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Reach Your Goals with Sir Alex Ferguson and Phil Berg, the former Spurs and QPR youngster with winning formula for leaders

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Ferguson My Autobigraphy

Ferguson My Autobigraphy

BY JOHN GUBBA

During the summer I filmed a seminar themed the Unspoken Language of Leadership and the standout speaker was Phil Berg, who once pursued his ambition of becoming a professional footballer during spells as a youngster with Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers.

His dream of a career as a professional sportsman was never fulfilled. But Phil’s love of sport has stood him in good stead en route to a successful business career that currently enables him to travel around the world as a much sought after motivational speaker.

His company Reach Your Goals is more than a passing recognition of his passion for the beautiful game. Helping individuals and companies hit their targets and achieve their goals is a skill that he has honed and developed over a colourful career in business. Quite simply, there is no one better at bringing the best out of upcoming talent and established entrepreneurs.

While Sir Alex Ferguson is currently carving out a new identity as an expert on leadership with his new book My Autobiography (brilliantly ghost written by Paul Hayward), Berg has opted to share his learnings in a brand new DVD produced and directed by yours truly.

It became clear to me while filming and editing Phil’s unique presentation that there are some great parallels to be drawn between the greatest British football manager of all time and the king of the motivational speakers who has a wonderful gift for inspiring individuals with his engaging delivery and priceless collection of Bergisms and anecdotes.

Reach YOUR Goals! Out soon on DVD

Reach YOUR Goals! Out soon on DVD

Great leaders know how to lead and it is that formula that Berg, like Ferguson, understands and  knows how to articulate.

Their styles, techniques and delivery are different but the underlying messages are the same. Ferguson found fame and fortune as a football manager who enjoyed outstanding successes with both Aberdeen and Manchester United. But he possesses the skills to have been a dynamic leader of any big business or corporation. He could have been the CEO of any  major company – from BP to Microsoft. It is no surprise that Fergie’s managerial secrets have been the subject of a case study by Harvard Business School.  At Old Trafford he built an empire that extended way beyond the football pitch creating a business pyramid with solid foundations, delegating to trusted lieutenants who bought into his philosophies and goals.

Berg’s mantra “before you achieve a plan you have to set the goal” instantly reminded me of Fergie’s inaugural war-cry on being appointed Manchester United manager back in 1986 when he targeted “knocking Liverpool of their bloody perch” as his raison d’etre. Thirteen Premier League titles later in a mind-boggling tally of 38 pieces of silverware, the Glaswegian achieved his goal and then some in a role  that many had previously regarded the impossible job.

If you want to be a successful leader and have the choice of buying yourself one book and one DVD this Christmas, there are no surprises that my recommendations are Fergie’s “My Autobiography” and Berg’s “Effective Networking for Leaders”

Wayne Rooney was right to question why Manchester United failed to sign Mesut Özil

There are many headline grabbing storylines that have emerged from Ferguson’s book with sections dedicated to David Beckham, Arsene Wenger, Roy Keane, Rafa Benitez and others – but it is one throw away putdown of Wayne Rooney that stands out like a beacon in the light of Manchester United and new manager David Moyes currently toiling behind early season pacesetters Arsenal.

While both recognising Rooney’s great contribution to the club and his loyalty lapses during the Liverpudlian’s well-documented temptations to leave Old Trafford, Sir Alex inadvertently invites support for the England star. Criticism of United for failing to sign Mesut Özil when he  joined Real Madrid in 2010, is a sentiment that will resonate loud and clear with United fans who recognise that the Gunners have revitalised their club with a transfer coup that threatens to give Wenger’s men supremacy in the post-Ferguson era.

Phil Berg started out as a young footballer with Spurs and QPR

Phil Berg started out as a young footballer with Spurs and QPR

Ipswich Town’s Greatest Goals of Last Decade: 2002-2012

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Ipswich Town's Greatest Goals of Last Decade: 2002-2012

Ipswich Town's Greatest Goals of Last Decade: 2002-2012

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They may have hit rock bottom in the Championship a few weeks ago – but during the past decade the Tractor Boys  have scored some memorable goals. From brilliant match-winners against arch rivals Norwich City to spectacular strikes from a whole host of talented goal-scorers.

