Friday, July 08, 2011 by Paul Grech
With everybody now seemingly on Twitter, it is difficult to know who is worth following especially if you're looking for decent football opinions. So it is that I've tried to compile a list of the best people out there who are well worth following. Be warned, however that as a rule I tend not to follow player - do they ever have anything really of interest to say? - nor do I have any of the major media outlets so you won't find anything like that on here. Also, if you're looking at Liverpool related Tweeters, there's another list that groups those together.
One of the finest football writers out there and the editor (as well as brains behind) of the fantastic magazine Blizzard, connecting to Wilson is useful because, if nothing, it ensures that you hear of his latest articles.
There are few people as knowledgeable and as eloquent as Gabriele Marcotti, and that somehow manages to come through despite the 140 character restriction.
A new addition to Twitter, Conn is the best writer on football finance out there.
No one can take an off-beat topic and make it work as well as Macintosh. Funny but also geniunely insightful, follow him and enjoy.
There has been a gradual rise in the phenomenon of statistical analysis in football but few do it as well Zach Slaton.
In Bed With Maradona
When there are sites that offer content as good as In Bed With Maradona, it is difficult to justify paying for content. Following them on Twitter means that you'll never miss a new piece.
One of the great beauties of Twitter is that you can come across people who are interested in football from all over the world. One of these is Tomasz Mortimer, whose particular focus is Hungarian football and the fortunes of Hungarian footballers all over Europe.
A freelance journalist who focuses on French football, he's always more than willing to answer any queries.
A writer with the BBC, Sinnott revels in articles about the development of young athletes which also happens to be an area which fascinates me. So the interest in what he writes is obvious.
This is a hidden gem of a blog, particularly the series focusing on specific decades over the past century, and the equaliser's thoughts are always worth reading.
The man to follow if you want to know how Standard Liege, Genk and co are doing, he'll answer any queries that you might have on Eden Hazard and Romana Lukaku.
Really came to prominence during the Liverpool takeover when he was among the key people to follow if you wanted to know what was going on.
The main writer of Dutch football for Soccernet, Ernst is the man to follow if you want to keep informed about what's happening in Holland.
If transfers are your thing - and, let's face it, who doesn't like to know who you're going to sign? - then Christian is the man to follow. With the added benefit that most of what he says is reliable.
Another of the foreign football brigade, Michal is the man to follow to see how Jerzy Dudek's compatriots are doing.
It would be easy to classify Rocco Cammisola as someone who follows and writes about Italian football. In reality, he does that and more; providing an interesting and insightful commentary about what's happening in the Serie A.
Slovakia is Martin Skrtel's homeland, and also the country that Daniel Richardson likes to focus on.
For all of David Conn's talents in looking at football finance, he does not have the freedom to write analysis as detailed and varied as the ones that Swiss Rambler prepares.
Michael Cox, the man behind Zonal Marking, is perhaps the author of the most significant developments in football blogging of the past twelve months and has almost singlehandedly made talking about tactics fashionable. It follows that his tweets are equally insightful.
Tom Williams is the man who covers French football for Agence France-Presse (AFP) so it is easy to guess why he is worth following.
Another expert on French football, Lyttleton writes in a number of outlets and is always more than willing to answer any queries.
As with many others, Radu makes it onto this list because of his country specific focus which, in his case, is Romania.
A great writer for a whole series of publications, Horncastle's main patch is Italian football.
One of the most famous football people on Twitter, certainly among those who aren't players, Tor-Kristian is a football scout who has an incredible knowledge on players across the globe and offers a genuine insight into the workings of football clubs.
Honigstein has built a strong reputation over his coverage of German football so should be on of the people you follow if you want to keep up to date with what's happening in the Bundesliga.
Regular contributor to what is probably the finest podcast around - the World Football Phone In - Brassell is an expert in all things concerning European football
An expert on Russian football, but also a close follower of the English game, Appell is the man if you want to distinguish your Voronins from your Arshavins.
Sid Lowe has long been considered a fine writer on Spanish football and has recently enhanced his reputation with a series of excellent interviews with leading Spanish players. His Twitter timeline is filled with excellent observations on the Spanish game and, occasionally, a rant against those who are too prickly against alledged criticisms for their clubs.
Joel Richards & Sam Kelly
Argentine football is blessed with a number of excellent reporters two of which, Joel Richards and Sam Kelly, both are very active on Twitter.
The Guardian's correspondent on Italian football (and American gridiron), he's another who's always good to follow to know what's happening in another part of Europe.
Remember our guide to Liverpool FC people to follow on Twitter can be found here.