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Farhad Aspy Fatakia

Part-time writer and full time information technology entrepreneur with a soft spot for Justine Henin. He supports AC Milan, despises what Real Madrid have become and thinks Phil "The Power" Taylor is the most under-rated sports personality of his generation. Farhad blogs at The Offside Trap, where he writes as ‘SuperPippo9’.

Chelsea and Liverpool: Will the winter of discontent continue?

For more than just a few teams in top flight football across Europe this winter has been one to forget. Previous performances by clubs that were full of confidence and potential seem to have been completely disregarded as bookies across the world collectively scratch their heads with respect to the question of who will win the Premiership this year. There are however a few very realistic assumptions that one can make about the fall from grace for Chelsea and Liverpool thus far. Chelsea As an AC Milan man myself, I can attest to the quality of Ancelloti’s coaching. He is most ...

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FIFA Club World Cup takes a leap of significance

For years, the FIFA Club world cup has proven to be a largely ceremonial trophy in minds of many. The competition is a culmination of all of the Champions League winners from each continent in a one off knock out format to crown the year’s greatest football club. The tournament tends to typically be a tooth extracting exercise for the champions of South America and Europe dismissing opponents from Asia, Africa and Central America en-route to a Europe vs. South America final – which more often than not results in heart break for the South American side that ventured over ...

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November 29, 2010
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Federer vs Nadal: Old rivalry, new beginnings

This week, tennis fans across the world were treated to yet another edition of the closest thing tennis has to El Classico; Rodger Federer versus Rafa Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals. Although this match wasn’t the most eventful the pair have had over their long rivalry (one that boasts its own Wikipedia page no less), it provided substantial fodder for Federer fans that have had little to celebrate of late. Fans had been wondering whether the Federer versus Nadal rivalry exists anymore, though that is partly owing to the fact that the final at the O2 arena this ...

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November 21, 2010
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Diving needs to be a straight red card offense

Nani might just have good reason to celebrate his chances en-route to the throne of the biggest diver in world football given his recent displays, but he’ll have big shoes to fill if he manages a successful swipe of the crown; as I hear Ronaldo’s boot size is a 13.5. While I usually shy away from picking on individual players when it comes to certain aspects of the game of football, one of the few aberrations to the rule happens to be the issue of diving. A little history before I start taking names though. Diving (also conveniently referred to ...

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Five secrets the world’s top strikers know

For those of you that had the pleasure of watching Real Madrid take on AC Milan at the San Siro, I can say with some certainty that no one had their money on Fillipo Inzaghi scoring a quick fire double at the ripe old age of 37 against a squad worth some 300 Million euros. What made the night even more significant was the fact that the two goals scored against Real Madrid put Filippo Inzaghi in the position of top goal scorer in all European competitions, with 72 goals, above German legend Gerd Muller and none other than former ...

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October 30, 2010
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Back in the game: Give athletes a break!

Four names in the world of sport have captivated the headlines over the last decade, with respect to their decisions to return to their chosen fields: Micheal Jordan, Zinedine Zidane, Micheal Schumacher and Justine Henin. While each has got a mixed response and some comebacks have already ended in what might be considered tragic circumstances, I think most sports fans think too selfishly of themselves, instead of putting themselves in the shoes of the legends that choose to return. For many of these demi-gods of sport who return, there can be no doubt that they have one thing in common: they ...

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Does Maradona deserve a second chance?

Diego Maradona would rather the world stop turning if he weren’t the center of the universe for Argentinian football. The buzz on the streets of Buenos Aires has come full circle since the start of the World Cup. Everyone seems to be talking about Diego Maradona yet again. A country obsessed with one man who won them a World Cup. Were I president of the AFA (Argentine Football Association) I wouldn’t be getting such great sleep these days with the impending choice of choosing a new manager for the national side. Remember that Diego Maradona was denied a ...

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September 24, 2010
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Will we ever witness another talent like Ronnie O’Sullivan again?

Will we ever witness another talent like Ronnie O’Sullivan again? The answer to that question is a very definite ‘no’ in my mind. First, we need to put Ronnie O’Sullivan’s career into perspective. He has been ranked world number one five times, won the World Championships three times and has won an incredible twenty two rankings titles in his career so far. He is second on the list of all time competitive match century breaks at a whopping  605, second only to the much loved legend of the game Stephen Hendry. While there has been a lot of hot talk ...

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August 26, 2010
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Why no football fan can afford to miss La Liga season

This upcoming La Liga Season has the potential to be the best season in memory. Conflicting styles of playing football have been the subject of debate for decades. Countries have through the performances of their national sides, found themselves on opposite sides of the fence in their approach to tactics and strategy. The universally recognised dividing line seems to be whether teams are considered attack minded or defense minded, which makes perfect sense in a game where there are three outcomes (win, draw, lose) as opposed to the usual two (win, lose) in other sports. Clashes in styles of play that ...

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The case for Shahid Afridi

Seldom do sports personalities face the public and withdraw themselves from positions of influence before they have completely humiliated their team at one point or another. In a world of endorsement deals and public appearances that make players the great bulk of the money they earn during the course of their sporting career, it is odd to see someone giving up their chance to do just that, though no one seems to be focusing on that aspect of Shahid Afridi’s decision! To better understand Shahid Afridi’s motivation is in my opinion folly, to ridicule him is just a demonstration of ...

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