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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 »

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: Inter says, “That’s A Wrap!”

The season’s final edition of SWT looks at the Coppa d’Italia, Inter and Palermo’s prospects for the next campaign and Massimiliano’s comments regarding Jose Mourinho. Continue reading »

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: Of Sampdoria Suicide & Roma, Juve Reluctance

The Serie A season wraps up this weekend, with only the Champions League qualifier and final Europa League places left to decide. 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 »

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: AC Milan’s 21 Gun Salute

While AC Milan quietly won their first Scudetto in eight years, Udinese moved back into the Champions League, Lecce climbed out of danger, Sampdoria fell into it and Brescia left themselves nowhere to go but down. 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 »

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: AC Milan Within Reach of Scudetto, Napoli Throwing It All Away

Milan seem to be the only club in Italy consistently winning. As such, they’re on the threshold of their first Scudetto since 2003. In the meantime, last week’s losers, Roma and Inter came out on top on Saturday while the winners from seven days past, Lazio and Udinese took it on the chin. 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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Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: Lazio, Udinese On The Up, Inter, Napoli, Roma Break Down & Samp Beyond Repair

With five games remaining in the Serie A season, every point won – and lost – is vital. As the final stretch takes shape, the only certainties are at the top and bottom. Milan have the Scudetto well within their grasp and Bari should be making plans for Serie B in the fall. Everything else is still in doubt. 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 »

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: Lecce Fly, Udinese Crash & Parma Drift Into Danger

This week on Spaghetti Western Theatre, Lecce may have crafted a happy ending to their season, Udinese have been caught in a cruel plot twist and Parma have given Hernan Crespo’s understudy top billing. 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 »

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: Pato Powers Milan, Leonardo Sours Inter & Bari Can’t Catch A Break

Suddenly, it doesn’t matter whether Leonardo’s Inter are good for two or three goals per game. They can’t keep the ball out of their own goal. Forget walking home after another loss, the ends of the Earth wouldn’t be far enough for Julio Cesar to purge himself of the memories of the drubbings he has been receiving lately. 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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Bundesliga v Serie A: Is The UEFA Co-Efficient An Accurate Reflection Of Their Relative Standing?

UEFA has decided, through a complicated formula, that the Bundesliga are now more worthy than Serie A of representation in Europe but are they really. Martin Palazzotto takes a (somewhat) objective look at which competition offers more to the neutral fan. Continue reading »

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: Napoli’s Cavani Braced, Milan’s Ibra Misplaced & The Azzurri School For Wayward Boys

Inexplicably, Napoli are right back in the hunt for the Scudetto, just three weeks after their no-show against Milan at the San Siro. Like a bad case of acid reflux, the Serie A title race just refuses to settle down. Meanwhile, Cesare Prandelli demands more from his young players than mere prowess out on the pitch. Daniele de Rossi and Mario Balotelli have been told their services won’t be required against Slovenia, in the wake of their foolish red cards in continental competition. 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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Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: Udinese Make It Easy, Bari Make Milan Look Sorry & Lazio, Not Roma, Fall

Udinese continue their stampede from the bottom of the table to the top, Milan leave a golden opportunity to cement the Scudetto wanting and Lazio bow out of serious contention. Continue reading »

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 »

Serie A Spaghetti Western Theatre: AC Milan & Napoli Provide The Drama, Palermo’s Chairman The Comic Relief

Someone forgot to tell Napoli that Monday night at the San Siro was their most important match of the year and Palermo manager Delio Rossi, sacked by bombastic owner Maurizio Zamparini can take a page from Martin Luther King JR, shouting from the Sicilian rooftops, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, I’m free at last! Continue reading »

Palermo Chairman Zamparini Sacks Delio Rossi, Names Next Victim

It’s not surprising that Maurizio Zamparini fired Delio Rossi after the Rosanero’s 7-0 humiliation in front of the home crowd but given that Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has himself been sacked by Zamparini three times and all of Serie A has listened to the Sicilian club’s chairman berate his capable coach week in and week out, this might have been a mercy killing. 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 Choice Fixtures For 12-13 February, 2011

This week’s tale of the tape:  16 matches, 11 competitions, 7 authors. Get the TiVo out and enjoy! Manchester United v Manchester City (Saturday) – On a momentous day for football fans in Manchester and beyond, former United player Carlos Tevez leads the all-star Citizens into Old Trafford on Saturday, in an attempt to slay … Continue reading »

The Weekend Catch For 29-30 January, 2011

For those of you who follow the Weekend Catch, you’ll notice that we’ve rearranged the furniture a bit.  Instead of sorting by author and yanking you this way and that, we’ve placed all matches from the same competition together.  Hopefully, you’ll find it a bit easier to enjoy the tour of big weekend matches we … Continue reading »

Weekend Catch: 15-16 January, 2011 — Spurs and Liverpool Out For Revenge

After a hectic fortnight of Premier League fixtures, it’s a relief to get back to the more pastoral pace of global football.  This Week’s Catch features matches from all over Europe and Australia, as well as the UK, with the best being brought to you by some familiar faces and some new ones, as well. … Continue reading »

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