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England National Team
Is it James Maddison’s time to shine for England?
12:00 Saturday 7th September 2019

Gareth Southgate announced his latest England squad nine days ago for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo. Among the usual suspects, there was a first call-up for defenders Tyrone Mings, Aaron Wan Bissaka. Midfielder Mason…

Spain
Why FC Barcelona need more than just Frenkie de Jong this summer
09:00 Friday 31st May 2019

The recent appointment of Xavi Hernandez as the head coach of Qatari champions Al-Sadd only underscores how much things have changed since his days at FC Barcelona. The club's former captain moved to the Middle East in 2015 as a player…

Spain
Will Barcelona ever win the Champions League with Ernesto Valverde in charge?
12:00 Saturday 11th May 2019

When Barcelona threw away a three-goal lead to be dumped out of the Champions League by AS Roma last season, it took the football world by surprise. Boasting some of the best players in the world, led by arguably the greatest of all…

Premier League
Equal Time: Where was VVD when Liverpool really needed him?
08:00 Friday 3rd May 2019

It was a night of champions, a night when people make their names heard across the globe and their worth proven at a larger scale. After Virgil Van Dijk's announcement as the PFA Player of the Year last weekend, the Champions League match…

Spain
Is Lionel Messi holding Barcelona's future hostage?
08:00 Saturday 6th April 2019

Watching Barcelona play without Lionel Messi is like watching Connor McGregor fight with one hand tied behind his back. Unlike Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo, Barca are set up to succeed without their Argentine maestro. The club spend…

Premier League
What should Arsenal expect from Denis Suarez?
15:00 Monday 4th February 2019

Arsenal temporarily freed Denis Suarez from his Barcelona nightmare with a loan deal through the summer. The 25-year-old needn't bother watching Lionel Messi highlights for a while. The Spaniard won a Europa League title…

J League
Rakuten, Referees and the Rising Nagoya
17:00 Sunday 9th September 2018

Andres Iniesta settled his family in Japan. No further mid-season excursions will occur. The Barcelona legend embedded himself at Vissel Kobe. In the month's first two home games, he made the score sheet against Jubilo Iwata and Sanfrecce…

Spain
Will Philippe Coutinho fill the void left by Andrés Iniesta at FC Barcelona?
15:00 Wednesday 5th September 2018

No one can fully replace Andrés Iniesta at FC Barcelona, both on the pitch and in the dressing room. After 22 years of distinguished service at the club's midfield most of which was acting as a part of the spectacular trident that…

J League
Spanish Postcards: J.League Review
17:00 Thursday 9th August 2018

Waiting for the new season? Why? In Japan, we started up a few days after the World Cup. We’re barely over the halfway point, with 19 of 34 matchdays played. It’s been a crazy old month with plenty of matches to report…

Spain
Miralem Pjanic is the perfect replacement for Andres Iniesta at Barcelona
17:00 Tuesday 31st July 2018

It would be foolish not to include Barcelona as one of the world's best teams at present. The Spanish giants not only possess Lionel Messi, a player considered among the all-time greats, they also have a strong team, filled with quality…

Spain
Can new Barcelona signing Arthur revive Camelot at the Camp Nou?
12:00 Friday 13th July 2018

FC Barcelona lost Paulinho after a very successful season. The Brazil international returned to Guangzhou Evergrande after 12 months at the Camp Nou. In part, the Blaugranas allowed him to leave because they had already signed his…

Transfers
3 midfielders Barcelona should look to sign
15:00 Thursday 12th July 2018

Just like that, Barcelona went from possessing Europe's best midfield to woefully lacking talent in that department. Andres Iniesta is in Japan, which was anticipated. Paulinho has returned to China, which was not. Lionel Messi must continue…

World Cup
Tiki-Taka No More: Why Spain need to re-invent themselves following recent World Cup exit
12:00 Wednesday 4th July 2018

Shocking results at the World Cup. They don't come much more shocking than Spain exiting in the Round of 16. What's that Germany? Oh, right. Sorry. Nevertheless, La Roja returned home following a lacklustre display against Russia. A…

World Cup
Can defence win a Championship in this World Cup?
09:00 Tuesday 26th June 2018

There's an old adage in American sports, particularly U.S. football, that defence wins championships. In recent years, the NFL has become a pass-heavy league, with quarterbacks posting better numbers than ever before. During February's…

J League
Iniesta to Kobe: The Best Thing to Happen to Japanese Football
09:00 Friday 25th May 2018

This isn’t just any random old player turning up in an exotic league. This is Andreas Iniesta from FC Barcelona. This is a legend of the Nou Camp. The man whose personal stats page boasts 653 appearances, 65 goals, 108 assists and a ridiculous…