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Weekend Preview and Predictions

The long-anticipated first weekend of the new Premier League season is set to begin. Here @0riginalfooty takes a look at the opening round of fixtures and offers predictions as to who will emerge victorious.


Man Utd vs Swansea (12:45)
This is the first competitive fixture of Louis van Gaal’s reign and the Dutchman will be keen to get off to a flying start. Wayne Rooney has been announced as the new club captain, so don’t be surprised to see him get off the mark this weekend. This is a tough start for Garry Monk in his first full season as a manager and it’s hard to see them picking up anything from this one.
Prediction: Man Utd 3-1 Swansea

Leicester vs Everton (15:00)
Nigel Pearson will hope that his newly promoted side can carry their title-winning form forward to this season and establish themselves as a Premier League side. The Foxes have been disappointing in the transfer market, despite having money to spend, and face a tough encounter in their first match of the new campaign. Roberto Martinez, in comparison, has splashed £28 million alone on Romelu Lukaku and the Toffees will be hoping to challenge for a Champions League place. This won’t be an easy match for Everton but they should return to Merseyside with a hard fought three points.
Prediction: Leicester 0-1 Everton

QPR vs Hull (15:00)
Harry Redknapp’s team are the favourites of the newly promoted sides to survive in the division and will be hopeful of securing a mid-table finish. Their new signings, such as centre-backs Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker, signal their intentions of doing just that. Hull’s ambitions will be similar to their opponents and they should steer well clear of trouble this season, although a venture into Europe could test the depth of their squad. The sale of Shane Long to Southampton was a surprise, given that he only arrived in January, and Steve Bruce will have to replace him sooner rather than later. This match has draw written all over it.
Prediction: QPR 1-1 Hull

Stoke vs Aston Villa (15:00)
Mark Hughes is building a decent side at the Brittania Stadium and has instilled a much more exciting style of play than Tony Pulis ever did. The Potters have added some stimulating signings this summer, such as Bojan Krkic and Mame Biram Diouf, and should finish in the top half once more. Aston Villa have opted to add experienced players to their youthful squad throughout the transfer window and are desperate to avoid yet another relegation battle. Stoke are notoriously strong at home and should edge Villa in this one.
Prediction: Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa

West Brom vs Sunderland (15:00)
These are nervous times for Alan Irvine’s team. There are question marks over whether Brown Ideye can provide the goal-scoring touch that was so desperately missing last season. If he fails to hit the ground running then this could be a very difficult season for The Baggies. Sunderland, on the other hand, will feel relatively optimistic after an encouraging run of form at the end of last season. The Black Cats have added some decent quality to their squad, with the likes of Jack Rodwell and Costel Pantilimon arriving, and the mood around the Stadium of Light is generally positive. This one could go either way so we’ll sit on the fence and go for a draw.
Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Sunderland

West Ham vs Tottenham (15:00)
The Hammers have been proactive in the transfer market as Sam Allardyce attempts to develop a more expansive style of play. Players such as Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia will bolster their attacking options in the absence of target man Andy Carroll. Mauricio Pochettino believes that his Spurs side is strong enough to secure a top four finish and if they are to achieve that then they will have to win matches like this one. Pochettino will be confident of bringing the best out of Tottenham’s misfiring stars and they should emerge victorious here.
Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Tottenham

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (17.30)
The Gunners have enjoyed a terrific pre-season and there is a real buzz surrounding Arsene Wenger’s side. The transfer of Alexis Sanchez has been widely proclaimed as the best signing of the window and Arsenal fans genuinely believe that their team can be successful on all fronts this season. Conversely, Palace have been rocked by the news that manager Tony Pulis has left the club by mutual consent. Palace have suddenly emerged as possible relegation candidates, such was Pulis’ effect on their fortunes. The air of uncertainty around The Eagles should work in Arsenal’s favour and they should run out comfortable winners.
Prediction: Arsenal 4-0 Crystal Palace


Liverpool vs Southampton (13:30)
This is arguably the tastiest fixture of this round of matches due to Liverpool’s continuous raid of The Saints this summer. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have all moved from St Marys to Anfield, which should add an element of spice to this match. Southampton fans have been extremely disappointed by the mass exodus this summer and will hope that Ronald Koeman and his new signings can adapt to the demands of the Premier League. Liverpool should emerge victorious in this one.
Liverpool 3-1 Southampton

