GERRARD IS LIVERPOOL’S GREATEST PLAYER EVER (and Luis Suarez is the best Stevie G has played with)

By JIM VAN WIJK

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Steve Gerrard felt "humbled" to be honoured as the recipient of the 2013 Football Writers' Association’s award at a gala tribute dinner in London's Savoy Hotel on Sunday January 20.

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TRAPPISH – THE LANGUAGE THAT IS MAKING LEGEND TRAPATTONI A FIGURE OF RIDICULE

COLIN YOUNG of the Daily Mail explains the difficulties of working with Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

IF THE football writers who cover England thought Fabio Capello was hard work, a few days with his fellow countryman Giovanni Trapattoni would have them yearning for the good old days under Don Fabio.

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KLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE GOALSCORING KIND

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

IT WOULD be an exaggeration to say that all Miroslav Klose does is to score lots of goals but only just.

At 6ft, Klose is not significantly tall for a striker yet the five headed goals he scored at the 2002 World Cup underline his strength in the air. He is not lightning quick, does not possess the technique to leave defenders tackling his shadow and rarely scores from outside the penalty-area. He also does not take penalties.

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Collina warns of zero tolerance at Euro 2012

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

Pierluigi Collina has warned that referees have been instructed to adopt a zero tolerance attitude at Euro 2012.

Internationals of England, the Republic of Ireland and other finalists who play in the Barclays Premier League are used to a more lenient style of refereeing where too often bad tackles go unpunished but in Poland and Ukraine they can expect domestic-type challenges which endanger the safety of an opponent to be punished by a red card.

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Who could England face at Euro 2012?

WILL ENGLAND QUALIFY?
Well, despite their mediocre display against England should reach the Euro 2012 finals one way or the other.

ONE WAY OR THE OTHER...?
The nine group winners qualify automatically plus the best runner-up. As things stand Montenegro, second in Group G behind England on goal-difference, would qualify as the ‘fastest losers.’

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