ThreeFiveTwo Issue 1 - April 2016
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The Superstars and the future of Football
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Contents The re-emergence of player power in the Premier League: Even the ‘special one’ isn’t safe - 20th December 2015
Study and Sport. How a firstgeneration University student tries to keep a healthy balance between the two - November 2015
From Prison to the Pitch: Troy Deeney. Watford’s number NINE - 16th October 2015
‘Ronaldo’ (2015) – An up-close and incredibly personal experience with the self proclaimed ‘best in the world’ December 2015
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The re-emergence of player power in the Premier League: Even the ‘special one’ isn’t safe. 20th December 2015 Scan this QR Code to see Mourinho’s Premier League Record.
aturday’s match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge was something of a sideshow to the main story of the week in West London. The fans made their allegiance towards their recently sacked manager known, booing the players they held responsible for his departure. Chelsea’s decision to sack arguably their most successful manager of all time sets an alarming but ultimately accurate precedent for Football as a whole. It follows Garry Monk’s sacking at Swansea, which, whilst it cannot be compared in terms of magnitude, can be compared in terms of player power. It cannot be solely down to the manager as to what has happened this season on the pitch. You do not become a bad manager overnight, as the saying goes. This weekend the ‘sacked’ one was spotted sitting in the stands as an observer during the Championship match between Brighton and Middlesbrough;
the latter managed by his good friend, Aitor Karanka. In today’s Football world, it seems it’s fashionable to make knee-jerk reactions in terms of the signing or sacking of managers, the buying or selling of managers, and the short-term/longterm future of a club. The likes of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, and formerly Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United were given time, whereas the average Chelsea manager is given very little time if things don’t go well quickly. How could it happen? It seems at any other club in the Premier League, the self-proclaimed ‘special’ one would be given special allowances considering what he had done for the club in the past. To be sacked twice by the same club, after winning a host of trophies, says more about the state of Football today than anything else. Instant success is valued more than the creation of a stable legacy on and off
the pitch. People out side of the club seem to see the real issues for Chelsea, and therefore Mourinho this season. The players. At the end of the day, the players have to carry out the manager’s orders on field of play. If the players wanted to save their manager’s job, surely they would have pushed hard to fire Chelsea back into contention once again. These are the same players who blasted the blues to the title last season, seemingly at a canter. What’s gone wrong? It is interesting that the players put in arguably their most energetic and proactive performance this season against Sunderland on Saturday – the first match since Mourinho’s sacking. It all started on day one of the Premier League season. The incredible bust-up between Mourinho, and now past club doctor Eva Carneiro, set the tone for what’s been a painful season for Chelsea supporters, and the players have done their best, consciously or
subconsciously, to push fans’ favourite Mourinho out of the door. This time last season, Chelsea were three points clear at the top of the table, winning thirteen games and losing just one. Today, they sit twenty points behind league leaders Leicester, winning just five games and losing a staggering nine games so far. The decline has been scarcely believable. But in the Champions League, the players look much more eager to impress. Topping a difficult group goes to suggest that the players still have the quality to play to a high standard, so why haven’t they – until Saturday – shown much of it in the League? Sadly, when individuals in the team down tools, the manager is criticized. Fair or not, the players are the only individuals who dictate what happens at a Football club on the pitch, and we may see more of this in the future.
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Bradley Storey, 20, Hertfordshire
Study and Sport. How a first-generation University student tries to keep a healthy balance between the two
My parents didn’t go to University, but it doesn’t really matter to me”
Bradley Storey is twenty years old, and studies Journalism and Media at Middlesex University, London. He is the first in his immediate family to have taken the decision to further his studies into higher education, but he does not feel this has had any negative impact on his own experiences as a University student. “My dad had to leave his studies early for personal issues, and my mum just didn’t want to go.”
