James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics for over four years. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Premier League. He cites Brian Sears among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Stoke v Blackburn Rovers. On a good day.

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Netherlands vs Argentina World Cup 2014 player ratings: Lionel Messi or Robin van Persie - who rated higher?

Who was the star of the show in the second semi-final?

Louis Van Gaal and Robin van Persie celebrate

Spain 1 Netherlands 5 analysis: Why Louis van Gaal's team should not get too carried away after thrashing the champions

History shows that great starts do not always mean Dutch success

Ecuador 2 England 2: Player ratings from Miami

Who boosted their chances of being included in Roy Hodgson's starting XI against Italy?

Mauricio Pochettino with members of the Southampton squad

Will the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino be the one that finally make a difference to Tottenham?

Spurs have appointed yet another new manager, but season-ticket holder James Mariner knows it won't necessarily lead to a change in results on the pitch

Lukas Podolski celebrates with the Arsenal fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane (Getty)

FA Cup final 2014: Why will Tottenham fans be supporting Arsenal this weekend?

Spurs supporters have a reason to hope their greatest rivals overcome Hull City at Wembley on Saturday

Tim Sherwood is the eighth manager to leave Spurs since Daniel Levy became chairman in 2001

Tottenham comment: Spurs were right to sack Tim Sherwood

James Mariner argues the right decision was made

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern failed to retain the European Cup
Mario Mandzukic celebrates after bringing Bayern Munich level
Andre Schurrle celebrates his goal

Chelsea 2 PSG 0 - player ratings: Andre Schurrle may have come off the bench, but could anyone match him in the ratings?

All the Champions League player ratings from Stamford Bridge

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Tottenham v Sunderland: Sunderland can pull off a miracle and escape Premier League relegation, says Gus Poyet

Weekend results mean the Black Cats need a win as they lie seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the table

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