squarefootball, original football articleshttp://www.squarefootball.net/ squarefootball, original football articles about British, European and world football.en-gb Transfer speculation: Ronaldo to Manchester Unitedhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=239Tue, 18 Jul 2006 17:03:00 GMT<P>With Ruud van Nistelrooy seemingly destined for a move to Madrid - where he will again benefit fr...MLS Diary: Steve Nicol berates schoolboys; Bon Jovi bump Bulls; Red Bull need Arenahttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3413Tue, 18 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMT2:00 on a summer Friday afternoon does not seem like the wisest of scheduling choices; life in Major League Soccer for clubs renting stadia rather than owning them. The New York Red Bulls, everyone’s favourite hype machine after the move to purchase the club this pre-season, apparently could not place their American marketing machine in the Giants Stadium line in front of a Saturday Bon Jovi concert.World Cup 2006: How Did the Ex- Premiership Players Do?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3412Tue, 18 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTNow that the Premiership has become such an international league, not only were there lots of current players in the World Cup, there were well over 25 participants who used to earn their living in England. Overall they had mixed results in Germany.Transfer speculation: Dean Ashton to Newcastle Unitedhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=238Tue, 18 Jul 2006 09:55:00 GMT<P>The search for a new number nine at St James' Park is a serious business and the latest name in t...Championship preview 2006/07: the Midlands challengehttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3410Tue, 18 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTTogether with relegated sides Birmingham City and West Brom, Wolves, Coventry, Leicester, Stoke and Derby make up a strong Midlands contingent in the Championship next season. Manchester United: Season Review, 2005/06http://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3407Tue, 18 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTIs the unthinkable happening? Are Manchester United, the club of the 90s, now treading water? It certainly seems the case after 2005/06 proved to be another opportunity squandered for Alex Ferguson’s side. Squarefootball diary; Chelsea Second Rate; Villa Players Waithttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/inbrief.asp?iid=1527Tue, 18 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMTSquarefootball diary; Chelsea Second Rate; Villa Players WaitTransfer speculation: Genarro Gattuso to Manchester Unitedhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=237Mon, 17 Jul 2006 17:35:00 GMT<P>According to The Sun 'Rino Gattuso was locked in talks last night with his agent over a "dream" m...Transfer speculation: Bernardo Corradi to Manchester Cityhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=236Mon, 17 Jul 2006 17:34:00 GMT<P>Bernardo Corradi (who was 30 in March) is not the most obvious signing for an English club, but t...Transfer speculation: Patrick Vieira to Manchester Unitedhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=235Mon, 17 Jul 2006 15:20:00 GMT<P>According to the Observer (16.07.06) Manchester United are prepared to buy in Patrick Vieira from...Transfer speculation: Damien Duff to Tottenham Hotspurhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=234Mon, 17 Jul 2006 14:01:00 GMT<P>One of the worrying aspects of the superstar purchases that Chelsea are making is that the honest...Whatever Happened to - Millwall 2004 Cup Finalistshttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3405Mon, 17 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTIs it really just two years ago since England were one of the favourites for Euro 2004 and Millwall were in an FA Cup Final? Life hasn’t been kind to the Lions since that day in May 2004 when Christiano Ronaldo was collecting positive headlines for his contribution.Arsenal: Cole treading on dangerous groundhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3406Mon, 17 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTJust what is Ashley Cole thinking? Dredging up the whole Chelsea/tapping up affair and aiming another cheap pot-shot at Arsenal is hardly the smartest thing to do. Mailbag: Arsenal: Cole treading on dangerous groundhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3406Mon, 17 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTJust what is Ashley Cole thinking? Dredging up the whole Chelsea/tapping up affair and aiming another cheap pot-shot at Arsenal is hardly the smartest thing to do. Mailbag: Why Italy were worthy winners of World Cup 2006http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3404Mon, 17 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTItaly's victory over France in Berlin on Sunday, which secured their fourth World Cup triumph, has sparked a wave of criticism against what has been a supposedly disappointing