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Emmanuel Odey

Emmanuel is a freelance football journalist who lives and breathes the round leather game. He is a contributor on several platforms. You can follow him on Twitter for more.


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Spain
Forget bats; Valencia are UEFA's dark phoenix
17:00 Thursday 25th April 2019

Top clubs like Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are still fighting to become a strong force to be reckoned with in European football. But Valencia has reached seven major continental finals and won four of them. On the domestic…

Premier League
How Mauricio Pochettino's Champions League success was spurred by Premier League rivals
12:00 Wednesday 24th April 2019

Like Ajax in the Netherlands, Tottenham has surprised most people by reaching the Champions League semi-final. But even though Spurs are not fighting for the title like their next opponent in the Champions League is doing, the domestic campaign…

European Football
Former Gunner finding success with PAOK
09:00 Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Expected to light up the Emirates Stadium for years to come, Chuka Akpom disappointed. After several loan spells and a few appearances for the Arsenal first team, the Londoner was let go. He joined PAOK Salonika last summer on a three-year…

Championship
Leeds United putting automatic promotion at risk with inconsistent form
15:00 Sunday 21st April 2019

That Marcelo Bielsa has stayed at Leeds until the end of the season is commendable given his antecedents. Of course, it has not been without some drama. A spying incident on Frank Lampard's Derby County made the headlines back in January,…

Champions League
Tottenham deserving of Champions League progression
08:00 Saturday 20th April 2019

The Champions League is renowned for producing classic matches that make for exciting viewing anytime, anywhere. The 2005 final at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, involving Liverpool and AC Milan quickly comes to mind. Barcelona's…

Premier League
Can Spurs finally cope without Harry Kane?
08:00 Thursday 18th April 2019

Injuries were Harry Kane’s biggest enemy this season. After spending five weeks out of action when he damaged an ankle in January against Manchester United, another ankle injury against the other Manchester club means he will spend…

Premier League
Has Fabian Delph become more of a liability for Manchester City?
09:00 Friday 12th April 2019

Fabian Delph was expected to leave Manchester City after Pep Guardiola took over in 2016. The Catalan manager carried out a massive clearance in order to reshape the squad to suit his style of play. Players like Bacary Sagna, Alexander Kolarov,…

Spain
Diego Costa red cards Atletico's title hopes
08:00 Thursday 11th April 2019

Playing a crucial role in winning two Premier League titles in three years usually places a squad member in high regard. Diego Costa is the exception to the rule. He left Chelsea prematurely in 2017, three years into his five-year deal…

Italy
Is Roma worse off under Claudio Ranieri?
12:00 Saturday 6th April 2019

Sacking Eusebio Di Francesco came as no surprise as speculations had been rife concerning his dismissal. Under the 49-year-old, the team was making little progress, if any. The Giallorossi were struggling to keep up with the pace of the league…

Spain
Luis Suarez: The perfect complement to Lionel Messi at Barcelona
15:00 Thursday 4th April 2019

Just yesterday I saw it again on TV; the clip showing Luis Suarez weeping like a baby following Liverpool's collapse in the match against Crystal Palace. Under Brendan Rodgers in 2014 the Anfield side came agonisingly close to winning a…

Features
Iker Casillas rolling back the years at Porto
12:00 Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Iker Casillas could have retired after spending 16 successful years with Real Madrid. The legendary Spanish goalkeeper won almost all there is to win in football with the club and the Spanish national team. So at the ripe age of 34, he could…

France
Can PSG hold onto Kylian Mbappe long term?
12:00 Tuesday 2nd April 2019

What more is there to be said about Kylian Mbappe? At just 20, the youngster's achievements already surpass most footballer's dreams. Already among the best in the world when he burst onto the scene in 2016, his progress in…

International
Gonzalo Higuain's retirement: Good or bad for Argentina?
12:00 Sunday 31st March 2019

This is not the best of times for Argentine football. And it's been a long time coming. For a country that once dominated the game globally winning the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, while producing some of the best players in the world, it's…

Premier League
Can Michy Batshuayi solve Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea woes?
12:00 Friday 29th March 2019

Maurizio Sarri sent Michy Batshuayi on loan shortly after taking the Chelsea reins this past summer. When players score the crucial goal that delivers a league title, repeated loans aren't the path they expect their career to take.…

Bundesliga
Why Barcelona should move for Luka Jovic now
08:00 Tuesday 26th March 2019

A deadly Barcelona front three combined with devastating effect to rule Europe under Luis Enrique in 2017. The treble was secured, marking a memorable time in the Catalan's history. Only Pep Guardiola before Enrique had brought such…