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Neal Collins

Neal Collins

    Benni's back in business
    Benni's back in business
    In the end, all it took was a quick stop-off on the way home from not-so-sunny Scotland to sort out the Benni McCarthy problem once and for...
    Africans put the boot in
    Africans put the boot in
    Never before has the Premier League season been so dominated by African players as we head towards the second weekend after the biggest-spending,...
    Catt and The Axe keep SA flag flying
    Catt and The Axe keep SA flag flying
    Two very different South Africans have grabbed the headlines in Britain this week. One is at the peak of his career, enjoying his first goal in...
    Benni poised for superstar status
    Benni poised for superstar status
    Benni McCarthy, the boy from the backstreets of Cape Town, is the toast of English football this week after two dramatic interventions changed the...
    UK teams looking good in Europe
    UK teams looking good in Europe
    Warning: you might get a severe case of déjà vu reading this. It's not my fault. Two weeks ago, the Champions League featured Chelsea seeing...
    Hits and myths of Premiership pre-season
    Hits and myths of Premiership pre-season
    David Beckham for Newcastle. Ruud van Nistelrooy ditto. Patrick Vieira to Manchester United. The whole Italian team headed for Chelsea. Steve...
    Charity Shield: No gentle introduction to the season
    Charity Shield: No gentle introduction to the season
    The Charity Shield was once a rousing curtain-raiser to a long winter in the mud. These days, rechristened the Community Shield for tax and fraud...
    Bolton's good Fortune
    Bolton's good Fortune
    Cristiano Ronaldo's words to Wayne Rooney before the Portugal versus England World Cup quarterfinal were not "I'm going to get you sent off", but,...
    It's Togo to go
    It's Togo to go
    You can't rule out Germany, and Poland gave England a run for their money in qualifying. Sweden are solid at the back, and Trinidad and Tobago...
    Gunners silenced
    Gunners silenced
    London doesn't take kindly to defeat. And Londoners certainly don't take kindly to referees who repeatedly sin against their clubs. Arsenal's brave...
    A few mad weeks for English soccer
    A few mad weeks for English soccer
    What a crazy week in prospect. West Ham ready to lose hopelessly to a superior Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday while Wembley lies...
    Premiership ends with a decided whimper
    Premiership ends with a decided whimper
    Ah, the final Sunday of the Premiership. Glorious spring. This year, sadly, there's not that much to play for.