John Collins

  1. Soccer Jerseys Are Great For Kids!

    Many young children love football, some are brought up to play from a very young age in local teams and some start later on, maybe during school years.

    Nowadays there are so many options in school for children to play soccer, most schools now teach football as an actual physical education activity.

    The majority of children love this and get the chance to bring in their kids soccer jerseys to show off who they support! You can find a large range of soccer kit from many online stores around the World.

    Children will be brought up differently, some children get a choice in who they support but unfortunately some don't and are persuaded to support a team their parents do.

    It is fair that children should get the right to choose who they want to support.

    There are a wide variety of football teams to support, you can choose from the Premier League which is a popular choice or somebody from a lower league.

    There is no right or wrong choice. Also you can choose to support an international team such as Barcelona or AC Milan.

    Manchester United soccer jerseys are a great choice for young supporters of the Red Devils, they sport a fantastic design and will look perfect on the pitch, at school or during a friendly with friends.

    If you are looking for a team to support as you haven't already made a decision, then I recommend Manchester United, their kids football kits are always in perfect condition and made from high quality materials.

    According to football shirt statistics the Manchester United and Real Madrid shirts have sold the most over the past 5 years, topping the ever popular Barcelona by a few million. This is down the United's success over the years under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Manchester United football club

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  2. Leon Bailey: The Bundesliga Star With Premier League Dreams

    10th January 2018.
    A recent interview given to German tabloid Bild by Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has garnered widespread attention throughout the football world. Partly due to the dubious line of questioning, with the Jamaican youngster asked to comment on his home country's association with marijuana "Hey, Jamaica is not just smoking joints. It's a wonderful country where it's always summer and people are happy," Bailey protested.

    But the Bild interview has also made headlines outside of Germany because of the Leverkusen star's admission that it is his "dream" to someday play in the Premier League. Linked with Chelsea during the January transfer window, while Manchester United and Liverpool have previously been credited with an interest in the dynamic 20-year-old, his batting of the eyelids in the direction of the English top flight has sparked frenzied speculation.

    "Of course I have a dream club, but I will not tell. Basically England was and still is my dream," he said. "And if I keep working hard, I'm sure it will work someday.

    "The change to Bayer was just the right step for my development. I am happy here. And we have every chance to get into the Champions League. Europe is our big goal."

    Should he decide to call time on his stay in the Bundesliga, there will be no shortage of takers for Bailey, all falling over themselves to acquire one of the game's hottest talents. But the Kingston-born wideman is only celebrating the first anniversary of his move to the German top flight this month, having joined Leverkusen in 2017's mid-season window from Belgian side Genk in a near €20 million deal.

    Amid speculation even then that the Premier League would be Bailey's destination, Bayer knew what a coup they pulled off in securing the then-teenager's signature, even if they had to make the Jamaica Under-23 international one of their most expensive ever purchases to do so.

    "In Leon Bailey we have b

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  3. Analysing Malcom - Man United's Top Target for Winter 2018

    20th December 2017.
    Despite the rising transfer market spend of Europe's biggest and best clubs, most prefer to keep their power dry in the January window, moving only if absolutely necessary, and even then often opting for stop-gap arrivals, with the major business saved for the summer.

    But that might not be the case for Manchester United this coming January. The Red Devils, trailing neighbours Manchester City by 11 points at the top of the Premier League, could be about to address a number of their squad's deficiencies in the mid-season window, reportedly on the lookout for a full-back and a winger, with departures not ruled out either.

    According to manager José Mourinho, United, whose most notable January successes of the recent past include Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidi? and Juan Mata, will swoop if a key target becomes available. "I'm not a big defender of the January market but there are players and situations that sometimes you have the chance to do and you shouldn't lose that chance," the Portuguese tactician said in December.

    "I don't like the January market. But if you can buy a player that you would buy in June and you have the chance to get him a few months before then great."

