This new season brings new owners, new rules and new cars. Perhaps the biggest charge on the track has been a new emphasis on making the cars quicker by giving them bigger tyres creating more downforce. These new regulations make it very difficult to assess how each team will do but here are my predictions for 2017 standings:
Bob Bradley’s tenure at Swansea City was disastrous but his record of two wins in 11 games is in no way the worst in Premier League history. Paul Jewell, while at and Derby County, and Terry Connor, Wolverhampton Wanderers, both failed to win any games as their teams were relegated to the championship. However, here we celebrate those managers who lead their team to a single win before leaving their job.
First published 08/12/2016
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has announced his support for the World Cup to expand to 48 teams, from 32 currently, in 2026. This has led to controversy with many publications pointing out the possibility of a decrease in quality, more dead rubbers and collusion between the two teams at the top of the 16 groups. But what could the World Cup look like in 2016? I have taken a look.
First published 10/09/2015
Wayne Rooney has now scored more goals for England than any one else. His 50 international goals eclipse the efforts of greats such as: Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker, Michael Owen and Jimmy Greaves. But which players have managed to score a goal for England despite less than impressive careers? No players who could still get an England cap are on the list e.g Steven Caulker.
First published 09/04/2014
Heading in to the World Cup several football fans become experts on all things Eastern European. Often, wild claims are made like Yugoslavia would win it if it still existed. Obviously, this ignores all the obvious dressing room tensions that would occur due to many years of conflict and reduces it down to just talent. And they have a lot of that.
In terms of football teams, Yugoslavia split into Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro – Kosovo are looking to establish themselves. I have pooled together the players from all these teams and created a first 11 for Yugoslavia at the 2014 World Cup. 5 Croatians, 4 Serbians, 1 Bosnian and 1 Slovenian make the side. Obviously I’ve already messed up as Serbia aren’t even at the World Cup and Bosnia and Herzegovnia are but I will plough on regardless.
This is just the team I would pick if I was in charge. Would it win the World Cup? Probably not but it’d be very good to watch. You can judge for yourselves:
First published 22/06/2012
On Monday the third grand slam event of the year begins, attempting to step out of the shadow of Euro2012. And, in many ways this Wimbledon will be much the same as previous years. The BBC has released flashy adverts that still look nothing like tennis; the commentators are sure to say some inane facts about how many strawberries will be eaten; and Tim Henman’s presence on TV will reassure people that everything is right with the world. The same as always. But will the duopoly of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal continue?