and where to do it.” His reasons for deciding to go to University can be traced back to his years at Sixth Form in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. “I could’ve just decided to go into work after I finished sixth form, but I wanted to see if I could follow my interest in becoming a journalist. I was one of many in my class whose parents had never gone to University before, so it wasn’t anything special to be a so-called first generation student
He added, “Yes they didn’t go to University themselves, but when I told them I wanted to go to University they were fine and supported me in deciding what to do
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at all. I’ve heard all the stories about first generation students being bullied or pushed around for being a first timer. I don’t think it’s an issue anymore.” He grins and adds, “We had a pretty pushy sixth form tutor who almost demanded that everyone should look for a place in a Russell Group university. I was interested in the Media at the time, so I just looked for courses in that area. I’m interested in writing so Journalism seemed interesting to me. That’s where it
Middlesex University, Hendon
all started I suppose.” After completing his first year at Middlesex University with a good grade, he starts the second year of his University experience with a clear mind. “I honestly haven’t thought about the fact I’m the first in my family to go to University. Maybe I’m just too caught up in actually trying to do well that I don’t realize
that I’m special in my family in that regard. It hasn’t held me back so far, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.” University isn’t all about delving into textbooks and rushing to early morning lectures. Bradley talks about how he keeps a healthy balance between extra curricular activities – such as Football – and his studies.
“I actually coach an under eleven side in my spare time on Saturday mornings. I can usually save my readings or essays for the Sunday or the following week, so I like to get out and about on Saturday mornings. It’s something to do.” He speaks about how the team is doing well, and he enjoys seeing them do well, because it means he is doing something right.
“I play Football casually with friends on the University pitches on campus sometimes. I don’t play for any of the University teams. I don’t really have the time to commit to the training, and the actual matches as the games take place on Wednesdays, and I have lessons all day on that day.” When essays and assessments begin to pile up, especially over Christmas, Bradley says that he has to prioritize. Unsurprisingly, it’s difficult to put aside his love of Football, but it has to be done. He still manages to find time for a bit of Football though. “Because I’m so used to coaching on Saturdays, and playing Football for fun, it’s difficult to force myself to stop if I have an
He likes to play Football casually with friends on the Football pitches on the University campus
“Coaching the youngsters is fun”
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From Prison to the Pitch: Troy Deeney. Watford’s number NINE
16th October 2015
ot many people encapsulate what you can achieve through determination and hard work on the playing field. Watford captain, Troy Deeney is that kind of football player. He’s a pure athlete, but his appearance won’t turn heads. He doesn’t splash the cash like other Premier League players can be seen to be doing. The striker scored his first goal of the Premier League season against Stoke on Saturday capping off an incredible change of fortune in both his personal and sporting life. Deeney served time in 2012 for an altercation outside a nightclub, but the man who told the Daily Mail, ‘Going to prison was the best thing that ever happened to me’ has gone on to write himself into Watford folklore, captaining the side to a first promotion to the Premier League since 2006, scoring 24 league goals in the process. So how did this dream come to be realized?
Troy Deeney was born in Birmingham in 1988. A young Deeney was always in and around football, and fell in and out of the youth systems at his hometown club Aston Villa, but he was released at the age of just fifteen years of age. Whilst friends took the darker paths in life, Deeney looked to master a trade in building whilst also searching for a new club. After jumping between a few lower league clubs, he signed for Championship side Watford for a measly £500,000 at the age of just twenty-two. Not much was expected of the man. Whilst manager after manager departed, and players around him were sent out on loan or sold, Deeney was a fixture in a team
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“...it’s all a bit surreal to be honest...”
fluctuating between personnel from week to week. However, following solid progress at Watford, his life was thrown into chaos in 2012. After a case of mistaken identity, Deeney was sent to prison for ten months for ‘affray’, after kicking a student outside a nightclub, causing him
physical damage. Before his prison sentence, Deeney was an inconsistent scorer. In the preceding season, he scored few goals. However, his form took a dramatic turn for the better in his return to football. He guided the club to the play-off final in 2013, scoring nineteen league goals Birmingham Crown Court
The 2014-15 Championship Season was one to remember
in the process. In the following two seasons, he scored twenty-four and twenty-one goals respectively, the latter contributing to Watford’s promotion to the big time. No sooner had the champagne been emptied, Deeney was left star struck as Elton John called him on his personal mobile phone to congratulate and thank the striker for all his efforts in captaining the side to glory. Deeney told BBC’s Football Focus that “people like my mum and that buzz off the fact that he calls me.” Again, the club and the manager parted company, and a new manager came in to lead Watford into the Premier League. In many ways, Deeney is the one who leads them on and off the pitch.
