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International
Which gods inhabit football's Olympus?
08:01 Saturday 17th July 2021

You have to wonder about human evolution. Two or three millennia ago, virtually every civilisation saw the world as a complex place, the depth of which scientists continue to plumb today even as laymen strive to keep things in the simplest…

International
Is Lionel Messi's Copa America triumph too little too late?
08:00 Tuesday 13th July 2021

While England remained optimistic about ending their 55-year major trophy drought at Wembley Stadium against Italy prior to Sunday evening, Lionel Messi was watching teammates exorcise his international demons in another fabled ground, half…

Italy
Did Maurizio Sarri liken Jorginho to Cristiano Ronaldo?
08:00 Wednesday 7th July 2021

Sometimes you just need to clear your head. That applies whether the stars in your eyes derive from being punched in the face or the endless flattery of sycophants. In Maurizio Sarri’s case, it was a combination of both. The former Chelsea…

International
Is a 'Coked-out' Ronaldo ready to leave Juventus?
15:00 Tuesday 29th June 2021

As he took a seat next to manager Fernando Santos for a Euro2020 presser this past week in Budapest, Cristiano Ronaldo noticed two bottles of Coca-Cola placed on the dais, labels facing outward so that the world's most recognisable brand would…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Two title races
08:01 Sunday 22nd December 2019

On the second day of football, UEFA gave to me Two title races and  Liverpool and Man City Welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's Round and It's White. Over the holiday fixtures, our writers will…

Spain
Real Madrid v Granada: El Derbi de la Legitimidad
08:00 Saturday 5th October 2019

Matchday 8 in La Liga features a battle between the Spanish top-flight’s first and second-place teams. Real Madrid tops the Primera Division, surprising their own supporters as well as rivals and neutrals. Perhaps more surprising, there…

Champions League
Why Juventus won't win the Champions League
09:00 Thursday 12th September 2019

In the summer of 2018, Juventus owner Andrea Agnelli gave manager Massimiliano Allegri a new toy. Whether or not he made the best use of it is debatable. For the Serie A campaign’s opening ten games, Allegri split Cristiano Ronaldo’s…

International
Past time Mitrovic stepped out of the shadows
12:00 Tuesday 10th September 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed all the headlines when Portugal proved too much for Serbia in a wide-open affair in Belgrade on Saturday. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored the third Selecao goal and the first of three by both nations…

Champions League
Is Florentino Perez getting the Bernabeu band back together?
08:00 Wednesday 13th March 2019

When a virus infects your computer, sometimes the only recourse is to reset the system to a point in time when the problem didn’t exist. Real Madrid lost their last four home games under Santiago Solari. Opponents outscored them 11-2…

Champions League
Champions and Europa League: 5 unmissable games during matchday 1
12:05 Tuesday 18th September 2018

After a three-and-a-half-month waiting period, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League are back. Even though the tournament qualifiers started back in June, now we're at the group stages as things start to get interesting.…

Spain
Why CR7 Was Marketing Gold for Real Madrid
09:00 Sunday 15th July 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s not just a player. He’s a marketing strategy. An ideology. A human entity whose name alone guarantees money and successful business. How do you replace the corporate spine of a football club? Just…