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Spain
Is Casemiro back on track at Real Madrid?
08:01 Monday 27th January 2020

During Real Madrid’s struggles in the post-Zidane era, Casemiro experienced a shocking drop in form. He evolved from a scrawny kid to a formidable man under the Frenchman, but his side's transitional period hit the Brazilian…

Germany
Should Alvaro Odriozola look beyond Bayern Munich?
16:00 Saturday 25th January 2020

Bayern Munich signed Alvaro Odriozola on loan from Real Madrid this week, on a contract which expires at this season's end. When the Spaniard arrived at Los Blancos two years ago, I wrote about how it would complicate matters for then-manager…

Spain
Why Ngolo Kante to Real Madrid makes sense
09:00 Wednesday 15th January 2020

Everyone remembers when N'Golo Kante burst onto the scene during Leicester City's fairytale Premier League campaign in 2015/16. He was at the heart of that title run. Covering every blade of grass, nullifying opposition attacks,…

Spain
Is this Real Madrid's year in La Liga?
17:00 Sunday 22nd December 2019

Who will win the La Liga title this season? When this question is asked at the beginning of every campaign, the first club that comes to mind is FC Barcelona. The Blaugrana have been the dominant side in the Spanish top flight for the past…

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
Federico Valverde: A Real asset
08:01 Friday 6th December 2019

Real Madrid's squad is massive. Spoiled for choice is the apt phrase. Every match, Zinedine Zidane faces a problem to find the perfect starting XI. However, the results keep coming. Los Blancos sit second in La Liga, only shy…

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…

Premier League
Should Manchester United try to beat Mourinho to Bruno Fernandes?
09:01 Thursday 28th November 2019

As a US resident, it is my civic duty to consume mass amounts of turkey today. If you are not a US resident and are therefore missing out, that just means more for me. Another thing for which to be grateful. Happy Thanksgiving. Before the tryptophan…

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…

Spain
Opportunity knocks twice for Alphonse Areola
08:00 Sunday 13th October 2019

Football is about taking advantage of opportunities. Alphonse Areola has two knocking. At Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois’ position is there for the taking. Meanwhile, Hugo Lloris' injury could spell a turnaround with France. Even though…

Spain
Real Madrid v Granada: El Derbi de la Legitimidad
08:00 Saturday 5th October 2019

Matchday 8 in La Liga features a battle between the Spanish top-flight’s first and second-place teams. Real Madrid tops the Primera Division, surprising their own supporters as well as rivals and neutrals. Perhaps more surprising, there…

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
Luka Jovic feeling the August heat at the Bernabeu
09:00 Monday 26th August 2019

Poor outings in La Liga and Europe last season led to sweeping changes at Real Madrid. The serial Champions League winners found life difficult following starman Cristiano Ronaldo's exit. Two changes in the dugout did not…

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
Lukaku's Power Man not a good partner for Conte's Iron Fist
09:01 Thursday 15th August 2019

If you were to put Antonio Conte’s career on trial, his character witnesses would include Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson. The venerable Manchester United manager wasn’t afraid to rid himself of a player to whom he took a disliking,…