    And top of Mourinho's winter wishlist is Bordeaux's versatile and dynamic attacker Malcom. "With a budget of about £80m to strengthen his squad for the second half of the season," reports the Sunday Times, "José Mourinho would like to add a genuine wide player and has put Malcom on a shortlist of targets."

    The 20-year-old Brazilian has been lighting up Ligue 1 for Les Girodins this term, and it was only a matter of time before Europe's elite sat up and took notice. Playing predominantly from the right, the left-footer has caught the eye with a number of rasping long-range goals and a clutch ability to produce moments of magic when his team are most in need.

    Mourinho was clear in his desire to add four players to his ranks over

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  4. English teams in the Champions League: Are they true contenders?

    12th December 2017.
    After years of English teams failing to perform in a competitive manner in the Champions League, this could be the first season of their return to past glory. The last team from the Premier League to win the elite European competition was Chelsea, in 2012, a long six years ago.

    Since Chelsea's triumph in the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich, only Manchester City have reached a semi final, which was staged against eventual winners Real Madrid. On paper, a 1-0 aggregate loss looks kind, but the truth of it is, is that Real Madrid dominated both legs and it was a non-event, at no point did the Citizens look genuinely threatening.

    It has been disappointing to watch English teams fail so miserably in the Champions League, but there could be a changing of the guard, as there usually is in cycles. As the draw for the knockout rounds was made this week, England have five representatives to restore some honour and pride back into the division.

    Four out of five English teams finished top of their groups, with only Chelsea, surprisingly, letting the contingent down to AS Roma. In what was not foreseen, Tottenham won their group that contained current holders Real Madrid and German giant Borussia Dortmund. With not being at White Hart Lane for their home games, Spurs were expected to struggle this season, but they have done anything but that at Wembley in Europe. Their best performances have come in the competition.

    2017/18 UCL Knockout Round


    And so onto the knockout rounds for all five English teams. The draw reads as follows:

      • Juventus v Tottenham

     

      • Basel v Manchester City

     

      • Sevilla v Manchester United

     

      • Chelsea v Barcelona

     

      • Porto v Liverpool



    Tottenham

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  5. FIFA World Cup 2018 - Inspired by Past Successes

    8th December 2017.
    In anticipation of Russia 2018 next summer, a host of new soccer jerseys are being released for the team's that have secured qualification. German sportswear manufacturer Adidas has got ahead of the game, and began launching shirts toward the end of 2017. The FIFA World Cup 2018 Adidas football shirts released to date are all home edition jerseys, and the designs embody the strengths, passions and heritage of each nation involved, with a clearly retro look. Below we take a look at some of the Adidas 2018 World Cup kits launched so far.

    Argentina 2018 World Cup Home Kit


    The advertising campaign launching the Argentina home kit for the 2018 World Cup was fronted by the infamous Lionel Messi. Messi, one of the greatest footballers to have ever graced a soccer field, and an icon in the history of Argentinian football, has never won a major trophy with his country. This disparity, in an otherwise unblemished career, is clearly referenced with the design of the Argentina 2018 home shirt.

    Adidas has taken inspiration from team's 1993 Copa America jersey, winning that tournament marks the last big trophy won by the Argentine national team, you have to go back to 1986 for their most recent World Cup victory. Wearing a shirt based on the 1993 design, can Messi tick off 'World Cup Title' from his bucket list of footballing achievements? At the age of 31, and having already professed retirement once, 2018 is likely his last outing at a FIFA World Cup tournament, and his last opportunity to lift the trophy.

    The base of the 2018 World Cup Argentina home shirt is white, and features three sky blue vertical stripes on the front. The stripes truly reflect a slightly cloudy sky as the blue is tinged with fluffy white accents. The Argentina crest sits on the right with the Adidas logo opposite, three black stripes adorn the shoulders. The deep v-shaped neckline is edged with wide-white trim squaring off the central stripe.

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  6. Serie A is at long last rejuvenated - we have a proper title race on our hands now

    10th November 2017.
    Over the course of the last six years, Serie A's title race has been something of a formality. Juventus, under Antonio Conte and now Massimiliano Allegri, have cruised to the Scudetto year after year without any serious competition. However, in the famous words of Bob Dylan, for the times, they are a-changin'.

