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Fabio Zucchelli

Sabotaging since 8 Aug 2012

Fabio Zucchelli: Producer of fully-formed, semi-informed literature on football (predominantly MUFC), music and general faff. Also writes on mental health and can be found at @Fabzucci updating on sandwiches eaten. Blogs at http://the-introspector27.blogspot.co.uk/.

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Music

Fantasy Set List: Biffy Clyro

Endlessly touring around the UK over fifteen years, Biffy know how to put on a great show. If the set list was up to me, this is how it would look…

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Football

The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw: Man City Target Arjen Robben’s Volley Against Manchester United

Man City are reportedly looking to bring Bayern’s Arjen Robben back to the Premiership. His stunning Champion’s League volley against Man Utd was the greatest goal I ever saw.

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Football

United Must Bulk Up Goal Threat From Midfield And Other Lessons From Manchester Derby

What did we learn from last night’s derby? Well, for one, Phil Jones is more than an expensive John O’Shea… plus, United were too casual, and can’t rely on the strikers for goals.

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Sport

Brazilian Ronaldo’s Hat-Trick for Real Madrid: The Greatest I Ever Saw Against Man United

It’s not often the home crowd at Old Trafford applaud an opposing player but O Fenomeno’s hat trick for Real Madrid in the Champions League in 2003 is one of the greatest performances the Theatre Of Dreams has ever seen. Let’s just hope Cristiano doesn’t take inspiration from his namesake…

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Football

Rooney, RVP, Ruud, Ole, Yorke Or Cole: Man United’s Greatest Strikers Compared

The world class duo give Fergie a potent attack, but how do they match up to the great United forwards of recent Premier League history?

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Football

Regardless Of Reading Victory, Nani Is Still Leaving Manchester United

Cleverley flourishing as our midfield engine, Smalling is stagnating and why Nani is still headed for the door in the summer. It may have seemed like a relaxed FA Cup win against Reading last night, but there was a lot to be learned.

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Football

Phil Jones As A Spoiler And Five Other Things Manchester United Have Been Doing As Prep For Real

Fergie’s been experimenting with Jones as a spoiler, the wingers will be ditched and Anderson may be used as a wild card. The Everton game gave away a lot ahead of the Champions League crunch match; here’s our comprehensive rundown…

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Football

Manchester United: Selling Vampire De Gea To Barcelona Would Be Great Business

De Gea is like Dracula – afraid of crosses – for that reason and the £18million purportedly offered by Barca for him, we should bite their Catalan claws off.

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Food and Drink

Camden Market’s Five Best Food Stalls

Out and about in Camden? Hunger pains striking after a long day traipsing around the market? Then find one of these and gorge until your eyes bulge…

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Travel

The Secrets of Bath: A Resident’s Guide To The Spa Town

Like most beautiful cities, it’s all too easy to get sucked into the well-oiled tourist traps Bath has set. The Thermae Spa, Pump Rooms, Abbey… All great, but what you need are some insider tips from a man born and raised on spa water…

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Football

West Ham vs Man United: Van Persie’s Impact Greater Than Cantona & Other Lessons Learned

Van Persie is the new Cantona, Evra has nothing to worry about and Giggs still has the legs; all lessons to be learnt from Manchester United’s thrilling 2-2 draw with West Ham on Saturday.

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Football

Drop Scholes, Start Kagawa, And Other Learning Points From United Vs West Brom

Their win over the Baggies was about as straightforward as you could have hoped for, but it did bring to light that Carrick and Cleverley should be 1st choice in midfield…

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Football

United Vs Newcastle: Forgotten Man Welbeck Will Prove Himself

Boxing Day always throws up a few surprises, but United look good for a victory against Newcastle. A 4-4-2 formation, Welbeck up front and a missing Magpie enforcer should set the scene nicely.

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Football

Manchester United Half-Term Report: Muddle Through Til June Then Buy Özil And Hummels

United are six points clear at the top, so you can’t really ask for much more… except maybe a clearer tactical plan and a stronger midfield to make it in Europe…

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Football

If United Are To Win #20, De Gea Must Start Every Game

Rotation is great, just not when you’re a goalkeeper. De Gea has earned a fixed starting berth for the rest of the season after performances against Chelsea and City…

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Football

Manchester United: Send Nani To Arsenal, We Just Don’t Need Him Anymore

Two years ago Nani was on the top of the world, contributing in no small part to United’s 19th league title, scoring 9 goals and grabbing 18 assists. Now he’s being linked to Arsenal. How the mighty have fallen…

