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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,…

Transfers
Is the Premier League transfer deadline just a different can of worms?
12:01 Sunday 21st July 2019

Last year, the Premier League imposed a ‘voluntary’ transfer deadline on its clubs that falls several weeks before the official UEFA date. The deadline is only voluntary in the sense of the league as a whole. Individual clubs cannot…

Transfers
Is Solskjaer trying to be Sir Alex to Pogba's Ronaldo?
18:14 Thursday 11th July 2019

If you asked Dame Shirley Bassey about Paul Pogba’s allegedly desired move to Real Madrid, the legendary diva might say it was a “bit of history repeating”. At first, you might think that’s because the French midfielder…

Premier League
Are Neymar, Gareth Bale, aces up Ed Woodward's #GlazersOut sleeve?
09:00 Monday 1st July 2019

The #GlazersOut movement continues to rage on social media. Its main points are that the American owners take too much money out of the club and put nothing back. Millions are spent on servicing debt and remunerating a board whose group picture…

Football
Who are football’s next generation of villains?
12:00 Monday 17th June 2019

The game has always tried to promote itself as a dignified profession. Heroics are celebrated, talented footballers held up as role models. More money also means more propaganda depicting the beautiful game as a pristine, unblemished competition.…

Spain
What do Real Madrid have in Eder Militao?
12:00 Friday 5th April 2019

Real Madrid made a proactive start to facilitate Zinedine Zidane's appointment. Los Blancos secured Brazilian defender Eder Militao's services from Porto on a six-year deal for a £43 million fee.  A product…

Spain
Santiago Solari's trust in youth is proving to be a masterstroke
08:00 Monday 11th February 2019

Real Madrid are not over former manager Zinedine Zidane's glory days. The club appointed Julen Lopetegui but the Spanish boss failed to incorporate his philosophy into the team. Now comes Santiago Solari. It was a make-or-break point for…