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Italy
Should Jose Mourinho rethink his Premier League obsession?
08:00 Monday 20th January 2020

Do you remember the diner scene in Rain Man? A box of matches falls on the floor. Looking at the jumbled mess, Charlie Babbit [Dustin Hoffman] says, “82, 82, 82.” His brother Raymond [Tom Cruise] claims there are a lot more than…

Transfers
What next for Olivier Giroud?
20:40 Thursday 9th January 2020

Olivier Giroud was never really considered the most popular striker in London during his eight-year spell in the English capital. The Frenchman somehow managed to stay away from controversy and fanfare for nearly a decade plying his trade in…

Premier League
What's happened to Christian Benteke at Crystal Palace?
17:01 Sunday 5th January 2020

Christian Benteke's Crystal Palace future is uncertain. He’s been out of form in the Premier League and out of favour under Roy Hodgson. As a result, the 29-year-old may be out of time at Selhurst Park. Benteke was Palace’s…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Twelve dreamers dreaming
08:01 Wednesday 1st January 2020

On the eleventh day of football, UEFA gave to me Twelve dreamers dreaming, Eleven keepers keeping, Ten lads-a-leaping, Nine ladies playing, Eight managers managing, Seven sides-a-sinking, Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown,…

Premier League
One year on, have Manchester United improved under Solskjaer?
08:01 Friday 20th December 2019

Wednesday’s EFL Cup match against Colchester United ushered in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second year in charge at Old Trafford. His squad marked the occasion with a 3-0 victory over the mid-table League 2 outfit. The Love-United-Hate-Glazers…

Champions League
Barcelona block Inter's path to the Round of 16
09:00 Tuesday 10th December 2019

Inter unexpectedly held onto first place in Serie A over the weekend. After a goalless draw against visiting Roma at the Giuseppe Meazza on Friday evening, the table was set for Scudetto holders Juventus to retake the initiative in this season’s…

European Championships
Olivier Giroud must choose between Euro2020 and Chelsea
09:00 Monday 18th November 2019

France were in Tirana on Sunday evening attending to formalities. Already qualified for Euro 2020 this coming summer, a victory over Albania would allow Les Bleus to top their group, easing the minds of other top seeds reluctant to draw the…

Italy
New Lukaku or same old streaky bacon?
09:00 Wednesday 6th November 2019

Romelu Lukaku's career is like a vintage Reliant Robin, travelling in fits and spurts. His big-game presence was questioned at Everton, his heavy first touch at Manchester United. To date, the Belgian striker has Internazionale faithful…

Premier League
Two solutions for Manchester United's right wing?
17:00 Saturday 21st September 2019

Ask yourself why Sir Alex Ferguson signed Robin van Persie. It wasn’t to stick it to Arsene Wenger. That was a bonus. No, he needed someone who could provide balance in the Manchester United attack. Always devastating down the left flank…

Premier League
Should Solskjaer restore Manchester United's aerial threat?
08:00 Monday 16th September 2019

When Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in 2016, bringing his ground-based possession style with him, Premier League aficionados were of two minds. The old school boys claimed the Catalunyan manager needed to adapt his game to English…

Italy
Will Inter move rejuvenate Alexis Sanchez's career?
12:01 Saturday 24th August 2019

Alexis Sanchez enjoyed the brightest days of his career at Arsenal. He was a fan favourite at the Emirates Stadium before swapping the Gunners for Manchester United. After switching to Old Trafford, his career took a different turn.  …

Transfers
Does Dybala to Manchester United make sense?
09:00 Saturday 3rd August 2019

Kings fall. That doesn't change the fact they were once powerful rulers who controlled multitudes, forcing them to obey their will. When a usurper steps into the power vacuum, the former king isn't going to accept a lesser…

Transfers
6 'Most Unwanted' players in Europe
12:00 Monday 29th July 2019

When Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen wrote “I want you to want me” in 1978, he wasn’t thinking about the UEFA transfer window. If he was, Nielsen was 25 years ahead of his time. The first window opened in 2003. Nevertheless,…

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…

Premier League
#GlazersOut farce doesn't help Manchester United
08:01 Saturday 29th June 2019

It’s become so easy to outrage an entire populace. Both the Trump and Brexit campaigns managed it. Their blatant lies angered people who knew the facts and riled up supporters who desperately wanted those facts to go away. Once truth…