Newcastle vs Man City (16:00)
The Magpies ended last season in appalling form and will hope that the new season brings a halt to their dreadful run. Alan Pardew has been very active in the transfer market and players such as Remy Cabella and Siem de Jong will be expected to stop their slide. City have been relatively quiet in the transfer market, only adding quality to specific areas. In truth, their squad is already strong enough to compete on all fronts and they should enjoy another good season. It won’t be straightforward but City will have enough about them to see off Newcastle.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-2 Man City


Burnley vs Chelsea (20:00)
Burnley mark their return to the Premier League by hosting Chelsea, a side widely tipped to win the league. Sean Dyche’s team finished second in the Championship last season and are expected to struggle to maintain their Premier League status beyond this campaign. If they are to survive they will have to make Turf Moor a fortress and ensure that sides do not leave there with all three points. Chelsea have strengthened extremely well this summer and have added balance, as well as quality, to their squad. This could be a tough opener for the Blues as Burnley are likely to be tough to break down but Mourinho’s side should find a way through.
Burnley 0-1 Chelsea


Group Stage Review: Part 1

It’s been a fabulous World Cup thus far; full of excitement, drama and some wonderful performances. In this article @0riginalfooty looks back at groups A-D and picks out the highlights of the group.

Group A

Brazil              7pts
Mexico            7pts
Croatia            3pts
Cameroon       0pts

Star Man: Neymar – There could only be one winner in this group. Neymar has carried the weight of expectation placed upon his young shoulders without batting an eyelid and has scored 4 goals in 3 matches.

Best Match: Brazil 3-1 Croatia – It was the opening match of the tournament and what a match it was. Both sides played their part in an open and attacking match with plenty of free-flowing football played by both sides, but it was Scolari’s men who came out on top.

Biggest disappointment: Croatia – The Croatians were tipped to join Brazil in the last 16 but, ultimately, came up short. Their most disappointing moment came in a final match defeat to rivals Mexico where a victory would have sealed qualification.

Side that will go furthest: Brazil – Mexico have an extremely tough draw against the Netherlands who have suddenly become one of the favourites in the tournament. Brazil also have a tough match against Chile but will still be confident of reaching the quarter-finals.

Neymar has been one of the stand out players at the tournament so far.

Neymar has been one of the stand out players at the tournament so far.

Group B

Netherlands    9pts
Chile               6pts
Spain              3pts
Australia         0pts

Star Man: Arjen Robben – Arguably the player of the tournament so far, Robben has been in scintillating form and was a constant thorn in the side of any defence he has played against so far. He has scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist at this stage of the World Cup.

Best Match: Australia 2-3 Netherlands – One of the best matches of the tournament so far. Australia may have finished bottom of the group with 0 points but they pushed the Netherlands all the way in this one. Tim Cahill’s goal is also the best goal of the tournament so far.

Biggest disappointment: Spain – Spain endured a miserable World Cup campaign and have quickly made the transition from World Cup heroes to World Cup zeros. They were landed with a tough group but will be extremely disheartened with a series of poor performances that cost them their place in the last 16.

Side that will go furthest: Netherlands – The Netherlands have a relatively easy passage to the semi-finals of the World Cup, although the Mexicans will be no pushovers. Chile, conversely, face the hosts Brazil in the next round who will be very difficult to overcome.

It was an extremely disappointing campaign for the Spanish

It was an extremely disappointing campaign for the Spanish

Group C

Colombia       9pts
Greece           4pts
Ivory Coast    3pts
Japan              1pt

Star Man: Juan Cuadrado – The Colombian winger who plays for Fiorentina has been brilliant for the Colombians so far and epitomises their pacey and committed attacking style.

Best Match: Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast – This group was not blessed with many classic encounters, however, this was an enthralling contest that ended up deciding the fate of both sides. The Ivory Coast needed just a draw to qualify alongside the Colombians against a Greek side that had not scored in the competition prior to facing them. The Ivory Coast were level until giving away a penalty in injury time that Georgios Samaras calmly slotted away, securing the Greek’s progress to the next round in the process.

Biggest disappointment: Ivory Coast – Qualification was in their own hands against the worst side in the group and they bottled it. This was a 3rd successive group stage exit at the World Cup for the Elephants but this was by far the most disappointing. They really should have reached the last 16.

Side that will go furthest: Colombia – On paper, Colombia’s draw looks tougher than Greece’s but the Costa Ricans have shown they are no pushovers at this competition and will fancy their chances against the Greeks. Uruguay on the other hand look average without the banned Luis Suarez, therefore Colombians will be favourites for this clash and should reach the quarter-finals.

