Danny Peacock July 17, 2018

After finishing fifth in the Premier League in defence of their 2016/17 title last season’s FA Cup success was not enough to keep Antonio Conte in his Chelsea job as Roman Abramovich eventually and predictably sacked the outspoken Italian despite his record as the clubs best ever boss on a points by game ratio. Statistics […]

Danny Peacock July 16, 2018

England’s final match in the World Cup was probably a match too much as they were soundly beaten by Belgium in the bronze medal game in St Petersburg but fourth place for Gareth Southgate’s men is no mean feat as the three lions finished with their most impressive tournament run in 28 years repeating the […]

Danny Peacock July 16, 2018

After four years of planning, 32 days of football 64 matches and 169 goals it is the tricolour of France that celebrates glory on the biggest stage of all. The World Cup winners 2018 have matched the great side of 1998 in claiming the trophy for the second time in the nations history and for […]

Danny Peacock July 13, 2018

I’ve had time to let it all sink in now and reflect that unfortunately football is not coming home just yet, but that’s not to say England’s performances in Russia this summer have disappointed after a fabulous tournament where they have scored more goals than any other England team previously and brought together a nation […]

Danny Peacock July 11, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo completed his £99m move to Juventus yesterday saying goodbye to a Real Madrid career where he scored 450 goals in 438 games winning fifteen major trophies with los blancos as well as four of his five Ballon d’Or’s playing his football at the Santiago Bernabeu. For Ronaldo this is a positive move keeping […]

Danny Peacock July 10, 2018

The Premier League is the best in the world? A phrase often muttered by English football fans as they compare notes with their foreign rivals but despite Real Madrid’s European dominance in recent times, can we finally say that ‘we’ have the best domestic league on the planet especially with two World Cup semi-finals featuring […]

Danny Peacock July 9, 2018

Saturday saw England take on Sweden in the Quarter Finals of the World Cup with a place in the last four at stake as Gareth Southgate’s young lions continued to drive the seemingly impossible ambition of bringing football home. This was not a game that I was worried about, this was not one that I […]

Danny Peacock July 4, 2018

England’s young team made history in Moscow and a nation proud after winning a World Cup penalty shoot out for the first time following failed attempts in 1990, 1998 and 2006 to knockout Colombia and march on to a Quarter Final appearance against Sweden this Saturday. For Gareth Southgate the man instrumentally behind England’s positive […]

Danny Peacock July 2, 2018

The passing of the sword in recent years has seen a decline in standards of the Spanish national team proved further as they slipped towards a round of 16 exit at the hands of hosts Russia yesterday despite dominating possession before crashing out of the 2018 World Cup in a penalty shoot-out. For Spain, winners […]

Danny Peacock June 29, 2018

A reality check perhaps after the hysteria of “it’s coming home” following a 6-1 thumping of Panama but in reality, this game never really mattered,  as England were always in a win win position win lose or draw. Personally, I would have liked to have seen England go for it and prove themselves as a […]

Danny Peacock June 26, 2018

Not my words, but those of Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat angered by a late Spanish goal that cost his nation victory in a dramatic World Cup match in Group B last night. The decision by the Referee Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan not to award the goal following his Assistant’s raised flag was reverted to VAR and […]

Danny Peacock June 25, 2018

They say there are no easy games in International football but we all know that is not true. San Marino, Andorra, American Samoa and now Panama are living proof that there’s plenty of nations that may compete on a level playing field but are perhaps in reality too weak to take on the likes of […]

Danny Peacock June 22, 2018

With the world’s best player at your disposal one would think that your team should have a chance of winning the World Cup. For Argentina they have not just one world class player, but a number of players that regularly perform to high levels for some of the top football clubs on the planet. So […]

Danny Peacock June 19, 2018

Harry Kane’s late winner for England last night not only gave Gareth Southgate and his team a valuable three points in Group G of the 2018 FIFA World Cup but also spared a few blushes and a media/social media backlash but does this young team of Lion’s deserve better from the public who continue to […]

Danny Peacock June 8, 2018

All this week I’ve been running over Groups A to H in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as I predict who will qualify and tip those who I expect to do well. The top 32 nations on the planet will be whittled down to 16 in little under three weeks’ time… But who […]

Danny Peacock June 7, 2018

7 days to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and if you’ve been following me this week you’ll have noticed I’ve covered groups A to F so far as I run through nation-by-nation my daily thoughts and predictions on who will progress to the latter stages of the competition. Today it’s the […]

Danny Peacock June 6, 2018

Little over a week now to the biggest event in the sporting calendar (yes it beats even the Olympics with its dressage and fencing thrown in) and all the teams are in to FIFA HQ as the 23 man squads have been officially submitted. No excuses now? Just focus and preparation as the top 32 […]

Danny Peacock June 5, 2018

Another day nearer to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals as those last remaining nations post their 23 man squads to take part in Russia. We follow on from yesterday where I looked at Groups A and B with a preview of Group C & D and what is likely to come. […]

Danny Peacock June 4, 2018

Like a tail wagging dog waiting by the door for my owner to return up the garden path I’m very very very excited to tell you that there’s only 10 days to go now to the greatest sporting competition on the planet and as the appetite whets uncontrollably towards the leg humping, face licking stage […]

Danny Peacock May 31, 2018

Less than 5 days from creating history with Real Madrid in becoming the first coach to win three successive European Champions League finals (and more frustratingly just a couple of days since I wrote about the future of the club being in safe hands), the great Zinedine Zidane has surprisingly announced he is to step […]