To celebrate the Blues’ moving up the table under new boss Mick McCarthy, the club’s timing of the release of their brand new DVD is another great tonic for fans at Portman Road. Featuring 200 of the best and most significant goals from 2002 to 2012, this exclusive programme includes many previously unseen on DVD.

With speculation about the future of their former academy star Darren Bent, it is worth watching just to see the quality of the unsettled Aston Villa star, who would be welcomed back to the Town with open arms if he wanted to go back to his roots.

The DVD stars  a glittering array of Blues heroes including both Darren and Marcus Bent, Pablo Counago,  Alun Armstrong, Jim Magilton, Matt Holland, Darren Ambrose, Fabian Wilnis, Martijn Reuser, Dean Bowditch, Shefki Kuqi, Alan Lee, Danny Haynes, Francis Jeffers, Jon Walters, Owen Garvan, Tommy Miller, Jon Stead, Connor Wickham, Jimmy Bullard, Jason Scotland, Lee Martin, Keith Andrews and Michael Chopra.

This is the long-awaited sequel to the hugely popular 200 Great Goals DVD that featured great Blues strikes from 1962 to 2002.

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Manchester United topping Premier League at the turn of the year will be the perfect 70th birthday present for Sir Alex Ferguson

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BY JOHN GUBBA

When Manchester United  crashed out of the Champions League at the end of the first week of December and trailed rivals City by five points in the Premier League, critics were lining up to declare this was the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s dominance of English football.

How many times have we heard the prophets of doom circle round Old Trafford like vultures celebrating the fall of the emperor and hungry to feast on the demise of the greatest club in the world? But maybe this really was the end? With Fergie reaching his 70th birthday on New Year’s Eve, the critics said, the master had finally reached his ‘sell-by’ date and untold riches from the Middle East made it inevitable that the fat cats across the City were destined to take United’s crown.

Cocky City fans were strutting around like they owned the place in the illusion that one trophy in 35 years and a freak 6-1 win at Old Trafford suddenly made them the kings of the castle. Blues fans were queuing up to tell radio phone-ins that ‘this is their time’ and ‘United are a spent force who have reached the end of the road’.

For 25 years Sir Alex Ferguson has thrived on new challenges

For 25 years Sir Alex Ferguson has thrived on new challenges

But hang on a minute. This is no ordinary man we are talking about, and this is no ordinary football club. Over the past 25 years, every challenge has spurred Fergie’s Manchester United to fight back. Whether that means re-building or reaching another level, the Red machine has always delivered and each success has been more glorious than the one before.

Ever since Fergie’s men have emerged from the shadow of Liverpool’s incredible dynasty, United have found the answer to every challenge to their supremacy. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea were the biggest threats that forced United to step up, and now it is the irresistible force of Roberto Mancini’s Arab backed City.

To achieve the seemingly impossible is the greatest incentive there is for a club like Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson is just as hungry for success as he was when he first walked into Old Trafford 25 years ago. This is why United will not roll over and die like some would like.

Anything other than defeat against Blackburn Rovers on New Year’s Eve will take United clear at the top of the Premier League, just three weeks after trailing City by five points and an avalanche of a goal difference. A win will put United three points in front and a repeat of the 5-0 scoreline in their last two wins against Fulham and Wigan will cut City’s goal advantage to zero.

United's quest to win a record 20th League title is all the motivation they need to deny City

United's quest to win a record 20th League title is all the motivation they need to deny City

The fact that City don’t travel to Sunderland until New Year’s Day and United play first on Fergie’s 70th birthday is the perfect scenario for the red half of Manchester. For Steve Kean’s battle-weary Rovers entering Old Trafford in these circumstances could be like being fed to the lions. All this in the face of a horrific catalogue of injuries that has tested United’s resources to the limit in the month of December.

Whatever happens next, just don’t make the mistake of writing off United because when the going gets tough the tough get going and Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams have shown time and time again that they know how to deliver in  the second half of the season.

Fergie admitted for the first time this week that City are favourites to win the title. And the great man knows overhauling the noisy neighbours who have grown into the biggest threat yet to his all-conquering empire represents arguably his biggest ever challenge.

But that in a nutshell is all the motivation United need to win a record breaking 20th league title.

