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Premier League
Chelsea, Manchester United youth face steep learning curve
09:01 Wednesday 21st August 2019

We’ve all seen the nature documentary or Youtube clip where the cute little bear cubs come across a skunk. Unafraid, they run up to play with it, learning a hard lesson while Pepe le Pew strolls off with his tail proudly in the air. If…

France
Will Real Madrid hijack Neymar away from Barcelona? Should they?
12:00 Sunday 18th August 2019

Neymar Junior stands out among the best of his generation. The Brazilian's dribbling skills, creativity and scoring ability are remarkably delightful. You can watch his video clips over and over again because they are breathtaking.…

Italy
Arturo Vidal to Inter should be easy business for Barcelona
08:01 Thursday 8th August 2019

Like every summer, it's been a busy transfer window. Many top players have already switched cubs. Eden Hazard, Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong. Luka Jovic, Sebastien Haller, Matthijs de Ligt. Nabil Fekir, Nicolas Pepe, Harry Maguire.…

Spain
Will Messi go down as the last one-club man?
08:01 Tuesday 30th July 2019

Lionel Messi’s story is straight out of a comic book. Small, frail and weak as a child, a powerful benefactor unexpectedly offered him a treatment that would transform him into the greatest footballer on the planet. Even when you acknowledge…

Spain
Is Joao Felix worth more than Antoine Griezmann?
09:01 Monday 15th July 2019

When Real Madrid signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea this summer, many expected to get a response from their arch-rivals, FC Barcelona. The Catalans took their time but didn't disappoint. Antoine Griezmann was lured to the Camp Nou, ending…

Transfers
Barcelona fans acting like jilted lovers over Neymar, Griezmann
12:00 Thursday 4th July 2019

When Manchester United dragged their heels after the summer transfer window opened, supporters erupted. Claiming they’d reached their limit with the club’s American owners, fans quickly organized the #GlazersOut campaign. They garnered…

Football
Who are football’s next generation of villains?
12:00 Monday 17th June 2019

The game has always tried to promote itself as a dignified profession. Heroics are celebrated, talented footballers held up as role models. More money also means more propaganda depicting the beautiful game as a pristine, unblemished competition.…

Spain
How will Barcelona spend their summer?
15:00 Monday 10th June 2019

For the vast majority of European clubs, securing a second successive league title, reaching a domestic cup final and a Champions League semi-final would represent a good campaign. For Barcelona, it was an utter failure. Alright, there was…

Champions League
Equal Time: VVD character assassination after Champions League defeat ridiculous
09:00 Friday 3rd May 2019

The republic designed by the American founding fathers was intended to be a balanced system. The executive, legislative and judiciary retain equal powers that are designed to keep everything in check and protect the nation’s democracy…

Champions League
Barcelona can't assume the road is open after the Champions League quarter-final
09:00 Friday 26th April 2019

It's a well-known fact that the Champions League represents the pinnacle of European club football and it offers no surprise to see giant clubs going head-to-head in their bids to claim the continental crown every season. As usual, the…

Champions League
Guardiola can't wake from recurring Champions League nightmare
12:00 Friday 19th April 2019

Most people forget Ashton Kutcher’s attempts at serious acting. When it comes to Butterfly Effect, I can’t. The 2004 thriller about a college student who repeatedly travels back in time to make a better future only to…

Champions League
The hole in Lionel Messi's game
15:00 Thursday 11th April 2019

First, let me apologise to Erik ten Hag. I intended to write about the wonderful work he’s doing at Ajax today but Barcelona interfered. He’ll understand. Frenkie de Jong remains his player only until June and possibly Matthijs…

Spain
Is Barcelona suffering from revisionist history?
12:00 Thursday 28th March 2019

To the victor goes the spoils, it’s said. The conqueror writes history. If the conquest is sufficiently supreme, he doesn’t even need to put pen to paper. The conquered will [mistakenly] remember that life was always as it was under…

Spain
Why Ousmane Dembele's career is at risk
15:00 Sunday 10th February 2019

Barcelona was destined to struggle after Neymar's departure. The Brazilian's exit broke supporters' hearts. Like many lovers seeking to ease the pain, Barca quickly signed a replacement on the rebound. Looking for a star who could…

J League
Iniesta to Kobe: The Best Thing to Happen to Japanese Football
09:00 Friday 25th May 2018

This isn’t just any random old player turning up in an exotic league. This is Andreas Iniesta from FC Barcelona. This is a legend of the Nou Camp. The man whose personal stats page boasts 653 appearances, 65 goals, 108 assists and a ridiculous…