Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- A mixed bag for the Premier League clubs as European battle lines are re-drawn, while Arsenal’s familiar chickens come home to roost.

There is always a frisson of excitement for football obsessives when the battle-lines are redrawn on the European front and the Champions League and Europa League start their knockout phases. With the domestic season having turned into a procession thanks to Liverpool’s utter supremacy, this season the continental stage potentially offers more intriguing competition. After […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- UEFA can’t afford not to follow through on their punishment of Manchester City but need to be wary of the potential future implications.

UEFA’s announcement last Friday that Manchester City would be banned from participating in European competition, (in their case the Champions League), for two seasons for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, may have been several years in the making but it was still somewhat surprising as most of us doubted whether UEFA would actually […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – the FA Cup has lost a significant part of its lustre but the powers-that-be are actually making it worse.

It has become traditional at this time of year for anyone who comments upon, writes about, or simply watches English football to express a view on the world’s oldest cup competition, the FA Cup, and whether it has lost its ‘magic’? There are essentially two schools of thought at play: either that the Premier League […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Liverpool march relentlessly on, but where does their dominance leave the rest of us?

While Liverpool march on relentless towards their first championship in 30 years, the chasing pack and the rest of the so-called ‘Big Six’ continue to stumble and squander points and generally make a mess of any semblance of a challenge to the Anfield club’s ongoing dominance. The only questions remaining around this season’s title race […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: End this VARce now!

So another round of Premier League matches and another round of ridiculous VAR interventions. This last weekend alone we had: two goals disallowed, one a last minute ‘equalizer’, and a penalty award overturned for a marginal offside decision in the same game between Leicester and Southampton; Jeff Hendrick’s ‘opening goal’ for Burnley disallowed at Stamford […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- Is it really too early to say the title race is over? Meanwhile Premier League greed shows no sign of abating.

None of my Liverpool supporting family or friends will thank me for this in anyway as they won’t want to jinx it, but with Jürgen Klopp’s side sitting proudly atop the table, eight points ahead of ‘surprise package’ Leicester City and, probably even more crucially, eleven points clear of reigning champions Manchester City; it is […]