Writers

Proven Quality is a football blog providing in-depth articles about football. Proven Quality is a collaborative blog and any-one is welcome to write for us if they can meet the high standards we are looking to uphold.

On this page you can find all the writers who have written for Proven Quality to date along with their two most recent posts on the site. You can click through to each of their profiles if you would like to read more from a particular writer.

If you think you have what it takes to be 'Proven Quality' we welcome you to get in contact with us using the 'write for us' form.

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Gareth McKnight - 645 posts

I am a freelance football journalist from Northern Ireland living in Broome in Western Australia. I have worked for top media outlets such as FourFourTwo, goal.com, Soccerlens, Football Fancast and Here is the City.

I am a lifelong and long-suffering Tottenham fan. Follow me on Twitter at @90MinsOnline


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Brian Beard - 82 posts

Longest serving freelance football reporter for Sky Sports, 1,000+ games.
Author of Breedon Book of Premiership Records and Three Lions.


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John Henson - 44 posts

Founder of Proven Quality and a network of Football news aggregator sites, John lives in Spain, and has also lived in France, Germany and the UK. John can be found tweeting under the provenquality handle.


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Harry Brent - 36 posts

An aspiring sports journalism student at the University of Central Lancashire. 21 Years old. Chelsea supporter. Currently living in Nottingham having lived all over England in the past as well as in Asia. Written pieces of Virgin Media and former admin for vitalfootball.co.uk.

Twitter handle : @CFCscope


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Ed Dowling - 23 posts

Aspiring football journalist. Follow my twitter @EnterShaqiri


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Arthur James O'Dea - 21 posts

Arthur James O’Dea, 22, student of American Literature, writer of football articles, appreciate feedback on either. Can be found on twitter @ArthurJames91


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Michelle Bonsu - 20 posts

Freelance football journalist based in New York. Primarily support AC Milan as well as the Ghanaian and Italian NT’s, but you’ll find me watching the Bundesliga and Premier League as well–enjoy a good game, regardless of where it’s being played. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of my favourite players. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @MichelleB289


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Aaron Young - 18 posts

I am fanatical about football, and love to talk about all aspects of the game. I am a massive Liverpool supporter and have been since I was a kid. As well as the mighty reds I also follow the Bundesliga. I am new to writing football articles and hope you enjoy my analysis of the sport.


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Chris Duncan - 18 posts

I am very passionate about football from the professional game to grassroots. I am a big supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, but also folllow the fortunes of Motherwell FC and Borussia Dortmund.

I am a level one FA qualified football coach and coach at Maidstone United Pebbles.

I am always interested in talking to anyone who shares my passion for the beautiful game and love a bit of banter. If you are on Twitter you can find me @coach_chris83 .


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The baby-faced assassin is back

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
In my personal opinion one of the best pieces of news this week was the return to football management of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who has been appointed manager of Norwegian Tippeligaen...

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Kingsley Okiwelu - 16 posts

Lifelong Arsenal fan and acolyte of Cruyff, Wenger and Bielsa.


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Daniel Powell - 15 posts

Dan is an aspiring sports journalist from Surrey. He is a Fulham season ticket holder and regularly attends away matches. Dan has been writing for Proven Quality since April 2014. Feel free to get in touch, his email is danielpowell98@gmail.com


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Refereeing in the Premier League

Referee surrounded by Chelsea players
The standard of refereeing in the Premier League so far this season has been absolutely horrendous - Every week we are debating controversial decisions made by the men in black...

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Paddy Vipond - 13 posts

Paddy is an opinionated, cynical old man trapped in a twenty-something year olds body. An activist on both local and national events, and with articles focusing on topics as varied as democracy, class, tattoos and football, there is little that escapes his criticism. After spending time in the voluntary and charitable sector he is now walking the career path of journalism. You can find him @PaddyVipond
or view his blog here.


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Sean Whooley - 11 posts

I am a freshman journalism major at the University of Maryland-College Park and native of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Follow me on Twitter @swhooley27


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Lucas Arnold - 11 posts

I am a freelance football journalist currently studying a Journalism BA at Brunel University. Can’t decide if I’ve enjoyed being an Arsenal fan for the last 16 years or not. Find me on Twitter @LucasArnold93


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Charlie Dear - 9 posts

My name is Charlie Dear I’m 19 years old and I’m an avid sports fan.


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The making of Thorgan Hazard

Thorgan Hazard
Chelsea FC have a glut of talent spread across Europe in the hope their young stars will eventually prove the outlay their Russian bankroller Roman Abramovich was well spent. However...

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Shane Mahon - 9 posts

Manchester United fan, but love all things Premier League and Champions League!


