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Spain
Winning ugly not acceptable at Barcelona
08:00 Friday 8th November 2019

When you hold to the highest standard, it's difficult to enjoy your football. Anything less than comprehensive excellence feels like a major crisis. Barcelona occupy first place both in La Liga and their Champions League group but…

Spain
El Clasico on hold as Catalan independence movement disrupts La Liga
17:00 Thursday 24th October 2019

El Clasico has been postponed and there is no doubt which club is happier about it. The last time Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona in a league fixture was in 2016. On that night Cristiano Ronaldo’s 85th-minute strike wrapped up…

Football
What lies ahead for Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne?
12:00 Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Pep Guardiola's biggest risk in a glittering career was leaving Bayern Munich for Manchester City. The gaffer felt it was worth testing his tactical nous on English soil though... It took two seasons before conquering the league and the…

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…

Champions League
2019/20 Champions League Preview
08:01 Tuesday 17th September 2019

In a throwback to the days of the British Empire, the Premier League dominated the football map in May and June, sending four clubs to the Champions and Europa League finals. Tonight, the rest of the world finally has a chance to answer the…

Spain
Anssumane Fati: FC Barcelona's youngest debutant since the 1940s
17:00 Tuesday 27th August 2019

Barcelona takes its time before handing a debut to teenagers in La Liga. In 1941, the late Vicenc Martinez became the youngest La Liga debutant for the Catalan giants, when he appeared in El Clasico aged 16 years and 280 days. Lionel Messi…

France
Will Real Madrid hijack Neymar away from Barcelona? Should they?
12:00 Sunday 18th August 2019

Neymar Junior stands out among the best of his generation. The Brazilian's dribbling skills, creativity and scoring ability are remarkably delightful. You can watch his video clips over and over again because they are breathtaking.…

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…

Spain
Will Messi go down as the last one-club man?
08:01 Tuesday 30th July 2019

Lionel Messi’s story is straight out of a comic book. Small, frail and weak as a child, a powerful benefactor unexpectedly offered him a treatment that would transform him into the greatest footballer on the planet. Even when you acknowledge…

Transfers
Barcelona fans acting like jilted lovers over Neymar, Griezmann
12:00 Thursday 4th July 2019

When Manchester United dragged their heels after the summer transfer window opened, supporters erupted. Claiming they’d reached their limit with the club’s American owners, fans quickly organized the #GlazersOut campaign. They garnered…

International
Copa America knockout rounds: No continent for old men?
08:01 Wednesday 26th June 2019

Despite more credible showings than the two Conmebol teams eliminated from the Copa America, the guests have gone home and South America can get down to the business of deciding its champion for 2019. Bolivia and Ecuador looked more like rank…

Spain
How will Barcelona spend their summer?
15:00 Monday 10th June 2019

For the vast majority of European clubs, securing a second successive league title, reaching a domestic cup final and a Champions League semi-final would represent a good campaign. For Barcelona, it was an utter failure. Alright, there was…

International
Can Sanchez, Vidal hustle another Copa America for Chile?
12:00 Thursday 6th June 2019

Chile stunned South America by winning back-to-back Copa Americas over Argentina in 2015 and 16, keeping Lionel Messi off the scoresheet for four hours in the process. While Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal are world-class in their…

Spain
Why FC Barcelona need more than just Frenkie de Jong this summer
09:00 Friday 31st May 2019

The recent appointment of Xavi Hernandez as the head coach of Qatari champions Al-Sadd only underscores how much things have changed since his days at FC Barcelona. The club's former captain moved to the Middle East in 2015 as a player…

Features
Barca, PSG both lost in Europe
17:00 Saturday 11th May 2019

A tournament of surprises, defiance, disbelief, and uncertainties, that is the best way to describe this season's Champions League. Once again, the competition lived up to its billing, validating its status as Europe's top…