Juan Cuadrado scores vs Japan

Juan Cuadrado already has 1 goal and 3 assists to his name in Brazil

Group D

Costa Rica       7pts
Uruguay          6pts
Italy                3pts
England           1pt

Star Man: Luis Suarez – There weren’t too many contenders for star man in this group as the best side in the group, Costa Rica, worked best as a collective rather than any one individual. Uruguay, on the other hand, were heavily reliant on Luis Suarez and he single-handedly fired them to victory over England. It’s just such a shame that such a talented player will be remembered for his non-footballing actions as opposed to his genuinely terrifying talent.

Best Match: Uruguay 1-3 Costa Rica – When Uruguay scored in the 24th minute through an Edison Cavani penalty, few would have predicted an emphatic Costa Rican victory. However, the Costa Ricans announced themselves on the World Cup stage in style and thoroughly deserved their win.

Biggest disappointment: England – Having offered a promising performance against Italy and, having seen Uruguay fall short against Costa Rica, English hopes were high. However, individual errors at the back proved costly and with probably the worst chance conversion rate in the World Cup England crashed out of the World Cup with a measly 1 point.

Side that will go furthest: Costa Rica – Having come through what on paper looked like such a challenging group, it would be very disappointing for them to fall to a relatively average Greek side. Uruguay showed against Costa Rica that they struggle without Suarez and following his hefty ban, Colombia should prove too much for them.

Luis Suarez' 2nd vs England

Suarez shows his class to knock England out, but later lets himself and his team mates down against Italy

A first time footballer

I have to admit, it has been quite easy to get hooked on The World Cup. Believe it or not, yesterday I actually sat and watched two, yes TWO, entire football matches – Ivory Coast against Colombia and, of course, England against Uruguay. I think that there are a number of factors that make The World Cup so much more accessible to more clueless watchers like me and I can honestly say that I wish this frankly stunning event took place more often than every four years.

Firstly, it is so much easier to grasp the idea of players from a certain country playing for that country’s team. I just can’t keep up with the buying and selling and moving and leaving and joining and contracting and transferring of players and clubs. Not only that, but I think the valuing of players in monetary terms does wonders for their self esteems and makes some players quite detestable. However, Wayne Rooney isn’t going to decide that he doesn’t like England any more and decide that he wants to play for Uruguay (too soon?). For someone that doesn’t keep up to date with the movement of footballers, The World Cup is something that I can easily understand and, as a consequence, enjoy.

Secondly, I don’t feel any loyalty to a particular football team in England. I live near Manchester, so people immediately presume that I must support City or United. I taught English at a primary school in Spain for 8 months this year and while many of them didn’t even know how to say ‘my name is Juan’, I was regularly asked ‘City or United’. I became so bored of saying ‘oh, I don’t really follow football’ that I would just randomly select one of the two as an answer. My Dad would say that he supports Newcastle United, but he certainly isn’t an avid fan and I haven’t been brought up to feel any sort of connection to the team. England, on the other hand, well I obviously I am English and I live in England. Now that is something that I can feel loyalty to and when put head to head against another nation, it’s impossible not to get patriotic.

That leads me nicely onto my third point. The excitement that surrounds The World Cup is difficult to miss and it’s so electric. Shop windows are decorated, cars are driving round with flags waving, I’ve seen countless England t-shirts being worn and, although quite hideous, I’ve seen some fantastically adorned houses with lights, banners and cardboard cut-outs. The way in which the English get behind their team and support them to the bitter end is contagious and makes The World Cup a superb event.

The match last night was surprisingly gripping, right up until the final whistle was blown. I found myself checking twitter, and even tweeting about the game myself, as a way of sharing and fuelling support and when Rooney scored his first World Cup goal I felt extremely proud.

As I sat alone on the sofa at 10pm last night with two empty cider cans, leftover Chinese take-away congealing on my plate, feeling pretty gutted, I realised that I was starting to like football.

England vs Uruguay: The Post Mortem

This is one of the toughest posts I’ve had to sit and write. Having been filled with genuine optimism after the hearty performance and narrow defeat against Italy, England came into a game against an aging Uruguay side who had just been comfortably beaten by a Costa Rica side who many considered prior to the World Cup to be the weakest team in the group. Fast-forward to the end of the match and all that is left is the despair of a nation and genuine devastation at the thought of what might have been as England are on the brink of being knocked out of the World Cup. In this post, I will assess some of the things that worked against England that were unavoidable. Finally, I will defend Roy Hodgson’s position as manager and argue that he should at least be allowed to continue until Euro 2016.

