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Salti Sopra Derby: Milan vs. Roma

Itallian football has long been a player in the transfer market. Let's take a peek at the money being thrown about on Serie A transfers this summer.

The “jump over” derby, as I’m calling it, sees two of Italy’s biggest teams face each other in a game which will determine if either make headway in the league. A winner will strive to the echelons of the top tiers of the table, whereas a loser will be left with serious catching up. Read More »

PSG’s Kylian Mbappe is the real deal

He’s 18, yet he’s already a French international at the nation’s top club on a reported £300,000 per week. This kind of phenomenon you only see once in a generation. Kylian Mbappe is a fast, agile, skilful forward who’s already drawn comparisons with Thierry Henry from journalists and pundits. Read More »

Neil Warnock working his Championship magic once again

Cardiff City put themselves clear at the top of the Championship table after their win against fellow promotion candidates Leeds United on Tuesday night. The man in charge of the Bluebirds, Neil Warnock, is once again showing his knack for putting together strong teams in English football’s second tier. Read More »

Sunderland Football Club’s sorry demise

For years Sunderland have diced with the threat of Premier League relegation, and last season they finally succumbed to a pitiful demise. Finishing bottom of the Premier League was a huge blow, and relegation was confirmed before the month of May had even arrived. Read More »

FA Cup 3rd qualifying round preview

Non-league football's 2nd tier joins the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round this weekend. Clubs will be dreaming of bright lights or at least the 1st Round Proper. The Premier League's global superstars don't enter the oldest football competition's 2017-18 edition until January but the FA Cup is already well underway. It began in August. Preliminary rounds between the lowest eligible clubs in the football pyramid took place. Since then, the 1st Qualifying Round has also been played. Sides in the National League's North and South divisions enter the competition in the 2nd Qualifying Round. Non-league clubs must qualify to reach the 1st Round Proper, where winners' purses begin to gain significance. Some sides could have already won five ties by the time they reach that level. After this weekend, the winners must progress an additional two rounds to be in the draw. For the first time this season, BBC is broadcasting one live match from each qualifying round through their digital service. This provides unfamiliar fans a fantastic look into the non-league game. In total, 80 ties are taking place across the weekend. Here are three notables: Salford City v York City Salford City have gone from strength to strength on and off the pitch in recent years. Owned by Manchester United Class of 92 alumni Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville, in partnership with Singaporean investor Peter Lim, the Ammies have enjoyed a brilliant start to their second National North season. The Manchester club trail leaders Harrogate Town only on goal difference. A few years ago, this would have been Salford's chance at a giant killing.  Times have changed. They go into this match very much the favourites. York City are in the National North having been relegated in back-to-back seasons.  Currently sitting seventh, they hold the division's final playoff place. At times this season, they have looked impressive, worrying stronger sides.  On other occasions, particularly at home, they have dropped points against weaker teams.  did on Tuesday night as they drew 0-0 at home to Gainsborough Trinity. Both will fancy a run in the cup especially Salford who have already had success in the competition beating League Two Notts County two seasons ago. Darlington v South Shields The North East duo battle on Saturday in a game that could well see an upset. Darlington sit mid table in the National North despite a strong start to the campaign. After finishing in a playoff place last season, they began well in 2017-18 before going on a seven game winless run. The Quakers did pick up a confidence boosting 3-0 win over FC United of Manchester on Wednesday night, however. South Shields are two levels below, in the Evo-Stick Division One North. Yet, they are among the country's form teams at the moment. The Mariners have been promoted in back-to-back seasons and are now soaring atop their new division. Last Saturday, they lost at Colwyn Bay, ending a quite remarkable 45-match undefeated streak. Graham Fenton's group completed an unprecedented quadruple last season, including the Northern League title and the FA Vase. Captained by former Middlesbrough and Sunderland man, Julio Arca, who has played a huge role in their recent success, have the experience to surprise their opponents. Shields are expected to take 800 fans to their nearby rivals. The Quakers have also averaged over 1,500 this season. Blackwell Meadows ought to be raucous. Deeping Rangers v Kidderminster Harriers This is the Beeb's chosen match for live streaming on Saturday. Former Football League side Kidderminster travel to one of the lowest sides remaining in the competition, Deeping Rangers. Rangers play in non-league's fifth level, ninth overall in the pyramid.  The United Counties League, mainly housing teams from Northamptonshire, Rutland and Bedfordshire, is their patch despite being based in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire. Rangers Chairman Paul Smith, on the club's website, was ecstatic over tiny Haydon Whitham Stadium (620 seats, 1400 standing) being given a moment in the spotlight. We are delighted to have been chosen to be part of BBC Sport’s new initiative to give more of the world’s greatest knockout cup competition to the public. This will undoubtedly be the biggest sporting event ever seen in the Deepings and we look forward to our moment in the spotlight. As with Darlington, this match is a potential banana skin for Kiddy. John Eustace's squad began as strong promotion challengers but have struggled early this season.  Last year. they made the National North playoffs after finishing second behind champions AFC Fylde. This season has been a mixed bag. A few good results scattered among poorer ones leaves them 15th in the table. A run in this competition, with its financial rewards, can change everything for a club mired in a make or break season.  Despite the weakened teams many Premier League clubs laden with foreign players and coaches put out, the FA Cup is still a fantastic competition. In the past, it featured the best English football has to offer. Now it reminds fans English football still exists by showcasing smaller clubs and young talent. If you aren’t at a game already and are free at the weekend, I highly recommend going down to support your local team in the FA Cup.

After another exciting round of action in the FA Cup takes place this weekend, as non-league sides continue to make further steps towards the promised land of the 1st round draw, With those still in the competition now just two wins away from that. Forty ties were drawn last week, and it includes plenty of non-league sides who are eager to ... Read More »

Should Arsenal follow Manchester United’s lead?

Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Bate Borisov on Thursday evening meant that Arsene Wenger’s side maintained their 100% start to their Europa League campaign following their victory over German side FC Koln in their opening game. Their apparent ease in Europe at the moment may see Arsene Wenger opt to follow Jose Mourinho’s lead from last season.  Read More »

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