PS: Do not be surprised if Dimitar Berbatov comes back stronger than ever and bags a hatful of goals in the second half of the season. He’s already scored more goals in six days – with four against Fulham and Wigan – than Fernando Torres has scored in the Premier League since he signed for Chelsea last season.

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Christmas cracker: Is this the greatest own goal ever?

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Video: Greatest Own Goal Ever!

500 CLASSIC GOALS available on DVD

BY JOHN GUBBA

Not only is this best own goal I have ever seen, it is a remarkable strike that no player on the planet could possibly recreate.

Watch it for the first time and you will think it is some kind of trick by a post-production wizard. But when you realise this was for real you will find it hard to come up with any goal – whether meant or not – that will match this one.

In a Premier League match in Hong Kong against AA Citizen,  Sun Hei defender Festus Baise’s attempt to block a cross turned into an inverted scorpion kick that lobbed his own keeper.

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Scotland’s move to re-introduce standing areas in football stadiums good for the game if crowd safety is guaranteed

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BY JOHN GUBBA

It is a brave decision by Scottish Premier League clubs to give the green light to allow safe-standing areas within their stadiums. But there is no doubt in my mind it will be good for the game if they get it right.

The SPL have listened to supporters wishes and boldly announced a relaxation of its rules on standing following a general meeting of all 12 clubs on Monday.

Football fans already stand in all-seater stadiums so why not introduce designed areas

Football fans already stand in all-seater stadiums so why not introduce controlled areas

It is a controversial decision and has surprised Strathclyde Police who claim they have had no detailed discussions about the re-introduction of safe standing areas. Now fans south of the border will be interested to see how the story unfolds.

In England terraces were banned following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and all-seater stadiums became compulsory in 1994. But Scotland is not bound by the law which banned standing areas in top-flight football in England and came into force after the Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster.

In my opinion all-seater stadiums can be dangerous when large groups of fans stand up and sit down at regular intervals in seated areas. It makes sense to have limited standing areas close to the touchline in front of the main seated areas.

 

Tribute to a Legend: Juninho simply greatest Middlesbrough player of all time and fans loved him for taking samba soccer to Teesside

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Osvaldo Giroldo Júnior –  better known as Juninho Paulista or simply Juninho

now available on DVD

Juninhio: Tribute to a Legend is now available on DVD

BY JOHN GUBBA

Every football club has at least one hero the fans adore. But every once in a while comes along an extraordinary talent who wins a special place in the hearts of all supporters. I was there on the pitch the day Juninho was paraded before the fans at Middlesbrough. And you instantly knew this was a love affair that would last forever.

From the moment Bryan Robson brought Juninho to Teesside, he was the undisputed darling of the fans – and the little genius repaid his adoring public with a rich cocktail of brilliant football and breathtaking skill.

The boy wonder from Brazil thrilled the fanatical Boro fans and earned a unique place in the club’s history, with three separate spells at the Riverside that will never be forgotten.

First came an unforgettable 21months of fantasy football in a star-studded team that included Fabrizio Ravanelli and fellow countryman Emerson. From the jubilation of Juninho’s arrival and a blistering debut against Leeds on 4th November 1995, to the drama of a devastating cup run that included the superb demolition of Newcastle and ended with an historic Wembley double, it was a magical era.

Even relegation and a 12 million pound transfer to Athletico Madrid could not keep Juninho away from the Riverside. In 1999/2000 he was back on loan and two years later he was finally re-signed for a third and final spell that ended with the glory of winning the 2004 Carling Cup.

Featuring the goals, the glory and unique behind-the-scenes footage, this is A Tribute to a Legend that will delight every football fan who loves the beautiful game.

any 2 Middlesborough DVDs for £15

any 2 Middlesborough DVDs for £15

David Beckham deserves the Hollywood ending to the latest chapter in his unique football career

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Becks celebrates in the LA Galaxy dressing room

Becks celebrates in the LA Galaxy dressing room

BY JOHN GUBBA

When David Beckham agreed to leave Madrid for Major League Soccer five years ago and joined LA Galaxy most pundits wrote him off  – but England’s most famous footballer revels in proving the critics wrong and the more he achieves the more popular he becomes.

It was fitting that Becks got his happy Hollywood ending with a heroic performance to secure the MLS Cup for the Galaxy in what looks like being his final game for the Americans.