tournament.Why Italy were worthy winners of World Cup 2006http://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3404Mon, 17 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTItaly's victory over France in Berlin on Sunday, which secured their fourth World Cup triumph, has sparked a wave of criticism against what has been a supposedly disappointing tournament.Incredible - all the English are defendinghttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3402Mon, 17 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMT“Tous l’anglais en defense. Incroyable!” This amazed exclamation from a French television commentator during England’s World Cup match against Sweden was notable for two reasons. Firstly, due to my shamefully tenuous grasp of the language, it was the only thing I even vaguely comprehended during the length of my two-week stay. Secondly, as a summary of England’s whole tournament, it was the most succinct and accurate I have heard.Champions League betting: Barca & Chelsea clear favourites after Italian verdicthttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/betting.asp?bid=1551Mon, 17 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMTChampions League betting: Barca & Chelsea clear favourites after Italian verdictTransfer speculation: David Trezeguet to Liverpoolhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=233Sun, 16 Jul 2006 12:46:00 GMT<P>The rumour mill is in overdrive about which players may be leaving the demoted Italian clubs. Eve...World Cup 2006: The Charactershttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3403Sun, 16 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTThe great thing about a World Cup- even in this age of instant communication and the global village- is that people suddenly appear on your TV screen from nowhere to delight, astound or just plain bemuse in equal measure. The participants listed below may not have been the stars but they were certainly good value during their brief stay in Germany.Rough Guide: Marcus Hahnemann (Reading)http://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3401Sun, 16 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTDespite Chairman John Madejski’s distaste from the Premiership’s money culture which is forcing him to consider selling the team, it’s a safe bet that the Royals and their supporters are looking forward to their initial season in top flight football.Transfer speculation: John OShea to Tottenham Hotspurhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=232Sun, 16 Jul 2006 09:52:00 GMT<P>Manchester United's pursuit of Michael Carrick continues despite Tottenham having reportedly turn...Rough Guide: Jeremy Clement (Rangers)http://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3392Sat, 15 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTUnsurprisingly, new Rangers boss Paul Le Guen is bringing in his own players with the transfer of Jeremy Clement from former club Lyon.Hearts: Valdas ready for the challengehttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3399Sat, 15 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTAs the new SPL season draws ever closer, it appears as if it will be another tense rollercoaster ride at Tynecastle.Mailbag: Marco Materazzi: From Everton Reject to World Cup Herohttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3396Fri, 14 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTEverton fans must have wondered if the Marco Materazzi who won the World Cup was the same player who was pretty much unspectacular for them in his one season in England back in 1998.Marco Materazzi: From Everton Reject to World Cup Herohttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3396Fri, 14 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTEverton fans must have wondered if the Marco Materazzi who won the World Cup was the same player who was pretty much unspectacular for them in his one season in England back in 1998.Transfer speculation: Djimi Traore to Bolton Wanderershttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=231Fri, 14 Jul 2006 10:46:00 GMT<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="FONT-SIZ...Liverpool: The Irony Of Houlliers Secret Successhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3395Fri, 14 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTAlou Diarra spent three years as a Liverpool player without making a single competitive appearance for them. Yet last Sunday he played in the World Cup final. Was his talent never appreciated at Anfield?Mailbag: Liverpool: The Irony Of Houlliers Secret Successhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3395Fri, 14 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTAlou Diarra spent three years as a Liverpool player without making a single competitive appearance for them. Yet last Sunday he played in the World Cup final. Was his talent never appreciated at Anfield?Championship preview 2006/07: the promoted sideshttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3400Fri, 14 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTSouthend