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European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Eleven keepers keeping
08:00 Tuesday 31st December 2019

On the eleventh day of football, UEFA gave to me Eleven keepers keeping Ten lads-a-leaping, Nine ladies playing, Eight managers managing, Seven sides-a-sinking, Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two…

Will Messi go down as the last one-club man?
08:01 Tuesday 30th July 2019

Lionel Messi’s story is straight out of a comic book. Small, frail and weak as a child, a powerful benefactor unexpectedly offered him a treatment that would transform him into the greatest footballer on the planet. Even when you acknowledge…

12 Days of Football 2018: Three French Clubs
08:00 Monday 24th December 2018

On the 3rd Day of Football, UEFA gave to me Three French Clubs, Two title races and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Welcome to It's Round and It's White's second annual year-end football soiree. Over the course of a dozen days,…

Is Lionel Messi the last one-club man?
15:00 Thursday 2nd August 2018

They don’t call it news for no reason. When things stay the same, people become bored. Something different, something new, must happen to keep people engaged. In real life, capitalism and democracy help that along. Everyone wants the…

Premier League
Have Southampton overpaid for Man City goalkeeper Angus Gunn?
09:00 Saturday 14th July 2018

Southampton have reached a deal for Manchester City's Angus Gunn. The £10 million fee is expected to rise another £3.5 million with agreed contract add-ons. Is the deal overpriced for an untested Premier League goalkeeper or…

Champions League
Thank you Roma and Juventus for reviving the Champions League
08:30 Friday 13th April 2018

For a moment it looked like Juventus were going to go one better than Serie A rivals Roma had the evening before. With just a minute left, the Old Lady was level on the aggregate scoreboard with Real Madrid, having hauled back a 3-0 defeat…

Champions League
Can Wednesday night follow Tuesday's spectacular Champions League action?
10:00 Wednesday 11th April 2018

The Champions League quarterfinals have been lit. With plutonium. What was it the Americans said when they went to Iraq? Shock and awe? In the first-leg,  Liverpool trampled City. Last night, they did it again. Barcelona ran…

Is it time for Gianluigi Buffon to retire from Italy for good?
09:00 Sunday 25th March 2018

You say "Yes," I say "No." You say "Stop" and I say "Go, go, go." Oh no. Channelling Lennon and McCartney, Gianluigi Buffon made a stunning decision to come out of retirement and back into the Italian…

European Football
Mid-season UEFA XI
10:30 Wednesday 17th January 2018

UEFA has announced her Team of the Year for 2017. Expectedly, most names on the list are players who blazed the trail in 2017. Still, one or more names were painfully missing. UEFA’s best XI for 2017 comprises players with abundant class…

European Football
5 superstars who failed to win the Ballon d'Or
09:00 Monday 11th December 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo picked up another Ballon d'Or award in Paris this week. It was his fifth. Football is a game that rewards players in three ways: money, titles, and individual awards. Even for those few footballers who enjoy a two-decade…