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Who Puts Twenty-Four Clubs In One League, For Pity’s Sake? WFC’s Giant 2011-12 Championship Preview

Four of WFC’s best, brightest and most gullible writers get together to compile a team-by-team look at the 2011-12 Championship season. Continue reading »

WFC’s 2010-11 UEFA Yearbook: Country Most Likely To Win The 2012 Euros

The final entry in our ten-part season review. Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 11-12 June, 2011

It’s another week of football brought to you from countries where you can’t get a decent curry, let alone a frothy pint of Guinness. Continue reading »

WFC’s 2010-11 UEFA Yearbook: High-Profile Coach Most Likely To Remain Unemployed

The ninth chapter in our ten-part season review. Continue reading »

WFC’s 2010-11 UEFA Yearbook: Young Player Most Likely To Impress At A Big Club.

The eighth installment in our ten part season review. Continue reading »

WFC’s 2010-11 UEFA Yearbook: Manager Most Likely To Accept A High-Profile Position

The seventh installment in our ten-part season review. Continue reading »

WFC’s 2010-11 UEFA Yearbook: Player Most Likely To Make A Big Splash In The Summer Transfer Window

The sixth segment in our ten-part season review. Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 11-12 June, 2011

After a week of International fare, club football takes over in earnest in the far reaches of the world. In Russia it’s a battle royale for the top spot in the RPL, while in Japan, the J-League tries to put a heartbreaking spring behind it and bring a smile, if just for a moment, to their fans. In the Americas, Major league Soccer heads into the middle part of its season, oblivious to losing its best players to the Gold Cup, while Chile and Argentina wrap up their Clausura campaigns and Brazil shrugs off the last bits of rust in the national championship.

England, Spain, Italy and Germany? Who needs ‘em? Continue reading »

WFC’s 2010-11 UEFA Yearbook: Club Most Likely To Spend Big Over The Summer

The fifth in our ten-part 2010-11 season review. Continue reading »

WFC’s 2010-11 UEFA Yearbook: Club Most Likely To Win The 2012 Champions League

Can anyone possibly stand in Barcelona’s way? Sure, maybe… Yeah, okay, why not? Continue reading »

WFC’s 2011 UEFA Yearbook: Player Most Likely To Win The Ballon d’Or Not Named Messi Or Ronaldo

The third in our ten-part series. Continue reading »

WFC’s 2011 UEFA Yearbook: Most Forgettable Moments

The second in our ten-part UEFA season review. Continue reading »

WFC’s 2011 UEFA Yearbook: Most Memorable Moments

The first instalment in our 10 piece review of the European season. Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch: Choice Matches For 28-29 May, 2011 (Including The Champions League Final)

The Champions League Final casts a huge shadow over the weekend fixtures but there are some other important matches lurking in the darkness. Have a look! Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch: Choice Matches For 21-22 May, 2011

Much like AH-nold and Maria, most of European football has entered the End Of Days. As the Devil is in the details, we’ll be featuring summaries, rather than individual matches for certain leagues. If that makes you unhappy, keep it to yourself or, when you go to sleep, Gabriel Byrne will be under your bed! Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch: Choice Matches For 14-15 May, 2011

Both Barcelona and Manchester United should wrap up their respective titles this weekend, each needing just a point to do so. Yet neither are in our global cornucopia of matches. Strangely enough, their local rivals are. This week, we bring you two cup finals, two sets of playoff semi-final ties, a match which will crown a league champion one way or the other, one of the most passionate derbies in the world and any number of struggles for European contention and top flight survival. We dare you to read it all! Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 7-8 May, 2011

Fair enough. This weekend sees Manchester United face off against Chelsea with the Premier League title at stake, the KNVB Beker and Paulista Cups being contested and AC MIlan on the verge of wrapping up their first Scudetto in eight years. So, why is there a picture of David Beckham and Thierry Henry on the cover of this article? Come on, isn’t it obvious? Henry in a full beard is major news! Continue reading »

Citizen Blue: Man City Win Aided By A Goal A De Jong Time In Coming

In the two and a half years since he has been at Man City, Nigel De Jong’s kicks have had devastating impact. Just ask Stuart Holden, Hatem Ben Arfa and Xabi Alonso. This weekend against West Ham United, however, the flying Dutchman’s boot finally made impressive contact with the ball. Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 30 April & 1 May, 2011

The focus of football is on Europe as its various leagues head to the wire. There are some tasty matches, as well, including Manchester United’s trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, with the Premier League title partially in the balance. As well, Borussia Dortmund consider calling in Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth as they look for a cure to their late season stutter, America try to get over on Mexico’s most dangerous cats, Pumas, and Neymar leads Santos against hated rivals Sao Paolo in the Paulista. Keep the remote handy, you’ll need it! Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch: The World’s Best Fixtures For 23-24 April, 2011

Things are getting tight everywhere in the football world, except, of course, the USA. One MLS side, Real Salt Lake, are even getting a pass on early games as they pursue the CONCACAF CL Final. Everywhere else, seasons are winding down. Bolton and Arsenal look to turn around recent adversities against each other on Sunday, Marseille look for a trophy in the Coupe de la Ligue on Saturday, Real Madrid play another match at the Mestalla, this time against Valencia, Feyenoord look for 10 goals worth of pay back against PSV and QPR seek a win against Cardiff that, barring the intervention of the FA, will have them planning for a Premier League season in August.