United, Colchester United and Barnsley are the new faces from League One who will be playing in the Championship in the 2006/07 season and all three have points to prove after being named among the bookmakers' favourites to go straight back down. Mailbag: Championship preview 2006/07: the promoted sideshttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3400Fri, 14 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTSouthend United, Colchester United and Barnsley are the new faces from League One who will be playing in the Championship in the 2006/07 season and all three have points to prove after being named among the bookmakers' favourites to go straight back down. Transfer speculation: Shaun Wright-Phillips to Newcastle Unitedhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=230Fri, 14 Jul 2006 08:46:00 GMT<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-GB style="FONT-SIZ...Mailbag: World Cup 2006: How was it for Arsenal?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3398Fri, 14 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTThe World Cup in Germany proved to be another intriguing, thrilling yet frustrating affair. Now it's all over, it is worth considering how Premiership club stars did on the big stage and Arsenal are no exception. How did the international Gunners fare in Deutschland?World Cup 2006: How was it for Arsenal?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3398Fri, 14 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTThe World Cup in Germany proved to be another intriguing, thrilling yet frustrating affair. Now it's all over, it is worth considering how Premiership club stars did on the big stage and Arsenal are no exception. How did the international Gunners fare in Deutschland?Betting: Newcastle boss favourite to be top English managerhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/betting.asp?bid=1550Fri, 14 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMTBetting: Newcastle boss favourite to be top English managerBetting- Will United Get Lippi?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/betting.asp?bid=1549Fri, 14 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMTBetting- Will United Get Lippi?League Two Betting- Accrington To Make It Two In A Row?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/betting.asp?bid=1548Fri, 14 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMTLeague Two Betting- Accrington To Make It Two In A Row?Newcastle Could Be In For A Surprisehttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/betting.asp?bid=1547Fri, 14 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMTNewcastle Could Be In For A SurpriseOne Cap Wonder- Paul Gallagher (Scotland)http://www.squarefootball.net/article/inbrief.asp?iid=1523Fri, 14 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMTOne Cap Wonder- Paul Gallagher (Scotland)Transfer speculation: Theo Walcott to West Bromwich Albionhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=229Thu, 13 Jul 2006 11:55:00 GMTWhat’s this, then? World Cup star, Theo Walcott, to forego the riches and glamour of Arsenal’s Premi...Demystifying Eastern European Footballhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3393Thu, 13 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTFor many people, the concept of Eastern European football ends with Roman Abrahmovic's Chelsea. In this wonderful book, Jonathan Wilson explains what is really happening.Transfer speculation: Alessandro Nesta to Chelseahttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=228Thu, 13 Jul 2006 10:21:00 GMT<P>The tabloids are in a frenzy of speculation about the number of top Italians who will be heading ...Championship preview: 2006/07: the relegated sideshttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3397Thu, 13 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTBirmingham, West Brom and Sunderland find themselves back in the Championship for 2006/07 and among the favourites for promotion according to the bookmakers. Liverpool: Hamann will be missedhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3394Thu, 13 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTAs Dietmar Hamann leaves Liverpool for Bolton, it is high time to reflect on the Anfield career of a player who proved so dependable over his 7 year spell on Merseyside.Mailbag: Liverpool: Hamann will be missedhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3394Thu, 13 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTAs Dietmar Hamann leaves Liverpool for Bolton, it is high time to reflect on the Anfield career of a player who proved so dependable over his 7 year spell on Merseyside.Wigan Athletic: Quality Signings Not A Risk for Jewellhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3391Thu, 13 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTThere's a strong case of deja-vu at Wigan Athletic as Paul Jewell's transfer dealings so far haven't been what the fans expected. But is Jewell really taking too many risks?Transfer speculation: Darren Bent to Tottenham Hotspurhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=227Wed, 12 Jul 2006 12:02:00 GMT<P>A £10m offer from Tottenham for Darren Bent has already reportedly been turned down by Charlton A...A farewell to Shaka Hislophttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3387Wed, 12 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTShaka Hislop’s career may have been devoid of major trophies but that didn’t stop him becoming one of the most recognisable and respected figures between the sticks in English football for the past decade, as he travelled from Reading to Newcastle, then to West Ham, Portsmouth and finally West Ham again.Mailbag: A farewell to Shaka Hislophttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3387Wed, 12 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTShaka Hislop’s career may have been devoid of major trophies but that didn’t stop him becoming one of the most recognisable and respected figures between the sticks in English football for the past decade, as he travelled from Reading to Newcastle, then to West Ham, Portsmouth and finally West Ham again.Transfer speculation: Kevin Nolan to Tottenham Hotspurhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=226Wed, 12 Jul 2006 10:59:00 GMT<FONT size=2> <P>Could this summer see the breaking up of the Bolton Wanderers unit that has served...Transfer speculation: Javier Saviola to Arsenalhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=225Wed, 12 Jul 2006 10:58:00 GMT<FONT size=2> <P>Argentina's hopeful World Cup challenge may have met an unlikely and, somewhat, bi...Transfer speculation: Sam Allardyce to Sunderlandhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/transfer.asp?tid=224Wed, 12 Jul 2006 10:55:00 GMT<FONT size=2> <P>Big Sam to take the Impossible Job?</P> <P>Various sources, including the well-in...Why Liverpool Will Win The Titlehttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3383Wed, 12 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTFollowing on the success of Golden Past Red Future, Paul Tomkins has just published his second book Red RevivalWorld Cup 2006; Genius Zizou Leaves An Indelible Stainhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3385Wed, 12 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTAs France narrowly failed to bring home a second World Cup in eight years in Berlin on Sunday (July 9), all the talk surrounded the ignominious end to the footballing career of Zinedine Zidane.Mailbag: World Cup 2006- How Was It for Spurs?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3390Wed, 12 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTAll the senior Premiership teams had a lot of their squad on duty in Germany. For some clubs the competition has been a bonus but for others the tournament has thrown up a lot of unwanted problems. Here’s how the Spurs players faredWorld Cup 2006- How Was It for Spurs?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3390Wed, 12 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTAll the senior Premiership teams had a lot of their squad on duty in Germany. For some clubs the competition has been a bonus but for others the tournament has thrown up a lot of unwanted problems. Here’s how the Spurs players faredMailbag: Ronaldo claims are an insult to Fergusonhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3388Tue, 11 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTWhen Eric Cantona announced his intention to leave Manchester United in 1995, Alex Ferguson chased halfway round Paris to find the French forward and persuade him that his future remained at Old Trafford.Mailbag: World Cup 2006; Italy And The Spirit Of 82http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3386Tue, 11 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTItaly’s fourth world title was achieved on Sunday (July 9) when the Azzuri edged out France 5-3 in a fingernail-shredding penalty shoot-out in Berlin.Mailbag: Newcastle United: Back to the Intertotohttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3389Tue, 11 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTThe sight of UEFA President Lennart Johannsson looking grumpy surrounded by celebrating Italians at the World Cup presentation was a reminder how galling the past five weeks must have been for the bureaucrats of Nyon. This weekend they can drag attention back to one of their own competitions when the Intertoto Cup gets to its 3rd Round.Mailbag: Liverpool: Kewells Bad Timinghttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3381Mon, 10 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTHarry Kewell's latest injury couldn't have come at a worse time not only for the player but potentially for the club as well.Mailbag: World Cup- Alternative Team of the Tournamenthttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3382Mon, 10 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTFIFA have selected their squad of the tournament exclusively from the teams reaching the last eight; perhaps that’s inevitable but below is an alternative team who didn’t get a chance to play in the quarter-finals but still made an impression.Mailbag: Will English clubs asset strip Juventus?