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Champions League
The hole in Lionel Messi's game
15:00 Thursday 11th April 2019

First, let me apologise to Erik ten Hag. I intended to write about the wonderful work he’s doing at Ajax today but Barcelona interfered. He’ll understand. Frenkie de Jong remains his player only until June and possibly Matthijs…

Champions League
Can Barcelona keep the Champions League on Spanish soil?
15:00 Tuesday 19th March 2019

Spain rules football. If you disagree, where have you been for the past decade? La Roja bookended the 2010 World Cup by winning the Euros in 2008 and 2012. Vicente del Bosques' charges lost their way in Brazil but La Liga…

Features
Why your Champions League money should be on Barcelona
12:00 Sunday 27th January 2019

Truly, it is a beautiful experience to win a trophy. Every time. Trophies represent the reward for hard work and commitment over a long period but when we talk about winning the Champions League, the experience is clearly incomparable. In fact,…

Usa
Pulisic not the key to USMNT success for new boss Berhalter
17:00 Monday 17th December 2018

It was my birthday yesterday [thank you] and Christmas is just around the corner. As a Manchester United fan who is at least half-American, however, the past few years brought a new appreciation for that old Rolling Stones ditty, You Can't…

Spain
Why so complicated for Arturo Vidal at Barcelona?
12:00 Saturday 6th October 2018

Arturo Vidal’s tenure at Barcelona has not started as planned. The Chile midfielder joined Los Blugranas during the summer transfer window from Bayern Munich, and he undoubtedly would have set the bar high. Having been a regular…

Spain
Are Barcelona's midfield woes a thing of the past?
17:00 Saturday 25th August 2018

Over the last decade, Barcelona's identity lay in their midfield strength. Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets helped the team win two Champions League titles under Pep Guardiola and remained together until Xavi's departure…

Spain
Why Arturo Vidal will be Barcelona’s biggest hit since Neymar’s signing
10:30 Monday 13th August 2018

Who can deny that FC Barcelona have been among the winners during the current transfer window? In a market that has not had many bombastic signings, Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus aside, Los Blaugranas have certainly stood…

Champions League
Bayern Munich have a score to settle with Real Madrid
10:00 Monday 16th April 2018

The Champions League semifinal draw took place on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland. The two favourites for the final were drawn together. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich meet yet again, following last season’s quarterfinal in which…

International
Why Chile is not about to fall off a cliff
08:30 Saturday 24th March 2018

Several top teams will not be at the 2018 World Cup. You know about Italy, the Netherlands and United States but at number 10 in the FIFA World Rankings Chile is arguably the most surprising outcast. La Roja won the 2015 and 2016 Copa…

Opinion
Why did Chile fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?
16:30 Thursday 12th October 2017

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are nearing its end, and even though the play-off rounds are yet to be determined, several top teams have already confirmed their absence in next year's tournament. Among the biggest disappointments was Chile.…

Opinion
Tennisball: Which players would make the greatest tennis player?
16:18 Monday 3rd July 2017

Wimbledon has taken centre stage. The All England Club has begun to dominate the back pages and oppress football rumours and opinion pieces. Yet, if you are like me and feel a nameless emptiness at the depleting circulation of football-related…

Opinion
How Portugal can beat Chile in the Confederations Cup semi-final
10:30 Wednesday 28th June 2017

It's hard to call any team with Cristiano Ronaldo in it an underdog, but let's be frank here, Portugal are not a good side. They‘re a team that relies on individual moments of brilliance rather than cohesive team play. They frauded their way…

European Football
Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: The classic with a referee's shadow
12:00 Friday 21st April 2017

Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous. After a tie like Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich, we should be talking about the quality of the game, not controversial decisions and officiating.  Real Madrid were the benefactors, but if Zidane's side goes…

European Football
Real Madrid 4-2 Bayern Munich - What the stats say.
15:15 Thursday 20th April 2017

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…

Champions League
Champions League: Five observations from Real Madrid’s victory over Bayern Munich
13:00 Thursday 13th April 2017

It was predicted to be a keenly contested encounter - clearly the biggest of the Champions League quarter-final matches and it did live up to that billing. Real Madrid kept alive their quest to become the first team to successfully retain the…