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The Monday Morning Drip: Because The Premiership Is Only A Two Team League

A jolt of footy caffeine to get your week started. Continue reading »

The Monday Morning Drip: Because The Premier League Isn’t Enough

A jolt of international footy to jump start your week! Continue reading »

The Monday Morning Drip: Because The Premier League Isn’t Enough

A worldwide weekend footy wrap-up that’ll get your juices flowing. Continue reading »

Mario Balotelli Says, “You Don’t Know How To Play Go Fish!”

Super Mario takes the ball for a spin in America but can’t drive it home. Then, when he arrives back in England, he finds that he won’t be able to drive his new 150,000 quid Maserati home, either, thanks to a mystery prankster who has come up with a new definition for Frutta di Mare. Continue reading »

The Oz Files: The Matildas & A-League Close Season News

It’s a long winter in Oz, with the A-League delayed a month until October but Tom Pollock notes that there has still been plenty of footy news coming out of Australia. Continue reading »

Mario Balotelli Says, “You Don’t Know That I Was Born To Ride!”

In the sixth episode of the You Don’t Know series, our intrepid hero discovers that there’s no such thing as an easy rider. Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 16-17 July, 2011

The best fixtures of a Copa Mundial y America weekend and the lament of one Neil Warnock. Continue reading »

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

The Weekend’s best matches and a quick look at the lack of substance in Friday’s headlines. Continue reading »

England & France Failures At The U17 World Cup Suggest Fundamental Flaws

Whilst France fell to the hosts, England were victimised by a familiar foe. Yet, the difficulties for both sides might be rooted in their political ideologies. Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 2-3 July, 2011

The transfer window churned out a few deals this week, most notably David de Gea’s long anticipated switch to Manchester United. The weekend fixture list is a short one, dominated by the Women’s World Cup and Copa America, although there is also plenty of club action in Japan and America. As well, there is another epic World Cup clash between English and American concerns on the men’s side. That’s one you won’t want to miss! Continue reading »

Women’s World Cup: The Matildas Step Onto The World Stage

Tom Pollock of The Southern Terrace runs the rule over the Aussie Women’s chances in Germany. Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 25-26 June, 2011

This week’s Catch features a healthy mix of club and international competition, with the Gold Cup Final, the Women’s World Cup Opener and a cornucopia of snacks in between. 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 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 »

Rio Ferdinand Has Communication Issues

Wait, are you calling me stupid? Continue reading »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 4-5 June 2011

It’s going to be a bit of bare bones over the next few weeks, as most of Europe is idle, Mexico is on their summer break, Argentina is winding down and Australia has yet to kick in their new campaign. Still, there is the Russian Premier League, the Campeonato Brasileiro, Major League Soccer, the Women’s World Cup, Copa America and the Gold Cup to keep us occupied until full football service is restored in late August. So, if you’re really jonesing for some footy, WFC will point you in the right direction. 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 »

FA Turn Their Back On Respect Campaign, Censor Fergie & Ancelotti

If you thought Sir Alex Ferguson and Carlo Ancelotti were stunned to be threatened with disciplinary action for praising Howard Webb, imagine how all the referees felt about another disturbingly contradictory policy from the FA. 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 »

Should Arsenal Go All Out To Sign The Ultimate Mercenary?

Think of this as matchmaking. Arsenal haven’t won anything in years and this fellow hasn’t lost. As crazy as it sounds why not put them together and see what happens? 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 »

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.

Enjoy! Continue reading »

Mario Balotelli Says: Rio Ferdinand Doesn’t Know How To Celebrate!

Mario Balotelli graces WFC with another exclusive interview, revealing the inside scoop on what really happened at the end of the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. 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 »

West Ham’s Carlton Cole Tweets The Nose Of The Fear Mongers

Sir Alex Ferguson did disparage Mark Atkinson’s ability as a referee. Wayne Rooney did make two strafing runs at a TV cameraman dropping a full load of F-Bombs each time. If they think they’re hard done by, they should take a look at Carlton Cole, the first black man to be charged by the FA for making remarks to people of colour. 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 »

The Youth Radar: An All-World U21 Ready To Take On The FIFA Old Guard

Tom Bennett kicks off a monthly column on WFC, putting the spotlight on the youth scene and beginning a hopefully longlasting partnership between his blog, The Youth Radar, and World Football Columns. In his debut, Tom invites you to pick a starting eleven capable of containing his all-world U21 side. Continue reading »

Neymar: One Banana Equals 60,000 Racists?

Neymar’s refusal to apologise for his remarks in the wake of the Brazil/Scotland friendly wasn’t reasoned out very well. 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.

Enjoy! Continue reading »

Mario Balotelli: You Don’t Know What To Do When You’re Suspended!

Hot on the heels of extricating himself from the furore caused by his red card in the Europa League, our hapless hero is in trouble once again and this time Mancini may have found another spoiled teenaged prodigy to bring to Man City! Continue reading »

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