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Spain
Courtois, Hazard, Real Madrid; The White is not always greener
09:00 Sunday 8th December 2019

Normality returns in Spain’s capital. Real Madrid, the superstar team of world football, is battling Catalan giants Barcelona at the top of the table. However, not everything is rosy. Two of Madrid’s biggest stars, one ‘Galactico’…

Spain
Transfer policy: The root cause for Real Madrid's instability?
08:01 Friday 29th November 2019

Real Madrid spent heavily this summer if you call north of €300 million heavy. They finally managed to bring Eden Hazard to the Santiago Bernabeu. Luka Jovic joined from Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt. Brazilians Rodrygo, Eder…

European Championships
Will Hungary face the Topknot of God?
12:01 Tuesday 19th November 2019

November 18 2009, Stade de France, 104th minute: As Florent Malouda lined up the free-kick from  45 yards, centre-half Sebastien Squillaci hustled into the Ireland box. Referee Martin Hansson blew the whistle to resume play. Malouda’s…

International
Can Wales qualify for Euro 2020?
12:00 Wednesday 13th November 2019

With two games left, the EURO 2020 qualifying groups are really heating up. The time has come for Wales manager Ryan Giggs to show the world what he’s made of and lead his squad into second place in group E; meaning automatic…

Spain
Is La Liga now the world's most competitive division?
17:01 Thursday 7th November 2019

I can’t decide whether to write ‘this century’ or ‘this millennium’ when referencing La Liga’s recent dominance in European competition. Both read like a four-year-old saying, “Never in all my life.”…

International
Can Steve Clarke revive Scotland's fortunes?
12:01 Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Heedless of the rain falling in relentless sheets over the stadium, the midfielder steps up for the free-kick. The ball curls neatly into the top corner. The 6-0 rout is complete. Despite a dominant display, no one is particularly…

Spain
Have Merengues turned the corner ahead of El Derbi Madrileno?
12:00 Saturday 28th September 2019

Two draws in the first three league games of the new season raised concerns about Real Madrid’s and Zinedine Zidane’s readiness to challenge for the title. After a rather forgetful campaign last term that led to a series of signings…

Spain
Panic at the Bernabeu
08:00 Sunday 22nd September 2019

Have you read the book--sorry, what am I saying? Have you seen the film where the baby is born into an obscenely wealthy family, grows up wanting for nothing, graduates from the best university not because his parents have money but because…

Spain
Should Real Madrid regret selling Ronaldo?
09:00 Sunday 15th September 2019

There's nothing as frustrating as seeing former players flourish elsewhere. Gambling that age was about to catch up to their talisman, Real Madrid sold their most influential player to Juventus last summer. The gamble didn't pay…

Spain
Why Zinedine Zidane owes Gareth Bale an apology
16:01 Saturday 24th August 2019

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has made a remarkable U-turn on his position concerning Gareth Bale. The Frenchman courted controversy last month when comments he made regarding the Welsh star's future were considered distasteful in…

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.…

Spain
2019/20 Real Madrid La Liga preview
19:01 Thursday 15th August 2019

They say enjoy your success while it lasts. Real Madrid surely did that winning three Champions Leagues on the bounce. Unfortunately for Los Blancos, as they say, it doesn't last. The Spanish giants are now on the opposite end of the…

Transfers
6 'Most Unwanted' players in Europe
12:00 Monday 29th July 2019

When Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen wrote “I want you to want me” in 1978, he wasn’t thinking about the UEFA transfer window. If he was, Nielsen was 25 years ahead of his time. The first window opened in 2003. Nevertheless,…

Premier League
Should Tottenham re-sign Gareth Bale?
19:01 Wednesday 24th July 2019

Dreams can turn into nightmares. Many footballers know that feeling. Just ask Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez, James Rodriguez, Neymar Junior, Renato Sanches and Alvaro Morata. Another star who belongs on the list is Gareth…

Premier League
Equal Time: Manchester United need a new right winger as Mason Greenwood isn't it
09:01 Thursday 18th July 2019

Manchester United have been using makeshift players on the wings for far too long. First, it was Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young who converted from wide-forwards to defensive wing-backs, now the club has a serious problem with forcing…