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Warren Smith

Yokohama F•Marinos supporter. Seen it all in the J.League, relegation fights and being crowned champions. Play five-a-side, pretty good too. Once scored an overhead kick.


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Womens Football
Jennifer Hermoso set to break Atletico hearts
20:00 Friday 24th January 2020

Jennifer Hermoso spent one year with Atletico Madrid. She finished as top scorer in the Spanish top-flight and lifted the league title as a result. The 29-year-old then took her form to the World Cup last summer, playing a crucial role…

J League
Kyoto Sanga choose experience for 2020
19:01 Monday 20th January 2020

Kyoto, the former capital city which governed Japan for over a thousand years until 1868, fondly remembers such imperial heady days with civic pride. The sporting fans in the locality reminisce the early 90s when Kyoto Sanga was relevant…

Italy
Davide Nicola stirs Genoa to victory
12:01 Thursday 9th January 2020

Genoa might appoint the Devil if it meant Serie A survival this season. Ten defeats in their first 18 league matches sucked them into the relegation whirlpool. Consequently, Thiago Motta is down the drain and Davide Nicola takes over. One former…

Italy
Is Ciro Immobile on for the record Capocannoniere?
17:01 Saturday 4th January 2020

With Juventus on eight consecutive Scudetti, it's difficult to label Serie A unpredictable. Since 2015/16, Napoli, Roma and Inter divide second, third or fourth between them except for the two occasions when Atalanta intervened.…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Eleven keepers keeping
08:00 Tuesday 31st December 2019

On the eleventh day of football, UEFA gave to me Eleven keepers keeping Ten lads-a-leaping, Nine ladies playing, Eight managers managing, Seven sides-a-sinking, Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Seven sides-a-sinking
08:01 Friday 27th December 2019

On the seventh day of football, UEFA gave to me Seven sides-a-sinking, Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two title races and  Liverpool and Man City Welcome to this year's edition of the 12…

J League
Is the Emperor's Cup enough for Iniesta and Kobe?
17:00 Saturday 21st December 2019

Andres Iniesta didn’t just play Spanish or European football at the highest level. He mastered it at dizzy heights unknown to most. Sixteen complete seasons mustered nineteen honours from across both Spanish and European…

International
Can Hong Kong prosper at the East Asian Championship?
17:01 Friday 13th December 2019

News stations broadcast continued troubles in Hong Kong. Tempers flare over the prospect of the mainland government curtailing freedoms the island enjoyed for so long under British rule. The political struggle drains vibrancy from a city which…

Spain
Why haven't Atletico filled their Griezmann void?
09:00 Wednesday 11th December 2019

Antoine Griezmann was Atletico Madrid. The two served in duality, which was mutually beneficial for both parties. The French striker came in the year after Atletico Madrid won the La Liga title, with the expectation he’d be…

J League
Yokohama set to oust FC Tokyo on the J.League's final day
15:02 Friday 6th December 2019

FC Tokyo hoped to coincide the city’s Olympic Games with a gold medal of their own. It appears they must settle for silver. Citizens of neighbouring, Yokohama, Hamako as they call themselves, hold specific opinions on Tokyo,…

Rest Of The World
Greek Super League set for the battle of the Gods
17:00 Saturday 30th November 2019

Greek mythology lessons at school rarely expanded to football. Most curriculums don’t cover the Zeus-like hold Olympiakos have on the league with their 44 title wins being a record. A brazen challenger knocked off the old god,…

Championship
Can Gerhard Struber taxi Barnsley away from relegation?
09:01 Friday 22nd November 2019

Uber is pretty useful these days. Pinpoint your location then your destination. Wait a minute and a friendly chap in a clean, comfortable car will turn up to take you where you want to go. If you have an exciting adventure along the way,…

International
Ivory Coast need a change in fortune
09:00 Saturday 16th November 2019

For the past few years, the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire haven’t quite been the trunk-blowing, orange and green stampede of African football that most expect. A disappointment-riddled 18 months tarnishes their reputation. Players such…

International
Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland: Group D deadlock?
17:01 Wednesday 13th November 2019

Cold November nights were made for this. The Irish, Danish and Swiss are poised to take Group D right down to the wire. All three remain in the balance to qualify for this coming summer's European Championships. More to the point, all three…

Italy
New Lukaku or same old streaky bacon?
09:00 Wednesday 6th November 2019

Romelu Lukaku's career is like a vintage Reliant Robin, travelling in fits and spurts. His big-game presence was questioned at Everton, his heavy first touch at Manchester United. To date, the Belgian striker has Internazionale faithful…