Mourinho unraveling along with his team

Of course, for Chelsea, the red alert has been sounding for a while now, if only in response to a number of startling micro-crises; the form, or utter lack thereof, of Branislav Ivanovic, the dropping of John Terry, the continued antics, and subsequent fallout, of Diega Costa. There are more, too. But now, as Chelsea […]

Tactical Breakdown – West Ham’s Away Plan

With four games played, two at home and two away, this is West Ham’s record: Home matches: Played – 2, Lost – 2, Aggregate score – 4-6. Away Matches: Played – 2, Won – 2, Aggregate score – 5-0. The discrepancy becomes even more astonishing when you factor in the standard of the opposition; with […]

Heard it through the great Vine!

Yes, it surely is a merciful pleasure. In the void that is a week of international football, where Lithuania and Israel make for tasty opposition, where other sporting codes seem infinitely more appealing all of a sudden, Vine is our Shangri-la. Eat away the hours of boredom, of sporting inactivity, 7 seconds at a time. […]

David Luiz’s Top Ten Sideshow Moments

Yes, he’s at it again. David Luiz, part-time defender and all-around football comedy stylist, again caused the world to snort out a breath of mirth upon seeing his latest stunt. During PSG’s Champions League tie with Chelsea, the Brazilian defender was seen wiping away the vanishing spray that had been put down by the referee […]

Chelsea racists betray the illusion of cosmopolitan London

The video, filmed by a bystander on a mobile phone, reeks of shameful muck. A group of travelling Chelsea fans, clumped together in a Paris metro train, shove back a black passenger who is trying to board. Twice they refuse him admission, laughing like clod-headed bullies, while the victim looks around exasperated, fearful and confused. […]

Heard it through the Great Vine!

There are some things that really lend themselves to a 7-second repackaging. Hilarious Freudian slips on live television. Exquisite roulettes performed mid-sprint. The very nature of our lives, one could argue, is made up of these fleeting sensorial highlights. I mean, memories are but fragments, repeating continuously just out of the reach of our grasping […]

Heard it through the Great Vine!

It’s been too long, far too long between loops. So, boldly striding into this new year, we’ll pause for just a few divine moments to indulge ourselves with some of the best sporting vines floating around at the moment. Sulley Muntari sure can sully a club’s reputation, after being subbed off at a point in […]

VIDeconstruction: Alexandre Song v Manchester City

West Ham’s run continues, and looking at the way they beat champions Manchester City on the weekend, it shows no sign of slowing. At Upton Park, as Sergio Aguero, David Silva et al strode out onto the pitch, the fans (and presumably the team) were keenly aware that this would be the ultimate heat-check. Lose […]

VIDeconstruction: Zamora vs Liverpool

The ending was farcical, the result incredible, and Harry Redknapp was beside himself after the final whistle. Two own goals, including one in the final seconds, handed Liverpool victory at Loftus Road, and kept QPR rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table. An interesting battle was occurring in the midsts of this ridiculous […]