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Gerry Johnston

I am a 33-year-old sports writer from Ireland who enjoys watching European football. My main focus is La Liga, but I do keep a close eye on all of the major leagues throughout the world.


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European Football
Perfection ends with PSV and PSG dropping points
17:00 Thursday 6th December 2018

Back in mid-October, I took a look at five European clubs who were still sitting perfectly with 100% starts to their season. It seemed to work as a jinx for Juventus and FC Salzburg who both drew at home in their very next match, with…

Scotland
Can Celtic take Brendan Rodgers to seventh heaven?
12:00 Sunday 2nd December 2018

Celtic and Aberdeen will meet at Hampden Park, Glasgow, with both sides eyeing up the first trophy on offer this season. Celtic will be hot favourites to win the Betfred Cup with their manager, Brendan Rodgers, yet to miss out on a domestic…

Italy
Is Rodrigo De Paul finally fulfilling potential at Udinese?
12:00 Thursday 29th November 2018

Rodrigo De Paul is enjoying a breakout season in Serie A. It seems Udinese's Argentine winger is finally living up to the expectations that led to Valencia bringing him to Europe in 2014.  De Paul's career began in his home…

Reviews
Book Review: Toshack's Way - My Journey Through Football
17:00 Monday 26th November 2018

John Toshack cut a unique path through the footballing world as a player, player-manager and manager. Best qualified, he tells the story himself with the help of his co-author, Dan Sung. Title: Toshack's Way, My Journey Through Football…

Spain
Can Rodri lead Atletico to Diego Simeone's first La Liga win over Barca
15:00 Saturday 24th November 2018

Entering the weekend, La Liga was a tight affair, the top four teams separated by a solitary point. Two of the four go head-to-head on Saturday. Reigning champions, Barcelona invade the capital to take on Atletico Madrid. It's not El Clasico…

Reviews
Film Review: Take The Ball, Pass The Ball
17:00 Monday 19th November 2018

In this film, Graham Hunter, a Spanish football expert, takes us on a short hop back in time to a decade ago in Catalonia. Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets were fresh faces in the Barcelona team with Carles Puyol, Thierry Henry,…

European Football
How many football dynasties do you think rule UEFA leagues right now?
09:00 Friday 16th November 2018

There are 55 leagues within UEFA. You have the giants like Spain, Italy, Germany and England. At the other end of the spectrum, you have the likes of Gibraltar, Kosovo, Andorra and San Marino. Top European clubs not only focus on their league…

Spl
Intrigue at Parkhead: Brendan Rodgers' Scott Brown problem
17:00 Tuesday 13th November 2018

After a sluggish start to their 2018/19 campaign, Celtic and manager Brendan Rodgers have turned things around, silencing the many critics who hoped the Bhoys' period of dominance was finally ending. Celtic were knocked out of the Champions…

Premier League
Can a trip to Anfield save Slavisa Jokanovic's job?
12:00 Sunday 11th November 2018

Bottom of the table, Fulham head north on Sunday for a lunchtime meeting with high flying Liverpool. On paper, it looks like a banker home win. Liverpool sit third and unbeaten at home in the Premier League since losing to Crystal…

Premier League
How a flower became a political football
09:00 Saturday 10th November 2018

There's an old saying that football and politics should never mix. FIFA take it so seriously that when they perceive political involvement in football they will suspend the national association. For the most part, the two are kept apart…

Champions League
The two sides of Paris Saint-Germain
08:00 Tuesday 6th November 2018

Paris Saint-Germain has made a dream start to life in Ligue 1 with a record-breaking 12 wins from their opening 12 games. Although it is still early in the season, they look almost guaranteed to win a sixth title in seven years. While things,…

European Football
Phillip Cocu sacked as Fenerbahce boss ahead of the Intercontinental Derby
08:00 Friday 2nd November 2018

The Intercontinental Derby takes place later today as Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are set to go head-to-head with the two sides at opposite ends of the Super Lig table. Galatasaray is currently second, while Fenerbahce is struggling, having…

Russian Premier League
Has Nikola Vlasic earned another shot at Everton?
08:00 Wednesday 31st October 2018

Nikola Vlasic is a name which brings a lot of frustration to Everton fans. The young Croatian arrived at Goodison Park last August but failed to make any real impression. This past summer the decision was made for him to develop elsewhere.…

Bundesliga
Is Luka Jovic ready to fulfil huge potential?
15:00 Saturday 27th October 2018

Luka Jovic has been mentioned as a hot prospect for several years now. Enthusiasts of the Football Manager and FIFA franchises will have understood the striker's potential during that time. They've been waiting patiently for him…

Spain
Can Alaves become La Liga's Leicester City?
15:00 Thursday 25th October 2018

It's been an odd beginning to the 2018/19 La Liga season. The big clubs have been dropping points aplenty, with no team having won more than five out of nine league matches so far. That said, there is still a certain familiarity about…

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