Author Archives: Pete Sharland

The Editor at OTPN Pete started writing during his first year at the University of Southampton where he "studies" History. After a while he started expanding his writing platforms and then decided to collaborate with Richard on his already existing project. Pete is a Chelsea fan and a member at Stamford Bridge, he's also got a real soft spot for Rennes fan in France. He probably plays Football Manager more than is good for him and he's still refusing to upgrade from his PS2. Away from football he watches a surprising amount of cricket and loves an old British comedy. You can find him at other sites such as Squawka, Back Page Football, EPL Index and he's an intern with

A message to all the Ligue 1 haters

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I am very picky when it comes to terminology in football and in my opinion you can only be a fan of one team. You can follow other teams or just look out for their results but in my opinion you can only be a fan of one, of course that is just my opinion and I’m sure plenty will ... Read More »

Sir Alex Ferguson: Tributes from the OTPN team

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With Sir Alex Ferguson retiring we at the OTPN felt we couldn’t let this momentous occasion simply slide by. No, we felt we needed to produce a small comment from a group of us highlighting what Sir Alex represented to us as fans and to pay tribute to him one last time. Pete Sharland Ah so that’s it is it? ... Read More »

Interview with Tom Collomosse

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By Pete Sharland In the latest of my interviews I was given the chance to speak to Evening Standard writer Tom Collomosse. Tom covers cricket but also football and in particular Tottenham Hotspur. Here’s what we talked about. 1. Who do you think will finish 3rd and 4th and who do you think will eventually miss out on Champions League ... Read More »

Interview with Ross Dunbar


By Pete Sharland I was recently lucky enough to have a chat with freelance journalist Ross Dunbar. Ross is an editor of Bundesliga Football and also covers Scottish football for the Scottish Sun. Here is what we talked about. 1. Much has been made in the press over the proposed changes in the Scottish Football League structure. Did you agree ... Read More »

Stand up for Schweini: A tribute to Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Bayern’s muted celebrations over the weekend shouldn’t detract from the prowess of one of their star players. By Pete Sharland The thing that caught me about Bayern’s 1-0 victory over Frankfurt on Saturday was not that they secured the title in record breaking style. No, this title has long been wrapped up as Bayern have responded in spectacular fashion to Borussia Dortmund ... Read More »

Porto vs Malaga Preview

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By Pete Sharland Pre-match: Hardly the glamour tie of the knockout stage this match up still represents a fascinating encounter between two teams that have slightly slipped under the radar in this season’s competition. Porto were disappointed to end up second in their group, finishing behind French side PSG but still had an extremely comfortable passage into the knockout stages. ... Read More »

Interview with Jim Munro

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As well as my other interviews recently I was also extremely lucky to be given the chance to chat with Jim Munro the Executive Sports Editor at The Sun who before was the Football Editor at The Sunday Times for ten years. 1. Who is the one player from the Football League you would love to see get a chance ... Read More »

Interview with Julien Laurens

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As an avid fan of French football and in particular Stade Rennais I was delighted to be able to interview French journalist Julien Laurens recently. Julien is currently based in London and working for Le Parisien, RTL and ESPN. 1. In your opinion has the arrival of the Qataris at PSG helped Ligue 1 develop or hindered it? It’s too ... Read More »

Interview with Kit Holden


Recently I was given the chance to have a chat with Kit Holden, Bundesliga expert for The Independent and writer for Der Tagesspiegel. Kit is also an editor at Bundesliga Football and whilst I consider myself to be fairly knowlegable about the German top division I couldn’t wait to find out more from Kit and see what he had to ... Read More »

OTPN Team of the Year 2012


This year we have seen some fantastic performances from a number of teams. We have some new teams expressing themselves in Europe for the first time as well as a number of new champions. Here we look at the club’s that have impressed us the most. Pete Sharland My team of the year has to be Atletico Madrid. Not only ... Read More »

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