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Can good friends Ajax help Barcelona out of another jam?
09:01 Thursday 23rd January 2020

When Rinus Michels brought Total Football to Barcelona in the 1970s, it began a beautiful friendship. Johan Cruijff eventually followed his mentor to the Nou Camp. The legendary Dutch midfielder played in Blaugrana stripes, won titles as the…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Six games amazing
08:00 Thursday 26th December 2019

On the sixth day of football, UEFA gave to me Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two title races and  Liverpool and Man City Welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's…

Bundesliga
Hans-Dieter Flick: Caretaker or permanent Bayern boss?
09:00 Monday 11th November 2019

Bayern Munich are a peculiar club. Thrashed 5-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt, die Roten bounce back to score four a few days later. As their true potential is unmasked, that crushing defeat appeals to the conspiracy crowd as a well-planned…

Bundesliga
Why Erik ten Hag is perfect for Bayern Munich
12:00 Wednesday 6th November 2019

Bayern Munich is in dire need of a new manager following Niko Kovac's dismissal. The Bavarians will bide time with Hansi Flick until a substantive successor is found. Some highly revered names are in the mix. Of all, Erik Ten Hag appears…

Football
When will football stop ignoring Erik Ten Hag?
17:00 Saturday 12th October 2019

Ajax were football's surprise package in 2019/20. Making the Round of 16 seemed fair for the Dutch giants who were thought to be more focussed on reclaiming the Eredivisie title from PSV Eindhoven. Observers were willing to grant they were…

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Does Donny van de Beek fit into Zidane's Real Madrid master plan?
08:01 Monday 5th August 2019

After Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy came in so soon after the transfer window opened that it was like they'd camped out for Black Friday, all went quiet on the Real Madrid front. Club President Florentino…

Netherlands
2019/20 Ajax Eredivisie preview
17:00 Thursday 1st August 2019

A new season dawns for Erik ten Hag’s Ajax without wunderkinds Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong. To keep their crown, the Eredivisie champions cannot let the fire die even without their two torchbearers. While I Lancieri lost…

Netherlands
2019/20 Eredivisie Preview
15:01 Thursday 1st August 2019

Just over 50 years ago, Dutch football was Europe’s crown jewel. The Eredivisie rose again in the 90s when Louis van Gaal guided Ajax to a Champions League title and Johan Cruijff laid the foundation for Barcelona to become the most prolific…

Premier League
Chelsea: No Hazard to lose Sarri and vice versa
15:00 Saturday 8th June 2019

There is winning. There is looking good doing it. Both are about prestige. One truth about Chelsea Football Club is they care more about the former than the latter. Despite his penchant for Italian managers, it’s been documented…

Netherlands
Is Ajax set for a mass exodus?
17:00 Friday 31st May 2019

AFC Ajax is famed for its youth academy. In times past, the Dutch giant has natured talent such as Frank de Boer, Clarence Seedorf, Dennis Bergkamp, and Johan Cruyff. More recently, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Wesley Sneijder, and Christian…

Champions League
Who will be Ajax's next 'next generation'?
09:00 Wednesday 24th April 2019

Touted as Champions League cannon fodder in the Round of 16, Ajax of Amsterdam turned heads. Their young and talented squad, led by manager Erik ten Hag, provided some memorable moments in this season’s competition. After overcoming…