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European Championships
Has Gareth Southgate reached his limit as England manager?
16:31 Monday 12th July 2021

Fear of losing is the fat tabby who whiles away summer afternoons in the barnyard toying with the mouse between his paws. On Sunday, Wembley Stadium was the barnyard and Gareth Southgate was the mouse. The semifinal round offered England fans…

International
Top 10 30-somethings still seeking a major international trophy
08:00 Monday 21st June 2021

Can you imagine if Johan Cruijff or George Best had won a Euro or World Cup? Their legacies are already astounding but an international honour might have put them higher in the debate over the greatest of all time. On the other hand, Franz…

Italy
Can Mourinho be happy saying Roma is the horse he rode in on?
08:01 Friday 28th May 2021

I recently questioned whether Jose Mourinho was more interested in managing or bilking yet another club out of a hefty severance package. Prior to making a single move with AS Roma, there’s no reason to put aside those suspicions. Still,…

Italy
What does Giorgio Chiellini's return mean for Matthijs De Ligt?
09:00 Tuesday 11th February 2020

It is rare to see a team from outside Europe's top five leagues, one comprising so many young players, deliver repeated shocks to elite squads in the Champions League. Ajax did that last term, slaying giants Real Madrid in the Round…

Premier League
How might a permanent manager affect Arsenal's January transfer activity?
09:01 Friday 13th December 2019

When Arsenal sacked Unai Emery, it wasn’t necessarily a turning point. By allowing Freddie Ljungberg to see out the campaign, they’re basically pulling into the services until summer. Of course, while they idle the months away,…

European Championships
Are Mancini's Azzurri true blue?
09:01 Monday 14th October 2019

When Josh King put away Norway’s stoppage-time penalty on Saturday, snatching a draw at the death against Spain in Euro 2020 Group F after England had lost the previous night in Prague, only two perfect nations remained in the qualifying…

Champions League
Why Juventus are Champions League favourites
09:00 Friday 7th December 2018

It's a running joke in football. Play Juventus in the Champions League final and you're guaranteed to win. The Old Lady suffers more agony in Champions League and European Cup finals than any other club, most notably losing two…