Is the penalty shootout a fair way to end a football match?

So far this World Cup we have seen 2 penalty shootouts to decide who progresses to the Quarter Finals. As always “the lottery” (I’ll get to that later), is followed by the same questions of “Is this a fair way of deciding a football match after 120 minutes?”… Well is it? Firstly it must be said that both penalty shoot …

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Gareth ThomasIs the penalty shootout a fair way to end a football match?

Chelsea agree fee for Diego Costa

Today Chelsea announced that the club have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for Spanish international Diego Costa. The fee is believed to be around £32m and meets the strikers buy-out clause in his Atleti contract. This of course is not a surprise deal with Costa being linked to Chelsea heavily over the past few months and even refusing to …

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Gareth ThomasChelsea agree fee for Diego Costa

Gareth Barry ‘perfect fit’ for Everton

Gareth Barry made 32 Premier League appearances for Everton last season whilst on loan from Manchester City and now Roberto Martinez hopes to secure him on a permanent deal following his release from the Manchester club. Martinez is a big fan of the 33 year old midfielder saying, “Gareth is such a unique person, I have been so impressed and …

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Gareth ThomasGareth Barry ‘perfect fit’ for Everton

Can Mauricio Pochettino revitalise Spurs?

Last season Tottenham Hotspur finished 6th in the Premier League after what can be called a very disappointing season. Andre Villas-Boas was sacked, his replacement Tim Sherwood was left feeling unwanted and of course star talisman Gareth Bale made the world record move to Real Madrid. Mauricio Pochettino, architect of Southampton’s recent impressive Premier League performances is now at the helm …

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Gareth ThomasCan Mauricio Pochettino revitalise Spurs?

Chelsea hunt Ukraine winger

The Daily Star are reporting that Chelsea are looking to step up their interest in Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko. However, they are set to face stiff competition from Liverpool, West Ham United and Stoke City before anything can be completed. The 24 year old plays for Dynamo Kiev and was subject to bids from Liverpool last year, however since then Kiev …

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Gareth ThomasChelsea hunt Ukraine winger

Tom Ince set to sign for Hull City

Every once in a while a player comes along who is is tipped for greatness, two seasons back one of those was Tom Ince of Blackpool. Son of former footballer Paul Ince, Sky Sports are reporting Tom now has his Premier League move as Hull City close in. Tom Ince has impressed in the Championship for a number of seasons …

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Gareth ThomasTom Ince set to sign for Hull City

He’s arrived! 5 reasons why Liverpool signed Lallana

#LFC are delighted to announce the signing of Adam Lallana from Southampton #LallanaLFC pic.twitter.com/YGYoeBpYIY — Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 1, 2014 It’s official! Liverpool have signed former Southampton and England midfielder Adam Lallana for £25m. We will look at 5 reasons why Liverpool splashed out on Lallana… 1. Chances created from open play - With Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and new …

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Oliver BainesHe’s arrived! 5 reasons why Liverpool signed Lallana

A “quick dip” for Croatia at the World Cup

Next week, Brandish.tv will be looking at all things swimming. A tenuous link to football some may say. Well, you may be right; but what about this story… World Cup hopefuls, Croatia were caught up in a surprise story that shocked the world of football. With the tournament under-way and all eyes on the pitch, a story leaked from the …

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Oliver BainesA “quick dip” for Croatia at the World Cup

Manchester United ready to replace Vidic with Dutch star

The Daily Mail have Feyenoord and Netherlands defender Stefan de vrij is destined for Old Trafford in the coming weeks. De Vrij who is with his national side at the World Cup has said to have rejected a move to Italian side Lazio in favour of joining up with his international manager Louis Van Gaal and fellow team mate – Robin …

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Oliver BainesManchester United ready to replace Vidic with Dutch star

Napoli talks with Lyon collapse – Arsenal come to the rescue

Reports from Italy have suggested that Napoli and Lyon’s transfer talks over Maxime Gonalons have broken down. The two clubs tried to meet in a vain attempt of  securing a deal for the Frenchman, however, the deal has collapsed. The collapse of the deal could actually benefit all parties as a new scenario is now being considered with Arsenal and Spurs …

