Steve Clift

As of 19 December 2013 02:05 GMT
Favourite Club : Plymouth Argyle
About the Author : A passionate fan of all things football

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England's November Friendlies - The Definitive Guide

25 Nov 2013
by Steve Clift
A glimpse of Hodgson’s favoured eleven The team selection for Friday night’s friendly against Chile revealed the manager’s pref... [More]

Finding the formula for Premier League success

17 Nov 2013
by Steve Clift
The manner in which Manchester United have gone about defending their Premier League crown this season - and the surprising vulnerability of Chel... [More]

Tactical simplicity from Newcastle and Cardiff

07 Nov 2013
by Steve Clift
This week I felt very fortunate to hear the interview Cardiff City's manager, Malky Mackay, gave to TalkSport. Having been used to... [More]

Two Welsh wizards and a defining two weeks

06 Nov 2013
by Steve Clift
  There comes a time when a footballer’s rich vein of form must be given a fresh interpretation. After ten games of the Premier League... [More]

Another Three Talking Points From The Weekend's Football

28 Oct 2013
by Steve Clift
Here’s my weekly take on the Premier League, focusing on the issues that have caused most consternation, which you may not read elsewhere -... [More]

Analysing England's Midfield Options

24 Oct 2013
by Steve Clift
England have only just secured their qualification to the World Cup in Brazil next summer and already there is debate over who will make the plan... [More]

The Repetitive Hype of English Match Winners

19 Oct 2013
by Steve Clift
  Sunday newspapers are famed for their columns which examine a footballer’s rise to prominence and the unearthing of the hidden ingre... [More]

Moyes is still better placed than his rivals

12 Oct 2013
by Steve Clift
  It seems remarkable that on the tenth anniversary of The Invincibles winning the Premier League, so many of the pretenders to their crown ... [More]

The Mid Term Report

12 Oct 2013
by Steve Clift
Liverpool Beginning the season without their controversial, free-scoring Uruguayan wasn’t the problem it could have been due to the fine ... [More]

Fulham's Striking Problems

04 Oct 2013
by Steve Clift
With the wielding of Ellis Short’s axe, football clubs across the country have begun contemplating the fates of their managers. Derby Count... [More]

After the dust has settled on Di Canio's reign

28 Sep 2013
by Steve Clift
Paolo Di Canio was given the opportunity to lead his new look Sunderland side on just two occasions at the Stadium of Light this season. After re... [More]

The art of away wins, selection dilemmas and sympathy for Moyes

24 Sep 2013
by Steve Clift
A new phenomenon in football The fifth round of the Premier League provided as many talking points as the previous four weeks combined. Whether i... [More]

A look back at the week that was

18 Sep 2013
by Steve Clift
An unpredictable Premier League has wider consequences The past weekend has offered more surprise results in the English Premier League, with bot... [More]

UEFA's plans for European club competition

13 Sep 2013
by Steve Clift
European football’s governing body, UEFA, has recently unveiled plans to change the format of its national team competition, the European C... [More]

Hodgson Must Review His Aversion Towards Risk

09 Sep 2013
by Steve Clift
On Tuesday evening, England go into their final away fixture of the World Cup qualifying campaign without Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll, Wayne Roon... [More]

A brief history of the North London derby

03 Sep 2013
by Steve Clift
My love and appreciation for football can be stemmed back to one glorious April afternoon in 1991. On the rare occasion I took an interest in wha... [More]

Rotation, Alteration and Hangovers

27 Aug 2013
by Steve Clift
Mourinho makes minimal changes in his first few games in charge Chelsea’s start to the new season has been compromised by their participati... [More]

Three talking points from the opening weekend

20 Aug 2013
by Steve Clift
Brendan Rodgers' exodus at Liverpool In the space of twelve months following the appointment of Roy Hodgson, and the subsequent return of Kenny... [More]

How the FA can learn from the RFU and ECB

07 Aug 2013
by Steve Clift
In December 1999, Sir Clive Woodward convinced the RFU to base the national rugby team on a 120-acre site in a secluded part of Surrey. The hotel... [More]

Europe's Most Competitive League is back

05 Aug 2013
by Steve Clift
Everyone is familiar with the statistics that make the English Championship such a fascinating spectacle. The league boasts the seventh highest... [More]