Is The Premier League’s 40-Point Safety Mark Really a Myth?

It’s the magic number for managers of each of the Premier League’s perennial firefighters. Get to 40 points, they say, and you’re safe from relegation. Indeed, even in Leicester’s incredible title-winning season, Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri, knowing his team were pre-season relegation favourites, continually reiterated the need to reach 40 points to the point where it was as if he was making the comment in jest. Ranieri could be forgiven for not be the only one, though. Steve McClaren spoke of parties being thrown by his assistant at Middlesbrough, Steve …

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How Did These 10 Players Get to Play in the Champions League!?

From Messi to Ronaldo, Xavi to Pirlo, Maldini to Puyol and countless more, the Champions League has showcased football’s greatest talents on the grandest stage ever since it began in 1955. But for every legend of the tournament, there is another anomaly; the sort of player who would have you racking your brain wondering when in their careers they walked out to the sound of its timeless anthem. So, should ‘Champions League footballers’ ever come up as a Pointless category, for instance, these are ten players bound to be low …

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How Women’s Football Continues to Grow

You’ve seen it all before. The slew of YouTube blooper reels from women’s football matches, the clips of Richard Keys and Andy Gray failing to contain their laughter at one such gaffe, the endless, trite conversations of the disparity between it and the men’s game. In truth, for years, it felt almost patronising to applaud women’s football, as if any compliments sent its or the footballers’ way should be mitigated by: ‘It’s still incomparable to men’s football,’ despite simultaneously making a comparison between the incomparable. But take these comparisons away …

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55% of Premier League Fans Expect Their Team to Do Better This Season

Pre-season: it’s the most optimistic time of the year for football fans. A time when your greatest dreams seem more tangible, and your darkest fears more distant, than any other. With slates wiped clean and ghosts of seasons past laid to rest, many supporters, naturally, have their rose-tinted glasses on even before a ball is kicked… for most, anyway. In order to see how optimistic football fans are ahead of the new season, we asked one fan from every club in the Premier League to predict where they’ll finish in …

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What if… the English Football Leagues were arranged by Fan Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

We’ve all had those debates with fans of other clubs. “Small club!? We’ve won X league titles!” “We’re bigger than you – look at our stadium compared to your shed!” “How are you a big club? You’ve not won anything in X years!” The debates are endless and neither party is going to convince their counterpart that the club in question is bigger or smaller than they say it is. But one of the really popular facts to throw at other fans in these debates is the how well-supported a …

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