    Competition in 2017/18 Serie A


    We are finally immersed in the wonderful spectacle that is a competitive Italian league. After 12 games - AS Roma and Lazio have only played 11 - Napoli sit at the summit, one point ahead of reigning champions Juventus and two in front of Luciano Spalletti's Inter.

    Just behind the top three is Lazio, 28, and Roma, 27, with a game-in-hand to catch up the three teams ahead of them on 30, 31 and 32 points.

    Milan were supposed to be in the mix, but problems with Vincenzo Montella's selection policy and the overhaul of the squad has prohibited them kicking on and competing for a Champions League place.

    There is now a sense of a rejuvenation in Serie A, something we have not seen in many, many years. It is a sheer delight to watch Italian football each week because of the unpredictability that is going to occur.

    European Football at its Best


    For this is the same reason why the Premier League is, arguably, the most enjoyed league in the world.

    Like the English Premier League, Serie A is not the best competition in terms of quality. That has to be Spain's La Liga. But not every spectator tunes in to be utterly wowed by the world-class dominance of Juventus - hence why Italian football went out of fashion through the Bianconeri's six-year dominance.

    However, what the average fan does enjoy, is competitiveness. And finally Serie A has a show every match day that promises great, attacking football with a great sense of ambition

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  7. Can Napoli Secure the Serie A Title in 2017/18?

    13th October 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    Napoli's record breaking start to the season has seen them remarkably become the first team in Serie A history to win their first seven league fixtures while scoring at least 25 goals.

    Moreover, the fact Maurizio Sarri's men have now won 12 straight league games and are unbeaten in 29 dating back to last season, serves as further testament to the wonderful work done by their managerial mastermind.

    Sitting atop the division, two points ahead of Juventus, this Napoli have firmly cemented themselves as prime candidates to end the club's 28 year wait for a Serie A title, with their last crown coming in 1989 when the legendary Diego Maradona famously led them to glory.

    In their latest victory, a 3-0 thumping of Cagliari, a constant theme in their sensational start to the campaign was once again on show, as their left sided dynamics proved crucial in their dismantling of the Rossoblu.

    By persistently creating customary overloads on the left, accompanied by superbly coordinated movements, the Partenopei were able to manufacture ideal conditions to progress in this area of the pitch.

    Left back, Faouzi Ghoulam, left winger, Lorenzo Insigne, and left sided central midfield, Marek Hamsik, were the main instigators in their success in this area. But the especially important shifting movements of centre forward in Dries Mertens and holding midfielder, Jorginho, were also crucial.

    Forming excellent triangles and diamonds, they did a sterling job of fostering strong connections to ensure they could pass through the Cagliari wide structure. Showing ideal timing in their movements and a smart capacity to manipulate their opposition, Napoli could subsequently enjoy 4v2 or 4v3 numerical superiority to swiftly move into the final third.

    Helped massively by diagonal third man runs into depth, that

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  8. Andriy Yarmolenko is Showing Fantastic Potential for Borussia Dortmund

    6th October 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    When Andriy Yarmolenko linked up with Borussia Dortmund in a €25 million deal from Dynamo Kiev in the summer, he certainly had big boots to fill.

    After all, replacing the departed Ousmane Dembele, who left to join FC Barcelona for a staggering initial transfer fee of €105 million, and provided 20 assists last season and completed more dribbles than any other player in the Bundesliga (with 103), was always going to be a tough ask. But BVB's sporting director in Michael Zorc had full faith in his new acquisition, explaining: "Andriy is a player we've tracked for a long time and who stands for top level football both on club and national team level."

    The player himself clearly believed he was ready for this crucial next step in his career, labelling himself as a 'ready made player' and one who firmly knows his capabilities.

