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Will Rafa Benitez really walk out on Newcastle United?

Reports have emerged Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is “open to offers” from other clubs over a growing frustration with owner Mike Ashley.

Reports have emerged Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is “open to offers” from other clubs over a growing frustration with owner Mike Ashley. Lack of transfer activity is believed to be the crux of the fallout. Broken promises for more lucrative spending could result in a premature parting between club and manager. But will Rafa really walk out on Newcastle? ... Read More »

Netherlands: What’s happened to l’Oranje?

Fans protesting at the Netherlands match

After last Thursday, it’s fair to say the fortunes of these historically great footballing nations have turned. France’s embarrassment of riches in every position is in full view now while the Oranje vine looks to be running dry. But it wasn’t like always this. The Dutch team has been a factory where some of the most graceful players in history ... Read More »

Can aspiring football nations really prosper?

Harry Kane celebrates scoring against Malta, one of many aspiring football nations

Malta tend to lose. Gibraltar tend to lose. San Marino tend to lose. Is there any point in them even trying to qualify for the major tournaments? Given their attempts will be greeted with disappointment and probable heartache for their followers. Surely FIFA can support these aspiring football nations in a different way. Read More »

How Cristiano Ronaldo has evolved as a No. 9

Cristiano Ronaldo

In recent years, astronomical developments have taken place in the playing style of Cristiano Ronaldo. Transforming from a mercurial, goal scoring winger, cutting inside to shoot and aiming to outmanoeuvre, to simply a goalscorer who’s superb movement, timing of runs and footballing brain have allowed Ronaldo to acclimatise in a new role. As a result, Ronaldo has become an even bigger ... Read More »

What can Dortmund fans expect from English wonder kid Jadon Sancho?

Jadon Sancho

Borussia Dortmund managed to pull off a huge coup with this signing, one which surprisingly went under the radar on deadline day this summer. Manchester City’s teenage winger Jadon Sancho has joined Peter Bosz’s first-team squad for a reported £8m fee and at 17-years-old, it’s a testament to both his current ability and potential for further development that he is ... Read More »

2017/18 Premier League predictions

Some things in football are absolutely nailed on and will happen without much question. Jose Mourinho will always have an issue admitting he is wrong, Arsene Wenger will spend 30p on a coffee from the nasty machine instead of heading for Starbucks and Jonjo Shelvey will pick up more red cards than he scores goals. Read More »

France 0-0 Luxembourg; Talking points.

In a shocking turn of events, Euro 2016 finalist France were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Luxembourg. France’s opponents were a team ranked 136 in the world and all the stars of France still couldn’t break them down over 90 minutes. Luxembourg’s keeper Jonathan Joubert made numerous saves to thwart France’s star-studded attack and the European minnows ... Read More »

Wales 1-0 Austria: five things we learned

Aaron Ramsey

Wales were seemingly heading for another qualification ending draw against Austria on Saturday, but a moment of divine intervention set the Dragons right back on track. Here are five things we learned from the crunch qualifier as Ben Woodburn shone, and Chris Coleman’s tactics changed the game. Read More »

AS Monaco’s profit: A transfer summary

AS Monaco welcome Toulouse to the Stade Louis II for its Ligue 1 season opener on Friday but a home win is far from a forgone conclusion.

After what has been a busy transfer window one club has seen a great profit this summer. The club is Ligue 1 defending champions, AS Monaco. With much transfer action taking place in the South of France, we will take a look at what positive business they have been dealing with. Read More »

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