The points I will highlight are factors that were wholly out of England’s control and that are testament to the cruel nature of luck within football. England were dealt three major blows either before or during this match that, in my opinion, really shaped the outcome. Please note I am not arguing that these are the only reasons that England are in grave danger of being knocked out of the competition, rather, that there were factors beyond our control.

The first, and most obvious, was the untimely return of Luis Suarez. Just a month after surgery on his knee, one of the World’s best players returned to score two goals of genuine quality as well as almost scoring directly from two corners. A player of his class is hard to come by and, ultimately, he was the difference on the night.

The return of Suarez was a huge boost for the Uruguayans

The return of Suarez was a huge boost for the Uruguayans

Furthermore, an arguably more important factor was the removal of Diego Lugano. Lugano, who is Uruguay’s captain, picked up an injury prior to the match and was not fit enough to play. This was severely to England’s detriment. The 38 year old is probably the slowest player at the World Cup and there is no doubt that the likes of Sturridge, Sterling and Rooney could have exploited the space in behind him and caused countless headaches for their backline. Instead, 19-year-old Jose Maria Giminez came in, who is infinitely faster than Lugano, and the space was gone.

Uraguay's loss of Diego Lugano may also have been to their advantage

Uraguay’s loss of Diego Lugano may also have been to their advantage

Finally, Diego Godin should have been sent off after 30 minutes. He received his first booking for deliberately handling the ball on the edge of the penalty area. Minutes later, he chopped at Daniel Sturridge’s throat after Sturridge had knocked it past him to move into a dangerous position on the right side of Uruguay’s penalty area and inexplicably the referee failed to book him again and brandish a red card. Had Uruguay been down to ten men there could have been a wholly different outcome to the match.

Diego Godin was very lucky to escape a red card

Diego Godin was very lucky to escape a red card

This may read rather bitter and sound as though I’m just making excuses but I’m keen to stress that these were not the only reasons England are (most probably) knocked out of the World Cup. However, I am merely highlighting the fine margins in football and demonstrating how cruel it can often be. England were the victim of misfortune on this occasion. Had Suarez needed but one more day to recover he would not have inflicted such damage upon our goal, had Lugano been fit we may have had more clear-cut opportunities and had the referee, frankly, done his job then would have been playing against 10 men for the majority of the match and surely at least managed a draw.

As I alluded to earlier, these are not the only reasons England lost the match. If truth be told, whilst England did not deserve to lose the match, we would be hard pushed to find an unbiased fan who could say that England truly deserved to win the match comfortably. They didn’t play badly but were sloppy at times in possession, defensively naïve and lacking the cutting edge required to really make the difference at international level. Conversely, Uruguay had all the cutting edge a side could desire in the form of Luis Suarez. Having said that, I feel it is very difficult to lay blame at the manager’s door. This was not a World Cup campaign like in 2010 where we underperformed against really poor sides before being humbled by a side simply far superior to ourselves. Instead, it was a campaign where England have given a good account of themselves against two relatively strong and experienced sides and fallen just short of what is required.

There are few that would argue that Roy Hodgson has done a bad job, despite not winning a game at the finals. I think his selections have generally been positive and England have gone out to try and win games rather than just hope for a draw. It may not have paid off on this occasion but the attitude was right and I think Hodgson has merited another chance to take England to a big tournament at the Euro’s in 2016. In the mean time, dust off your replica Italy shirts and prepare to support the Azzurri for back-to-back wins to give England a chance to secure the unlikeliest of comebacks and keep the World Cup dream alive!

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England vs Uruguay: the key battles

Tonight is the night where England’s destiny will be sealed. Fans will be on the edges of their seats as they take on a hurting Uruguayan side that will be desperate to bounce back. Both sides will be desperate for a win but who will come out on top? Here we take a look at the key battles that will take place on the field tonight and suggest where the game will be won or lost.

Gary Cahill vs Luis Suarez

Suarez’s return will be a huge boost for the Uruguayans. Against Costa Rica they looked extremely one dimensional and lacking any spark and creativity that, in my opinion, Edison Cavani rarely fails to provide. Suarez, in comparison, has it all. He will pester defenders all night long and cause England endless headaches. On his day he is absolutely unstoppable and even when he isn’t on top form, you can guarantee that the defenders will have had a tough evening. Cahill is quickly becoming England’s most important defensive player having had a fine season with Chelsea but he will need to be at the top of his game tonight to keep Suarez at bay and to organize an unconvincing English back line.