The Premier League is a big step up, but Deeney was prepared to work hard in August in preparation for the season
His loyalty to Family and Football club is unparalleled. He speaks emotionally about his parents, and has rejected moves away from Watford on a number of occasions. If there’s anything that endears a person to another person or people, it’s honesty. His self-confidence was exempliefied by his goal against Stoke. He hadn’t scored in his first nine games of the season, but he said that he never doubted he would score, and who would question a man who has proven time and again that you should never count him out.
Deeney is known as one of the most hard working players in the squad
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‘Ronaldo’ (2015) – An up-close and incredibly personal experience with the self proclaimed ‘best in the world’
“I always work hard to win. And when you work hard and you work more than the other ones, you suffer more when you lose.” Cristiano Ronaldo tries his best to illustrate his mood after failing to progress from the Group Stages of the 2014 World Cup for Portugal in Brazil. The documentary simply titled Ronaldo documents the life of world football star Cristiano Ronaldo. Although the documentary pays particular focus to the last two years, his
personal life from birth to the present come into strong focus. In a similar style to other Sport documentaries such as Senna (2010), Ronaldo lets us into the day-to-day life of someone who is always in the spotlight. In a moving and eyeopening production, the relationship with his mother, son, agent, and the world, all feature. Previously untouched subjects about his father and his son’s mother are thrown the forefront of the film. There’s no attempt to pull the wool over your eyes, which is why it’s well worth a watch.
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Any claims that the Portuguese superstar is a robot can be blown out of the water in this documentary. On duty with Portugal in Brazil in 2014, Ronaldo calls home from his hotel room. He talks heart to heart with his mother (Dolores Aveiro). She struggles to cope when he doesn’t get what he wants not just in Football, but also in life. He tried to reassure her that everything would be fine for him; she needn’t worry. She does. The documentary shows that Ronaldo isn’t just content with
the glitz and glamour of Football stardom. He is a behind the scenes workaholic. For all his cars and cash, he is almost restless. One scene shows the superstar player walking into his indoor pool in the early morning, alone. He jumps onto a partially submerged exercise bike and starts peddling. The viewer will hear voiceovers of ecstatic news reporters, in stark contrast to the calm and almost hypnotic scene being shown. It is well documented in the press and by the pundits that Ronaldo apparently ‘hates’
CR7 Museum - Ronaldo’s own personal showcase of medals, match balls, and other awards
longtime rival Lionel Messi. Throughout the documentary, Ronaldo dispels this notion wholeheartedly. He says, “I think rivalry is always created by the Press. He asked about my injury… asking about the family. I looked at him not as a rival but as a person.” The documentary debunks the popular notion that Ronaldo loves the attention of the world. You discover throughout the documentary that he has only a few good
friends and companions. Despite his worldwide fame, he only has a handful of what he classes as ‘true’ friends. One of which is his agent, Jorge Mendes. During a dinner party following Real Madrid’s victory over Barcelona in El Clásico, Mendes goes into a speech. In adoration of Ronaldo, Mendes says, “I fight for you every day. I feel very proud to be able to fight for you everyday. You deserve it.” A strong embrace between the two follows.
Despite the happy times, darker periods of the superstar’s life are put under the spotlight. Ronaldo’s reluctance to reveal the mother of his child is only briefly touched in the documentary. Shots of news reporters swarming around outside his Madrid home are shown, and an increasingly frustrated man shows anger towards those who are trying to, in his words, “ruin him.” Clearly, he does not want to
be drawn into that discussion. Ronaldo (2015) is a superb behind the scenes experience with one of the best Footballers in the World. Any assumptions the viewer has about the man before first viewing will almost certainly fall short of the truth. Be prepared to have your eyes opened more than ever before.
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