Alexandra Vryzakis

Oxford Modern Languages graduate, football fan, Brussels born.

Women in Football - Women in Football host first WiF awards

Ebru Köksal and Joyce Cook, OBE, were amongst a distinguished lineup of attendees as Women in Football (WiF) held their first awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of women in the world of sports. Women are still underrepresented in nearly every aspect of sport, and the event served as a celebration of female trailblazers in football. Renowned sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley hosted the noteworthy event, before chairing a panel that discussed what football can learn from the financial wo

Ref Review: Taylor tames Chelsea man, Atkinson shrugs off Arsenal striker and West Brom get the rule book thrown at them

After yet another eventful week in the Premiership, Alex Vryzakis provides the breakdown on how the match officials performed. Did they keep the game flowing or disrupt its rhythm? Did they use common sense or follow the letter of the law? Read on to find out. Such astute refereeing performances remain few and far between. Taylor showed himself to be at the top of his game on a day which saw a banned Jose Mourinho absent from the Britannia Stadium. While Taylor managed to keep the Costa-Shawcross

Ref Review: Pulis furious, Arsenal benefit and Chelsea feel hard done by...again

The games have all been played, the results are all in, and the players’ performances have been rated in every newspaper in the land. But what about the referees? Alex Vryzakis analyses the performances of the men with the whistles… Though it was Jose Mourinho who was left fuming after Chelsea’s clash with Liverpool, both managers had the right to feel aggrieved following a blighted refereeing performance. Clattenburg managed well throughout much of the feisty clash, but let himself down badly

Ref Review: Jonathan Moss impressive as Chelsea lose again and Newcastle boss fumes at red card decision

It’s that time of the week to have a rant about the latest batch of refereeing howlers or daft decisions, and highlight the odd right call, from the Premier League’s men in the middle… Officiating a Chelsea game was always going to be a trying experience, but Moss dealt with Saturday’s tempestuous proceedings admirably. Though he had the help of goal-line technology for the first big call of the game, the decisions to rule Fabregas’ goal offside and send Matic off were spot-on from a ref that

How European are we really?

With the referendum fast approaching, Europe is hogging the headlines. Though 2017 may seem but a distant dream to some, its importance must not be underestimated. Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, will on Wednesday give a speech about the potential financial implications of Britain leaving the EU. It is believed that this announcement may greatly influence public opinion ahead of next year’s referendum. With this in mind, we headed out to Oxford Circus to get the public’s view.

News Bites: Today's Top Tidbits

David Cameron has today lambasted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s ideology, calling it “security-threatening”, “terrorist-sympathising” and “Britain-hating”. A spokesperson for Corbyn has issued a retort, decrying the “personalised” attacks. This evening sees Nadiya Hussain, Tamal Ray and Ian Cumming battle it out in the Great British Bake Off tent in a bid to become this series winner. After weeks of bread, sweets and tears, they’ll finally crown the final Star Baker. The hashtag #GBBO has been

What does Pardew’s departure mean for Newcastle?

Alan Pardew’s four-year reign at Newcastle United was nothing if not tempestuous. At the start of this season the Magpies hit a losing streak and a glance at the Premier League table showed them in freefall – their fans were enraged. Then, in a bizarre turn of events, Pardew’s luck changed: his team turned a corner and results improved dramatically, resulting in him being named Manager of the Month for November. In December, his Newcastle team halted league-leaders Chelsea’s unbeaten run. Someth

Does Football have a place in India's Rapid Rise?

It would be fair to say that India is not known for its footballing endeavours. Languishing in 171st place in the FIFA World Rankings, in the past year alone the Indian national side have lost to the likes of Palestine and Nepal. If you were to ask the average person on the street to name their national side’s captain, they would be hard-pressed to give you an answer. That is not to say that football is not popular in India. One Indian television report revealed that last year 155 million peopl

Retrospective: Thierry Henry, the Premier League's darling.

It is often said that all good things must come to an end. Thierry Henry’s illustrious career is just the latest casualty. Early on Tuesday morning, the news broke that the former Arsenal and France star would be retiring from football and joining the Sky Sports punditry team in 2015. Just this past week there were rumours of a second return to the Premier League, but the Frenchman brushed these off in typical fashion, asking how many comebacks one can make without turning into Rocky Balboa. Th