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Is Real Madrid missing the Ronaldo effect?
15:00 Thursday 11th October 2018

Following a 3-0 loss to Seville three weeks ago, you'd expect the world's most successful club to come out fighting. Three winless, goalless games later, questions are again being asked at the Santiago Bernabeu. Much was made…

Why the Real Madrid clock is already ticking on Julen Lopetegui
15:00 Tuesday 9th October 2018

Many high-ranking members in the RFEF still fault Julen Lopetegui for La Roja’s poor run at Russia 2018. After all, it can't be their fault. They fired him on the tournament's eve, but he agreed to join Real Madrid following the…

Why Puskas Award voting proves fans should have no say in awards
17:00 Saturday 6th October 2018

Humility can make one popular. In turn, popularity can deliver unexpected benefits. Going into the FIFA “Best Awards” ceremony, not many, as in pretty much no one, expected Mohamed Salah to be a prime contender for the reputed Puskas…

Ryan Giggs, Wales and a Golden Generation
08:00 Sunday 9th September 2018

Ryan Giggs’ first competitive home game in charge of Wales was primed with a poetic quality from the get-go. Successful forays into China and Mexico in the 11 months since Wales last played in front of a home crowd had helped to ease…

How Karim Benzema is benefiting from Ronaldo's Real Madrid exit
12:00 Wednesday 5th September 2018

Karim Benzema is a man on fire. 'He’s a different Benzema,' Monday's AS cover boldly read, accompanied with a stylish image of the Frenchman following another assured performance for Real Madrid. Yet Julen Lopetegui claims…

El Clasico won’t be fun without Ronaldo and Messi rivalry
08:00 Monday 16th July 2018

The football world was in total shock when Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. The Portuguese’s exit from the Santiago Bernabeu ends a golden age of El Classico between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Ronaldo thanked Real supporters…

Why Gareth Bale should avoid Manchester United
15:00 Monday 25th June 2018

It's a strange situation when a player who single-handedly decided the 2018 Champions League final is not a regular at his club. This season, despite staying injury free, Real Madrid's Gareth Bale started only 24 competitive…

Where can Real Madrid add strength this summer?
17:00 Wednesday 13th June 2018

Real Madrid won their third successive UEFA Champions League title in Kiev to end the season, the first club to do so in the Champions League era and since Bayern and Ajax both did it between 1971 and 1976. Of course, Alfredo di Stefano's…

Champions League
Where will Gareth Bale win his fifth Champions League title?
17:00 Saturday 2nd June 2018

As the world prepared to be held spellbound by the climax to football's greatest club competition, one man made a solemn determination. He would remind the football populace about his incredible talents. Zinedine Zidane cared less, so he…

Premier League
Why Manchester United should swap Paul Pogba for Gareth Bale
09:00 Saturday 2nd June 2018

Two summers since Manchester United forked out a world-record £89 million for their own academy graduate, Paul Pogba, they should once again consider letting him leave Old Trafford. Edward Woodward, United’s vice-chairman, relishes…

Premier League
Champions League final defeat proved Liverpool have to spend
08:00 Monday 28th May 2018

In the end, superior quality shone through. Real Madrid secured another Champions League title. Liverpool were left wondering how it had gone against them so badly. For 25 minutes, they had rattled the reigning champions, pinning them against…

3 top players who could leave Real Madrid this summer
09:00 Wednesday 16th May 2018

It is no secret that Real Madrid love transfers. Their squad is stacked in quality and quantity. President Florentino Perez is a fan of the Galactico signings, whilst manager Zinedine Zidane prefers to promote youngsters into the first…

Gareth Bale can't get a game at Real Madrid but can't find himself a suitor either
10:00 Thursday 3rd May 2018

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was given 18 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final clash with Bayern Munich. He has now racked up 99 minutes of football in the knockout rounds. That is over six games or 16.5 minutes/match.…

Champions League
Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid: what we learned
08:30 Thursday 26th April 2018

Real Madrid inched closer to a third consecutive Champions League trophy when Marco Asensio scores the winner at Allianz Arena in the Champions League semifinal first leg against Bayern Munich. Los Blancos will hold a two-away-goal advantage…

Why Wales are embarking on global branding mission
20:00 Saturday 14th April 2018

When Wales’ involvement in March’s China Cup was initially announced it was met with scorn and dismissal. That the Welsh would haul players involved in serious domestic campaigns halfway across the globe to compete in an apparently…

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