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Premier League
Is Pep Guardiola walking in Jose Mourinho's shoes?
17:00 Tuesday 10th March 2020

In Genesis, Cain and Abel are brothers. Jealousy leads one to murder the other. In football, people like to think of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho as mortal enemies. Not so. In fact, they are managerial brothers who cut their teeth together…

Champions League
Can Barcelona loot and pillage Napoli?
17:00 Tuesday 25th February 2020

In any list of absolute football fortresses in Europe, San Mames, Mestalla and San Paolo must rank near the top. While some might first consider grounds like Anfield, Old Trafford, the Allianz Arena, Santiago Bernabeu, Nou Camp and, more recently,…

Spain
Panic at the Nou Camp
19:00 Thursday 20th February 2020

I don’t speak Catalan but I can imagine the voice calling out over the Camp Nou public address system, attempting to sound confident while fear creeps in at the edges. [Translated] Alright people, please proceed to the exits in an orderly…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Six games amazing
08:00 Thursday 26th December 2019

On the sixth day of football, UEFA gave to me Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two title races and  Liverpool and Man City Welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's…

Bundesliga
Bayern, Barcelona: Which FCB is best for Coutinho?
17:00 Wednesday 18th December 2019

Improve. Score more. Win trophies. Move to a better team. Fight for prestigious individual awards and rank among the best. Feel free to add more but those thoughts all run through the minds of ambitious footballers, especially young ones with…

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…

Spain
Equal Time: Lionel Messi's sixth Ballon d'Or settles GOAT debate
17:29 Saturday 7th December 2019

It all began when Cristiano Ronaldo won his first Ballon d'Or in 2008. In becoming the first Premier League player to claim the award, he made history, claiming it on the back of a successful season in which he won the…

Cult Heroes
Equal Time: Messi’s 6th Ballon d’Or doesn’t warrant GOAT status
17:00 Saturday 7th December 2019

People say stats don’t lie. Lionel Messi recently surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo as the all-time scorer at a top European club. At the writing, he has 614 goals for Barcelona to the Portuguese’s 608 for his four clubs, Sporting…

Usa
MLS Cup: Why do they play the games?
19:01 Tuesday 29th October 2019

All five major team sports in America are governed by some form of wage control. Owners would have fans believe this gives franchises in smaller markets with fewer, less lucrative revenue streams a fair chance to win trophies, that salary caps…

Spain
Is Barcelona's problem in the dugout?
08:00 Saturday 28th September 2019

Barcelona ranks among European and world leaders in tourism, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, science and sport. While it jealously preserves its unique cultural heritage, the Catalunyan capital is now a cosmopolitan city. The one…

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…

Premier League
Chelsea, Manchester United youth face steep learning curve
09:01 Wednesday 21st August 2019

We’ve all seen the nature documentary or Youtube clip where the cute little bear cubs come across a skunk. Unafraid, they run up to play with it, learning a hard lesson while Pepe le Pew strolls off with his tail proudly in the air. If…

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…

Spain
Why Ousmane Dembele's career is at risk
15:00 Sunday 10th February 2019

Barcelona was destined to struggle after Neymar's departure. The Brazilian's exit broke supporters' hearts. Like many lovers seeking to ease the pain, Barca quickly signed a replacement on the rebound. Looking for a star who could…

Spain
Can new Barcelona signing Arthur revive Camelot at the Camp Nou?
12:00 Friday 13th July 2018

FC Barcelona lost Paulinho after a very successful season. The Brazil international returned to Guangzhou Evergrande after 12 months at the Camp Nou. In part, the Blaugranas allowed him to leave because they had already signed his…