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International
Carlos Queiroz: Master and Commander on the far side of football
08:00 Friday 22nd March 2019

Whether it’s club or international football, managers love to play god, remaking teams in their image. If that was the case with Carlos Queiroz, Colombia fans would be in for a shock. For eight years in Iran, Queiroz built a crack defensive…

Italy
Can Duvan Zapata make you forget James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao?
09:00 Friday 1st February 2019

When the Serie A season began, expectations were at a bare minimum for Duvan Zapata. After disappointing everywhere he went in Italy, hardcore fans considered him cursed. Gian Piero Gasperini disagreed. Now he and Atalanta are reaping the reward…

World Cup
Russia 2018: The underdogs World Cup
12:30 Saturday 7th July 2018

For the first time since anyone can remember, the lowest ranked team coming into a FIFA World Cup will play in the quarter-final. Don’t pour hate and disdain on FIFA rankings, Russia 2018 has been a World Cup for the underdogs. They’ve…

Spain
Has Yerry Mina's World Cup heroics pressured Barcelona?
09:00 Saturday 7th July 2018

The World Cup provides the grandest stage for any footballer to prove his worth to every fan on the planet. Some never have the opportunity. Others clench up when the ovations are loudest. But there is another group who relish the…

World Cup
Colombian petition for England replay a hilarious case of pot-kettle-black
17:30 Thursday 5th July 2018

I have a Russian friend who lives in Fort Lauderdale. Like most Russians I’ve met, he’s interested in politics, science, technology and football. And like most Russians, he tends to be a fatalist when it comes to the first and last…

World Cup
World Cup Round of 16: England wanted Colombia; they have them
09:30 Tuesday 3rd July 2018

The final match in the Round of 16 sees Colombia, winners of Group H; play England, runners-up of Group G. The South Americans secured back-to-back wins, beating Poland 3-0 and also securing a slender 1-0 victory over Senegal. Their…

World Cup
Equal Time: England now have a clear path to the World Cup
09:00 Tuesday 3rd July 2018

As Russia celebrated and Spain wept, England should have been watching with extreme interest. Ignore the doubters and naysayers. Russia’s shock victory has handed the Three Lions their best chance of reaching a World Cup final in 28 years.…

World Cup
Equal Time: England have their work cut out to get to the World Cup
08:00 Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Many people believe England are a top candidate to win the World Cup. Even more so now that powerhouses Spain, Argentina and Germany are out. The phrase “it’s coming home” is making the rounds on social media. One needs to…

World Cup
World Cup last 16: 7 stars primed to make an impact
09:00 Saturday 30th June 2018

This enthralling World Cup has brought about several huge talking points. In particular the rights and wrongs of using VAR. With the tournament now approaching its business end, the excitement will only increase. Strap yourself in and enjoy…

World Cup
World Cup Group H: Senegal look to stave off onrushing Colombia
09:30 Thursday 28th June 2018

It’s a case of winner takes all on Thursday, when Senegal clash with Colombia at Samara Arena in the final round of Group H matches. The Terenga Lions have the advantage with four points on the board;  a draw will seal safe…

World Cup
World Cup Group H: Urgency is the word as both Colombia and Poland look to rebound on Match Day 2
12:30 Sunday 24th June 2018

Group H, as predicted, is the most open group in this year's World Cup. Any team can still progress. Columbia and Poland were the favourites. Los Cafeteros' run to the quarterfinal in Brazil dazzled everyone. Poland has quietly built…

World Cup
World Cup Group H: Coffee, tea, or three points? Colombia v Japan
08:30 Tuesday 19th June 2018

Colombia and Japan will kick off their World Cup campaigns on Tuesday afternoon when they meet in Saransk. The game will be the opener in Group H, which on paper looks like it might be the tightest group in the competition. Of the four Group…

World Cup
Which is Russia 2018's Group of Death?
12:30 Thursday 14th June 2018

We never know when or where our deaths will occur. We do everything to avoid it. Seeking the best healthcare, abstaining from cigarettes, alcohol and fatty foods are all ways to prolong the inevitable.    In the World Cup,…

World Cup
Russia 2018 World Cup Preview: Group H
12:30 Wednesday 13th June 2018

Not only is Group H home to two of the nicest kits on show in Russia - Colombia and Japan - but it is one of the most competitive. The bookies reckon Poland and Colombia will ultimately triumph, but in Senegal and Japan, Group H possesses two…

World Cup
World Cup: Ranking the 32 nations based on squad strength
08:00 Sunday 10th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup is upon us. All participating nations have revealed their contingents. Squad strength doesn't guarantee success but what if it did? Who would be the world champion. Who would be the first to bow out? Here’s…