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12 Days of Football 2019/20: Ten lads-a-leaping
08:01 Monday 30th December 2019

On the tenth day of football, UEFA gave to me Ten lads-a-leaping, Nine ladies playing, Eight managers managing, Seven sides-a-sinking, Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two title races and  Liverpool…

Transfers
Should Chelsea swoop for Victor Osimhen?
12:01 Monday 23rd December 2019

Frank Lampard's reign as Chelsea manager didn't start on a bright note. After losing the UEFA Super Cup to Liverpool, the former midfield maestro oversaw a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in the opening match of the new Premier League…

France
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Three French clubs
08:00 Monday 23rd December 2019

On the third day of football, UEFA gave to me Three French clubs, Two title races and  Liverpool and Man City Welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's Round and It's White. Over the holiday fixtures,…

France
Can Leonardo Jardim maintain Monaco's resurrection?
09:01 Friday 20th December 2019

AS Monaco looked dead and buried last season as the club remained rooted to the relegation zone. A change of managers did nothing to solve the problem. If anything, it made the situation worse. The Principality outfit hierarchy realised…

Premier League
How can Freddie Ljungberg get the best from Nicolas Pepe?
08:01 Monday 9th December 2019

Every transfer window comes with its big-money moves. Clubs recruit standout players who can add quality to their teams. Last summer saw its fair share of blockbuster moves. Eden Hazard, Antoine Griezemann, Joao Felix and Neymar’s proposed…

France
Andre Villas-Boas giving Marseille a new lease of life
12:01 Friday 6th December 2019

Andre Villas-Boas has come an extremely long way from his time at Porto where he enjoyed his breakthrough as a manager. He led the Portuguese giants to an undefeated 2010–11 season in the Primeira Liga, winning four trophies…

France
Can Nantes outshoot Ligue 1's big guns?
12:01 Sunday 3rd November 2019

Every season comes with its surprise packages, including this one. Freiburg surpasses expectations early on in the Bundesliga. Leicester City recalls their 2015/16 fairy tale despite Liverpool and Manchester City's dominance.…

France
Can Rudi Garcia revitalise Lyon?
09:01 Tuesday 22nd October 2019

It was always going to be a tall order expecting Sylvinho to come up with the goods in charge of a club with Lyon's stature. The Brazilian had paid his dues, learning as an assistant at Cruzeiro and Inter Milan under Roberto Mancini.…

Premier League
Why Kelechi Iheanacho must leave Leicester City in January
17:00 Tuesday 8th October 2019

"Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future. "It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent." Those were words from then Manchester City gaffer,…

Premier League
Was Nicolas Pepe the right choice for Arsenal?
08:02 Monday 30th September 2019

The Premier League is back with a bang. Football fans are enjoying every moment. Like a few other clubs in the division, Arsenal will be hoping to force themselves up the table this term, after a forgettable campaign in 2018/19. Unai Emery's…

France
Why is Ligue 1 star-power fading?
12:01 Monday 2nd September 2019

Ligue 1 is known as a division in which its top clubs attract quality players but such stars can't stay and develop into what they want to become. This trend was thought to stop when Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris Saint…

France
2019/20 Ligue 1 preview
15:01 Friday 9th August 2019

Just like the German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A, the French Ligue 1 has been dominated by one team. That has been the case for several years now. Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco merely interrupted Paris Saint-Germain’s dominance in…

France
Can Victor Osimhen fill Nicolas Pepe’s shoes at Lille?
12:01 Monday 5th August 2019

Nicolas Pepe has finally completed his blockbuster move to Arsenal from LOSC Lille. Understandably, some Arsenal fans are over the moon. It has been a while since there was this much buzz and belief among the Arsenal faithful. Arsene Wenger’s…

Italy
Why did AC Milan splash out on 20-year-old Rafael Leao?
09:01 Monday 5th August 2019

It isn’t unusual for European sides to throw cash around for young, raw talents. Doing so at the expense of the proven commodities sometimes raises questions. Milan not only lavished almost £32m on Rafael Leao, but Suso…

Transfers
Why Nicolas Pepe will prove the real deal for Arsenal
09:31 Tuesday 30th July 2019

Arsenal fans have been waiting with anticipation on what a crucial summer transfer window holds. Unai Emery's Gunners needed at least one top-class recruitment, although the club hierarchy only made a reported £50million available.…