San Mames: The cathedral of Spanish football

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San Mames: The cathedral of Spanish football

“Bilbao without San Mames would be like Paris without the Eiffel Tower,” said former France and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Luis Fernandez recently, contemplating the last days of the stadium where he once played and coached.

In this the year of its 100th anniversary, the legendary stadium is about to close its doors once and for all. The famous arena will host its last league game this Sunday before bidding a final farewell at the start of June with a special tribute match between Athletic Bilbao and a regional representative team.

After that the stadium that was graced by greats such as Rafael Pichichi Moreno, Telmo Zarra, Jose Angel Iribar and Dani, where Iker Casillas made his Spanish league debut and which Diego Armando Maradona once described as the most beautiful in the land, will be no more.

By next season Athletic will have taken up residence at the new San…

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Life after the great success…

The Washbag

Some supporters have had the joys of experiencing Swindon’s rise to the top of English Football through the late 80’s and early 90’s. However, some haven’t been as fortunate and have only dealt with the aftermath that followed. Adam Johnson is one of those fans…

‘‘And surely that means it’s the Premier League for Swindon Town…’’ Words that to me are a fantasy but too many are a reality.

That playoff final in 1993 v Leicester doesn’t exist in my life as a Swindon Town fan. Neither do the names Hoddle, Ardiles, Macari, Calderwood, Moncur, Jan Aage Fjortoft and others of Town’s stint in the top flight.

As a result, you should feel sorry for those of us who this applies to. Not because I haven’t enjoyed being a Town fan since 1996 but who knows whether it’ll happen again. It very well could, it also very well may not.

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The curoius case of Wayne Rooney

Footy For All

The relationship between Alex Ferguson and Rooney, once described by the former himself as father and son, has massively deteriorated since Rooney and his advisers held the club ransom over contract demands. Though both the parties  have managed to maintain a working relationship, but the friction between them is apparent. Before Rooney moved to Manchester United, his manager at Everton was David Moyes, and the two did not end on good terms. Rumours regarding the striker’s departure seems to be coming fast on a daily basis. Rooney is about to fall in the trap he and Stretford had set back in 2010. Then he  had two demands while handing the transfer request to Ferguson. One of those conditions  was related to what he considered the lack of ambition at the club, he wanted the club to bring in a big player , United didn’t have many after the departure of…

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Is Schurrle Really The Man Required At Stamford Bridge?

With all the talent currently on display within the Bundesliga it is not a big surprise that some of Europe’s most powerful clubs are wanting to get in on the act.  And all signs are pointing that Chelsea will sign the young German Andre Schurrle, but is he really needed?


There is no doubting Schurrle’s talent, but given what we have seen from Chelsea this season you would have to ask is this move really logical for the blues?

The season has been a long and hard one for Chelsea and their supporters, the club have continued to slip downhill since there dominance with Jose Mourinho. But with the special one returning, things may be on the up rise.

But for all of Chelsea’s woes, an interim manager and the club unable to find a goal scoring striker have been some of the biggest problems. However there is some light in the tunnel.

The rise of Oscar, Hazard and Juan Mata as integral players at Stamford Bridges with emerging such as Piazon means Chelsea have many exciting options in the attacking half of the pitch.

Schurrle plays in a similar way to this trio and it is difficult to see why bringing him into the club would benefit Chelsea if it meant breaking up the magnificent combination of Mata, Hazard and Oscar.

The additions Chelsea require are seemingly obvious, a striker to the ease the burden on Fernando Torres and Demba Ba as the pair have hardly been scoring goals for fun, particularly Torres. Also I feel a holding midfielder would be beneficial for Chelsea.

Bringing in Schurrle for Chelsea, would prove otherwise, he is an incredibly talented player.  Though he is a player who works his magic outside the box creating chances for his fellow teammates. Something Chelsea already have a lot of, he isn’t the goal scoring player the club so desperately need. Schurrle would only bring what they look to be heavy in already.

Schurrle’s arrival in West London would only raise more questions rather than answer them.

Let me know your opinion, is Schurrle the man for Chelsea?

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PROFILE: Jesus Navas

Excellent little piece on Navas and how he might fit in in the Blue side of Manchester. Go give it a read and follow @TikaTakaGuy on Twitter.

Typical City

Despite City being manager-less, the peerless work of chief executives Txiki Bergistain and Ferran Soriano have ensured City have not left their summer signings til the last few weeks; unlike Brian Marwood during the infamous 2012 summer debacle. Yet it is clear that Navas is Manuel Pellegrini’s signing – a genuine winger – something City have been crying out all year long. It is evident that Pellegrini wishes to completely refurbish our playing style to include wide players who can stretch the opposition, so who better than Jesus Navas?

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