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Jeremy Lebor - 9 posts

Jeremy is an avid soccer fan and life long season ticket holding Arsenal ‘mad gooner’ supporter. Although his bias is towards Arsenal, he is big enough to comment on all teams both here in the UK and Europe… whether good or bad! – He regularly ‘tweets’ on all things Arsenal together with football issues and sport in general. He definitely loves a bit of banter too! – You can follow Jeremy on twitter: @jeremylebor


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Guard of Honour… Nooooooooo!

With Manchester United having won the Premier League last Monday beating Aston Villa 3-0, much has been made of Arsenal giving Manchester United a ‘guard of honour’ prior...

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Return of the Three Musketeers!

With Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Reading last weekend out of the way, and a baron week for the players without competing in the Champions League, the next challenge facing the Gunners...

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Clinton Awuah - 9 posts

I am a passionate Tottenham Hotspur fan and will be attending University this coming September to study sports journalism. I have interesting views in football in general and will be tweeting more often. Follow me @ClintonAwuah


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H Moore - 8 posts

Born and raised in North West UK, Football was introduced to me at an early age. Initially this was designed as a way for giving me something to focus on, nearly 30 years my love for football has developed into the beast it is today.

Fare tutti i giorni il tuo capolavoro
(Make every day your masterpiece)

Feel free to follow me on Twitter @HarrisonMoore81


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Legia Warsaw – The Art of Diversion

Legia Warsaw v Celtic
With the final qualifying rounds of the Champions League due to take place this week, I for one will be firmly rooted to my dusty derrière sculptured armchair with full focus...

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Serie A Week 32 Preview

Week 32 of Calcio promises a collection of mouth-watering battles over the weekend. The Italian top flight starts proceedings with a relegation wrestling match on the Saturday,...

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Omar Kaseko - 7 posts

Omar Kaseko is a filmmaker, photographer, and lover of football with a passion for writing about European football. Omar is based in Washington DC. Follow Omar Kaseko on Twitter @Omar_Kaseko or email him directly at omarykaseko@gmail.com.


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Harry Reynolds - 7 posts

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Dan Shields - 7 posts

Crystal Palace fan, Wigan fan, masochism fan. YANK.
Follow me on Twitter for football/general nonsense @dsthemanual


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Dom Farr - 6 posts

Full time Swansea University student, Sports enthusiast, Lover of football, Arsenal through and through. Follow me on twitter @DomSFarr.


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The Premier Welsh Derby

The first all Welsh Derby, as it happened... The first all Welsh Premier League derby. A much anticipated match in the minds of the people of South Wales, and with its reputation...

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Manchester United, A club in transition

Manchester United, the most successful club in English football, known and feared in recent years for their ruthless counter attacking football and dominance in England and in Europe....

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Tommy Lee - 6 posts

About me: I am a keen aspiring football writer currently studying a degree in Sport Marketing at Leeds Metropolitan University. I am a passionate Derby County fan and have been all my life, as well as a lover of football in general. I hope you can enjoy and relate to my work and all feedback is very much appreciated.


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Are Americans Finally Seeing Sense?

A great amount of effort, time and money has been invested in the promotion of soccer in the United States. Despite this, the beautiful game has not been seen as a major sport...

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Jeremy Hawkins - 5 posts

I am a Journalism Student currently studying at the University of Queensland, in Australia. I am a massive football fan and just enjoy watching good quality football. For more news on football follow me on twitter @jeremy_hawkins8.


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Marta - 5 posts

Marta will be writing from time to time about things happening in La Liga’s world. She is an unconditional supporter of Atletico de Madrid C.F, the Spanish national football team, and fair play. She has recently also become a fan of the Premier League and 4-match-watching marathons on Sundays.

Marta also runs a school for Spanish in Tours called Hola Lola.


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Liam Orr - 5 posts

Freelance football writer based in London. Arsenal fan, but write about a range of English and European football. Twitter: @FinsburyFooty


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Champions League Round-up

The draw for the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League took place this morning, and once again did not fail to produce a host of enthralling clashes between some of Europe’s...

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Drewe McAllister - 4 posts

I am currently in my first year at university studying freelance journalism, in Perth Western Australia. I have been living in Australia for the past 6 years however originate from England.


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Ally Darlow - 4 posts

17 year old keen writer. Supporter of Tottenham Hotspur and follower of the Premier League. Qualified football referee with Beds FA.


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Bill Edgar - 4 posts

Currently a student hoping to study sports journalism, aspiring to become a football writer in the near future. An avid supporter of Newcastle United (unfortunately).


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My Favourite World Cup Goal

Torsten Frings
Torsten Frings: Germany vs. Costa Rica (FIFA World Cup 2006) The 2006 World Cup finals was the second time in 32 years Germany had hosted the World Cup. Could they repeat...

