Play-offs, Sudden-Death and Beery Breath
Luke Coulson gives a first-hand account of the high drama of the playoffs
Our season at Ebbsfleet United began 10 months ago, and 46 games later we have achieved what we set out to do - securing a place in the Vanarama National League playoffs.
IRELAND BEWARE: “HE THINKS AND ACTS LIKE A KID,” SAID JOSE MOURINHO – IS MAD MARKO EUROPE’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL PLAYER?HE BORROWED A TEAM-MATE’S BENTLEY AND IT WAS STOLEN
HE CYCLED INTO A GOLF CART
HE CALLED HIMSELF A CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNER BUT NEVER PLAYED IN THE FINAL
HE WAS INJURED PLAYING WITH HIS DOG
...AND WAS INVOLVED IN A NIGHT CLUB PUNCH-UP DEFENDING HIS BROTHER
OH, AND HE’S GOOD FRIENDS WITH BALOTELLI
STEVE STAMMERS OF THE SUNDAY MIRROR LOOKS AHEAD TO BAYERN MUNICH v ARSENAL
Steve Stammers of The Sunday Mirror looks ahead to the second leg of Arsenal's Champions League last 16 clash against Bayern Munich, examines the Gunners' defensive problems and whether Arsene Wenger's men can force their way back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League.
FWA Q&A: PAUL JIGGINSPAUL JIGGINS of The Sun on the greatest gift from his dad...minky whale and reindeer in Reykjavik...and Dyson with death in Baltimore
Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
Yep. Supermarket shelf-stacker, early morning office cleaner and trainee asphalter. I then joined The Sun as a messenger before going on to write, take photos for and eventually edit the company's staff newspaper and newsmagazine. I later spent a year (six months of that on gardening leave) as officer of communications for the NHS in North London before John Wardle and Ian Whittell saved me from insanity by ...
“IT WAS A MIX OF ANGER, DEFIANCE AND CONFRONTATION” – Daniel Taylor of the Guardianfootballwriters.co.uk looks at the media coverage of Arsene Wenger’s most amazing press conference
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
TWO THINGS took the assembled football writers attending Arsene Wenger’s press conference on the eve of Arsenal’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich by surprise. Firstly, that a manager known for being so helpful to the media suddenly turned on the French equivalent of the hair-dryer and secondly, that a story about him being offered a new two-year deal upset him so much.
Philippe Auclair of France Football looks ahead to Arsenal v Bayern MunichPhilippe Auclair of France Football on the chances of "schizophrenic" Arsenal producing their best to topple European giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
JAMES OLLEY OF THE EVENING STANDARD PREVIEWS ARSENAL v BAYERN MUNICHJames Olley, chief football writer of the London Evening Standard, examines Arsene Wenger's claim that if his team are able to beat Bayern Munich, then Arsenal can go on and win the Champions League.
GERRARD IS LIVERPOOL’S GREATEST PLAYER EVER (and Luis Suarez is the best Stevie G has played with)By JIM VAN WIJK
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Steve Gerrard felt "humbled" to be honoured as the recipient of the 2013 Football Writers' Association’s award at a gala tribute dinner in London's Savoy Hotel on Sunday January 20.
GIROUD HAS A GRACE AND HUMILITY JOEY BARTON CAN ONLY PLAGIARISEMontpellier make their debut in the Champions League on September 18 against Arsenal who bought the French club's top scorer Olivier Giroud this summer. As LAURE JAMES reports, while the rugby-loving city is not a hotbed of football the France striker is a class act.
MONTPELLIER’S success is impossible to overestimate. Indeed, it cannot be justified in terms of figures. For once, established parallels between big budgets and silverware do not apply.
FWA Interview: Messi El MagnificoGraham Turner on the player who has made football writers exhaust every superlative
It is one of the more remarkable statistics of the season – a couple of weeks ago Lionel Messi and Pepe were both suspended for one game after collecting five yellow cards.
The Barcelona beauty and the Bernabeu beast – could there be two more contrasting players? Messi, who is doing his best to prove the impossible can be done and Pepe, the snarling face of the Special One’s Real Madrid.