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Premier League
Does Solskjaer deserve due process?
12:01 Saturday 15th February 2020

On Friday, the Telegraph reported on a rape case in Norway involving a player managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while he was in charge at Molde. Babacar Sarr allegedly assaulted several women during his time at the club but Molde stood by him.…

Italy
What does Giorgio Chiellini's return mean for Matthijs De Ligt?
09:00 Tuesday 11th February 2020

It is rare to see a team from outside Europe's top five leagues, one comprising so many young players, deliver repeated shocks to elite squads in the Champions League. Ajax did that last term, slaying giants Real Madrid in the Round…

Spain
Can Eden Hazard's return boost Real Madrid?
09:01 Saturday 8th February 2020

Eden Hazard shot to fame at Stamford Bridge in Chelsea's blue kit following a summer switch from Lille in 2012. Two Premier and Europa League titles an FA Cup, EFL Cup and numerous individual accolades made it an astute career…

Italy
Has Adrien Rabiot rediscovered his best at Juventus?
09:01 Thursday 6th February 2020

Adrien Rabiot endured a miserable 2019 calendar year. Banished from the Paris Saint-Germain first team and left to train on his own, one problem after another materialised. He forced a move to Juventus hoping for a new start only to find himself…

Premier League
Why Man United fans should remain patient with Bruno Fernandes
12:01 Saturday 1st February 2020

Although Manchester United left it late, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally has his man. Bruno Fernandes' addition is certainly a step in the right direction for the Red Devils while his numbers from his time with Sporting…

Italy
Can Napoli use Juventus victory as a catalyst?
12:01 Thursday 30th January 2020

Napoli’s once top-of-the-table encounter with Juventus had assumed the tag of just another game as the reigning Champions visited the Stadio Sao Paolo. The reason for that is not far-fetched. Gli Azzurri has taken several steps backwards…

Cult Heroes
Kobe appreciated football; turnabout is fair play
19:00 Tuesday 28th January 2020

I know. Basketball isn't football. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter. They serve the same purpose: to inspire. Figures rise from both [as well as other competitive forms] and, when they rise, lift us with them. Some do it even as you hate…

Football
Why Sadio Mane won't win the Ballon d'Or
08:01 Tuesday 14th January 2020

Sadio Mane is a marvel. How the Liverpool striker manages to maintain such an explicit level of consistency is best described in comics. There’s plenty to cheer from the Senegalese powerhouse. He's finally receiving recognition…

Italy
Is Ronaldo peaking at right time for Juventus?
08:01 Friday 10th January 2020

It’s that time of the year when Cristiano Ronaldo kicks things up a notch. After an uneasy start to the Maurizio Sarri era, CR7 is back to his best, regaining the elite reputation for which Juventus paid a club-record fee. With eight…

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…

Italy
Should Dries Mertens be on Juventus' summer shopping list?
15:00 Sunday 8th December 2019

Over the years, Juventus have been branded the king of free transfers. Included in certain players they've signed for nothing are Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Dani Alves, Emre Can and Aaron Ramsey. When looking at such…

Spain
Courtois, Hazard, Real Madrid; The White is not always greener
09:00 Sunday 8th December 2019

Normality returns in Spain’s capital. Real Madrid, the superstar team of world football, is battling Catalan giants Barcelona at the top of the table. However, not everything is rosy. Two of Madrid’s biggest stars, one ‘Galactico’…

Spain
Equal Time: Lionel Messi's sixth Ballon d'Or settles GOAT debate
17:29 Saturday 7th December 2019

It all began when Cristiano Ronaldo won his first Ballon d'Or in 2008. In becoming the first Premier League player to claim the award, he made history, claiming it on the back of a successful season in which he won the…

Cult Heroes
Equal Time: Messi’s 6th Ballon d’Or doesn’t warrant GOAT status
17:00 Saturday 7th December 2019

People say stats don’t lie. Lionel Messi recently surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo as the all-time scorer at a top European club. At the writing, he has 614 goals for Barcelona to the Portuguese’s 608 for his four clubs, Sporting…

Premier League
Is Sadio Mane an heir to the Ballon d'Or?
12:01 Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo come to mind whenever prestigious individual awards are debated. Like Godzilla and King Kong, the two goal-beasts annihilated all other footballers' stats for a decade when it came to the Ballon d'Or…