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Transfers
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…

Spain
Which Barcelona youngsters can excel under Quique Setien?
17:00 Sunday 19th January 2020

As Barcelona fans will tell you, the devil has been exorcised. Ernesto Valverde perhaps won’t go down as the worst manager in history, but he'll sure rank up amongst the most-hated. After much speculation narrowing down a potential…

European Football
6 Top UEFA transfers for 2019
19:01 Tuesday 31st December 2019

There is something to be said for the UEFA calendar running perpendicular to the calendar year. Weather is naturally the primary reason but the ability to pause and take stock mid-season, not just for the campaign's first half, but to combine…

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…

Spain
Poor away form could be Barca's undoing this season
08:00 Monday 28th October 2019

When they took to the Sinobo Stadium pitch to face Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Barcelona encountered an all too familiar problem. The Catalans struggled to impress away from home yet again. The hosts put up a resilient…

Spain
Should Ivan Rakitic consider leaving Barca in January?
08:01 Thursday 17th October 2019

A slow start to the campaign precipitated by Lionel Messi's injury crisis and Antoine Griezmann's acclimation process appears to be in the past. Barcelona are second and can leapfrog Real Madrid in the season's first El Clasico…

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…

Spain
Are De Jong, Arthur double-teaming Busquets out of Barca lineup?
12:01 Saturday 12th October 2019

Is the sun finally setting on Sergio Busquets? The defensive midfielder is the last survivor from the midfield trio who carved out a golden era at the Nou Camp. Andres Iniesta is playing in Japan. Xavi Hernandez is managing in Qatar. Barcelona…

Champions League
Can Ajax relive their fairytale European season?
09:00 Sunday 22nd September 2019

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City. Now Liverpool. Those are your perennial Champions League favourites. Some might throw in Atletico Madrid but no one expected an underdog like Ajax…

European Football
How lucky is Virgil van Dijk?
17:01 Wednesday 11th September 2019

We don't always get what we deserve. Virgil van Dijk is. Winning UEFA's Player of the Year is usually reserved for an exceptional player, one who proves vital for his team over a season. After a decade of dominating this award,…

Italy
Was Juventus the right choice for de Ligt?
17:00 Saturday 31st August 2019

Four months after scoring a powerful header to eliminate Juventus from the Champions League, Mathijs De Ligt is now wearing the black-and-white jersey of the Bianconeri, just not for 90 minutes every week. His record-breaking exploits with…

Spain
Barcelona's midfield dilemma
08:00 Tuesday 20th August 2019

Most Barcelona supporters can't believe Ernesto Valverde is in his third year at the Camp Nou. Even though he's delivered two La Liga titles a Copa Del Rey trophy and a Spanish Supercup, his struggles in the Champions League…

Spain
Ranking La Liga's top 10 summer signings
08:00 Saturday 17th August 2019

The 2019/20 La Liga season beckons. There is the usual anticipation that comes with every new season. This year, however, the offseason brought spectacular change.  The transfer window doesn't close till 2nd September but…

Spain
2019/20 Barcelona La Liga preview
17:01 Thursday 15th August 2019

Barcelona continued to dominate La Liga last season, finishing 11 points clear atop the table. Rivals Real Madrid trailed the Catalans by a massive 19 points. Diego Simeone's Atletico took advantage to secure the second spot. Ernesto Valverde…

France
Why recent signings Ander Herrera, Idrissa Gueye can backfire on PSG
12:01 Thursday 8th August 2019

Paris Saint-Germain picked up Ander Herrera on a free transfer at June’s beginning. Les Parisiens then brought in Idrissa Gueye for £29 million nine days ago. Two decent, hard-working central midfielders who add depth. Nonetheless,…