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Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has died, aged 27


Former Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has died, aged 27, the Football League has confirmed.

The former West Ham trainee retired as a professional player in February on medical advice after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition which causes an irregular thickness of the heart in certain areas.

He gave an interview to The Sun at the time in which he said: “A few players around the world die of this every year. The specialists told me that every day I have a one percent chance of dropping dead and sport quadruples that risk.

“When the doctor gave me the numbers and showed me images of my heart, it hit me hard.”

Cole did return to football to make a handful of non-league appearances, some of which came for Arlesey Town.

However, according to their director of football, Gary King, watching Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffer a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie with Tottenham in March convinced Cole to give up the game for good.


Capital One Cup -Round 5 draw details

The draw for Round 5 of the Capital One Cup will be made live on Sky Sports on Wednesday 31st October 2012.

It will follow the live Fourth Round fixture at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Manchester United, which kicks off at 7.45pm.
The line-up for the draw is as follows:
1. Arsenal
2. Aston Villa
3. Bradford City
4. Leeds United
5. Middlesbrough
6. Chelsea/Manchester United
7. Swansea City
8. Norwich City
Ties to be played week commencing 10th December 2012*.
*Note – Should Chelsea progress to Round 5, their tie will be played on Wednesday 19th December 2012.

Liverpool Vs Swansea Tiki-Taka Style

Brendan Rodgers is facing his former side Swansea tonight Swansea in the latest round of the Capital One Cup and the reds Boss will deploying his Tiki-Taka football style hoping to overcome his former club after leaving the Liberty last summer. Liverpool are defending the trophy they won last February after beating Cardiff City on penalties.

The last time the clubs actually met proved to be Rodgers’ last game in charge of the Swans – ironically a 1-0 win over Liverpool at the Liberty.
Michael Laudrup’s side reached this stage after victories over Barnsley and Crawley Town, while Liverpool beat West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers:  “You have got two hats on really. The professional hat first and foremost says we want to get to through to the quarter-finals and nothing will get in the way of that.

Former Liverpool star Jamie Rednapp talked about Rodgers style shortly after Brendan was appointed as the Anfield boss and said ” He wants his teams to pass in all areas. He has used a system that has worked in Spain, especially for Barcelona —  principally the two centre halves split, the full backs push on and the holding midfielder steps in and plays from there. Everyone is encouraged to get on the ball, take risks, pass it, keep it. Liverpool will be playing the tiki-taka style.

He won’t change at Liverpool, but he will need time to implement his way of playing. The Liverpool crowd will be patient, because they love and understand their football and will quickly see what he is trying to achieve.

This squad should be excited about working with Brendan because he won’t waste a training session, where he will be working with the ball and teaching them how to break down other teams.

Liverpool have won the League Cup eight times – the most any club has won it.

So what is Tiki-Taka !

Tiki-taka is a style of play that has evolved from Total Football and is characterised by short passing and movement, working the ball through various channels, and maintaining possession. The style is primarily associated with La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team under managers Luis Aragonés and Vicente del Bosque and also Pep Guardiola, ex-manager of FC Barcelona. Tiki-taka moves away from the traditional thinking of formations in football to a concept derived from zonal play.

Tiki-taka has been variously described as “a style of play based on making your way to the back of the net through short passing and movement,” a “short passing style in which the ball is worked carefully through various channels,” and a “nonsensical phrase that has come to mean short passing, patience and possession above all else.” The style involves roaming movement and positional interchange amongst midfielders, moving the ball in intricate patterns, and sharp, one or two-touch passing. Tiki-taka is “both defensive and offensive in equal measure” – the team is always in possession, so doesn’t need to switch between defending and attacking.

“We have the same idea as each other. Keep the ball, create movement around and off the ball, get in the spaces to cause danger”.

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona using tiki-taka faced 52 different teams and managed wins against all of them except Chelsea, while Lionel Messi has not scored against Chelsea in eight UEFA Champions League matches (including a missed penalty spot kick in the second leg of the semi-final in 2012).
Video Courtesy of FC Barcelona, Mediapro, RTVE, Sky Sports, AL Jazeera, LaSexta FIFA and UEFA.

Arsenal stars red-faced after full time mix-up

ARSENAL players Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin were left red-faced at last night’s match against Reading as they threw their shirts into the crowd before the start of extra-time and probably got confused thinking it was a Premier league game.

The French duo thought Theo Walcott’s 95th-minute equaliser at the Madejski Stadium was the end of the game , The pair then had to perform a U-turn on their goodwill gesture and attempt to retrieve their shirts from the fans.




Theo Walcott hands over his hat-trick goal to Carl Jenkinson

Having already scored twice and with the Gunners losing 4-3 with just stoppage time remaining, Theo Walcott fired home beyond goalkeeper Adam Federici, only for Reading defender Nicky Shorey to appear to prod the ball off the line.

Defender Jenkinson followed up and smashed the clearance into the goal to make it 4-4, but the referee had already given the goal, and Walcott wheeled away to celebrate his hat-tric.

At full time Jenkinson was credited with the goal with Walcott happy to hand over the ball.


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