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How the top 5 transfers by league turned out in 2016-17

Kingsley Ukpai offers his take on how 2016-17’s top 5 transfers fared.

Last summer’s transfer market lit up with European clubs spending billions on reinforcements. Let’s take a look at the performance of the most expensive players from Europe’s top 5 transfers in 2016-17. Read More »

Jose Mourinho mimics Sir Alex with Europa League gamble

Jose Mourinho’s unpopular squad rotation favouring the Europa League isn’t dissimilar to Sir Alex Ferguson in the Scot's early Manchester United days.

As most English football fans know, Manchester United’s up and down season hinges on one game. The Europa League final showdown with Ajax on Wednesday, 24 May, in Stockholm, quite literally makes or breaks United’s season because Champions League qualification is at stake.  Read More »

Manchester United v Celta Vigo: 5 things learned

Manchester United made tricky work of it, but they managed to stutter their way to the Europa League final. Another 1-1 draw at Old Trafford – a frighteningly familiar sight – was enough to see off a Celta Vigo side who were full of vigour, shaking off the lethargy and stage-fright of their opening home leg last Thursday.  Read More »

Four things to expect in the UEFA Champions League semi-final ties

The Champions League semi-finals returns after a hectic weekend of football across Europe. The last four teams will come up against each other as the race for a place in the Champions League final intensifies with Real and Juventus taking a first leg advantage, against Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco respectively. Read More »

Three things learned from Champions League semifinals’ first legs

After the Champions League semifinals' first legs, the final already been written in pencil. Here are three reasons why.

After the Champions League semifinals’ first legs, the final already been written in pencil. Two teams have probably already reserved flights, their players, coaches, and support staff pushing holidays back by an extra week or so. Real Madrid dismantled its city rivals in a way no side has been able to in Europe in seven seasons. Meanwhile, Juventus’ wily veterans efficiently defeated ... Read More »

What must Inter do to rebuild?

At the weekend Inter Milan suffered a demoralising 5-4 defeat away at Fiorentina and with just five games remaining in the season they face the cold reality of another season without Champions League football. So just what are the Nerazzurri doing wrong in their quest to return to power in Serie A? Read More »

Real Madrid 4-2 Bayern Munich – What the stats say.

Los Blanco’s won 4-2 in their Champions League clash against Bayern Munich thanks to a hat-trick from their talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward rose up to the challenge against the Germans to steer his side to the Semi-final stages in a bid to retain their Champions League crown they won last season at the expense of City rivals Atletico ... Read More »

Are Barcelona in crisis?

It was yet another difficult evening for Barcelona in the Champions League as they made it two embarrassing defeats in two away games, with an aggregate score of 7-0 in their games with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. Read More »

Wales need to try something new

Wales’ goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland last Friday night was its fourth during the World Cup qualifying campaign. Four draws in five matches is not the return many Welsh fans hoped for after their side’s remarkable success in the Euros. But, it is this very success that has blemished the Dragons’ World Cup campaign. The 5-3-2 system that wrought so much ... Read More »

Thiago Alcântara is realising his potential

In Spanish, the term for late bloomer is flor tardía. In Catalan and Bavarian, it is Thiago Alcântara.

In 2013 Bayern Munich secured the services of Barcelona’s highly rated prospect Thiago Alcântara. The move was seen as a big coup for the Germans. In turn, Thiago was seen as one of the brightest young stars both in Spain and across Europe. Finally, almost 4 years on, he is starting to fulfill those high expectations. Read More »

No ROI in Wales Setback Against Republic of Ireland

The final score was a Wales setback in its qualification hopes for Russia 2018

It was another Wales setback in the country’s quest for World Cup qualification after a frustrating goalless draw against a resolute Ireland side in Dublin. The Welsh side entered the game with a near enough full strength starting 11. The visitors seemed favourites to beat an Irish side hit with a spate of injuries. However, in what could be politely described as ... Read More »

Thousandth appearance for truly great Gianluigi Buffon

On Friday night, Italy defeated Albania 2-0. It was the great Gianluigi Buffon’s 1000th career appearance, raising his stock even further among the greatest players in his or any generation. The World Cup-winning shot stopper made his debut for country at the tender age of eighteen, way back in 1997. Since, he has grown into one of the greatest leaders imaginable, at the highest ... Read More »

Belgium vs. Greece – World Cup Qualifier Preview

The Belgium national football side is never far away from the mainstream football media these days, for their collection of world-class players. Their next game against the Greek national side will decide who reigns at the top of Group H. Read More »

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