Raheem Sterling vs Egidio Arevalo

Sterling and Rooney will most likely have fluid roles behind Sturridge and Sterling will most likely be marshaled by Egidio Arevalo. Arevalo is a ferocious, hard working and experienced centre-midfielder with wild-dog-like tenacity and will be snapping at Sterling’s heels all night long. Sterling can, however, take real heart from his performance against Italy and believe that he can mix it with the best on the international stage. If he performs as we know he can, he will give Arevalo a really hard nights work.

Daniel Sturridge vs Jose Maria Giminez

This is where England will feel the match can be won. Diego Godin is a quality centre back but is not the quickest defender. At Atletico Madrid he plays alongside the pacey Miranda who can easily cover Godin’s lack of pace. However, there is no Miranda for Argentina. Godin normally plays alongside the snail-paced Uruguayan captain Diego Lugano who endured a torrid season for West Bromwich Albion. However, Lugano has been ruled out with injury so in comes 19 year old centre back Giminez. Giminez is an inexperienced centre back but will offer more pace than Lugano so that could work in Uruguay’s favour If Sturridge can play on the shoulder of Godin and the likes of Rooney and Sterling can provide the quality of pace required to thread it through the defence then England will get plenty of joy as the night goes on and Sturridge will find himself on the score-sheet again.


Overall, England should go in to this game believing that they can and, in my opinion, should win against a fairly average and aging Uruguayan side. If our attackers play to the best of their abilities, they will break down their defense and I will be stunned if England does not manage to score at least one goal. However, the three lions must cut all the supply to Suarez to get success and when he does get the ball he must be stopped as soon as possible, by a foul if necessary. Suarez’s inclusion does make this a much tougher match but there is no reason that England can’t get the all important victory tonight and begin their push for qualification to the last 16.

England 1 – 2 Italy : match report

A disappointing but not unexpected result in Manaus has left England’s hopes of group qualification looking somewhat precarious.

After a highly spirited performance, England will find themselves hard done by to finish the game without a point to show for their efforts.

England started so promisingly with early long range efforts from Sterling and Henderson, the former cruelly rippling the side netting in a manner that sent many England fans into a state of mistaken euphoria.

Antonio Candreva, who caused England’s left hand side no end of problems, forced Joe Hart into a less than convincing save from distance twenty minutes in. The Lazio man kept Leighton Baines constantly busy, who in truth could have done with more protection from his winger Rooney.

Shortly after, the first clear cut chance of the match fell to England. Welbeck beat his man on the right before sliding a low cross towards Sturridge who was ready to pounce in the centre, only for Andrea Barzagli to get a crucial touch, flicking the ball just inches away from the Liverpool striker.

The tempo dropped around the half hour mark, with both sides keeping the ball well when in possession and Pirlo looking increasingly threatening when allowed space.

England will be disappointed to have conceded in such a manner, but it was a well worked corner routine which put the Italians in front on 35 minutes. A clever dummy from Pirlo on the edge of the box allowed Marchisio to drill home from 25 yards. His low shot slotting through the legs of both Rooney and Cahill before finding the bottom left hand corner.

Just two minutes later however, England found themselves level. It was the perfect response, with an incisive counter attack allowing Rooney space on the left to play a perfectly weighted cross to Sturridge who still had a lot to do, but England’s number 9 made it look easy, converting coolly on the half-volley.

A nervous moment just before half time saw Joe Hart rush out to close down Mario Balotelli, who’s smart chip required a vital goal line header from Jagielka to see England in level at half time.

After the break Welbeck switched sides with Rooney to try and sure up England’s left hand side. It was to little effect however as once again Candreva had the better of Baines and supplied one of many superb crosses over Gary Cahill, leaving who else but Balotelli to nod in at the back post.

How England needed another quick response, but the Italians had learnt from their earlier mistake and bought on Motta for Veratti to sure up their midfield and suffocate the game.

Despite this, the best chance of the match fell to Wayne Rooney who picked up Baines’ excellent pass before cutting inside and fooling Sirigu who went the wrong way, but his shot rolled agonisingly wide leaving Roy Hodgson with his head in his hands.

In the last twenty minutes however, as England tried desperately to create chances, there were only free-kick efforts from specialists Baines and Pirlo to speak of. Pirlo’s strike was by far the more promising as he wickedly whipped the ball from right to left, only for it to plant the crossbar and fly over, leaving Joe Hart motionless and the crowd awestruck.