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Football

Darren Fletcher Must Return To United’s Midfield Against City

With the way that the table’s top 2 sides have been playing recently, this Sunday’s Manchester derby promises to be an absolute cracker…

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Football

The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw: Mark Hughes Last Gasp FA Cup Volley

With United down against Oldham in the 1994 FA Cup semi-final, Mark Hughes pounced in the last minute of extra-time to volley the Reds level, leading to Ferguson’s first double…

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Music

Flashbulb: The Tech-Geek Electro Musician With Soul

Benn Jordan AKA The Flashbulb: Composer, music producer, jazz guitarist and drummer, classical pianist, workaholic and anti-iTunes activist. If you’re a music fan of any kind, he’s worth checking out.

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Football

Manchester United: Anderson Is Our Most Important Player And Other Lessons Learned v West Ham

The Brazilian put in an impressive performance against the Hammers, and must now get the chance to build on that with a run in the side. Here is that and the other talking points from last night’s win…

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Sport

Duncan Bell: “Rugby Was My Release From Depression”

The story of Duncan Bell should be an inspiration to anyone with depression. The Bath prop hid his illness from his team-mates for most of his career before this year bravely announcing the fact to the entire squad. Bravo.

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Football

Sir Alex’s Statue Should Have Been Saved For His Retirement

Today sees the unveiling of a Sir Alex Ferguson statue outside Old Trafford. If anyone in football has earned it, Fergie has, but something about the timing is off…

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Football

Fergie Must Play Anderson Or Risk Losing The Midfield Battle

Scholes and Carrick in midfield can look vulnerable away from home, so the Brazilian has the perfect opportunity to stake his claim for more regular starts…

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Smalling’s Our Defensive Saviour & Other Braga Musings

The young defender’s mobility is the perfect remedy to United’s leaky defence. Here’s that and more things we learned against Braga…

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Fergie Doesn’t Trust The Kids, Kagawa Is A Problem & Other Things We Learnt Against Braga

They squeaked a victory over the Portugese last night, but Carrick’s deployment at centre-back suggests United’s manager is not feeling so confident in his young players…

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Manchester United: Give Chicharito A Game & Rest RVP Vs Braga

Man United’s Champions League tie against Braga tonight sees a rookie defensive line-up while we call for United’s forgotten forward, Chicharito, to be given the opportunity to prove his undoubted worth….

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Lists

Top 5 Radical Body Transformations

In celebration of Ricky Hatton’s renewed chiselled physique, we present to you some of the world’s greatest celebrity shape-shifters…

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Music

Why Field Music’s ‘Plumb’ Should Win The Mercury Music Prize

Sunderland’s prog-rockers Field Music have produced an uncompromising creative tour de force with their new album; its intricacies and untempered imagination make it my pick for the award…

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Fashion & Style

Obey Street Art Exhibition And Pop-Up Store In London

Artist Shepard Fairey’s ubiquitous OBEY street art is coming to London in an official capacity, with an exhibition of Fairey’s work together with a pop-up clothing store from this Thursday.

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Life

Fare Dodger George Osborne And 5 Other Public Booings

Osborne is getting slated on Twitter for his fare dodging antics, remember when he got booed at the Paralympics for just being a twerp?

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Football

Terry’s England Retirment Spells New Era Where Defenders Will Earn England Shirt

What a relief. Not only is Terry an embarrassment as a person, but his retirement enable a raft of youngsters including Cahill, Caulker, Smalling and Jones to stake their claim for a place…

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Football

US Open Final Preview: Can Murray Wipe The Smile Off The Djoker’s Face?

Statistically Djokovic is the best player in the world and is fearsome on hard courts. Has Murray got the gas to take him deep and win in five or does another night as the eternal bridesmaid beckon?

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Football

Rooney: Flog Him To Chelsea Or Turn Him Into The New Scholes?

There are big changes at United; the question is, will Rooney remain as part of the Reds’ transition, or represent the biggest change himself by moving on?

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Football

England Are Back And Hungry For… Steady Improvement?

England are back in action and, as ever, the only way is up for Hodgson’s men. Here’s a run-through of some selection dilemmas for the qualifying campaign and suggested solutions.

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Music

The 80’s Eternal Flame Shines Once Again

80′s music has been reborn this year, but what are the reasons behind this sudden and unexpected revival of glam rock and sequins?

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Football

The World Shrugs As Berbatov Departs For Fulham

His style is known as ‘languid’ and his goal-scoring as ‘good against Blackburn’ Even his eventual move to Fulham was played out at on his own, snail speed time.

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