state has agreed to provide substantial funding and an ambitious plan. So far, football has been of little cultural importance in China. Although it has been the most popular spectator sports in...
March 16, 2015
MLS: A review of the opening weekend’s action
The Major League Soccer season kicked off last weekend and although there was a distinct lack of goals throughout the opening round’s games, there was still cause for excitement with some excellent finishing and tough tackling. We take a look at a few of the week one results, and discuss the standout performers while considering...
February 21, 2015
Usmanov’s Lawyers Try to Silence Craig Murray
To follow-up briefly once again on the ongoing Alisher Usmanov saga, the Uzbeki oligarch’s high-priced lawyers Schilling’s have finally gotten their way and former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray’s website has been taken down. This follows the massive legal pressure put on by Schillings to websites such as this one that only seek to...
January 26, 2012
Pitch Invasion Podcast Extra – Interview With Sean Mann of Detroit City FC
Pitch Invasion interviews Sean Mann about Detroit City FC, a new club attempting to appeal to a young, urban demographic as a community attempts to rebuild itself.
January 10, 2012
A Fragmented Future? English Football Broadcast Rights and the Challenge of Google and Apple
English football on your TV via the internet, on your iPad, your phone and your Kindle - Gary Andrews considers the possibilities for non-traditional broadcast rights from the Premier League to non-League in England.
December 30, 2011
The Rebirth of South Melbourne FC
South Melbourne FC's storied past includes management spells by Ferenc Puskás and Tommy Docherty, and they once tried to purchase Denis Law and Bobby Charlton. Now they have a new stadium, and a hope of returning to their glory days.
December 22, 2011
Illustrated Map of Argentina’s Primera División Stadiums and Clubs
Bill’s Sports Maps returns to Pitch Invasion, with all the details you could possibly want on Argentina’s Primera División for the 2012 Clausura. Bill was assisted by our old friend Sam Kelly of Hasta El Gol Siempre, so you know the details should be spot-on. Click on the map for the full-size version!
December 2, 2011
Fixing Pro Women’s Soccer in the United States: A Proposal
Peter Wilt, a founding president of then-WPS club the Chicago Red Stars, considers the future of women's professional soccer in the United States and offers a radical solution with the prospects for WPS currently doubtful.
November 30, 2011
Bemerton Heath in Autumn
A charming shot of an F.A. Vase match between Bemerton Heath Harlequins at their ground in Wiltshire, England, against visitors Saltash United. Bemerton Heath were founded as recently as 1989, after a merger of three local clubs. Photo taken on November 19, 2011 by Pitchside Photo on Flickr
November 29, 2011
Free Stadiums, At a Price: China’s Global Stadium Diplomacy
New stadiums from the Caribbean to Costa Rica are being paid for by China. At what cost does this "dollar diplomacy" come in return for sparkling new sporting stadia?
June 8, 2011
Bruno Is Bonkers, Collymore Is Crazy: Tackling Depression In Sport
One of the last taboo subjects in professional sport is clinical depression. Are attitudes finally changing with regard to addressing a problem that afflicts so many sportsmen and sportswomen?
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