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Netherlands
Is Lisandro Martinez Ajax's latest generational talent?
08:01 Monday 24th February 2020

Lisandro Martinez arrived in Amsterdam for £6 million. Ajax director of football Marc Overmars struck gold with Martinez following Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt's departure. Bought as a left-footed defender/left-back to provide…

Italy
What does Giorgio Chiellini's return mean for Matthijs De Ligt?
09:00 Tuesday 11th February 2020

It is rare to see a team from outside Europe's top five leagues, one comprising so many young players, deliver repeated shocks to elite squads in the Champions League. Ajax did that last term, slaying giants Real Madrid in the Round…

Transfers
Can good friends Ajax help Barcelona out of another jam?
09:01 Thursday 23rd January 2020

When Rinus Michels brought Total Football to Barcelona in the 1970s, it began a beautiful friendship. Johan Cruijff eventually followed his mentor to the Nou Camp. The legendary Dutch midfielder played in Blaugrana stripes, won titles as the…

Champions League
Why Juventus won't win the Champions League
09:00 Thursday 12th September 2019

In the summer of 2018, Juventus owner Andrea Agnelli gave manager Massimiliano Allegri a new toy. Whether or not he made the best use of it is debatable. For the Serie A campaign’s opening ten games, Allegri split Cristiano Ronaldo’s…

European Football
How lucky is Virgil van Dijk?
17:01 Wednesday 11th September 2019

We don't always get what we deserve. Virgil van Dijk is. Winning UEFA's Player of the Year is usually reserved for an exceptional player, one who proves vital for his team over a season. After a decade of dominating this award,…

Italy
Is Chiellini's injury De Ligt's opportunity to impress the Old Lady?
12:00 Monday 9th September 2019

Mathijs de Ligt's transfer to Juventus was one of the summer's most notable in Europe. The central defender commanded much attention due to his eye-catching performance which helped Ajax claim the domestic double…

Italy
Was Juventus the right choice for de Ligt?
17:00 Saturday 31st August 2019

Four months after scoring a powerful header to eliminate Juventus from the Champions League, Mathijs De Ligt is now wearing the black-and-white jersey of the Bianconeri, just not for 90 minutes every week. His record-breaking exploits with…

Italy
2019/20 Juventus Serie A preview
17:01 Friday 23rd August 2019

Can Juventus finally break their UEFA Champions League duck? Well, that’s the million-dollar question echoing around Turin. The Bianconeri sealed their eighth consecutive Serie A title last season, but an early elimination in Europe left…

Transfers
Does Donny van de Beek fit into Zidane's Real Madrid master plan?
08:01 Monday 5th August 2019

After Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy came in so soon after the transfer window opened that it was like they'd camped out for Black Friday, all went quiet on the Real Madrid front. Club President Florentino…

Netherlands
2019/20 Ajax Eredivisie preview
17:00 Thursday 1st August 2019

A new season dawns for Erik ten Hag’s Ajax without wunderkinds Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong. To keep their crown, the Eredivisie champions cannot let the fire die even without their two torchbearers. While I Lancieri lost…

Italy
Is Leonardo Bonucci destined for the Juventus scrap heap?
09:00 Friday 19th July 2019

Through the years, Juventus has transformed its reputation. Once known for economical transfer business, the Bianconeri's reformed their approach to a more volatile one in recent times.    Signing Matthijs de Ligt for…

Italy
Is a Juventus Champions League title in the chronicles of Ronaldo?
15:01 Friday 5th July 2019

Have you seen Pitch Black? It is the first and easily best film in Vin Diesel’s Riddick trilogy despite the low budget. Quick synopsis: Riddick is in transport through space to prison when the cargo ship carrying him crashes on a desert…

Premier League
Why Alex Trebek isn't a Manchester United fan
09:01 Monday 24th June 2019

Announcer: This. Isn't. Jeopardy. Tonight we have a special Manchester United edition as the club prepare for the 2019/20 campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Let’s meet our contestants. Tom is a pipefitter and United season ticket…

Transfers
Which is the best bet for Matthijs de Ligt's next club?
09:00 Monday 17th June 2019

You could say Ajax upset the Champions League apple cart in 2018/19. They reached the last four by knocking off three-time defending champions Real Madrid and then their anticipated heirs, Juventus. In addition, they reclaimed the Eredivisie…

Netherlands
Does the Netherlands need an attacking makeover?
15:00 Sunday 16th June 2019

Not in many crucial games has the Netherlands’ defensive work managed to overshadow their attacking bite over the years. The Dutch have gained fame for their “total football”, world-class strikers and fierce forward-line…