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Oliver BainesNapoli talks with Lyon collapse – Arsenal come to the rescue

Arsenal ready to pay £12m for Premier League right back

It seems Arsenal’s right back situation has taken another twist. We were led to believe that Arsenal were paying close attention to Ivory Coast international, Serge Aurier. However, it now appears that Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger is looking towards Newcastle and French star, Mathieu Debuchy as a replacement for Sagna who joined Manchester City on a free transfer this summer. The …

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Oliver BainesArsenal ready to pay £12m for Premier League right back

West Ham interested in French winger

The Daily Mail have today reported that Premier League side, West Ham United have confirmed their interest in French winger Mathieu Valbuena. At 29-years-old, Valbuena has a bag full of experience that he could bring to the London club. The Marseille man had been touted for a move to either Arsenal or Liverpool in previous windows, but it seems West Ham …

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Oliver BainesWest Ham interested in French winger

Caulker set for Crystal Palace bid

Tony Pulis is set to raid relegated Welsh club Cardiff City for England international Steven Caulker and striker Fraizer Campbell according to the Telegraph. Steven Caulker, central defender who was impressive for Cardiff despite relegation, could be available for as little as £8m because of a release clause in his contract. Caulker, who arguably should’ve travelled to Brazil with England …

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Come on FIFA. Why diving should result in a retrospective ban

Last night Arjen Robben admitted he dived against Mexico in their Round of 16 knockout tie. Robben won his country, Holland, a penalty in added time to sink the Mexican resistance 2-1 . Whilst he admitted diving earlier in the game he claims he was legitimately fouled for the key incident. Robben unfortunately is a serial offender, as TalkSport’s radio …

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Gareth ThomasCome on FIFA. Why diving should result in a retrospective ban

Atletico star set for Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester United

The Daily Express are reporting that Atletico midfielder Arda Turan could be off to the Premier League with either Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester United. The Turk played 30 league games in the title winning season for Atletico Madrid but this was his least since joining in 2o11 from Galatasaray. It is thought that he may be shipped out of Vicente Calderon …

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Gareth ThomasAtletico star set for Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester United
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Which sports brand is winning the World Cup? Adidas, Nike or Puma?

In the build up to a big tournament the major sports brands always step up their advertising, the 2014 World Cup was no different. Adidas, Nike and Puma all have their representatives playing at the World Cup but out of their stars performance, which brand is doing the best? In short which brand has got the best value for money …

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Gareth ThomasWhich sports brand is winning the World Cup? Adidas, Nike or Puma?

Kaka leaves AC Milan for a second time

AC Milan sent out a tweet today thanking legendary Brazil midfielder Kaka for his service to the club. It read: “You’ll be forever a red & black heart Kaka! Thank you for everything”. This comes as he ends his second spell at I Rossoneri whom he rejoined from Real Madrid in 2013. Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, or more simply …

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Gareth ThomasKaka leaves AC Milan for a second time

Arsenal to poach Schneiderlin from Southampton?

The Daily Mirror are today reporting that Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger is keen on stepping up his interest in Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman will have his work cut out convincing the Frenchman to stay at St Mary’s after Luke Shaw joined Manchester United last week and captain Adam Lallana looks set to join Rickie Lambert …

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Gareth ThomasArsenal to poach Schneiderlin from Southampton?

Arsenal star about to join United?

TalkSport are reporting that Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is on the verge of joining Premier League rivals Manchester United. The Belgian could follow former team-mate Robin van Persie to Manchester United after leaving Arsenal. Vermaelen who is currently on international duty with Belgium at the World Cup has 1-year remaining on his contract at the Emirates. Arsenal may want to cash …

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Oliver BainesArsenal star about to join United?
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What is the best goal of the World Cup so far?

We take a look at the best World Cup goal so far – here’s our top 5! 5. Lionel Messi v Iran - With time running out for Argentina, fans were beginning to wonder whether there would be time for a winner, and if so, from whom? Well, there was no doubt in guessing as Lionel Messi collected the ball on …

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Oliver BainesWhat is the best goal of the World Cup so far?