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The Scouser Report: Liverpool Pay A Heavy Price For Draw With Arsenal

Liverpool still have a shot at European play next season but, with the injury bug running rampant throughout the squad, it may be all they can do to hang on to sixth place. Jamie Carragher, Andy Carroll and Fabio Aurelio all came off with various complaints – actually Carra had no complaints as he was out cold – in the 101 minute match which ended with two penalties at the death. Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – The World’s Choice Fixtures For 16-17 April, 2011

While MLS and South American leagues are just getting started or in their middle stages, competitions across Europe and in Mexico are headed into the final stretch. To that end, there are any number of important matches, wherever you look. We’ve done our best to bring the most crucial to your attention, which means a King Sized Catch, this week. Are you up for it? We hope so, because here it is. Enjoy, but don’t hurt yourself! Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 9-10 April, 2011

There are some intriguing matchups across the globe this weekend. The Championship features a showdown between two newly promoted sides in the hunt to repeat the feat this year, the first edition of the Felix Magath Derby takes place on Saturday, Real Madrid and Inter head into tough games with something to prove, the run-in of the Libertadores Group Stage begins and the best sides in both the Mexican Clausura and MLS face off. No matter where you are, there’s entertainment to be had. Enjoy! Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch: Choice Fixtures For 2-3 April, 2011

After a week of international fixtures, highlighted by Euro Qualifiers, it’s back to the club grind. Most of the top clubs across Europe can be thankful that the Fixture Gods have allowed them to ease back into their respective competitions. In Serie A, however, players will need to hit the ground running, with four key match-ups on deck, including the second leg of the Milan Derby, with 1st place on the line. As well, Barcelona, who limped into the international break, face a stern test against Villareal and young Seleção sensation Neymar has 2 key matches in the Paulista and Copa Libertadores, for Santos, on the heels of antagonising an entire nation by playing the race card after his brace against Scotland on the weekend.

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Euro 2012 Summary For 25-29 March, 2011

The past week’s Euro qualifiers mark the halfway point in this stage of the competition. As the tables are now laid out, 5 clubs have gone a great length towards ensuring that they will join hosts Ukraine and Poland in the tournament but 2 groups each feature no less than 4 countries which have positioned themselves well for automatic qualification.

Here’s a rundown on how this international week affected the group stages…
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WFC’s International Catch: Choice Fixtures For 25-30 March, 2011

It’s an international weekend, which means Fergie and Wenger can complain about the referees to their heart’s content and Carlos Tevez, Arjen Robben and Antonio di Natale will enjoy a week off. Most importantly, John Terry will be sporting the armband for England but Craig Bellamy hasn’t revealed whether he’ll be playing a wedge or a nine iron. In any event, here’s the cream of the international crop, according to our cracked WFC writing staff. Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch: Choice Fixtures For 19-20 March, 2011

This week’s tale of the tape: 17 matches from 13 competitions. The A-League wrapped up last weekend but MLS steps in to take its place. There are three enticing match-ups in Spain this weekend, the Old Firm.2011.6 is on deck with the Scottish League Cup at stake, Man City and Chelsea clash in a potential season-ender for one or the other and we look past Brazil and Argentina for some juicy matches elsewhere in South America. Enjoy!
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The Weekend Catch: WFC’s Choice Fixtures For 12-13 March, 2011

Man City have doubt on their mind after a disastrous trip to the Ukraine and giant killing Reading on deck in the FA Cup. QPR visit manager Neal Warnock’s former side Crystal Palace, trying to keep the hoops focussed in the midst of the Alejandro Faurlin scandal. Louis van Gaal and Bayern are stuck with each other ’til season’s end, facing inconsistent Hamburg on Saturday, but the club’s hierarchy expects a Champions League place or the Dutchman may not make it out of Bavaria alive. These three matches and sixteen more from across the planet are featured in this Weekend’s Catch. Continue reading »

The Weekend Catch: WFC’s Choice Fixtures For 5-6 March, 2011

WFC’s picks of the best weekend football on the planet. Twenty-one matches, fifteen competitions, eight writers. Pick and choose or down them all in one sitting, you greedy piglet! Continue reading »

The Weekend Catch: The Choice Fixtures For 26-27 February, 2011

Arsenal v Birmingham in the Carling Cup is the biggest match of the week but it eclipses some other notable clashes. Milan and Napoli clash in a 1v2 Lega Calcio tilt, PSV and Ajax go at it, Lille OSC tangles with Lyon, Bayern makes their last stand against BVB and Brazilian champions Fluminense head to the fabled Azteca, in Mexico City, to take on Club America in the Copa Libertadores. But wait, There’s more! Read on…. Continue reading »

The Weekend Catch: WFC’s Football Fixture List For 19-20 February, 2011

This week’s tallies:  twenty matches in fifteen competitions chosen by ten writers.  Hop on for the ride! Chelsea v Everton (Saturday) — It has just occurred to me that Chelsea is a lot like Toy Story.  Seriously.  Roman Abramovich is Andy, although he doesn’t have to wait for Christmas or his birthday for his parents … Continue reading »

WFC’s UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Predictions Redux

Written by Quazi Zulquarnain & Martin Palazzotto ***This article originally appeared immediately after the draw for the round of 16.  Of course, there have been some developments in the meantime.  Roma are heading into their clash with Shakhtar in a match funk rather than match fresh.  The Spurs/Milan tilt has been altered dramatically by the … Continue reading »

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