The 2011/12 seasons are kicking off all round Europe. The Premier League in England starts today and the leagues in Germany and Scotland are already underway. I called together the talents of some of the best writers around to give you a glimpse into their predictions for the season ahead.

Terry Duffelen is one half of the excellent “Bundesliga Show” podcast and the fantastic new website “Bundesliga Lounge” be sure to check it out. Here are Terry’s predictions for new Bundesliga season.

Who do you think is the favourite for the title in your respective league and why?

I’m placing my fiver on FC Bayern Munich for the title. Mainly because they rarely go two seasons without winning it but also because I think they have finally addressed their defensive problems with the recruitment of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Rafinha to their ranks. I think Bayern could win the league by ten points or more.

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In episode 34 of the gibfootballshow podcast Andrew this week is joined by Scott Johnston and Mohamad Moallim.

This weeks topics include the Neil Lennon bomb situation in Scotland followed by a look at the SPL and this weekends Old Firm match up between Celtic and Rangers.

Mohamed runs us through the last three weeks left in the Eredivisie season. Also explains the situation in Ajax since Martin Jol left.

Mohamed then takes some questions from twitter, Andrew gives us an update on how Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France are shaping up and we wish Brent good luck in his bid to become host of World Football Daily.

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gibfootballshow – Episode 34 – Neil Lennon, Celtic v Rangers and the Eredivisie by gibfootballshow



Hello..this week on the podcast I was joined by Chris Mayer from 6 pointer, Dave Bevan from the and Scott Johnston from the We discuss this week’s four Champions League games. The pod answers how they think Chelsea will be lining up in the future, also answer whether Serie A is going backwards in terms of quality.

In part two, we take a look at our respective leagues of interest Chris (Belgium) Andrew (France) Scott (Scotland) Dave (The Championship) – and we pick out a team, a outstanding player and a young prospect to look out for. And we also pick out the most underrated players from the Premier League this season.

So plenty to look forward to, I hope you enjoy the show.

Oh and forgot to mention it on the show, but this week’s guest predictor is John-Burn Murdoch from the Trequerista site. Good luck John.

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I’d like to welcome the Editor of World Football Columns – Martin Palazzotto to gibfootballshow, Martin is an outsider from a Scottish football point of view, no bias, no conspiracy just a fantastic writer. Here is his take on the Neil Lennon situation.

When I was a kid, like every other, I would go to my father whenever my mother said I couldn’t have something that I wanted.  If he said no too, well, that was what grandparents were for.  I think that’s where the legal appeals process originated.

Like my childhood self, Celtic manager Neil Lennon doesn’t enjoy taking no for an answer.  It’s been two months since the “Hassle at the ‘Castle” but Lennon has refused to give up the fight or his paranoid conspiracy theories regarding Scottish referees.

I mean, everyone has calls go against them but when you’re Celtic, part of the Old Firm, the most storied club in the land and there’s only one other team to worry about, Rangers, who are now chasing you rather than vice versa, thanks to the biggest snowfall the country has seen since Sean Connery first said “Hello Moneypenny” back in 1962, you have to believe you’re getting more than your share of the breaks.

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When you’re down at the bottom of the table, you need some degree of luck on your side when you come up against the better teams in league. However if you don’t work hard at the basics and give a team space to play you will be punished, and that is exactly what happened to Hibs on Saturday.

With the pressure on both sides as the teams emerged from the Easter Road tunnel there were a couple of interesting selection choices from either manager. The home side started with Derek Riordan and Merouane Zemmama upfront, a strange choice with neither known as an out and out striker; Calderwood will have hoped their movement could cause problems to the Celtic defence.

Neil Lennon welcomed back Gary Hooper to the Celtic frontline and partnered him with Anthony Stokes in attack, relief for the Irishman after his frustrating lone role against Hamilton on Wednesday. Scott Brown started in place of Joe Ledley in the middle of the park, hoping the Scot would add more bite to team.

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As Andy from Scotzine told me the other day it seems I have been “pimping” myself out this week. I thought I would put a little collection of links together in case any wandering visitors want to look at some articles.

The first article was done for the superb website The 72 Football in his continuing series of looking at different nations lower leagues, being a big fan of France’s Ligue 1 football I took it upon myself to delve in the deepest depths of the France football system. Hopefully you’ll find what I put together rather interesting.

My next piece was written for in collaboration with David Cartlidge. With Spanish side Valencia CF moving to sign Adil Rami of Lille, David contacted me and asked, with me being a huge Lille and French football fan, would I write a piece about Adil with his strengths and weaknesses. I duly obiligied.

Next on the list was my weekly SPL column for the wonderful World Football Columns. After a short winter break I put a piece together detailing the week’s events in Scotland but also having a look at the current league reconstruction talks that have been taking place. So If you want a little Scottish update, why not have a look. It’s also a great site.

Another piece I wrote this week but has yet to be published is for the superb 1st Eleven. A number of writers were asked to put forward their Team of the Year, before the gala event UEFA will put on to announce theirs. I have been informed at shall be up soon. Keep your eyes peeled.

The offers of work are flooding in (not) but I will be keeping myself busy with the Asian Cup, little reviews each day from that. And maybe a historic Lille piece that I have in mind.

Oh and the podcast.


To kick off the New Year in style, I thought it would be good while some of the bigger leagues in Europe are just returning from their winter break that a special Scottish Football podcast was in order.

I am joined by Grant Russell from STV Sport, Scott Johnston from and Tom Hall from The Scottish Football Blog as we discuss the goings on in the SPL, the Old Firm game, League reconstruction, Transfer news and a bit of good ol fashion banter.

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To subscribe to the podcast and all future episodes, why not click the link below and as if by magic it will appear in your iTunes library


I have spent my afternoon watching the first half of the Total Larsson DVD. If it isn’t obvious it’s a DVD that shows you nearly every goal Henrik Larsson scored for Helsingborg, Feyenoord, Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United. It is an absolute pleasure to watch the man in his prime.

Something occurred to me while enjoying some of his best goals and I feel very very lucky. Although I had already been to Celtic Park on many an occasion I finally purchased my first season ticket in the same season that for a measly £650,000 Celtic secured the signature of Henrik Larsson from Dutch giants Feyenoord.

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Twelve SPL clubs will meet on the 20th of December to decide the future of Scottish football. The plans are to create a two-tier SPL of 10 teams each. Included in the reconstruction are the return of play-offs, an earlier start to the season and a winter break.

Out with the two leagues of ten the other teams in the country would be regionalised, which is probably the best thing being proposed in the current plans.

Talks of change have been ongoing for years now and people always find it hard to agree on what is best for Scottish football to move forward. Things need to change if the league is to move forward, moving from 10 teams from 12 is surely a step backward, the league has tried 10 teams before and the quality was pretty much the same as it is now. What’s changed really?

It would make more sense to increase the size of the top division and come inline with other divisions around Europe. Moving to 16 or 18 teams would mean less games, the winter break would be easier to incorporate and it would surely freshen up the league in a few different ways.

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The quality of the SPL gets questions time and time again. And of course it’s not La Liga or the EPL but it has it’s moments.

It doesn’t help when big mouth idiots like Robbie Savage come out with derogatory statements. Saying that Joe Ledley is too good for the SPL is just a ridiculous statement. A player that has played average at best, and has not set the country alight is in no way “too good” for the league.

No one is saying the SPL is the greatest league in the world, but it is nowhere near the worst, luckily every so often you get a moment of brilliance that makes you smile and happy that you watch the SPL.

Thank You Jonny Hayes!