Adidas Predator X FG Electricity Review

I am feeling the full adipower Predator X electricity’s as I hold them in my hand. They are out and like the Nike Safari Superflys, if you like, or can get past the color, they area classy pair of boots for the serious football player who wants some adipower in his shot.

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor,

Keane in the Face

Match Day Sale at (20% off Man Utd and Arsenal)

So our friends at have let us in on a little secret, through there not so secret mailing list, that in honor of the massive Manchester United v. Arsenal clash all licensed items for both teams are 20% off. The sale runs through the 13 of December, and you don’t need a coupon code so its open to everyone, not just an inner circle. You may not be able to tell looking at the homepage, but check the prices on Manchester United jerseys, you’ll see its true. For my part, I’m grabbing an Arsenal jersey.

Written by: Matthew Wall, editor,

Adidas AdiNova v. Adidas Copa Mundial Video

So would you rather be caressed by the Adiprene insole of a Adidas AdiNova turf shoes, or feel the history of a storied Copa Mundial boot on your feet?

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Hamza Boudlal Makes a Scorpion Save

In another video thats sure to go viral brings you Hamza Boudlal, a relative unknown for KACM Marrakech. He actually did this scorpion kick save in the 82nd minute of a match that was tied 1-1. Few goalies have ever attempted this in match, the most famous being Rene Higuita against England during the 1994 World Cup. He then acts like it was no big deal. If this is normal in the Moroccan league, I’ll have to start paying more attention to soccer in Magreb. The man must have an ego to match Cristiano Ronaldo or he’s a completely lost the plot….

Posted by: Matthew Wall, editor,

Arsenal Crest

Arsenal v. Partizan Belgrade After Match Report

Well it was a cracking, but sometimes frustrating affair for both teams in the cold of the Emirates as Arsenal beat Partizan Belgrade 3-1. The match was a relatively open end to end affair, but the first half had to be frustrating for the Gunner faithful. It didn’t seem to matter where the ball cam into the Partizan area from their defense simply would not crack under the pressure. A penalty was always coming out of this hostile environment, and sure enough on the turn of the 15th minute Jovanovic brought down Van Persie in the penalty area, leading to a pot kick. Van Persie, the perpetually injured but sometimes stubborn forward, picked himself up and slotted the kick home for the Arsenal jersey first. The rest of the half was marked by Partizan staying on the back foot and hoping to score on the break. It looked like a second goal was coming for Arsenal, but it was Partizan who would grab the advantage as they pushed forward on the break. They had hardly been in the Arsenal half for most of the match, but because Cleo’s curling shot from the edge of the box took an ugly deflection off Sebastien Squillaci’s back, it somehow looped over Lukasz Fabianski and landed in the back of the net.

With the scores level, Arsenal went back on the attack pressing men forward, bringing on Walcott as a sub for Arshavin with 25 minutes left. It turned out to be an inspired choice by Arsene Wenger as the youngster found the back of the net within minutes taking a deflected Sagna cross onto his chest and smartly slotting it into the goal. Again, the superb and consistent pressure by the Gunners allowed their skill to show. The final goal, to the delight of Gunners fans, came from Alex Song combining with Nicklas Bendtner, who has just come on for Marouane Chamakh. His pass slipped Samir Nasri clear inside the box who turned to slot home Arsenal’s third goal of the night.

Unfortunately for the Gunners, the match didnt end there as Bacary Sagna caught Aleksandar Lazevski on the edge of the box and somehow his challenge was deemed worthy of a red card by referee Paolo Tagliavento. It didn’t look too rough to me, a free kick maybe, but surely not a red card. From the resulting free-kick, Radosav Petrovic smashed a shot that Fabianski punched away.

