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Warren Smith

A British and J.League soccer enthusiast, now local to Yokohama, Japan. A keen Arsenal supporter. Has been known to play the game every once in awhile, once likened to Xherdan Shaqiri. 


Total articles: 276

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Championship
Who the Forest is Sabri Lamouchi?
09:01 Monday 8th July 2019

At season's end, Nottingham Forest dispensed with Martin O’Neill. The Northern Irish manager was unable to build on Aitor Karanka’s fine work earlier in the season. The City Ground faithful were yet again subject to another…

Championship
How will Leeds United spend their summer?
08:00 Saturday 6th July 2019

The terminally non-promoted Leeds United have yet another “what if” summer to reflect on for at least one more Championship campaign. This past season, however, was the closest they’ve come to promotion…

Premier League
How will Sheffield United spend their summer?
15:01 Wednesday 3rd July 2019

It seems as if there's an unwritten rule that only one Yorkshire representative may populate the Premier League per annum. Sheffield United will take their place in the big-time as the 2019/20 top-flight team from god’s own country.…

J League
Interview with Jay Bothroyd
17:01 Monday 24th June 2019

Once upon a time in Kawasaki, I decided to pay Jay Bothroyd a visit at his hotel. The English striker's current club, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, were visiting the J.League Champions, Frontale. After navigating the complex greater…

Womens Football
What do the group stage numbers hint about the Women's World Cup knockout rounds?
14:01 Saturday 22nd June 2019

With the group stage concluded, it’s time to pop out the calculator and analyse performances in a vain attempt to predict who will hoist the trophy. Two dozen nations started the tournament; 16 remain. Let's look at the key stats…

European Football
How will Istanbul BK spend their summer?
15:00 Tuesday 18th June 2019

In the closing stages of the season, I wrote about how the newest Istanbul football contingent, Istanbul Basaksehir, were in pole position in the Super Lig. Yet, I still had reservations due to glitches in performance and the tendencies…

Womens Football
Interview with Estelle Johnson
15:00 Friday 14th June 2019

Estelle Johnson made a name for herself in the United States with the NWSL and its derivatives. She’s a defender who stands up tall and doesn’t make attackers feel welcome when they come into her house. Johnson currently turns out…

Womens Football
FIFA 19 adds the Women's World Cup
15:00 Wednesday 12th June 2019

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of the FIFA video game series. Hell, I've spent many red-eyed sessions when I should have taken slumber hours prior to seeing the alert: update complete.  Update? The Women's World Cup!…

International
Qatar in the Copa America?
12:00 Tuesday 11th June 2019

Is there a more polarising football nation than Qatar? The appearance of corruption in their World Cup appointment, controversies surrounding labour conditions at construction sites, their unexpected success in the 2019 Asian Championship…

Womens Football
Can the Matildas waltz out of France with the World Cup?
08:00 Friday 7th June 2019

If you liked Roald Dahl as a child or were fond of the WWE's British Bull Dog and the mascot who accompanied him to the ring, you may be confused. We're talking about the Australian national women's team here. These Matildas are…

International
UEFA Nations League Finals: Who’s playing?
08:00 Wednesday 5th June 2019

Should you have forgotten, the UEFA Nations League tournament proceeds last year’s new Nations League A series, where national teams played off in a new format to ease off on the less than competitive games. This year, instead of…

J League
Fernando Torres: World Cup winner to Japanese benchwarmer
15:00 Thursday 30th May 2019

Fernando Torres recollects the glory days in a Spanish national shirt, winning the World Cup as well as two European Championships with the national team. The J.League should be an extension and rejuvenation process for the striker who has…

Europa League
Did split loyalties cost Petr Cech his final Arsenal match?
09:00 Sunday 26th May 2019

Petr Cech came to Arsenal from Chelsea wanting to play. Jose Mourinho could no longer promise him time between the sticks so he made his way across London to continue his Premier League career. Early this season, the helmeted keeper…

Champions League
Britannia Rules the Super Cup
08:00 Sunday 19th May 2019

English football fans are abuzz about Premier League teams annexing both European trophies. Some forget there's a third. At summer's end, the Champions and Europa League winners will meet at the Vodafone Park in Istanbul for the UEFA…

Europa League
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Arsenal's Armenian in Azerbaijan
08:00 Friday 17th May 2019

Being Armenian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces restrictions on his travel plans. The abnormality here is, despite his nationality, the attacking-midfielder will be permitted to enter Azerbaijan to play in the UEFA Europa League final with Arsenal…