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Michael Soloman
Journalist. Long-suffering Derby County fan, Lionel Messi and Barca bandwagon-er.

Total articles: 38

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Opinion
Assessing Contenders for PFA Player of the Year
10:30 Thursday 6th April 2017

With the 2016-17 Premier League season's business end fast approaching, it will not be long before a new PFA Player of the Year will be crowned. Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez won the 2015-16 award, having propelled the Foxes to a still improbable…

Championship
Mel Morris' managerial merry-go-round continues as Derby appoint a fifth manager in just over a year.
12:00 Tuesday 14th March 2017

The philosopher George Santayana once said: 'Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.' It seems apparent that Derby County Chairman Mel Morris has never heeded that statement, or simply has just chosen to ignore it altogether.…

Opinion
Making the case for Aleix Vidal as Barcelona's first choice right back.
17:00 Wednesday 25th January 2017

It's been a strange old season for Barcelona in this 2016-17 campaign. The defending La Liga champions found themselves, somewhat surprisingly, in third place in the table at the halfway point of the Liga season. Barcelona have 41 points from…

Opinion
Barca's form becomes increasingly worrying, as dependence on Messi rears its head again at the Camp Nou.
14:15 Wednesday 30th November 2016

In the most successful decade of their history, there are not too many places where Barcelona, winners of four UEFA Champions League titles in the last ten years, have played, and not managed a result in that period; Given their sustained run…

Spain
Spain fans finally get their wish as Pique quits, but will they be left to rue his retirement?
11:31 Wednesday 12th October 2016

Gerard Pique has announced that he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. As headlines have swirled during the recent international break about Wayne Rooney and his ever-deteriorating relationship with England…

Opinion
Nigel Pearson's suspension could prove to best for all parties after Derby's stuttering start.
12:05 Wednesday 28th September 2016

On a day where Britain's sport headlines were dominated by the controversy surrounding the now former England manager, Sam Allardyce, who left his position by mutual consent following allegations made by The Telegraph about comments made by…

Opinion
Joe Hart's move to Torino: A sign of his decline or a chance at redemption?
10:42 Wednesday 31st August 2016

As pictures surfaced online of England international goalkeeper Joe Hart sporting a scarf in Italian club Torino's colours, the most surprising transfer of the summer transfer window appears very imminent. It should bring some much-needed closure…

Opinion
Derby's stuttering starts shows they are a club with an identity crisis under new manager Nigel Pearson.
12:11 Tuesday 30th August 2016

It is still early days in regards to the Championship season, but thus far the signs haven't been good for promotion hopefuls Derby County, who have made a stuttering start to the campaign under new manager Nigel Pearson. After coming close…

Opinion
Three things to look out for on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
13:44 Friday 12th August 2016

It's been a few months since the 2015/16 season ended and we've had the Euro 2016 to keep us entertained, but now it's time to return to the bread and butter of English football. Leicester City begin their inaugural Premier League title defence.After…

Opinion
Four new signings to watch in La Liga this season.
13:34 Thursday 11th August 2016

With a new season of La Liga football very much on the horizon, here is a look at four of the most interesting new signings made in Spain over the summer, who will all be looking to impress for their new clubs in the 2016-17 season. Marco Asensio,…

Opinion
Manchester United finally get their man but where will Pogba fit into Mourinho's United?
15:00 Wednesday 10th August 2016

After one of the more drawn-out, protracted, transfer sagas in recent memory, Manchester United finally have their man, and Paul Pogba has made his inevitable return to Old Trafford for an eye-watering world record transfer fee of £89m. Following…

Opinion
Pre-season proves to be baptism of fire as Foxes are outclassed again.
18:29 Thursday 4th August 2016

Even with the new season now excruciatingly near on the horizon, Leicester's title winning fairy-tale of the previous campaign still does not feel real for Foxes fans, such was the improbable nature of Claudio Ranieri's team's triumph. Fans…

Opinion
The Pep Revolution is under way, and John Stones is the ideal fit for the new era.
16:06 Thursday 4th August 2016

The Pep Guardiola revolution finally seems to be taking shape at Manchester City after a fairly subdued start to their summer transfers business, with the confirmation of Leroy Sane's arrival at the Etihad Stadium from Schalke and Everton's…

Opinion
Same old story for Wenger and Arsenal as the Gunners miss out on Higuain.
17:23 Thursday 28th July 2016

Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain became the third most expensive player in football history this week as Juventus paid Serie A rivals Napoli the small sum of £75.3m to bring Higuain's services to their already stellar, successive Scudetto…

European Championships
Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament
16:49 Tuesday 12th July 2016

As the dust settled on Euro 2016 following Portugal's surprise victory over France in the final, it is time to see which eleven players were the best at this summer's tournament in France. Winners Portugal unsurprisingly, have a strong presence…