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Rob Brown

Sabotaging since 11 Nov 2012

Rob is a man with a loud voice and a left foot imbued with the wrath of Odin. He grew up watching Cambridge United but having witnessed the unspeakable horror of consecutive play-off final defeats, he gave up fandom in order to neutrally watch good football across the world. Despite denying allegiances to any club, he believes that Tony Pulis is the devil and would do literally anything for Dimitar Berbatov. You can discuss football, pretentious music and food with Rob on Twitter: @robbro7.

My Articles

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Football

The Pros & Cons Of Liverpool Winning The Premier League Title

It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since the Kop’s last league title and they could be on to break that run – but would that be a good thing?

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Sport

Real Madrid: Why Ancelotti’s Clueless Tactics Gave Barcelona The Game

Despite Leo Messi not firing on all cylinders, Barcelona were deserved winners of an El Clasico defined by Ancelotti’s shocking Real Madrid team selection.

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Arsenal: Should Ozil Have Been Benched v Dortmund?

Before you lynch me, I get that Ozil is Arsenal’s most potent weapon against 99% of opponents but against Dortmund his selection means it’s 10 against 11…

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Sergio Agüero Could Be As Good As Messi But Man City Hold Him Back

A victim of his own outstanding talent, Argie wonder Agüero has rediscovered his form and if City can play him right, they might just have the best player in the league…

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Spurs: Sigurdsson’s Role vs Chelsea Could Be Pivotal In Their Title Challenge

While Spurs have brought in a tonne of big names this year, it’s Siggy who I reckon could prove the difference against Chelsea…

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The World’s Top 10 DMs: Where Does Ex Man City Man De Jong Rank?

Pivot, destroyer, DM, call them what you will, what isn’t open for argument is the vital roles they play for their teams. But who is the best?

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Romelu Lukaku: Martinez’s Finishing School Will Make Him Ready For Mourinho

With Mourinho’s addiction to relentless match drills in training and having nowhere to hide at Chelsea could stint Lukaku’s development and Jose has done the right thing sending him to Martinez’s personal development factory…

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Signing Ozil Is Great But Arsenal Fans’ Negative Attitude Is The Problem

Signing Ozil for £42mil is great but one player won’t change the fact that many Arsenal fans are only ever a bore draw away from turning on their team…

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England U-21s: Pearce Should Play Liverpool’s Shelvey As A False Nine & Educate The Players

Despite winning their last nine games, England were predictably dire against Italy last night. Time for a change Psycho…

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Why Chelsea Keeping Lampard Is A Mistake

Let the record show that Chelsea have made a mistake in handing Frank Lampard a new contract.

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Sir Alex Ferguson Retires: Has David Moyes Got The Winning Mentality To Manage Manchester United?

Following the rumours that Sir Alex Ferguson may retire, could David Moyes make the step up from Everton to Manchester United?

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Bayern, Barca, United & Co Have To Form A Super League To Save Football

Football is about to get even more boring in Europe’s top domestic leagues, and it’s time for the big boys to saunter off and allow the rest of the clubs to grow…

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Barcelona Should Sign Reus Over Neymar & We Should All Mourn Dortmund’s Break-Up

If there was anyone left in the known world unaware of Dortmund’s quality, the hammering of Real changed that. It’s just a shame that this great team will be dismantled come the end of the season…

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What If Tottenham & Rangers Legend Gazza Had Scored Against Germany In 96?

It is the summer of 1996. The weather is brilliant, football is coming home and I am terrified of Jürgen Klinsmann.

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Chelsea, United, PSG Or City? Mourinho’s Post-Madrid Options Assessed

Reported to be leaving Madrid at the end of the season, will Mourinho be then lured by the romance of Paris or the cash of Manchester City? The history of Bayern Munich or his history with Chelsea? We assess where “The Special One” will go next…

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Chelsea Should Sign Lewandowski & Other Observations From Malaga v Dortmund

Despite his glaring miss the big man showed that he is the archetypal modern striker, capable of playing on his own, linking play and driving at defences…

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Why Adel Taarabt Should Replace Wayne Rooney At Manchester United

It sounds insane but it makes perfect sense. Football is supposed to be about ingenuity and fun and in that regard Rooney just can’t cut it. It’s time to restore flair players to the limelight…

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Mancini At Leicester, Hierro At Bolton And Other Superstar Moves That Time Forgot

For years you watch a legend on TV and it’s clear that he’s a cut above the two-bit outfit you support. The next thing you know he’s signed for your club and he’s not actually all that. Then, as soon as it began, it’s over and you’re never sure whether it actually happened. Meet the ‘Did They Really Play In England?’ XI…

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Arsenal Fans Speak: The Plastic Majority Don’t Know How Lucky They Are

Even more predictable than the manner of an Arsenal defeat is younger fans kicking up a storm on Twitter. In this interview with three fans who have been Gunners since the 60s, I sought to bring some perspective on what life really is like for an Arsenal fan…

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Film

Lincoln: A Masterpiece, Unless You’re A History Buff

If you can look past the factual inaccuracies then Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of the 16th President of the United States will blow your star-spangled socks off…

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Football

Mourinho? Moyes? Laudrup? De Boer? Wenger’s Arsenal Replacements Assessed

After an awful few seasons for Arsenal, the time has come for Arsène Wenger to fall on his sword. As one era ends, another begins – but whose? We run the rule over the names currently in the mix…

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Arsenal vs Bayern: The Night The Wenger Out Brigade Finally Won?

