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Football
Why isn't Luka Modric living up to the Ballon d'Or tag?
16:55 Wednesday 10th April 2019

In the beginning, there was a vast sporting void. Then the English created Football. They ventured out from their Albion Garden of Eden to spread the game to the world while taking everything else in return. When the rest of the world…

International
Why are Croatia stumbling after historic World Cup run?
17:00 Saturday 30th March 2019

Months after their unprecedented run to silver at the 2018 World Cup, Croatia isn’t inspiring much confidence. Zlatko Dalic has done some excellent work with the Blazers. And he’ll go down in history as one of the most successful…

Spain
3 quintessential signings to make Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid great again
08:00 Friday 15th March 2019

The prodigal father returned to Real Madrid. After Los Blancos endured their biggest humiliation in many years, Florentino Perez grovelled to bring back Zinedine Zidane. This time, however, it’s on the Frenchman's terms.  That…

Spain
Is Zinedine Zidane the saviour Real Madrid needs?
12:00 Tuesday 12th March 2019

Winning three Champions League trophies back-to-back is no mean feat. It does not happen by accident. Neither can it be explained away as a matter of luck. Zinedine Zidane earned all the praise he received and more for his exploits in the Real…

Spain
Is Vinicius Junior Real Madrid's long-term successor to Cristiano Ronaldo?
09:00 Tuesday 12th February 2019

A new star is born in Madrid. Vinicius Junior arrived at Real Madrid last year with a glowing reputation. This season, he’s put it into effect. The young Brazilian thrives under Santiago Solari, fitting into the Cristiano Ronaldo…

England National Team
With Harry Kane, it's always something
08:00 Sunday 18th November 2018

Harry Kane has issues with multitasking. Until this season, he had never scored a Premier League goal in August. He was fine for other competitions. Just the Premier League. Finally, he broke through with a 78th-minute finish on the counterattack…

Spain
Why the Real Madrid clock is already ticking on Julen Lopetegui
15:00 Tuesday 9th October 2018

Many high-ranking members in the RFEF still fault Julen Lopetegui for La Roja’s poor run at Russia 2018. After all, it can't be their fault. They fired him on the tournament's eve, but he agreed to join Real Madrid following the…

Spain
Equal Time: Why Luka Modric shouldn't have won FIFA's Best award
14:00 Tuesday 25th September 2018

For the first time in over a decade, a footballer not named Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi has scooped a major individual European award. This time around, 'The Best' accolade has gone to none other than Luka Modric. I want to start…

Features
Equal Time: Why Luka Modric is a worthy winner of FIFA's Best
13:00 Tuesday 25th September 2018

As Luka Modric tucked himself into bed last night, he will have been reflecting on an impressive year. Being named as FIFA’s Best Player was the latest achievement in a season filled with success. While he will not have been thinking…

International
FIFA FIFPro World XI: Which players merit selection?
09:00 Thursday 13th September 2018

In the footballing galaxy, September is defined by three events; international window, Champions League and FIFA Best Awards. Of the trio, it can be argued the latter is most eagerly anticipated. Over the past decade, attempting to oust…

Opinion
Why Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi should be in FIFA Awards final three
09:00 Monday 10th September 2018

As the FIFA best player award approaches, it is curious to see who will be given the top prize. World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi, who led Barcelona to the double, were both ignored. The shortlist of the top three players…

Football
Why Luka Modric deserves to win the Ballon d’Or
17:00 Monday 3rd September 2018

When the final nominees for 2018’s Ballon d’Or are announced, Luka Modric will be among the favourites to plunder the coveted golden football. At long last, the Croatian mighty midfielder is getting the accolades he deserves. Ballon…

World Cup
World Cup Golden Ball: Who was the best player at Russia 2018?
08:30 Friday 13th July 2018

The most dramatic World Cup of our generation stages its final act on Sunday. Sixty-two matches are complete. Only one went goalless. All that scoring means there have been memorable individual performances. The Golden Ball is meant for…

World Cup
Is Luka Modric playing for his freedom?
08:00 Wednesday 11th July 2018

Luka Modric is playing for much more than a place in the final. Croatia’s World Cup semi-final against England could be his last match for a long time.  Real Madrid’s ethereal playmaker has been in inspired form in Russia. …

World Cup
Is Gareth Southgate too predictable to halt Croatia?
09:30 Tuesday 10th July 2018

Gareth Southgate has done more than inspire his players. He has started a revolution. I have no idea how long it will last, however. For the first time in this tournament, Southgate and England will face a real test when they take the pitch…