Overall, it was an interesting match, but not the best I’ve seen so far. It seems Tottenham are the best English side to watch this year, with Arsenal displaying an awkward, nervy streak at times during the match. I don’t think Partizan have deserved two goals from tonight’s performance, but to be honest, I’m not sure if Arsene Wenger’s side have what it takes to compete with Barcelona or Real Madrid. After the match, Robin van Persie said: “As a football fan, Barcelona or Real Madrid… but we will have to wait and see.” I’m not sure how many Gunners will be looking forward to that after tonight.

Arsenal 3-1 Partizan Belgrade

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Fail of the Day: Sander Boschker

FC Twente Goalkeeper provided us with this gem of a play yesterday in the 3-3 draw with group winner Tottenham in yesterday’s European clash. What a way to start a Champions League Debut. To be fair, the game turned out to be virtually meaningless and it can happen to the best in the world.

Arsenal Jersey Giveaway

So our friends over at are giving away an Arsenal jersey, home or away, winners pick, for correctly predicting the result of their Champions League clash with Paritizan Belgrade.

Check it out here.

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matty burrows kisses crest

Matty Burrows Travels to Puskas Awards Ceremony

Matty Burrows, the terror of Northern Irish league goalies, and hometown hero of Glentoran FC is to travel to the gala wards dinner with all of the other ten nominees for the Puskas Award. Given in honor of Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas, the award recognizes the player who scored the most thrilling, technically difficult, and consequential goal in all competitions. The competition for Burrows is fierce, with Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben, and Samir Nasri all in the running along with South Africa’s Siphiwe Tshabalala, who scored the opening goal of the tournament against Mexico.

All ten of the nominees will be attending, so his traveling to the ceremony alone doesn’t mean much. But the quality of his stunning goal, and its significance coming in the 92nd minute, combined with the fact he doesn’t play for a major club side may give the edge necessary to win the Ballon d’Or.

See all of the goals on FIFA Puskas Awards Page.

Written by: Matthew Wall, editor,

Martin Jol

Ajax Quitter Manager Jol Tipped for Newcastle Job

I’m still in shock that Newcastle are searching for a new manager with the way they’ve been performing this campaign. The Magpies sit in a comfortable 12th position after just coming off a promotion from the Championship, yet manager Chris Hughton got the sack, as the board

“Chris is such a lovely guy. Top man. This will hit the players hard. The players admired him, and liked him, and won’t be happy now he’s gone like this.”

The former England, Arsenal and Tottenham centre-back added: “You have got to ask yourself why this has happened because it makes no sense. Here is a guy who has done an unbelievable job. He got the club back into the Premier league and any manager would have been rewarded for that with a new contract – but Chris wasn’t.

“The players are sure to be asking themselves ‘what the hell is going on?’, that is only natural.

“We all had a good relationship with the players, and when we left training this morning none of the players had a clue this was coming.

“But word started to spread that the bookies had stopped taking bets and the players started texting each other with the news.

“Yes, it has come as a shock, and it will affect the dressing room there is no doubt about that.”

Regardless, the men in the Newcastle jersey have to move on. The Newcastle board wants to move forward with someone else, but Martin Jol is not the man. Why, you ask? Jol is a quitter. What makes you think he won’t quit if things go badly in the first couple months at Newcastle? He quit out of thin air when the Amsterdam giants Ajax were five points off the pace in the league this campaign, citing high expectations the ultimate demise of his job. What? Does Jol or the board really expect that he won’t have high expectations on him in England, especially considering his resume?

The only choice I see as a viable option is former Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill. O’Neill is just 4 months removed from his resignation at Villa Park and overall has a better grasp on the English game than Jol. Plus, O’Neill main reason for resignation only supports a look from the Newcastle board: he resigned because of lack of resources. In his tenure for the Villains, O’Neill made boys out of men, carrying the squad on his back to the club’s first cup final in 10 years and an extremely respectable 6th place finish in the league and a spot in Europe. What more can he do when the clubs above him are spending truckloads of cash each transfer period other than quit? O’Neill is the logical choice for the Magpies. Maybe a Jol hater because I can’t stand quitters. You tell me.

Written by Chris Behrens