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European Football
Joao Felix: The birth of Portugal's next star
15:00 Thursday 25th April 2019

Portugal's post-Cristiano Ronaldo era glitters. While dusk falls on the talisman's career, a glut of youngsters jostle to carry the torch. Throughout this season, Benfica's teen sensation, Joao Felix took the lead.  Last season,…

Italy
Juventus must be patient with Champions League dreams
08:00 Wednesday 24th April 2019

While a celebratory mood echoed over the Juventus stadium on Saturday, the underlying dissatisfaction merely waited to emerge again. The Old Lady became Italian Champions for the eighth straight season, yet something didn’t feel…

Italy
Moise Kean: Cristiano Ronaldo’s heir or just another Mario Balotelli? 
08:00 Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Balotelli are exceptionally gifted footballers. Only one has an exceptional attitude. While Ronaldo defies adversity, working tirelessly to master his craft, Balo sulks. Ronaldo would never dream of wearing…

International
Can Ronaldo's legacy include mentoring Joao Felix, other young Portugal stars?
12:00 Friday 22nd March 2019

The international break returns and, for the first time since last year's World Cup elimination, so does Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese national team struck a decent run of form in his absence. Manager Fernando Santos had little…

Champions League
Ode to Diego Simeone
12:00 Saturday 16th March 2019

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle reluctantly. He’s even more reticent about booking players. All that paperwork, I guess. Whatever his reasons, Kuiper’s forbearance makes for a fluid game. Juventus began their Champions…

Italy
Rossoneri face rosy future with Piatek
09:00 Friday 15th March 2019

Football critics saw AC Milan as a team on the low for the 2018 portion of this campaign. Their tune changed after the New Year. The Rossoneri surge into the Champions League places originated with one winter window deal. Milan paid Genoa…

Spain
3 quintessential signings to make Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid great again
08:00 Friday 15th March 2019

The prodigal father returned to Real Madrid. After Los Blancos endured their biggest humiliation in many years, Florentino Perez grovelled to bring back Zinedine Zidane. This time, however, it’s on the Frenchman's terms.  That…

Italy
Cristiano Ronaldo gives us timely reminder that he's still elite
09:00 Thursday 14th March 2019

Be honest, you doubted him, didn't you? Just when you thought Cristiano Ronaldo was over the proverbial hill, sliding into decline at a rapid rate of knots, the Portuguese steps up when his team needed him the most... After switching sunny…

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…

Italy
Emre Can enjoying life at Juventus
12:00 Monday 11th March 2019

Emre Can chose to run down his contract at Liverpool and moved to Juventus on a free last summer. Some may have wondered why anyone will do such a thing. But after spending four years at Anfield with no trophy to show for it, it is perfectly…

Spain
Having looked high should Real Madrid look low to replace Ronaldo?
08:00 Friday 8th March 2019

Ask anyone what’s wrong with Real Madrid. Read an opinion. Watch pundits discuss it on television or the internet. Inevitably, everyone acknowledges Los Blancos didn’t replace Cristiano Ronaldo.  The two-part response is also…

Champions League
What next for Real Madrid after shameful Champions League exit?
16:00 Thursday 7th March 2019

After three years living in a dreamy stratosphere, Real Madrid crashed to reality this week. It wasn't the perfect landing Yuri Gagarin experienced in 1961 either. Los Blancos were humiliated on arrival. A carefully curated mythology came…

Features
Can Cristiano Ronaldo inspire Juventus past Atletico Madrid?
09:00 Friday 1st March 2019

When it comes to rating the most impressive football clubs on the continent, Juventus can’t be ignored. The Bianconeri sit atop Serie A with 69 points from 25 games. They are well on track to claim their eighth consecutive Scudetto, having…

Spain
Is Vinicius Junior Real Madrid's long-term successor to Cristiano Ronaldo?
09:00 Tuesday 12th February 2019

A new star is born in Madrid. Vinicius Junior arrived at Real Madrid last year with a glowing reputation. This season, he’s put it into effect. The young Brazilian thrives under Santiago Solari, fitting into the Cristiano Ronaldo…

Spain
Does Spain's aggressive tax fraud stance threaten La Liga's quality?
09:00 Monday 11th February 2019

Jose Mourinho is the latest to have received a suspended jail term for tax evasion in Spain. The former Real Madrid manager must pay a €2 million fine to the tax office in Spain. Spanish law allows first-time offenders to pay off convictions…