All in all, Italy probably deserved their victory but England will rue that Rooney miss which would have made their position in the group look far more promising. That said, with Uruguay’s shock loss against Costa Rica, England will fancy themselves to come out victorious in their next match if they can put in a similar performance, even if talisman Luis Suarez returns for the game.

England player ratings:

Hart : 6
A few nervous moments but generally solid. Couldn’t do much for either goal.

Baines : 5
Had a very tough afternoon against Candreva who was allowed to cross all too often. Did provide a good pass for Rooney’s chance.

Johnson : 6
Showed good attacking intent and generally solid, but perhaps should have been covering for Italy’s second.

Jagielka : 7
The best of our back four, looked assured and confident. Impressive.

Cahill : 6
Generally solid but caught out for Italy’s winner.

Gerrard : 6
A quiet night by his high standards, and wasn’t involved much going forward but kept the ball well on the whole.

Henderson : 6
Promising early on, with some good runs and a decent effort. Faded before being substituted.

Sterling : 8
Adventurous and dangerous for large parts of the match. Had a few great dribbles and put in some decent balls, also hit an excellent strike just wide.

Rooney : 5
Very quiet for much of the game. Didn’t provide adequate cover for Baines to help quell the threat of Candreva and Darmian. Missed the chance of the match but provided a sublime ball for Sturridge’s leveller.

Welbeck : 7
Never stopped running and showed his importance by winning the ball back on numerous occasions. Criticised for lacking drive going forward and taking easy options, but almost found Sturridge early on to put England in front.

Sturridge : 8
Found him self in good positions on a few occasions, had some good link up play with both Welbeck and Sterling and put away a superb finish for England’s equaliser. He should take a lot of confidence from that performance.

Subs: Barkley : 7 (on for Welbeck ’61) Showed promise, looking fearless and threatening going forward.

Wilshere : 5 (on for Henderson ’73) Looked to make things happen but gave away possession too easily.

Lallana : 6 (On for Sturridge ’79) Not given much time to make an impact, but looked good when he got the ball.


A first time footballer

Here at Original Footy, we’re keen to get everybody  involved with the beautiful game regardless of their previous experience, knowledge or interest. Reading the media surrounding football can often be pretty daunting for someone who is keen to get involved but isn’t sure how to or doesn’t understand the terminology that most of us footy nuts take for granted. In this regular feature on our blog, our “first time footballer” will give their own view as a footballing novice entering the convoluted world of football for the first time. If you have any questions or queries you would like the first time footballer to answer whether it be simple football terminology, rules or general info on getting involved with a local club then please message us @0riginalfooty.


For me, football has never been of any particular interest in my life. My Dad and Grandpa have always been keener on rugby and I have one other sibling, a sister, who is equally as clueless as me. When a group of friends told me that they were going to write a blog about football – I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn some more about the most popular sport in the world. However, before seeking to seriously advance my pitiful knowledge of football by following @0riginalfooty and reading their blog, I thought it would be fun to take note of just how ignorant I am of the footballing world.

Known teams – Despite not following football, I am actually quite pleased with my knowledge of football teams. Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton are the first that spring to mind. Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Burnley and West Ham are a few more that I can recall, but beyond that I get pretty lost. Having lived in Spain for 8 months, I also know Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid (for which I probably deserve bonus points) and I am sure Barcelona has a football team as well…

Known players – This is where my ‘fountain’ of football knowledge shows up pretty dry. I seem to be stuck somewhere in the past with Beckham and Owen being the most prominent names in my mind. It would be humiliating not to know Wayne Rooney but, I’m afraid to say, I know embarrassingly few football players. Luis Suarez bit someone a while ago and I know someone with Didier Drogba’s nickname ‘The Drog’ tattooed on his back…

Football rules – I do not even know where to begin here. I know the offside rule exists because it featured in ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ and you can’t touch the ball with your hands (presumably because otherwise it would be handball). However, as far as tackling and red and yellow cards go, it’s all the same to me.


The World Cup is something that I can easily make sense of in my football-confused head. There isn’t any buying or selling of footballers (how does this even work!?). It is as simple as players playing football for their own countries– now there isn’t much to get confused about there. For this reason, I actually am quite looking forward to the World Cup and having read the first few posts on Original Footy’s blog, I reckon I am ready to face the first few matches with reasonable knowledge of what to expect.


The first time footballer will be writing regular posts with queries and questions about the game with helpful responses to help others who are equally as oblivious as I and if you have got any questions, don’t be afraid to message us (it surely cant be any worse than the knowledge that I have displayed here…)