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European Football
How European football is influencing the play at AFCON
17:01 Wednesday 17th July 2019

AFCON 2019 has only two remaining games. The third-place match between Nigeria and Tunisia takes place tonight. Then, on Friday, Algeria and Senegal face off for the coveted trophy.   Among the tournament's big talking points…

Premier League
Captaincy conundrum a persisting solving point for Unai Emery at Arsenal
17:00 Monday 15th July 2019

The season ahead doesn't paint the brightest picture for Arsenal. Struggling to get deals over the line with an extremely lacklustre transfer kitty, Unai Emery has been dealt another surmounting problem. It's one he tried…

France
Is Nicolas Pepe the real deal?
12:01 Sunday 14th July 2019

From lowly beginnings with the Angers reserves, Nicolas Pepe broke into the club’s first team. He didn't impress immediately, scoring a meagre three goals in the 2016/17 campaign. But Lille saw enough promise in the young winger to…

European Football
Everton Soares' Copa America performance opened UEFA doors
17:00 Saturday 13th July 2019

Major tournaments make for the best shop windows. The World Cup, Euros and Copa America all have global appeal. The African Cup of Nations is growing more influential. A relatively unknown player at a comparatively small club can attract…

America
Where should Dani Alves conclude his iconic career?
08:01 Saturday 13th July 2019

As Brazil embarked on a brighter future thanks to their Copa America glory, it was the old guard laying the pillars for their future success. No Neymar, so what? Dani Alves' heroics in rolling back the years showed him as the warrior…

Premier League
Why didn't Premier League Top 6 clubs fight Leicester for Tielemans?
17:02 Wednesday 10th July 2019

The transfer window is in full swing, as the Premier League sides continue to show their financial muscle is far superior in comparison with the rest of Europe. A name that has appeared on the back pages fairly often recently is Youri Tielemans.…

Transfers
Does Wilfred Zaha make sense for Arsenal?
12:01 Monday 8th July 2019

Not that they aren't accustomed to it, but people mocked Arsenal's initial offer for Wilfred Zaha. Crystal Palace rebuffed the opening £40 million bid. The Selhurst Park outfit value the player at twice that, minimum. In…

Premier League
Can Tottenham challenge for the Premier League title next season?
17:01 Thursday 4th July 2019

Mauricio Pochettino is on a mission to transform Tottenham Hotspur. Managing a club which has become synonymous with near misses owing to not winning a trophy since the 2008 League Cup, the Argentine is determined to change the narrative.…

Premier League
Is Arsenal losing too much talent, experience too soon?
15:01 Thursday 4th July 2019

Arsenal’s initial promise under Unai Emery fizzled out in the season’s later stage. Four defeats in April meant a fifth-placed finish was all the Gunners could manage, despite being given ample opportunity by their rivals to claim…

Premier League
Does Mesut Ozil have a chance at redemption?
17:00 Monday 1st July 2019

Mesut Ozil ranks among the finest midfielders modern football has to offer. At his best, he's a rare gem. Few can rival the German's unique vision and creativity. He was instrumental to Real Madrid winning both La Liga in 2011/12…

Afcon
Can Keita Balde cash in at the AFCON?
15:00 Thursday 27th June 2019

Footballers are a bit like Joseph from the Bible. The odds of realising their dream might be long but they persevere despite the obstacles in their path. As well, most wear shirts of many colours along the way. Keita Balde kitted up for four…

J League
Interview with Jay Bothroyd
17:01 Monday 24th June 2019

Once upon a time in Kawasaki, I decided to pay Jay Bothroyd a visit at his hotel. The English striker's current club, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, were visiting the J.League Champions, Frontale. After navigating the complex greater…

Afcon
Which Egyptians play in Mo Salah's European shadow?
15:01 Friday 21st June 2019

It’s been almost a month since Europe's top five leagues concluded and Liverpool lifted the Champions League trophy. Ancient times.  Meanwhile, fans must subsist on meagre transfer news as three major tournaments play out.…

Premier League
Is Arsenal being run like it should?
08:00 Thursday 20th June 2019

Top clubs sign top players. There are exceptions to that rule. Tottenham Hotspur didn't bring in anyone last summer, and Manchester United seem set to focus on young British talent at present. Another special case is Arsenal. The Gunners…

Football
Who are football’s next generation of villains?
12:00 Monday 17th June 2019

The game has always tried to promote itself as a dignified profession. Heroics are celebrated, talented footballers held up as role models. More money also means more propaganda depicting the beautiful game as a pristine, unblemished competition.…