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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. 


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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…

Italy
Jack Rodwell and the Italian bench
09:00 Monday 28th October 2019

In the early 2010s, Jack Rodwell was a name circulating around the Everton camp. Here was a youngster with the potential to help Everton craft themselves into a top club. Just over a hundred games later, J-Rod was a firm favourite…

Womens Football
Milan set to battle Juventus for the Serie A Femminile title
19:49 Thursday 24th October 2019

Juventus dominate Serie A Femminile much like the men own their division,  monopolising the silverware available to Italian female clubs. Two years competing in the women’s game, two league titles. While the likes of Brescia used…

Bundesliga
Schalke 04 stepping up in the Bundesliga
09:01 Saturday 5th October 2019

Schalke can't seem to decide whether they're a big club or not. Their scattershot history in the Bundesliga illustrates the problem. Die Konigsblauen dominated German football in the 30s and 40s, won another title in the following decade…

Europa League
Copenhagen, Malmo and the Oresund Bridge
17:02 Thursday 3rd October 2019

Crossing the entirety the Oresund Bridge, all 7,845 metres, takes you from Denmark’s capital to the third biggest city in Sweden or vice-versa. That excursion won’t take you long, around 20 minutes by either train or car. Each side…

Premier League
Moise Kean not ready for regular Everton starts
08:01 Sunday 29th September 2019

The Premier League is no place for passengers. Moreover, everyone on board each respective locomotive must be pumping coal for the engine. The Everton express, however, isn’t producing the desired smoke nor fire; with a major culprit…

Non League
Notts County Not Adjusting to Non-League football
12:00 Tuesday 24th September 2019

Ranking among football's founding clubs is a big enough responsibility without any added pressure. Notts County bears that labour of love every single day. Not exclusively on match days when the fans let them know, but every millisecond.…

Afc Champions League
Xavi already crafting his management legend
13:00 Saturday 21st September 2019

Xavi Hernandez. The Catalan-born made the midfield his own personal possession throughout his Barcelona days. He personified tika-taka. In his own words, “I look for spaces. All-day. I’m always looking.” Consistently…

Premier League
David Luiz isn't as funny in person
09:01 Wednesday 18th September 2019

Brazilian defenders don't gain the legendary status of their attacking counterparts. "Remember the time Thiago Silva..." just doesn't come up in conversation like references to Pele, Ronaldo or Neymar. Defenders are…

Premier League
Quique Sanchez Flores, Javi Gracia, What's the difference?
12:01 Sunday 15th September 2019

Four games, zero wins. You don’t get into the chairmen’s good books with such results. Especially when the chairman is named Pozzo. A winless start cost Javi Grazia his job after being talked up as last season's Premier League…

Champions League
Women’s Champions League R32 2019/20 Preview
08:01 Wednesday 11th September 2019

The Champions League Round of 32? If you think that sounds wrong, you may be more sexist than you thought. The women do things a little differently than the men. The group stage takes place in the qualification stage. Ten groups of four clubs…

International
Can Kosovo walk out of St Mary’s unbeaten?
09:01 Saturday 7th September 2019

You’d be forgiven for not knowing the finer details about Kosovo. With the country’s official status granted only 11 years ago, there’s been precious little time to understand the nation or truly appreciate its culturally…

Womens Football
2019/20 WSL Preview
19:00 Friday 6th September 2019

The FA Women’s Super League is the top-flight for women’s football in England. The 12-team division comprises clubs who enjoy the financial backing of established men's clubs. It has expanded by one team this season. Last term,…