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European Championships
Are Mancini's Azzurri true blue?
09:01 Monday 14th October 2019

When Josh King put away Norway’s stoppage-time penalty on Saturday, snatching a draw at the death against Spain in Euro 2020 Group F after England had lost the previous night in Prague, only two perfect nations remained in the qualifying…

European Championships
Should Southgate start Harry Winks?
08:01 Monday 14th October 2019

Since their semi-final exit from the World Cup last year, many believed that the Three Lions were headed in the right direction. The Nations League represented an opportunity to take it a step further but they couldn't get past the…

European Championships
Euro 2020 qualifying: UEFA throws simple out the window
17:03 Sunday 13th October 2019

Is there anything more byzantine than Euro2020 qualifying? It should be simple. Seed the teams. Hold a draw. Let the teams compete to decide the best 24. Unfortunately, commercialism intrudes. Thus, for several cycles, group winners advanced…

Netherlands
Is Donyell Malen a Netherlands first-choice for Ronald Koeman?
12:01 Sunday 13th October 2019

The Netherlands freefall in the wake of the 2014 World Cup in South Africa has been arrested. While both Bertie van Marwicjk and Louis van Gaal espoused defensive philosophies that clashed with the Dutch reputation for enterprising Total Football,…

European Championships
Can Iceland hurt an already wounded French side?
12:00 Friday 11th October 2019

Iceland take on France Friday evening in a Group H Euro 2020 qualifier. Expect an intriguing encounter. Surprisingly, Turkey lead the group on 15 points. The World Cup champions are second on head-to-head records. Iceland aren’t…

European Championships
Can Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2020?
12:01 Thursday 10th October 2019

Euro Qualifying has gone about as well as could be expected for Northern Ireland. In their first four games, they took maximum points, largely thanks to a tight defence led by Jonny Evans. A quartet of wins, two each against Estonia and Belarus,…

Football
Is Serge Gnabry proving Arsenal, doubters wrong?
09:01 Friday 4th October 2019

What difference is there between working stiffs fighting to support their families and millionaire footballers fighting to win trophies? Obviously, money's an easy answer. On the other hand, some people struggle to find commonality…

Football
Can Portugal defend their European crown?
19:01 Friday 13th September 2019

As Euro 2020 qualifying gathers shape, it is a good time to dissect the defending champions. Portugal pulled off a minor shock to lift the trophy three years ago in France. Fernando Santos’ side have sights on retaining it next summer. …

Germany
Did Joachim Loew sideline Mats Hummels prematurely?
19:01 Tuesday 10th September 2019

A premature exit in last year’s World Cup took a big toll on Germany’s reputation. Stung by the defending champions' “curse”, Die Mannschaft had severe repercussions to face. The hammer didn’t…

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…

Spain
Should Kepa start over De Gea?
17:00 Sunday 8th September 2019

Robert Moreno repeatedly insists he has no first-choice goalkeeper in the Spanish national team. His preference for Kepa Arrizabalaga in four successive matches contradicts that claim. The question is whether we should second-guess…

Spain
Is Spain's new golden generation taking shape?
15:01 Sunday 8th September 2019

Spain’s road to redemption has been rather treacherous. Following World Cup embarrassment last summer, Luis Enrique was brought in to steady to ship. Personal reasons forced him to leave in June. He recently revealed the tragic death…

England National Team
Is it James Maddison’s time to shine for England?
12:00 Saturday 7th September 2019

Gareth Southgate announced his latest England squad nine days ago for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo. Among the usual suspects, there was a first call-up for defenders Tyrone Mings, Aaron Wan Bissaka. Midfielder Mason…

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…

International
Can Germany reinstate its fearsome reputation?
12:00 Friday 6th September 2019

The short international break offers clubs time to reflect on their current situation. For international teams, their resting period is over. Germany return to action tonight. Joachim Low will hope his side pick up from where they…