@BeardedGenius returns with his take on the current resurgence of Liverpool and how manager Brendan Rodgers has become 'The Scouse Messiah' – despite not actually having won anything yet.
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Sat, Feb 8, 2014 14:05 GMT
Very few neutrals saw Liverpool's four-goal first-half blitzkrieg against Arsenal coming. And, judging by Twitter feeds during the game, even fewer appreciated the sheer ruthlessness of the Reds as they surged into a 4-0 lead after less than 20 minutes.
Rather than be impressed by Brendan Rodgers' side's ability to kill off a big game against the Premier League leaders so quickly, there were plenty of viewers frustrated that, instead, the hosts had peaked so soon.
So take note, Rodgers, Skrtel, Sturridge, Suarez and co: next time you want to thrash an opponent, be sure to spread it out overRead More »from Overreaction Theatre Special: ‘Liverpool v Arsenal is boring!’
While David Beckham has launched plans for a glamorous new club in Miami, his old Manchester United team mates Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are preparing to invest in Salford City in the eighth tier of the football pyramid.
Neville is in talks with the humble Northern Premier League Division One North club, with Giggs also likely to be involved in plans to transform the minor league outfit, according to the Manchester Evening News.
"Discussions are at a preliminary stage," a spokesman for Neville told BBC Sport.
Salford City, who play in front of gates of around 100, could become a hub forRead More »from Giggs and Neville to buy non-league football club
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 11:21 GMT
Italian football has been hit by yet another match fixing scandal, this time involving a team that scored eight own goals in the last 10 minutes of a regional cup match on their way to a 14-3 defeat.
The Italian FA is set to launch an investigation into the Coppa Sicilia match between Borgata Terrenove and Bagheria, the final game in a three-team group which also featured Partinicaudace.
All three sides play in Prima Categoria, the eighth tier of the league.
Bagheria, needing a point to qualify, were 4-3 behind with 10 minutes to play in Wednesday's game when Borgata hit two goals in quickRead More »from ‘Match fixing? Us?’ Sicilian team concedes eight own goals in last 10 minutes
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 11:00 GMT
Newcastle United have not earned themselves the warmest and most respected reputation since owner Mike Ashley took hold of the club.
Countless debacles off the field have, at times, left the club in disarray with director of football Joe Kinnear's exit the most recent example of hapless decision-making.
But sometimes, most tragically, it is the loyal and dedicated fans who receive the worst treatment.
Disabled grandmother Lilian Held, who lives just a 10-minute walk from St James's Park, was left devastated after her season ticket was stripped from her.
The 65-year-old had her season ticketRead More »from Disabled grandmother has Newcastle season ticket snatched away by club
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Thu, Feb 6, 2014 13:35 GMT
David Beckham likes a good gesture - or rather, his army of PR representatives like making them on his behalf.
Whatever the case may be in this instance, Beckham has come up smelling of roses (well, actually probably his own branded aftershave) after he released a public letter to the city of Miami.
The former England captain exercised his option to become the owner of a Major League Soccer team in the Florida metropolis on Wednesday, promising to make it "the people's club", and he has now followed that up with a charm offensive.
Beckham and 'his people' made the following letter public toRead More »from Beckham writes touching love letter to the people of Miami
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Thu, Feb 6, 2014 11:10 GMT
Not for the first time since his controversial transfer from BBC to ITV, Adrian Chiles has fallen foul of the viewing public.
Chiles was anchoring ITV4’s coverage of the truly dreadful FA Cup clash between Fulham and Sheffield United from Craven Cottage on Tuesday and he made a very rash promise.
The game was so utterly boring that it garnered an almost cult following on Twitter with journalists and fans in unity at their contempt for the match – so much so that the poor nature of the game overshadowed what was, in fact, a giant-killing.
Read More »from Adrian Chiles’s ITV FA Cup ‘£5 promise’ leaves fans irate
Struggling to articulate my utter contempt for this
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Wed, Feb 5, 2014 11:00 GMT
Clubs are constantly accused of not engaging with fans or, when they do, not taking their ideas on board.
Well, one outfit is to not only hand all creative responsibility to their fans, but has promised to make do with their best efforts, no matter how shoddy.
New York City FC, announced as Major League Soccer's 20th franchise last May, currently sit just 13 months from making their MLS debut in March 2015.
So in anticipation of their high-profile bow, the club owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees would now like their fans - YOU?! - to help them design a badge.
Not only that, butRead More »from Club asks fans to design their club badge, good and bad ideas flood in
- Eurosport | Early Doors – Tue, Feb 4, 2014 13:31 GMT
Have you ever caught yourself wondering, "What would it look like if I combined a conventional mohawk with a bunch of elaborate, asymmetrical, intergalactic hieroglyphics?"
Of course you have. And so has Mario Balotelli - the difference is, he did something about it.
And the Milan striker has shared pictures on his Twitter account of the artistic new haircut which he was proud to show off to the world.
Now, we know that Balotelli likes to experiment and is certainly not a fan of restraining himself when it comes to getting his hair cut. History has told us this.
From a tribal patterned mohawkRead More »from Balotelli reveals new incredible new ‘intergalatic’ haircut
The world of tactics and statistical analysis got very, very touchy yesterday when The Guardian ran a When Saturday Comes article on the web.
The ‘writer’ who decided to have a pop was clearly acting from a position of real insecurity over his talent, and as well as that he was obviously worried because tactics and analysis is the future of prose.
Nobody can offer insight like the tactic bods, nobody can deconstruct a game into less than the sum of its parts like we can. It’s safe to say that anyone sniping and mocking this kind of work is a very sad, bitter and lonely individual who deservesRead More »from Tactics Bored: Chelsea’s masterplan revealed
Early Doors began life as a daily vehicle for mocking Rafa Benitez - and as such represented something a prototype for the modern internet. It has now evolved into a must-read morning feature from our team of football writers. Serious or silly, penetrating or puerile, Early Doors has always got something to say on the big issues. And there's still a fair amount of Rafa mockery.
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