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Federico Valverde: A Real asset
08:01 Friday 6th December 2019

Real Madrid's squad is massive. Spoiled for choice is the apt phrase. Every match, Zinedine Zidane faces a problem to find the perfect starting XI. However, the results keep coming. Los Blancos sit second in La Liga, only shy…

What does Toni Kroos' resurgence mean for club and country?
08:00 Tuesday 19th November 2019

Germany’s shock World Cup elimination in the group stage confirmed the regression among the nation's ageing stars. In an act of self-preservation, manager Joachim Low visited the Allianz Arena to inform three Bayern stars, Mats…

Premier League
Equal Time: Leonardo Jardim should eschew Manchester United for Real Madrid
12:00 Monday 15th October 2018

Maybe it’s a lingering effect from my Star Trek: The Next Generation phase. It occurred to me when I reacted positively to rumours touting deposed Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim to manage Manchester United that I put great stock in the leadership…

World Cup
World Cup Final: France we expected, but Croatia? The Blazers won't go away.
08:00 Sunday 15th July 2018

After an unpredictable tournament packed with memorable moments, France and Croatia will contest the 21st World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday afternoon. Both sides have worked hard and battled through difficult…

World Cup
England can learn two things from this World Cup
14:00 Saturday 14th July 2018

If there was a way to prove it, I would lay serious money on playing to the whistle being the most difficult lesson to both learn and remember. I mean in life as well as football but let’s stick with the latter rather than getting into…

World Cup
World Cup Semifinal: England, Croatia have come furthest for either since the 90s; who will go the distance?
08:30 Wednesday 11th July 2018

If football is to take another step on its journey home, England must find a way past their toughest opponents yet. They take on Croatia in Moscow tonight. In seven previous meetings between the two sides, England have won four and lost twice…

World Cup
World Cup Group D: Argentina can't afford to be checked by Croatia
12:30 Thursday 21st June 2018

Argentina take on Croatia in Group D's second round. The teams have met four times. Argentina has two wins, Croatia the one. The only competitive meeting between the sides took place at France 98. La Albiceleste were winners in the group…

El Clasico Tactical Review: Modric, Iniesta and a nullified MSN
13:24 Monday 5th December 2016

In the 265th annual El Clásico, two heavyweights of World football did battle in front of a sold out Camp Nou. With an estimated half a billion people watching around the globe, the Spanish giants put on a show worthy of entertaining the World.…

Boring Boring Transfers!
10:27 Friday 12th August 2011

Over the summer, we've seen endless rumour and talk of possible transfers that simply haven't happened; Sneijder to United, Fabregas to Barca, Nasri to either Manchester club, Modric to Chelsea. So far none have taken place, giving this summer's…

Pen outta ink?
12:08 Tuesday 26th July 2011

Being a football fan in Australia is hard work.Being a Tottenham Hotspur fan is hard work.Being a Tottenham Hotspur fan in Australia is damn near impossible. Especially when it's transfer window time.Scouring the internet at all times of the…

Transfer Round-Up 11-7
11:11 Tuesday 12th July 2011

Nasri now likes his contract, Inter board to have sandwiches for lunch and talk about a Dutchman, and Tevez still doesn't like rain.I'm going to start on the "Fab" transfer story that even Wenger himself said has been going on for years (maybe…

Transfer Round-up 10/7
01:14 Monday 11th July 2011

Cole joins Stoke, Modric reopens the Chelsea saga and Villa are hutting down Hutton! It wasn't a very busy day in the transfer world, the main headline would be about Modric looking for himself and Tottenham to go their separate ways. In my…