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3378Mon, 10 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTWith the Serie A match fixing trial entering it’s final straight there are severe consequences for the teams involved. <a href=http://www.squarefootball.net/article/article.asp?aid=3373>As I pointed out on Friday, Juventus are likely to be relegated</a> with the fate of Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina more likely to revolve around points deductions.Mailbag: World Cup Final 2006 - France Player Ratingshttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3380Sun, 9 Jul 2006 23:55:00 GMTFrance so nearly pulled off a second World Cup victory. Contrary to accepted opinion, the French were the stronger in extra -time until Zidane’s moment of madness.Mailbag: Italy: Bring back the Gazetta!http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3376Sun, 9 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTAs Italy prepare to take to the field tonight in the World Cup final, it makes me all dewy eyed and nostaglia for a piece of classic football TV action. Channel 4’s Football Italia. When it launched in the 1992, it was quickly apparent it was the classiest football show on TV. Mailbag: Southampton: Lowe no morehttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3369Sat, 8 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTAfter 10 years as chairman Rubert Lowe, duck hunter extraordinaire, has left Southampton FC. He was coerced in to stepping down following an EGM last week at St Mary’s. no doubt the overwhelming consensus from saints fans will be delight at ridding themselves of this old school establishment esque figure. Mailbag: Wigan Gamble On Drifting Heskeyhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3372Sat, 8 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTEmile Heskey’s career has arguably been drifting since he left Liverpool for Birmingham City in May 2004, so it is surprising that he can still be the subject of a record transfer for a Premiership clubMailbag: Juventus relegation means a transfer speculation frenzyhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3373Fri, 7 Jul 2006 13:00:00 GMTThe extraordinary 'couldn't be made up' trial of four leading Italian clubs on match fixing allegations has reached the point of no-return for Juventus. Although Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina are contesting the calls from the Italian Football Federation for their relegation and points deduction, Juventus appear to be trying to plea-bargain to avoid being relegated too many divisions. The upshot of this is that the brilliant Juventus squad will probably be broken up in the next few weeks. And there are plenty of Premiership sides eagerly looking to grab a bargain.Mailbag: World Cup 2006; Portugal - Not Exactly 66 And All Thathttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3367Fri, 7 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTPortugal’s semi-final appearance at the 2006 World Cup in Germany matches their best ever performance at football’s biggest event.Mailbag: World Cup 2006: Solution for Disciplinary Dilemmahttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3370Fri, 7 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTFIFA seem to have a new mantra these days. “throw it at the wall and see if it sticks” In response to the amount of cards issued this World Cup growing further than Nick Hancock’s waistline did during the late ‘90s, Sepp Blatter has put on the agenda the idea of having 3 bookings in some instances, as to reduce the amount of red cards. Mailbag: The Next England Captain? Liverpools Steven Gerrardhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3368Fri, 7 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTHe has captained Liverpool to a Champions League win and is the best choice to lead England in their bid to finally win an international honour, according to Paul Grech who argues Steven Gerrard's case as the next England captain.Mailbag: World Cup 2006; Germany - Setting An Attacking Examplehttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3366Fri, 7 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTIt really doesn’t matter how well you think you know someone, they can always surprise you.Mailbag: Sunderland: Return of a legend promises brighter times on wearsidehttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3364Thu, 6 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTThe dark clouds that had been hovering over the Stadium of Light for the past year were finally lifted on Monday morning as the news filtered through that Niall Quinn's consortium have reached a settlement in their takeover bid for Sunderland.Mailbag: Revitalized France Ready to Reach Finalhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3365Wed, 5 Jul 2006 18:00:00 GMTIf France secure a place in the World Cup final by defeating Portugal tonight then manager Raymond Domenech