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Premier League
Manchester United's road form no yellow brick road
08:00 Monday 22nd April 2019

At this point, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should adopt a Scottish terrier, name him Toto, go to sleep, and wait for a tornado to transport the Carrington training complex to Oz. His Manchester United squad need brains, heart and courage. Especially…

Bundesliga
James Rodriguez hits form at perfect time for Bayern Munich
08:00 Friday 29th March 2019

In January, James Rodriguez was only a few inches away from Bayern Munich's exit door. With every snub from Niko Kovac, the Colombian edged further. In a dramatic turn of events, however, the 27-year-old drifted back inwards. Thoughts of…

Bundesliga
Four players Bayern Munich should sign next summer
09:00 Tuesday 26th March 2019

Bayern Munich exited the Champions League early this season but remain in control in the Bundesliga. If there's anything new, it's that they kicked it into gear much later than usual domestically. Niko Kovac's first half-season…

International
Carlos Queiroz: Master and Commander on the far side of football
08:00 Friday 22nd March 2019

Whether it’s club or international football, managers love to play god, remaking teams in their image. If that was the case with Carlos Queiroz, Colombia fans would be in for a shock. For eight years in Iran, Queiroz built a crack defensive…

Italy
Nerazzurri go to the front line in war on player power
14:00 Sunday 17th February 2019

When Neymar forced a transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017, player power came to the fore in football. Despite claiming €222 million through the sale, the Blaugrana remain bitter about losing the supposed…

Tactical Analysis
Do some players just rub managers the wrong way?
08:00 Monday 28th January 2019

We all encounter people we just can't stand to be around. Take it from me, the worst thing you can do is marry them. When you and your partner have different ideas about everything, it's difficult to build a functional let alone lasting…

Transfers
Arsenal must battle hard for James Rodriguez's signature
08:00 Tuesday 22nd January 2019

James Rodriguez's future remains up in the air. With six months left on his two-year loan deal at Bayern Munich, no one can accurately predict where he’ll be playing his football next season. There are three options: Bayern, Real…

Transfers
What does the future hold for James Rodriguez?
09:00 Thursday 22nd November 2018

When James Rodriguez made the move from Monaco to Real Madrid in 2014, it was a dream come true for the Colombian. He made this known to the Spanish club while being unveiled, promising to do his best for the serial winners in the years to…

Premier League
Equal Time: Leonardo Jardim should eschew Manchester United for Real Madrid
12:00 Monday 15th October 2018

Maybe it’s a lingering effect from my Star Trek: The Next Generation phase. It occurred to me when I reacted positively to rumours touting deposed Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim to manage Manchester United that I put great stock in the leadership…

Premier League
Is Mateo Kovacic Chelsea's James Rodriguez?
08:00 Tuesday 28th August 2018

Real Madrid's two most promising players are on loan. James Rodriguez is with Bayern Munich, Mateo Kovacic Chelsea.After tasting the joy of regular minutes at a top club, neither may wish to return. Rodriguez became an integral part of…

World Cup
World Cup Round of 16: England wanted Colombia; they have them
09:30 Tuesday 3rd July 2018

The final match in the Round of 16 sees Colombia, winners of Group H; play England, runners-up of Group G. The South Americans secured back-to-back wins, beating Poland 3-0 and also securing a slender 1-0 victory over Senegal. Their…

World Cup
8 Real Madrid players outperforming all others in the World Cup
15:00 Saturday 30th June 2018

Real Madrid has been the top team on the planet for a while now. Four Champions Leagues in five years backs that claim. Los Blancos won those titles under two different managers. While Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane both deserve credit,…

World Cup
World Cup Group H: Senegal look to stave off onrushing Colombia
09:30 Thursday 28th June 2018

It’s a case of winner takes all on Thursday, when Senegal clash with Colombia at Samara Arena in the final round of Group H matches. The Terenga Lions have the advantage with four points on the board;  a draw will seal safe…

World Cup
World Cup Group H: Urgency is the word as both Colombia and Poland look to rebound on Match Day 2
12:30 Sunday 24th June 2018

Group H, as predicted, is the most open group in this year's World Cup. Any team can still progress. Columbia and Poland were the favourites. Los Cafeteros' run to the quarterfinal in Brazil dazzled everyone. Poland has quietly built…

World Cup
World Cup Group H: Coffee, tea, or three points? Colombia v Japan
08:30 Tuesday 19th June 2018

Colombia and Japan will kick off their World Cup campaigns on Tuesday afternoon when they meet in Saransk. The game will be the opener in Group H, which on paper looks like it might be the tightest group in the competition. Of the four Group…