Combining with Irish team-mate Robbie Keane, the 36-year-old set up Landon Donovan for the only goal in Sunday’s final against Houston Dynamo. For Beckham, playing through the pain barrier despite being clearly injured, this was his first silverware in America since his arrival in 2007.

And boy did he deserve his triumph, in front of over 31,000 fanatical MLS fans at their Home Deport stadium in Carson.

Champagne Becks

Champagne Becks toasts LA Galaxy success

Linked with a move to wealthy Paris St-Germain, Becks said: ‘Whether I stay or not, I’ve had an amazing five years.” And summing up exactly what it meant to him he added: ‘People were talking about if we didn’t win it was going to be a disappointment and an unsuccessful five years. It’s quietened a few people which is always nice.’

Paris would definitely be the perfect sequel for the the showbiz footballer who has starred in Manchester, Madrid, Milan and Los Angeles – becoming only the second Englishman after Trevor Steven to become a champion in three different countries.

 

Blatter’s apology for racist comments is just not good enough and neither is his rebuke for stars like Beckham criticsing him

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FIFA President says sorry and then hits back at players for criticising him

FIFA President says sorry and then hits back at players for daring to criticise him

BY JOHN GUBBA

The problem with Sepp Blatter and his apology for his racist remarks is that he will do and say anything to stay in power. The FIFA President is simply out of touch with the modern world and he just can’t be trusted to be the most powerful man at football’s governing body.

The truth is that Blatter knew his position was untenable if he did not say sorry for causing worldwide outrage for his controversial comments that racial discrimination could be settled with a handshake. And it is simply not good enough to say he is sorry and that he did not expect his comments to cause such a reaction.

Even as he was making his apology in an interview with the BBC, Blatter went on to make further inflamatory remarks that will anger football’s biggest stars – including David Beckham and Rio Ferdinand – for daring to criticise him.

The 75-year-old Swiss, who is being urged to quit by players, fans, officials and politicians, hit back by saying he expected “better understanding from star players”

Blatter sparked universal outrage when he said that on the pitch it is not racism and can be settled with a handshake, but off the pitch it is racism.”

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It was a bold attempt to repair the damage when he read out a statement in which he stated: “I started my FIFA career in Africa 36 years ago and it is part of my core values to respect all nations all cultures and I see football as a game that unites people. i am sorry and I regret that my statements earlier this week have resulted in an unfortunate situation. I am committed to the fight against racism. And I have no doubt about that. i want to make it very clear i will not stop until we have stamped out of football racism.”

But the fact that Blatter did not expect his words to cause such a reaction is confirmation that he is not fit to govern football. While his headmasterly rebuke for the players who have condemned him just underlines the feeling that FIFA’s President is a dictator who mistakenly believes he can do no wrong and can stay in power forever.

Players who have publicly criticised Blatter include Andy Cole who said he is “an out of touch buffoon.” Ferdinand said the comments were “so condescending it’s almost laughable”. Garth Crooks admitted he was  “shocked” because “”Fifa have a policy of zero tolerance on racism” and the “is not really actually living up to what he signed up to.” Beckham described Blatter’s utterances as “appalling” and said some things “can’t just be sorted out with just a handshake.”

Despite the furore, the FIFA boss will not walk away insisting: ” i can not resign. Why should i resign? This is not compatible with my fighting spirit.”

There is no doubt Blatter is an extremely clever politician and he has done many good things for football during his 13 year tenure as president. But the beautiful game is bigger than any one man and for the good of football Blatter must go before his next big gaffe brings more shame on the world’s most popular sport.

The Blatter controversy comes at a time when Chelsea captain John Terry is being investigated by the police and the Football Association over alleged racist remarks made to Ferdinand’s brother, QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, in a recent game between the two sides. While Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has also been charged by the FA for alleged racist comments towards Ferdinand’s Manchester United team-mate Patrice Evra.

Asked if racism was a problem on the pitch, Blatter told CNN World Sport: “I would deny it. There is no racism, there is maybe one of the players towards another, he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one. But also the one who is affected by that. He should say that this is a game. At the end of the game, we shake hands.”

He also said, on Al Jazeera: “During a match you may say something to someone who’s not looking exactly like you, but at the end of match it’s forgotten.”