will deserve huge credit for the transformation of a team which looked past its sell by date when Les Bleus achieved an unconvincing goalless draw with Switzerland in their opening group match. The French embarrassingly scraped through their group, which was by no stretch of the imagination a group of death. Yet since reaching the knockout phase of the competition a fresh, exciting France has emerged and is favourite to edge out Scolari's team in tonight's semi-final.Mailbag: World Cup 2006: FIFA, professional kill-joys.http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3361Wed, 5 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTDespite the excellent hospitality of the German hosts, sadly Word Cup 2006 has fast become an advert for the more unsavoury aspects of the beautiful game.Mailbag: Liverpool: New Appointment Signals Change in Club Strategyhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3357Wed, 5 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTThe appointment of Malcolm Elias as the new Head of Recruitment at the academy signals a significant change in policy at Liverpool.Mailbag: World Cup 2006: Hargreaves proved us all wronghttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3362Wed, 5 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTOut of the mass disappointment over England’s quarter final exit from the World Cup, many journalists and pundits then began to awkwardly shuffle around in regards to one awful misjudgement we all collectively made. Owen HargreavesMailbag: Tottenham Hotspur: Lennon The Shining Light of Englands World Cuphttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3358Tue, 4 Jul 2006 12:00:00 GMTIn what was ultimately a disappointing campaign for England, Aaron Lennon showed his class and why the Tottenham Hotpur's midfielder is considered one of the best talents around.Mailbag: England; Beckham Stands Downhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3360Tue, 4 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTAnother English hard-luck story at a major tournament has prompted some major changes within the national team set-up ahead of qualifying for Euro 2008.Mailbag: What Must McClaren Do To Succeed?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3356Tue, 4 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTSteve McLaren takes over as England coach and already he has a massive to do list waiting for him.Mailbag: World Cup 2006; England v Portugal Analysishttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3359Tue, 4 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTThere are mitigating factors, but the bare facts of England’s World Cup bid are that it has ended with yet another quarter-final exit.Mailbag: Rooney Dismissal provides ready-made excuse for Englandhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3353Mon, 3 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTAs the dust settles on yet another World cup heartache, the nation is left once again to ponder on what might have been. The golden generation has failed to deliver, and there was a sense of deja vu as Portugal, and penalties put paid to English hopes once again.Mailbag: Germany v. Italy- The World Cup Historyhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3354Mon, 3 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTGermany against Italy is a semi-final between teams who have each won the World Cup three times. It will be the fifth time they have clashed in Finals tournaments and the previous four have included a Final and a semi.Mailbag: World Cup 2006: Blow the whistle on these idiots who are spoiling footballhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3338Sun, 2 Jul 2006 09:00:00 GMTCould football possibly get by without referees? It’s a question I’ve been trying to come up with an answer to for some time. Because if there was a way, any way, we’d surely take it. Mailbag: England vs Portugal: Portugal player ratingshttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3352Sat, 1 Jul 2006 19:30:00 GMTPortugal eventually prevailed in the shoot-out despite showing a lack of a killer instinct considering they had an man extra for a full hour. Once you saw Ricardo perform in the shoot-out you can see why they were happy to leave it until then! Brazil or France next.Mailbag: England vs Portugal: England player ratingshttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3351Sat, 1 Jul 2006 18:50:00 GMTA match that could not be separated by a cigarette paper in the end was decided by a penalty shoot-out. England despite an heroic rear guard action went out in a penalty shoot out - with only Hargreaves scoring when Lampard, Gerrard and Carragher missed. These are the quickest player ratings available anywhere on the InterWeb, using our new stratocaster approved player ratings system. Mailbag: World Cup 2006: Prepare for penalties when England meet Portugalhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3341Sat, 1 Jul 2006 11:00:00 GMTIt’s a World Cup fixture that, historically and in recent times, commands mixed emotions