There are some players who just never seem to be appreciated as much as they should be. In an environment where flair and skill dominate the headlines it is very rare for a quiet but effective player to be noticed or commented about on a regular basis. One such player at the moment is Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva who has been instrumental in his side’s good start to the season.
25 September 2013 – 10:00 pm
The diet of a professional footballer is measured and calculated to the last gram. Everything they consume has been studied and authorised by their club’s team of dietitians to ensure they are only doing good things to their body; as well as ensuring their energy levels peak just as they head out to play football that week.
24 September 2013 – 11:00 am
They often say that the best ideas are usually stolen. As we launch “My Favourite XI” on The Football Project, we want to be very clear that we got this off brains much smarter than ours. In February 2011, Gary Andrews and Chris Nee launched “My Favourite XI” on the excellent twofootedtackle.com and we’ve decided that it deserves resurrection.
The idea is simple. This is a chance to celebrate the players you have idolised as a kid and consider to be your modern-day heroes. It’s not a greatest ever 11, and as such we encourage the inclusion of player that others would reckon to be stealing a living as a footballer; Nicklas Bendtner is in the team below. There is also room for five subs.
There are just two rules that we ask you stick to. Firstly, they are your favourite players; not necessarily the finest ever line-up you can think of (though we assume there will be overlap). Secondly, you have to have been alive to see them play (only on TV is fine).
Starting us off, TFP’s Ryan Keaney leads you through his all-time line-up. You should spot a red theme running through the squad.
23 September 2013 – 10:30 am
The European Champions League group stage got underway on Tuesday night and it felt nice to go back to watching the continent’s elite compete against each other. Every fan of football, whether they will admit it or not, wants to watch the best sides in the world compete on a regular basis.
18 September 2013 – 9:00 am
Imagine running just over six miles in 90 or so minutes and then being presented with a chance to win the match for your team. Your heart pounding, your legs aching and your head spinning; yet you’ve got to keep everything together to beat the ‘keeper. The whole idea is giving me heart palpitations just thinking about it.
12 September 2013 – 9:30 am
First of all Sir Alex Ferguson retired and then last week the BBC announced that Alan Hansen would be leaving Match of the Day at the end of this season, what next? English football is going through one hell of an upheaval but this latest announcement should be seen as a positive step at updating their coverage and placing more emphasis on educating the younger audience.
11 September 2013 – 10:00 am
As is quickly becoming the norm for international weeks for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; the last seven days has fans of each country spending a lot of their time looking across in the European continent green with envy. Scotland are probably the only one of the five Home Nations that can look back on their two games with any sort of reasonable pleasure, and that will only cause to ramp up the jealousy.
10 September 2013 – 12:00 pm
Nicklas Bendtner could score over 30 goals this season in all competitions and be the man to score the winners in the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League finals for Arsenal; yet he’d still be ridiculed for calling himself the best striker in the world a couple of years ago.
3 September 2013 – 9:30 am
Manchester United completed their first major signing of the summer transfer window after it had eventually closed. Marouane Fellaini proved to be the only Everton player to follow David Moyes to Old Trafford as the two clubs confirmed the deal some 15 minutes after the window had slammed shut. The move was met with initial relief by United fans after they had stared down the prospect of signing no-one; and in turn, reveals the true fears that surround the fanbase as the new era wobbles into action.