Oliver Holt Q&AOliver Holt the Mail on Sunday's new Chief Sports Writer gives a Q&A on Jose Mourinho, Mario Balotelli and whether Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Reproduced courtesy of @MailOnline
Mourinho Tribute To ‘Phenomenal’ DrogbaChelsea forward Didier Drogba will be the guest of honour at the 2015 Football Writers' Association Tribute Night at the Savoy Hotel, London.
Here, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reflects on Drogba the player and the person.
FWA Interview: Patrick CollinsPatrick Collins thinks the game is better than ever but...
SUMMER OF TRANSFER SAGAS LEAVES PEOPLE DISILLUSIONED
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
In Patrick Collins’ ideal summer his beloved Charlton Athletic would have signed Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, perhaps Bastien Schweinsteiger, Andrea Pirlo and Robert Lewandowski. With that front six Chris Powell’s defence could stay intact.
THE SAVOY SHOW GOES ON THANKS TO A DEGREE IN APPLIED STATISTICSBy CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
FOOTBALL WRITERS are used to working to deadlines. However many words may be needed for the match report, whatever the deadline...even if the WiFi goes down or the lap-top waves its ignominious magic wand and makes the copy disappear into the ether...words will be filed on time. Somehow.
BT join the battle for Barclays Premier League TV supremacyBy CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
In the basement of BT’s headquarters in London, a stone’s throw from St Paul’s, Michael Calvin looked at a camera and said: “Welcome to lifesapitch.co.uk.” Rory Smith (The Times), Jason Burt (Sunday Telegraph) and footballer turned journalist Adrian Clarke were about to record the latest podcast for the site, with Arsenal and Manchester City top of the agenda.
MEDIA SHOULD TAKE A MORE POSITIVE APPROACH TO FOOTBALLERSFWA chairman Andy Dunn on how the press can benefit from the Olympic Games...
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
THE GOODWILL factor from the London 2012 Olympic Games that keeps a smile on British faces will have an inevitable knock-on effect as the 2012/13 season gets under way. Comparisons between the manner in which our gold medallists conducted them and the stereotyped image of footballers will be made, with the anti-football brigade penning columns along the lines of “why can’t these overpaid Premier League stars behave like Olympians?”
FWA launch Beat the Writers predictions appThe Football Writers’ Association is celebrating the start of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season by launching a new football predictions iPhone app called Beat the Writers.
The game can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and gives football fans the chance to pit their predicting skills against nine of Britain’s top football writers, including Andy Dunn of the Sunday Mirror, Steve Bates of The People and Patrick Barclay of the London Evening Standard.
And the winners are?Who will win the major honours in 2012? Footballwriters.co.uk asked those in the know.
IAN ABRAHAMS (aka The Moose, talkSPORT)
Who will win the Barclays Premier League?
Who will be relegated?
Blackburn, Wigan and Swansea
Who will win the Champions League?
Who will win Euro 2012?