for England supporters. Older followers can recall Bobby Charlton’s side seeing off the great Eusebio at Wembley en route to eventual immortality in 1966. Mailbag: England: Rio Ferdinand steps forwardhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3348Sat, 1 Jul 2006 10:00:00 GMTRio Ferdinand may have another World Cup in him after this, but, like Gary Neville, he is giving every impression that this is a do-or-die tournament for him. Ferdinand has often been a figure of some amusement for the popular press. Missing his drugs test, turning up for training on his day off and his lackadaisical on-field demeanour mean that everyone accepts his ability - but many suggest his application is his liability.Mailbag: World Cup 2006: Dont write off France against their old Brazilian foeshttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3342Sat, 1 Jul 2006 08:00:00 GMTThe last time they met, Ronaldo was out of sorts, France were inspired by Zinedine Zidane despite an indifferent tournament to that point and Les Blues clinched the greatest prize in the game. Eight years on from Paris, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Mailbag: World Cup 2006: Will German grit or Argentine style shine through?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3340Fri, 30 Jun 2006 12:00:00 GMTAt the outset of the 2006 World Cup, doubts and conjecture circled over the projected fortunes of both Argentina and Germany. The hosts, we were told, were heading for an early and embarrassing exit in front of the eyes of the world. Mailbag: World Cup 2006: Its not the Referees That Should be Sent Homehttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3343Fri, 30 Jun 2006 11:00:00 GMTNever has the president of any professional sporting organisation made as many headlines for stupidity as Sepp Blatter. Earlier this week, the FIFA figurehead managed to add to his ever-growing list of idiocy.Mailbag: World Cup 2006: Italy should have too much class for Ukrainehttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3339Fri, 30 Jun 2006 10:00:00 GMTOn paper, it’s a mismatch. The three-time winners, runners-up in 1994, semi-finalists in 1990, against the first-time qualifiers reliant on one star man. Mailbag: World Cup 2006; The Pain In Spainhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3344Fri, 30 Jun 2006 09:00:00 GMTTuesday’s 3-1 defeat to France (June 27) sent Spain crashing out of World Cup 2006 in Germany, and further enhanced their reputation as world football’s serial chokers.Mailbag: Italy v.Ukraine - The Historyhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3345Fri, 30 Jun 2006 08:00:00 GMTThe history of matches between Italy and Ukraine is a relatively short one as the Ukraine has only appeared as a separate country since 1992. Their World Cup quarter-final will be just the 4th encounter between the two sides but there is also an interesting history about Italian efforts against the former Soviet Union.Mailbag: England: Svens Chance to Laugh Lasthttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3337Thu, 29 Jun 2006 09:00:00 GMTAmidst the media hysteria as England overcame a mediocre side with a mediocre display to reach the last 8 of the World Cup, one thing becomes clearer by the day. The only people with more to lose than the England team and fans in this World Cup are the hacks who have sought to destabilise England’s campaign at every turn. For them, the prospect of Sven’s men winning the World Cup is a daunting and humiliating cloud looming ever larger on the horizon.Mailbag: World Cup; England v Ecuador Analysishttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3335Wed, 28 Jun 2006 10:00:00 GMTA new formation, a couple of new players in the starting line-up, but still the same overall result for England during their World Cup second round encounter with Ecuador in Stuttgart on Sunday (June 25).Mailbag: Rough Guide: Didier Zokorahttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3333Wed, 28 Jun 2006 09:00:00 GMTDidier Zokora seems to be the player identified by Tottenham Hotspur to replace Edgar Davids. Or will he be replacing Michael Carrick should the latter be sold to Manchester United?Mailbag: England: Drop Lampard, not Beckham!http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3334Wed, 28 Jun 2006 08:00:00 GMTYet again, the England ghosts of Christmas past have come out and criticised David Beckham, implying he should be dropped.Mailbag: Tottenham Hotspur: The implications of signing Didier Zokorahttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3331Tue, 27 Jun 2006 10:00:00 GMTThe arrival of Didier Zokora at White Hart Lane would represent a signal of intent from Tottenham Hotspur, an indicator of the direction in which the North London club are heading. Should the proposed £8.5 million transfer from St-Etienne be completed, Spurs would secure the services of a player often touted as the man to fill Roy Keane's illustrious boots at Old Trafford.Mailbag: Five Reasons Why Ghana Might Surprise Brazilhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3329Tue, 