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Premier League
Should Chelsea sign Jadon Sancho?
17:01 Tuesday 10th December 2019

Chelsea fans joyfully welcomed news the Court for Arbritration of Sport commuted their transfer ban in time for the January window. Their successful appeal of FIFA's judgment lifts a weight from manager Frank Lampard's shoulders. He…

Premier League
Is Julian Nagelsmann destined for the Premier League?
12:01 Sunday 24th November 2019

Julian Nagelsmann’s rise to prominence in the round leather game makes for fine reading. Like all true success stories, it has its roots in overcoming obstacles. When persistent knee injuries brought an end to a promising career as a…

Germany
What does Toni Kroos' resurgence mean for club and country?
08:00 Tuesday 19th November 2019

Germany’s shock World Cup elimination in the group stage confirmed the regression among the nation's ageing stars. In an act of self-preservation, manager Joachim Low visited the Allianz Arena to inform three Bayern stars, Mats…

Bundesliga
Marcus Thuram: The secret behind Gladbach’s surge 
08:00 Sunday 10th November 2019

Marcus Thuram schleps a lofty burden throughout his career. He must uphold a famous family legacy. Another awaited in Germany last summer; filling Thorgan Hazard's huge void. Unheralded, Thuram has done both with aplomb, in the process,…

Bundesliga
Why Joshua Kimmich's versatility is a Bayern Munich masterstroke
14:00 Saturday 9th November 2019

Bayern Munich is in a colossal mess right now. The Bavarians suffered a 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, after Jerome Boateng conceded a red card in the early proceedings. Two days later, the Bavarian giants parted ways…

Germany
Equal Time: Jose Mourinho belongs at Bayern, not Arsenal
11:00 Saturday 9th November 2019

Jose Mourinho's marriage with Manchester United ended on an embarrassing note. The Portuguese found life difficult in his last season at Old Trafford amid a run of poor results, heavy backlash from fans and constant fallouts with key…

Premier League
Ilkay Gundogan continues to fly under the radar
08:00 Monday 4th November 2019

Manchester City are a side blessed with an array of quality in every department. From goalkeeper Ederson's calm assured play from the back to Sergio Aguero's brilliance in attack, Pep Guardiola commands a machine that may…

Bundesliga
Alcacer out; Dortmund lack Plan B
09:01 Tuesday 29th October 2019

Ever since Lucien Favre took over, Borussia Dortmund have earned the reputation for playing enthralling attacking football and more importantly, scoring goals. Sure, their defensive work might be sub-par, but finishing off beautifully scripted…

Italy
Did Emre Can make a mistake leaving Liverpool?
08:01 Wednesday 16th October 2019

He was once the midfield general at Anfield. Emre Can ranked among Liverpool’s best performers when Jurgen Klopp took over. Seen as a key member of the squad while working under his compatriot, many thought he was going to be around for…

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,…

Bundesliga
Will the Bundesliga title change hands this season?
15:01 Saturday 12th October 2019

A 7-2 demolition of Tottenham in the Champions League put Bayern Munich in the conversation as being amongst the favourites to win the competition this season. It was a ruthless performance that showed the German champions may have rediscovered…

Reviews
Book Review: Per Mertesacker - Big Friendly German
19:01 Friday 11th October 2019

It’s hard to stick a label on Per Mertesacker. A World Cup winner who captained Arsenal to an FA Cup win, the self-described beanpole was a highly regarded centre-back at the very top of the game, but never came to be regarded as a truly…

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,…

Bundesliga
Is Germany ready for a Nubel #1?
18:01 Wednesday 9th October 2019

Germany’s goalkeeping feud is escalating to a point where it could lead to distractions for Die Mannschaft. To ease tensions, Joachim Low offers ample opportunities to Barcelona's Marc-Andre Ter Stegen while still touting Bayern's…

Bundesliga
Should Kevin Volland be in the Germany squad?
12:01 Tuesday 8th October 2019

‘Die Mannschaft’ or the German National Football Team if you prefer, have had more than a few issues over the last eighteen months. The biggest of which comfortably being their shocking exit from the World Cup…