    While many doubted he had the capacity to replicate the wizardry of Dembele, so far, however, the Ukrainian international is doing an admirable job of living up to the billing. Having started five games and come on as a substitute once, the 27-year-old's gaining vital experience with every passing match as he continues to assimilate himself with Peter Bosz's positional play philosophy. Scoring a wicked goal vs. Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League was the perfect way to announce himself to BVB's diehard fans, and he's steadily gone about making his mark thereafter.

    His outstanding performance against Augsburg on the weekend was his best yet too, with the tall attacker scoring a sublime back-heel goal and supplying an ideally weighted lay-off assist for Shinji Kagawa's exquisite chipped second.

    Operating in his right wing slot, Yarmolenko proved a constant thorn in the side of his opposition and, in particular, his marker, Philipp Max, who struggled to come to terms with his

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  9. Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester City set for a Trophy Laden 2017/18

    4th October 2017. By Ryan Baldi.
    It was a strike worthy of winning any game, but Kevin De Bruyne's left-footed rocket from 20 yards was made all the sweeter by the fact that it secured three points for his Manchester City side away to Chelsea, in one of the 2017/18 season's early meetings of title contenders.

    It was a tight encounter, as the champions attempted to adjust to life without star striker Álvaro Morata, who'd been forced off the field with a hamstring injury after 35 minutes. City, without their own top marksmen in the form of Sergio Agüero, absent due to a rib injury sustained in a recent car accident, rubber-stamped their title-favourites status by claiming the spoils at Stamford Bridge.

    Viewed in isolation, De Bruyne's stunning winner was a goal of the highest quality; breaking forward, the Belgian playmaker exhibited flawless technique in finishing powerfully with his weaker foot. But given the context of the opponent and where the 26-year-old now finds himself in his career, it took on extra significance.

    Not that he needed it, but the goal offered affirmation to De Bruyne. The Ghent-born midfielder had signed for Chelsea as a 20-year-old in January 2012, joining the Blues at the end of the 2012/13 season in a £7 million deal after impressing with Gent in the Champions League. Regarded as one of the brightest prospects among Belgium's "Golden Generation", the youngster was tipped for a bright future at Stamford Bridge, but he found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

    "To come to a team like Chelsea is a dream," he said upon signing for the Premier League side, "but now I have to work hard to achieve the level that's necessary." Deemed to be lacking the requisite senior experience, he was loaned out to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga in August 2012, before even making his competitive Chelsea bow.

    An impr

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  10. Roma Manager Eusebio Di Francesco Looks to be the Right Man to Steer the Squad to Success.

    2nd October 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    Following a slightly frustrating start to the 2017/2018 campaign under new manager Eusebio Di Francesco, which was underlined by a loss to Inter Milan and a tough draw with Atletico Madrid, the relentless Rome media pack were out in force to sling criticism his way.

    In the latter fixture, however, which was a credible 0-0 draw with an exceptional Atletico Madrid outfit, the angst was particularly fervent, with many demanding dramatic improvement. Reports then went into overdrive suggesting that club president, James Palotta, even stated he was unsatisfied by the result and the performance. Palotta then vehemently denied such claims and reiterated his support of Di Francesco, while also making sure to take a swipe at the media. "I never said anything negative about the team or the coach," he said.

    "It's not the truth, but I'm used to it now. There is a tendency in the media in Rome and it seems they feel the need to invent something. At the end of the game, I went into the dressing room and there are plenty of witnesses. I hugged everybody and paid my compliments to [Kostas] Manolas and I gave a long hug to Alisson, reaffirming my compliments to the team, the coach and the management."

    Since that Atleti contest, the Giallorossi have really began to kick into gear, recording five consecutive wins, in a stretch that's seen them really begin to gain some momentum. Scoring 14 goals in their last five games and only conceding two has given further reason for positivity. Although four of their wins came against slightly weaker opposition in the form of Hellas Verona, Benevento, Udinese and Qarabag, the statement win over AC Milan last night will have done wonders for their confidence.

    Moreover, the way Edin Dzeko, Radja Nainggolan and Stephan El Sharaawy have hit some excellent form has been

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