27 Jun 2006 09:00:00 GMTBrazil-Ghana is an exciting Second Round encounter but don’t expect the Ghanaians to be satisfied with making the knockout stages. They could well push the World Champions close on Tuesday.Mailbag: England: If only David Beckham could be moved to right backhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3327Sun, 25 Jun 2006 10:00:00 GMTWith England’s World Cup ambitions about to tested to their very core the inveterate gambler in charge of the team is reckoned to be ready to make more changes. The papers are convinced that Carrick and Hargreaves will be picked ahead of Liverpool pair Crouch and Carragher. With Hargreaves at right back, and Carrick holding.Mailbag: Rough Guide: Ousmane Dabohttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3325Sat, 24 Jun 2006 10:00:00 GMTThe arrival of Ousmane Dabo at Manchester City will result in a more advanced role for Joey Barton next season.Mailbag: World Cup: Blame Sven because England aint going to win ithttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3320Sat, 24 Jun 2006 09:00:00 GMTThree times now we’ve sat through the over-hyped football of England and three times I’ve come away convinced they’re not going to get much further in this World Cup.Mailbag: World Cup: Group F ends in chaos, Poll-axed?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3323Fri, 23 Jun 2006 11:00:00 GMTIn 2006, it is thought the age of corporate sponsorship, million pound contracts and wall to wall TV coverage has removed an element of farce and unpredictability from the World Cup. Nobody told that to Australia, Croatia, or Graham Poll. Mailbag: Premiership; Can Rafa Rein Bellamy In?http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3322Fri, 23 Jun 2006 09:00:00 GMTLiverpool moved to strengthen their much criticised, flagging strike force with the £6million capture of Craig Bellamy from Blackburn Rovers on a four-year deal on Thursday (June 22).Mailbag: World Cup: Group E; Czech refused.http://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3324Fri, 23 Jun 2006 08:00:00 GMTIt doesn’t feel like a World Cup without drama on the final day of the group games. Yet many groups had qualification signed, sealed and delivered before the now customary simultaneous kick-offs. Even those that still had something to play for, such as Group D, never seemed that exciting because it would have taken a miracle for Angola to unsurp Mexico.Mailbag: World Cup 2006: No longer a brave new world for the African nationshttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3318Thu, 22 Jun 2006 11:00:00 GMTThere is a distinct possibility that the second round of this year's finals in Germany could be devoid of a single African nation. Angola, Togo, Tunisia and the Ivory Coast have all failed in their endeavour to reach the last 16. While on the face of it this appears to be a poor showing, there has been once again a marked improvement in the quality of African football.Mailbag: Whatever happened to: Tony Yeboahhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3310Thu, 22 Jun 2006 09:00:00 GMTOn his arrival, Tony Yeboah looked set to light up the Premiership and bring delight and entertainment to thousands of Leeds fans. Apparently then manager Howard Wilkinson had spotted him while watching eurogoals, surprising proof that someone was actually watching Eurosport.Mailbag: World Cup; England v Sweden Analysishttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3317Thu, 22 Jun 2006 08:00:00 GMTIt was mission accomplished for England as they topped Group B following the 2-2 draw with Sweden in Cologne on Tuesday night (June 20).Mailbag: Liverpool: Bellamy would be a worthy additionhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3313Wed, 21 Jun 2006 11:00:00 GMTHad Liverpool had a more potent forward line last season, then you could put forward a very good case that they would have pipped Manchester United to 2nd and pushed Chelsea far closer. If the talks with Craig Bellamy go well and he signs for Rafa Benitez’s side, he will prove to be a valuable addition to the Liverpool side and could potentially help to solve their striking misfortunes of 2005/06.Mailbag: Owen injury confirms folly of Erikssons striking selectionhttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3316Wed, 21 Jun 2006 09:00:00 GMTThere was something sadly inevitable about Michael Owen’s early departure from England’s game against Sweden tonight. Whilst concentration over recent weeks has been focused on Wayne Rooney’s recovery from injury, not enough was made of the fact that the notoriously injury-prone Owen had played less than six hours of first-team football in 2006.Mailbag: England vs Sweden: England Player Ratingshttp://www.squarefootball.net/article/mailbag.asp?aid=3314Wed, 21 Jun 2006 08:00:00 GMTWhat was all the fuss about? After a 2-2 draw with Sweden, England secured top spot in Group B and therefore finished top of a group in an international tournament for the first time in 10 years.The Swedish hoodoo remains though. How did the invididual players do?