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Brendán MacFarlane - 4 posts

I’m a massive French football enthusiast, having fallen in love with all aspects and levels of the sport in France whilst working for a year in the town of Niort. As a French studies student, I’m constantly following what’s going on in the French football media and bringing stories to the English-speaking world. I write a weekly Ligue 1 review for Backpage Football and cover Ligue 2 for French online magazine Dans La Zone 79


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Alex Marson - 3 posts

As an Arsenal supporter, Alex’s main interest lies with his beloved Arsenal FC. However, he also has a passion for European football and a keen interest in the English Premier League. Twitter handle: @TheGoonerAFC


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Premier League 2013/14 Season Preview

With less than 48 hours until the new Premier League season kicks off, we're itching to get started. With newcomers Cardiff City, Hull City and Crystal Palace replacing relegated...

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The Premier League’s new managers

There have been 5 managerial changes in the Premier League for next season, including at the top three sides Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. David Moyes,...

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Ciarán - 3 posts

Ciaran writes interesting articles about football. He is a distant relation of John Toshack and has his finger very much on the pulse and intimate parts of the game. He hopes the fame and fortune generated by this blog will help him. Please help. Just 2 pounds a month, 2 pounds a month is what his boss pays him.


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Do footballers have an afterlife?

Being a top-flight footballer is to be appraised by thousands of demanding spectators every week. These individuals get their hit of adrenaline and quite like a stand-up comedian,...

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Alex McMillan - 3 posts

I’m a teacher, a long-suffering Scotland fan, I live in South East Asia. I think most football commentary (written or spoken) isn’t good, so I try and write my own.


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Avinash - 3 posts

Part time geek, full time gooner, meal time spurs, chelsea, utd & city baiter.


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Adam Yates - 3 posts

31, long time reader, first time writer.


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Gerard returns to Merseyside

Gerard Deulofeu
Over the last few years, Deulofeu has quickly risen through the ranks of Spain's junior squads and is now on the precipice of the senior national side. Liverpool FC could...

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Premier League goes bare

Premier League
The Premier League announced today that England's top division will be sponsor-less after its current deal with Barclays concludes next season. From 2016/17, The Premier League...

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Joel Amorim - 3 posts

I started to write about football almost two years ago and I don’t think I can stop anymore. I write regularly for FTBpro and for Inside Futbol.
I am an avid follower of Eastern European football but I also follow the English Premier League and Portuguese and Spanish football very closely.
Follow me on Twitter @Vostok1981.


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Aled Russell - 2 posts

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Tim Lenihan - 2 posts

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West Ham and the Olympic Stadium

So London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) have made West Ham United the preferred tenants for the Olympic Stadium alongside UK Athletics. Well that is fine in my book...

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Time for Football to rethink?

With Financial Fair Play (FFP) due to kick in next year, is this going to be a panacea for all ills within the game, or just an aspirin to deal with a small headache? Whilst...

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Chris Yandell - 2 posts

Chris Yandell writes for From the Marshes about all things football. He can be found on Twitter @chrisyandell.


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Betwixt the Sticks

Guillermo Ochoa
This has been the most entertaining World Cup, on course for the record average goals per game in its history. For once the advertised stars Neymar, Messi, Robben and even Cristiano...

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The Man with the Golden Boot

The World Cup Golden Boot from 2010
Denmark and Maradona in 1986, Cameroon and Gascoigne in 1990, England and Eusebio in 1966. Our memories of World Cups are smothered by the individuals and teams that stole our hearts...

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George Cawley - 2 posts

I live in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey


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David Kappel - 2 posts

David Kappel, 28, is a German international whose path has been leading to South Africa. He is a student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. He’s studying a Sport Management certificate, which is endorsed by FIFA, in order to find his roots in the professional Sport (Football) business world. As a player he once almost scored a €100.000 goal. He is a supporter of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Manchester United as well as the German national team. Twitter handle: @kappilinho


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Philip Brooks - 2 posts

I’m a 2012 journalist graduate from Sweden who practically breathes football and sport in general. I’m also a fan of Tottenham Hotspur, and i write semi-interesting things on twitter. Follow me – @philiproybrooks


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Aaron Attwood - 2 posts

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Five reasons for Spurs’ progression

Tottenham Hotspur 2015
How far can Tottenham Hotspur go this season? Spurs are undefeated in the Premier League since the opening day of the season and, as a result, have risen to fifth in the table...

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Maureen O'Leary - 2 posts

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Aalim Khaderi - 2 posts

From America, supporter of Manchester United, favorite player is Wayne Rooney, also write for Think Football and Outside of the Boot


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Kickoff - 2 posts

Tim Garrett, Contributor to KickOff.co.uk


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Haleem Patel - 2 posts

Passionate Liverpool fan. Opinionated and an expert in sarcasm. Can be found tweeting on @TheKingsReign.


