SOCCER Aid 2018 is set to be bigger and better than ever thanks to a star-studded line-up. Robbie Williams has once again enlisted the help of some serious A-listers to play in the match at Old Trafford. But who has signed up to participate? Who's in the Soccer Aid 2018 line-up? Robbie Williams will head up the England Team and Olympian Usain Bolt will be captain of the World XI Team. They will compete against each other with teams made up of A-list stars and footballing legends. Team England Robbie Williams - Captain Robbie Williams is a singer famed for being part of Take That. In 2006, Robbie – who is Unicef UK Ambassador – and his best mate Jonathan Wilkes – came up with the idea of Soccer Aid. Robbie has captained the England team ever since. Paddy McGuinness This will be the fifth time Paddy has played in Soccer Aid and he will be on Robbie's England squad. Paddy is a well known TV presenter, and is famous for his show Take Me Out. He said: … [Read more...] about Who’s in the Soccer Aid 2018 line-up? Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Robbie Williams and Paddy McGuinness in the A-list celebrity teams
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8 April 2018 • 6:24pm Auto update On Off 6:23PM Full-time The final whistle blows, and it finishes Chelsea 1 West Ham 1. The result leaves Chelsea 10 points off the top four, while West Ham are a fairly healthy six points clear of the relegation zone. 6:22PM 90+5 min The corner takes a few ricochets and eventually the ball finds its way to Pedro, who slices a volley high and wide. 6:21PM 90+ 4 min Arnautovic wins a corner off Cahill...can West Ham pull off an almighty upset? Er, no. They try and keep the ball in the corner but make a mess of it, and allow Chelsea to counter. The hosts in turn win themselves a corner. 6:19PM 90+3 min Willian's near-post corner is headed clear by Evra. Cahill then heads straight into Hart's arms from Fabregas's cross. Tick, tock... 6:17PM 90 min Five minutes of time to be added on. 6:15PM 89 min Now it's Chelsea's turn to … [Read more...] about Chelsea vs West Ham: Live score updates
Martin Flanagan’s essay about the 1970 Carlton-Collingwood grand final, simply titled ‘1970′, is the best piece I’ve ever read about football. Collingwood lost the 1970 grand final after leading Carlton by 44 points at halftime. It is the most famous match in VFL/AFL history for numerous reasons. Flanagan’s 1999 essay is 100 pages long. After interviewing many of the people involved in the match, his aim is to collate people’s quite variable memories and check how deeply the loss was felt on the Collingwood side. Memory is fickle. Some Collingwood players remember dozens of jubilant gatecrasher supporters in the changerooms at halftime, while some do not. And the loss caused a dissolution in that Magpie team who, “Don’t have anything to talk about” when they reunite, and for whom “It’s funny that we would be a tighter bunch of blokes of only we’d kicked two more goals.” Magpie ruckman Jenkins, for example, … [Read more...] about Brent Crosswell, Martin Flanagan and 1970
So Benji’s gone – what does this mean for rugby league moving forward? On September 8 this year Benji will officially hang up his boots and, if the rumours are true, head ‘across the dutch’ to the country of his birth to try his hand at the other oval-ball code – rugby union, with sport’s other perennially under-achieving Blues, in Auckland. Much has been written over the last couple of weeks since Marshall announced he would be leaving the Wests Tigers and, by extension, the NRL competition itself. Benji will be sorely missed by fans everywhere – not just those of Tigers or Kiwi affiliation, but by the entire rugby league-loving community. Financially, the full impact of Marshall’s absence will be realised through drops in ticket and merchandise sales and, perhaps more significantly, sponsorship investment. Above all though, the infectious way in which he played the game, the ‘razzle dazzle’, unpredictable style that set … [Read more...] about The demise of Benji and the evolution of the modern footballer
While every club’s supporters were eyeing the latest draft intensely, there were probably few fans more nervous than Collingwood supporters. No one likes to see their team miss the finals any year, let alone two in a row. For Magpie fans seeing the back of their third straight year watching other teams play in September, many would have been hoping the draft would produce a miracle. That miracle would prevent 2017 being the year the club finally had to admit the club’s succession plan was an abject failure. I imagine few would have been as nervous as Craig Lambert after getting an unexpected knock on the front door or phone call. Since taking over the coaching job from Malthouse in 2012, the Buckley’s Pies have managed a totally one way journey down AFL ladder lane, finally settling this year at 12th, three games and percentage away from North Melbourne who were heading to the bottom faster than a leaking Jacques Cousteau diving bell. Even the diehards must surely … [Read more...] about Colllingwood: What’s the next plan, Eddie?