Arsène Wenger has always answered his critics by pointing to his record of Champions League qualification – but with the Gunners unlikely to finish fourth, defeat to Bayern could see the remaining trust in him evaporate. It is the biggest game of his life…

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Music

A Fanboy’s Guide To The Best Radiohead Songs

Oxfordshire’s finest were made worldwide superstars by their earnest miserablism – only when they left that behind did they get really interesting…

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Forget Suárez and Van Persie: Chelsea’s Juan Mata is the Player of the Year

Several stars have had outstanding Premier League seasons but none have shone brighter than Chelsea’s talisman…

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With Gerrard As His Minder, Arsenal’s Wilshere Proves He’s World Class

Roy Hodgson deserves credit for reinventing Gerrard as a holding midfielder, but the win against Brazil was definitely the Jack Wilshere show…

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Premier League Impatience Is Killing English Football

The Premier League is flush with cash but beneath the surface English football is in a bad way…

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Liverpool: Play A Back Three, Attack Lescott And Beat Manchester City

Liverpool go into this afternoon’s fixture against Manchester City as firm underdogs, but with a little creative thinking they can take all three points…

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Why You’d Be Daft To Rule Out Another Treble For Manchester United

Most would say that winning three trophies is beyond Man Utd this season but a look at the 1999 side shows just how wrong those people are…

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Tottenham’s Vertonghen & The PL XI To Beat The FIFPro World XI

FIFA missed a trick by not picking any Premiership stars in the FIFPro World XI and in a league evidently possessing so many stars, this lot would certainly give them a game and a half over 90 minutes.

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Music

The First Album I Ever Bought Revisited

You’ll always view the first album you bought differently to those that follow. Is it as good as you remember it being?

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Football

Manchester United, PSG, Juve or LA Galaxy: Where Next For Frank Lampard?

With six months left on his Chelsea contract, his future remains unresolved. He has options, but which one will he take?

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The 10 Worst Opposition Players To Have Scored At Old Trafford

Most of us can only dream of scoring a goal at OT. As this list shows, you don’t necessarily need talent to do so…

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How I Gave Up On My Team: A Former Fan’s Story

It is a given that all football fans have a team. Since I gave up on mine, football has been a lot more fun…

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Figo Is Bang On – Watching Lionel Messi is Like Having An Orgasm

Pelé? Maradona? Cruyff? Beckenbauer? Zidane? None of them come close to matching Barcelona’s number ten…

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Shaun Wright-Phillips Could Have Achieved Greatness At Arsenal

SWP’s recent winner at Stamford Bridge brought back memories of his Man City heyday. How different would English football have been if he’d signed for Arsenal instead of Chelsea?

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Why Moving Suarez Wide Of Sturridge Will Give Liverpool More Attacking Threat

Luis Suárez has had a superb season but Daniel Sturridge’s arrival means Liverpool’s main man will have to adapt. Thankfully for Reds fans, Brendan Rodgers is very much the man with a plan…

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Sandro, Dembélé & AVB: Tottenham’s Holy Trinity Can Lead Them To Glory

André Villas-Boas has re-built Spurs around the best midfield partnership in the Premier League – and it looks set to get even better at the Lane…

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Arsenal Target Stoppila Sunzu: One Of The Best Defenders In The World & The 2012 World XI

Arsenal & Reading fans may be disappointed to hear that they have been linked with a defender they’ve never heard of. They needn’t be…

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Jack Is Certainly Back, But The Loss Of Diaby Has Shaped Arsenal’s Season

Before his return from injury Wilshere was being hailed as the Messiah. He may end up being so, but we’ve missed Diaby far more that many prominent Arsenal fans are prepared to admit…

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Champions League: Germany’s Innovation Trumps England’s Investment

The most important lesson that the English teams will take from this season’s group stage is that it does not matter how expensive or famous your players are when your opponents are better organised in a more sophisticated system…

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From Superman To Supersub, The Fall Of The No.9 In The Premier League

Darren Bent, Nikica Jelavić, Edin Dzeko, Javier Hernandez: all great goal scorers who would be better off the bench than in a starting 11…

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15 Reasons Why Torres Has Failed At Chelsea

Just a few years ago El Nino would rip through any defence in front of him for Liverpool and Spain. But at Chelsea he’s struggled to hit a barn door…

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Mancini Must Rediscover Man City’s Identity

Having spent over £300m City’s squad is still imbalanced, and Mancini’s attempt to change from last season’s system has been a failure. He needs to choose a formation and stick with it…

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