Sparky's Column

  • The Race for the Prize

    Thursday 15th Aug, 2013

    Last week I went to great lengths to research and give you an insight into what we all thought was Al Nasr's newest signing, Argentinian Maxi Lopez. I think he was just stepping in for his medical when I wrote the piece; I didn't however count on a seemingly fit player with a long career failing a medical, which is exactly what he did....

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  • Moving On Up

    Sunday 11th Aug, 2013

    With the transfer market still in full swing, Al Nasr are supposedly interested in West Bromich Albion's Peter Odemwingie. The Nigerian has been unsettled at WBA for half a season now. You may remember last transfer window he tried to force a move to QPR and even went as far as arriving at the London club's stadium on deadline day. He was sent away by the receptionist with his tail between...

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  • The Battle Ahead

    Sunday 4th Aug, 2013

    Bruno Metsu has given his first interview to French magazine L'Equipe about his progress against the illness first diagnosed whilst he was coach at Al Wasl. He was living with stomach cancer for a while, and after the abdominal pain became too much he sought medical help, which led to the worst being confirmed....

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  • The Big Build Up

    Thursday 25th Jul, 2013

    Pre-season is already upon us and in many ways it could be considered the most important part of a team's campaign the season. A lot of clubs are starting their pre-season training in the UAE due to Ramadan, the reverse of what normally happens. The heat and Iftar mean some clubs don't start training until 10:30pm....

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  • Luis Jiminez: The Man Behind the Football

    Sunday 21st Jul, 2013

    It's 9:30pm at Al Ahli's Rashid Stadium and a rather warm 38 Celsius. I am waiting outside to meet Luis Jimenez, the Red Knights' Chilean playmaker. The players' entrance door creaks open and out walks Luiz who greets me with a warm handshake and invites me into the air conditioned comfort of the players' area....

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