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About AA_Richards

Football writer & all-round pen for hire. Can tiki-taka or counter-attack at pace. Differentiates Athletic from Atletico. Follow me on twitter:

Nigel Adkins bringing Southampton back into national consciousness

“It’s about people. Life is about people. It’s about trying to get the best out of everybody. I’m very demanding but very supportive of people. You want players to go out and feel 10 feet tall. “It’s about hard work, … Continue reading

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Euro 2012 Seedings: England in Pot 2, Republic of Ireland amongst fourth seeds

Uefa have confirmed that England will be amongst the second seeds for next year’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, meaning that Fabio Capello’s men will avoid Euro 2008 runners-up Germany – fresh from a perfect qualifying campaign and a … Continue reading

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Wayne Rooney and Manchester United’s central midfield conundrum

So here’s the question. You’ve got England’s most talented, most creative and best goalscorer. He’s your best player. He’s started the season in imperious form, scoring and creating goals for the champions. You have a wealth of striking options whilst … Continue reading

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Wolverhampton Wanderers and its Supporters

A simple memo to all those having their say on the current negativity and goings-on at Molineux. Mick McCarthy and his Wolverhampton Wanderers side have come in for dogs abuse recently, some of it maybe justified, the majority perhaps not. … Continue reading

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David Silva – Manchester’s Most Majestic

“For David Silva it is easy to play football. Everything is easy for him” – Roberto Mancini. “The best signing we’ve made” – Carlos Tevez. On reflection, in the 86th minute when Sky Sports commentator Alan Smith awarded the Man … Continue reading

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Arsenal must resolve Robin van Persie contract situation

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he is not worried that club captain Robin van Persie is in no rush to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium. However, quite simply, anyone connected to Arsenal should be. Following … Continue reading

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Andrea Pirlo – Back from the dead

As a footballer, when you’re told that you are too old to play for AC Milan, then it really is time to hang up your boots. After all, the great Milan laboratory is the place that kept Alessandro Costacurta playing … Continue reading

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Anzhi claim interest in Robin van Persie & Nicolas Anelka

Anzhi Makhachkala, the big-spending Russian club, have claimed an interest in Arsenal and Holland forward Robin van Persie, with the club’s current caretaker manager Roberto Carlos saying that they are keeping tabs on the Gunners skipper. The Russian club, backed … Continue reading

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Why Fabio Capello should give Phil Jones his England head, not centrally, but at right-back

England manager Fabio Capello has revealed that he is willing to give Manchester United’s youngster Phil Jones his senior England bow in tomorrow evening’s match against Montenegro. Nevertheless, my feelings – for what they’re worth – are ones of joy … Continue reading

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Samir Nasri hits back at French press

France midfielder Samir Nasri today hit back at those French football journalists who have been highly critical of the Manchester City midfielder’s contribution to the national side in recent times . The attacking midfielder was slammed by the French press … Continue reading

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