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Warren Smith

A British and J.League soccer enthusiast, now local to Yokohama, Japan. A keen Arsenal supporter. Has been known to play the game every once in awhile, once likened to Xherdan Shaqiri. 


Total articles: 263

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Champions League
Britannia Rules the Super Cup
08:00 Sunday 19th May 2019

English football fans are abuzz about Premier League teams annexing both European trophies. Some forget there's a third. At summer's end, the Champions and Europa League winners will meet at the Vodafone Park in Istanbul for the UEFA…

Europa League
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Arsenal's Armenian in Azerbaijan
08:00 Friday 17th May 2019

Being Armenian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan faces restrictions on his travel plans. The abnormality here is, despite his nationality, the attacking-midfielder will be permitted to enter Azerbaijan to play in the UEFA Europa League final with Arsenal…

European Football
Where Next for Bruno Fernandes?
15:00 Monday 13th May 2019

There are fewer hotter commodities than the Portuguese international. Still, with years in the tank, Bruno Fernandes enjoyed a statistical delight of a season. Goals in every competition, assists everywhere, he’s the Sporting CP MVP,…

European Football
It's now or never for Istanbul BK
12:00 Sunday 21st April 2019

Super Lig is dominated by Istanbul, Turkey's largest city. Like Edinburgh to Glasgow in Scotland, capital city Ankara takes a back seat. Whereas the English Premier League top four became a top six recently, the Big Three in Istanbul…

Europa League
Gunners won't find Gli Azzurri easy targets at San Paolo
09:00 Thursday 18th April 2019

Arsenal fans are smiling after their 2-0 first-leg victory over Napoli at the Emirates. Some may think their ticket to the Europa League semifinal is punched. There are few fortresses in football more imposing than Stadio San Paolo, however.…

Championship
Billy Sharp Living Up to his Blades-worthy name
12:00 Tuesday 16th April 2019

Growing up in Sheffield alone with a name like, Sharp, will ensure edgy jokes come your way. Given that Billy played for Sheffield United, the Blades, the wordplay continued. His on-again, off-again history with the club allowed critics…

Afc Champions League
The Australia-shaped problem with the Asian Champions League
09:00 Monday 8th April 2019

 The Asian Champions League is the defining prize in the largest continent’s football continuum. Eight groups divide into East and West Asia to help with scheduling. Various leagues are allocated spaces based on their comparative…

Scotland
Steven Gerrard Set for Old Firm
09:00 Sunday 31st March 2019

Now that Rangers are fully settled back in top-flight Scottish football, it's time to challenge Celtic again. The Old Firm needs to do some business. Is Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard up to the job? The complete aberration, the SPL…

Fa Cup
Why Brighton will be 'Den' in by Milwall in the FA Cup
09:00 Sunday 17th March 2019

Millwall. Their name precedes them. Mired in the Championship relegation fight, they've turned to the FA Cup for glory. The Lions love to hunt Premier League clubs who enter their territory in cup competition. In 2017, they eliminated Bournemouth,…

Premier League
How does Unai Emery overturn the Rennes second leg?
08:00 Tuesday 12th March 2019

Arsenal put in a dire performance in their Europa League Round of 16 first leg against Stade Rennais. Losing 3-1 in France means they have work to do at the Emirates. It will be difficult, but the Ligue 1 side's leaky defence can be exploited.…

Interviews
Interview with Albert Serran
17:00 Saturday 9th March 2019

The Indian Super League is just about closing its doors with the league title to be decided over just three more games. Bangalore are the favourites, having topped the table and a whole host of former European players now in their ranks. Bengaluru…

Premier League
Musing on a London derby weekend in the Premier League
10:00 Saturday 2nd March 2019

Eight million people, six top-flight football clubs, four Champions League places. London is a crowded city in every sense of the word. This weekend, a quartet from its half-dozen Premier League football clubs meet, two on Saturday,…

Opinion
Bafetimbi Gomis enjoying success after Swansea
15:00 Tuesday 26th February 2019

It was a lifetime ago when Bafetimbi Gomis was in the Premier League. He turned out for Swansea City 64 times, scoring 13 goals in the process; until he disappeared. Now elsewhere, he’s the top scorer and about to win his second league…

Championship
Enter the West Midlands Matrix: Aston Villa vs. West Brom
09:00 Saturday 16th February 2019

Enter the West Midlands football matrix. There are safari parks along the way but the roads to football grounds are filled with bad intentions. Are you sure you want to jack back into the Bull Ring? In light traffic, you can drive…

Premier League
Is David Luiz misunderstood?
15:00 Monday 11th February 2019

Brazil produces fine flair players. Chelsea’s ‘defender’, David Luiz, exudes the typical qualities of a flamboyant South American attacking footballer, not a Premier League based defender. It’s clear, he’s misunderstood.…