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International
Netherlands renaissance begins with Nations League success
12:00 Wednesday 28th November 2018

The Netherlands is back. This was confirmed on Monday night in Gelsenkirchen when Virgil van Dijk connected with Tonny Vilehna’s cross to send the Oranje into the Nations League semi-finals, ahead of both France and Germany. When a beleaguered…

International
Why UEFA deserves credit for Nations League early success
17:00 Friday 23rd November 2018

When UEFA announced their thoughts and plans for their new Nations League concept, it was immediately laughed off... However, the European footballing powerhouses stuck to their guns and implemented the tournament anyway. Then came the…

International
The Pride of Pristina: The Invincible Kosovo
17:00 Friday 16th November 2018

Preston North End. Arsenal. Celtic. Porto… and Kosovo? The young nation might not have been playing FIFA recognised football for long, but they’re adapting quickly. They’re two matches away from having an unbeaten season.…

International
International Friendlies: Are They Really Needed?
15:00 Monday 12th November 2018

When it comes down to international football club supporters moan and groan about players who could be injured. No matter who you support, this is always a big issue. Remember when Bayern and Arsenal were all over the Dutch set-up because Arjen…

Opinion
How much do international breaks weigh on top players and teams in club football?
17:00 Monday 22nd October 2018

Many fans deride the international break. Their favourite players go absent, often travelling long distances to represent their countries. Unless the players belong to the fans' national team, the games hold little interest. Save for…

International
How Eric Dier's tackle on Sergio Ramos made us all smile
12:00 Thursday 18th October 2018

Sergio Ramos is widely regarded as football's most unscrupulous player. Whatever ethics, morality or sportsmanship he once possessed are overridden by an unwavering desire to win. He is one of the toughest opponents in the game. But on…

European Football
Why Bayern Munich, Poland must look beyond Robert Lewandowski
09:00 Thursday 18th October 2018

Robert Lewandowski has had an impressive career. From his humble beginnings in the third tier of Polish football, he has risen all the way to the very top, dominating the Bundesliga and making a mark in Europe. However, despite boasting a formidable…

England National Team
Can these players step up for England if Harry Kane is injured?
08:00 Friday 5th October 2018

Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck and, of course, Harry Kane. They comprised Gareth Southgate's strike force in Russia. Kane won the World Cup Golden Boot, scoring six goals in the Three Lions’ semifinal run.  Problem?…

International
Will the Netherlands continue to falter post-Wesley Sneijder?
17:00 Thursday 13th September 2018

Like most other national teams, the Netherlands has had its fair share of good and bad. The bad times, though, have refused to go away in recent times. With the retirement of Wesley Sneijder, a long-standing bright light for the Dutch, will…

International
Ryan Giggs, Wales and a Golden Generation
08:00 Sunday 9th September 2018

Ryan Giggs’ first competitive home game in charge of Wales was primed with a poetic quality from the get-go. Successful forays into China and Mexico in the 11 months since Wales last played in front of a home crowd had helped to ease…

International
France vs Germany: Tricky test awaits both in Nations League opener
09:00 Thursday 6th September 2018

France's recent World Cup winners were greeted to a heroic welcome at their Clairefontaine training base this week. It's now time to move on, though. The new season has already begun. International breaks are never too far behind.  …

International
St. David's Day Special: an exciting year for Wales
09:30 Thursday 1st March 2018

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus. Happy St. David's Day, for those of you who don't speak Cymraeg. In the spirit of celebrating all things Welsh, let's take an optimistic look at what is to come for Ryan Giggs and his Dragons. Spoiler alert: there's…

International
UEFA Nations League Explained
13:00 Tuesday 16th January 2018

International friendlies are many football fans’ pet hate. They are about to become history. UEFA has launched a new competition designed to replace meaningless friendless and instead fill international breaks with matches worth…

Rest Of The World
Nations League Bad Idea For CONCACAF
15:00 Wednesday 12th April 2017

Suspension of disbelief is a powerful psychological concept usually applied to fiction. To be entertained, people are willing to believe there can be superheroes with incredible strength, ability to fly, control magic, or take on arachnoid characteristics…

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