Combined Liverpool/Manchester City XI

I’ve created my combined Liverpool and Manchester City XI via the BBC website.

Leave a comment with who would make your XI.


What will the League 2 Playoff final be?

World Cup Fantasy Six a Side

Following a tweet from @FantasySixaSide, I have created my team. The rules are that the player’s country must have qualified for the World Cup, with a maximum of one player per country.

GK: Manuel Neuer
DF: Marcelo
MF: Luka Modric
MF: Christian Eriksen
FW: Lionel Messi
FW: Cristiano Ronaldo

Who would make your side? Leave a comment and let me know.

2017/18 Champions League Quarter Final draw

Barcelona V Roma

I’d expect Messi and co to be able to break down Roma and progress to the semi-final.

Sevilla V Bayern Munich

Bayern will put Sevilla under more pressure than Manchester United did and qualify for the semi-final.

Juventus V Real Madrid

A repeat of last year’s final. As with last year’s final, I expect Real to triumph.

Liverpool V Manchester City

Two teams who can score plenty of goals, but City’s stronger defence will see them through.

Portrait of an icon

Portrait of an icon takes a brief look at some of the best known names in recent world football. Each profile is short (I don’t think any are longer than 8 pages) and focus more on quotes (from the person and others in world football) and anecdotes than statistics; an excellent approach, especially for the portrait of Pierluigi Collina.

Goals are the currency of football, so it is perhaps little surprise that the majority of those profiled are attacking players. Despite this, there are still portraits of defensive players and managers are also included.

As well as being an excellent book, it’s also the type to provoke discussion about who has been included and who has been left out. A final reason to buy this book (as if another were needed) is that proceeds go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Rating (out of 5): *****