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The Great Debate: Messi vs Ronaldo

It's become the talk of the terrace in recent years. You can go anywhere in the world these days and the only two names you'll hear when you ask the question 'who is the best...

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Andy Stern - 2 posts

My name is Andy Stern, and whilst I’m an Arsenal fan at heart, I try to be as objective as possible when it comes to other Premier League teams. Particular interests lie with Atletico Madrid and Bordeaux, and whilst I admire how the Bundesliga is run, I cannot stand people who ‘have always loved watching Borussia Dortmund’. Creator of Les Artilleurs.


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Looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup

The World Cup is probably the most coveted prize in football…in fact, it is the number one trophy on any footballers’ list. It represents the pinnacle of your career, and once...

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Will Godley - 1 posts

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Matthew Payne - 1 posts

I am a keen freelance journalist starting out in the area of sport, I am a huge football fan and would love to share all my thoughts and opinions through my articles and love hearing your feedback, please follow my twitter @mattpayne04 for the latest on new articles and general football based conversations.


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Ben Groom - 1 posts

Aspiring sports journalist studying English Language at York University with an undying love for the beautiful game. Die-hard Arsenal fan and aspiring optimist. As Anti-Wenger as is possible. Hobbies include constant FIFA 13 and the occasional game of football. Contact me on twitter: @BenGroom1 or by email: bg639@york.ac.uk


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Michael Mwangi - 1 posts

A student at University of Nairobi studying Journalism & Media Studies, very passionate about football and a Liverpool supporter. I hope you enjoy my articles


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George Hartrey - 1 posts

I am currently at Sixth Form studying Media, English and ICT, and I am looking to pursue a career in Sports Journalism. I’m passionate about all things football, and have recently started up my own blog. Proud supporter of Manchester United. Twitter: @WelkinFootball


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Who Should Succeed Sir Alex?

At the ripe old age of 71, and having managed the Reds since 1986, it’s clear that Sir Alex Ferguson can’t stay at Old Trafford forever, and is likely to retire within the next...

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Anshul - 1 posts

My name is Anshul and I am probably the youngest writer for this website. The two things I love the most are music and sports. I am a singer and a football fan. I write my articles based on my views and opinions. Some of you will have different opinions to me, that’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.


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Is it Arsenal’s year?

A shot of the interior of Arsenal's Emirate Stadium
Every year we hear the same thing...“This year could be Arsenal’s year”. And every year we all get disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a massive Arsenal fan and I want...

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Harry Fairman - 1 posts

I’m a Palace fan who enjoys writing about anything to do with football! I have a Season Ticket at Crystal Palace, and you may even spot me at the occasional away game. If you want to read more opinions from myself, check out my blog The 1905, or follow me on Twitter @HarryFairman.


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Peter Wilson - 1 posts

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Sean McMahon - 1 posts

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Stephen Stratton - 1 posts

Stephen Stratton is an amateur football blogger and Reading FC fan. You can find more of His work at Beware Flying Footballs. Away from football Stephen enjoys baking, reading and listening to funk and soul music.


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Gilbert Ruiz - 1 posts

A demanding pre-medical curriculum at Baylor University does not keep Gilbert from missing any Premier League action. As avid an Arsenal supporter as he is, he is not too blinded by his faith in Arsene Wenger to discuss all matters football related. Denied studying writing as a career by his parents, he is a busy student at Baylor University, beginning research in a Genetics lab next year, spearheading an annual Health Fair for impoverished youth and spending the last two spring breaks in Costa Rica working with a school of Nicaraguan refugees. His hobbies include drinking too much coffee, fixing his slowly deteriorating bicycle, and fantasizing about a Fabregas return.

Feel free to contact Gilbert with any comments, concerns, or threats at statesidegooner@gmail.com. He is always ready for a chat about football and is an amiable enough fellow.


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Jonathan Rodriguez - 1 posts

I’m a M.D. in formation and a writer for passion, Columnist of REVISTA EL CLAVO and Redaction Boss at EL TELEVIDENTE.


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Karan Bedi - 1 posts

Just another guy who fell in love with the beautiful game. I support Manchester United and follow the top European Leagues with genuine interest. Guardiola enthusiast and an Italian football fan, you could say I have varied interests. I’m a Football Manager AND a FIFA man,somehow I’ve found the right balance. Follow me on Twitter at @KaranBedi3


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Carlo Ancelotti – I did it all

Carlo Ancelotti celebrates winning the Champions League
The stage is set, a Champions League final is about to be played, the players are anxiously waiting for their coach to come in and deliver an epic oration which gives them just...

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Kieran Gilberthorpe - 1 posts

Kieran Gilberthorpe is a YESambassador for Youth Elite Soccer and coaches Blackhawks/Ladyhawks Futbol Club full-time for Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association in Houma, Louisiana.

You can follow Kieran on Twitter at @kieran_gilb.


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