Blatter tells BBC he is sorry and then rebukes players for criticsing him

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Time for the much-maligned Frank Lampard to take a bow as England beat World Champions Spain

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Pride of England - Frank Lampard

Pride of England - Frank Lampard

BY JOHN GUBBA

When Frank Lampard crowned his 90th international appearance as skipper and celebrated with a matchwinner against world champions Spain it was a well-earned tribute to one of England’s most loyal servants.

Not always the most popular player to wear the three Lions, Lampard has come through some testing times with his country. But the way he has handled taking over the captain’s armband from controversial Chelsea team-mate John Terry, it is impossible to fault  Chelsea’s former West Ham United protege.

Back in 2008 Lampard was jeered – not for the first time –  when he came on as a second-half substitute during a comfortable 3-0 win over Estonia in a Euro Championship qualifier at Wembley. I remember Ashley Cole saying: “I can’t believe it. He is one of the best players I have played with. I can’t remember him having too many average games in an England shirt. But Frank is a strong character. If anyone is a strong enough character to deal with that, it is Frank.”

Hearing Lampard’s dignity in his pre-match comments, especially the way he talked about his pride in playing for England and wearing the poppy in remembrance of our fallen war heroes, it was impossible not to feel the utmost respect for the much-maligned star.

Frank Lampard has always been a quality player - ever since he came through the Academy at West Ham United

Frank Lampard has always been a quality player - ever since he came through the Academy at West Ham United

There have been times when Lampard’s arrogance and bad-tempered snarling wearing a Chelsea shirt has earned the venom of rival fans. But you can not fault his loyal service to his country. England are most  certainly not world beaters despite their  1-0 win over the No.1 team on the planet in a meaningless friendly. But credit where credit is due and it is time for Frank Lampard to take a bow.

Lampard – leading his country in the absence of rested Chelsea team-mate John Terry – headed in from close range in the 49th minute after Darren Bent had struck the woodwork.

I remember back in the 90s when Harry Redknapp promised disbelieving  West Ham United supporters at a fans’ forum during his days as Hammers boss that Lampard was destined to play many times for England. Redknapp was heckled for making that audacious prediction about a youngster who was just breaking into the team at Upton Park. But Harry – surely England’s next manager after Fabio Capello departs in the summer –  has always been an impeccable judge of football.

For anyone who wants to see why Redknapp was so convinced that Lampard was a star in the making check out one of the great football DVDs I have produced for West Ham United including Hammers Classics, Right Hammerings, and Hammers Greatest GoalsThe First 100 Years – The Official History.

How fitting that the FA Cup celebrated its 140 anniversary by returning to Maidenhead’s historic York Road stadium

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BY JOHN GUBBA

On the weekend English football celebrates the 140th anniversary of the world’s greatest domestic competition it is fitting that this season’s first round kicked off with at a tie at one of its first venues – York Road, Maidenhead.

Back on 11 November 1871 the ground hosted one of the first four fixtures ever played in the FA Cup when Maidenhead beat local rivals Marlow 2-0.

This afternoon York Road – the oldest continually used ground in the world by the same club – saw Maidenhead battle out a 1-1 draw with Aldershot.

Who would have thought all those years ago that the FA Cup would become the most popular domestic cup competition in the world?

York Road Maidenhead - where Maidenhead beat Marlow 2-0 back on Saturday, 11 November 1871.

York Road - where Maidenhead beat Marlow 2-0 on 11 November 1871.

In a world of modern stadia, Maidenhead’s York Road is a throw back to a bygone era and there are constant reminders of their past and present in the club’s boardroom, with photos and memorabilia dating back to its inception in 1870.

FA Cup Round One
Saturday,  11 November 1871

Upton Park 0-3 Clapham Rovers
Crystal Palace 0-0 Hitchin
Maidenhead 2-0 Marlow
Barnes 2-0 Civil Service.

“This is a club packed with history and tradition and it is great being a part of it,” Maidenhead chairman Peter Griffin told BBC Sport. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest football ground in the world is Sandygate Road in Crosspool, Sheffield. A football and cricket stadium, it is home to Hallam F.C. and Hallam Cricket Club.

Played at Sandygate Road - the world's oldest football ground

Played at Sandygate Road - the world's oldest football ground