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How patient can Barcelona be with their £103.5 million investment?
12:00 Monday 19th November 2018

Ousmane Dembele suffers following his big-money switch to Barcelona. The £103.5 million transfer fee, the world's third-most expensive signing, was either going to hinder his progress or afford him a larger platform from which…

Will Philippe Coutinho fill the void left by Andrés Iniesta at FC Barcelona?
15:00 Wednesday 5th September 2018

No one can fully replace Andrés Iniesta at FC Barcelona, both on the pitch and in the dressing room. After 22 years of distinguished service at the club's midfield most of which was acting as a part of the spectacular trident that…

Why can't Barcelona keep their Brazilians?
09:00 Wednesday 29th August 2018

Barcelona's long history includes more than 30 Brazilian players turning out for the club stretching back to the 1930's.  Fausto dos Santos and Jaguare were the first, arriving on a season-long loan deal from Vasco da…

Are Barcelona's midfield woes a thing of the past?
17:00 Saturday 25th August 2018

Over the last decade, Barcelona's identity lay in their midfield strength. Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets helped the team win two Champions League titles under Pep Guardiola and remained together until Xavi's departure…

World Cup
World Cup Group E: Serbia stinging from loss to Swiss now face Neymar and Coutinho with tournament on the line
15:30 Wednesday 27th June 2018

Before the tournament got underway, Brazil were favourites to go all the way and lift the World Cup. However, after stumbling to a draw in their first outing against Switzerland, all the pressure was on them as they geared up to face Costa…

World Cup
World Cup Group E: With or without Neymar, Brazil must handle Costa Rica
08:30 Friday 22nd June 2018

Brazil wasn't at destructive best against Switzerland. Talisman Neymar was most culpable. Philippe Coutinho took up the mantle, but his superbly curled effort proved not enough. The Selecao will be out to show their opening draw with…

What next for Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde?
08:00 Thursday 17th May 2018

Barcelona's season came to an unhappy, premature end when they lost 5-4 to Levante on La Liga's penultimate weekend. Like a house of cards collapsing as you place the final one, the defeat killed off Barca's hopes for the first…

Premier League
Why Roberto Firmino is Liverpool's unsung hero
08:30 Tuesday 24th April 2018

It was Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, Lionel Messi at Barcelona, and Ronaldo again, now at Real Madrid. Such is the trend in football that the finisher always receives more accolades than the provider. Paul Scholes, Xavi Hernandez,…

Champions League
UEFA made the right call abolishing the 'cup-tied' rule
09:00 Monday 2nd April 2018

There is a significant change to UEFA competitions beginning in 2018/19. Earlier this week, UEFA decided to remove the 'cup-tied' rule from all European tournaments. If a team signs a player in the January window, he will…

International Friendlies: Germany v Brazil combined XI
10:00 Tuesday 27th March 2018

The 2014 World Cup Finalists meet at the Olympiastadion in Berlin tonight. Tite’s Selecao haven’t forgotten July 8, 2014, when 200 million Canarinho fans were stunned by the humiliating 7-1 loss on home soil. The match is now famously…

Premier League
Why Liverpool aren’t missing Philippe Coutinho
22:30 Friday 9th March 2018

When Coutinho departed for Barcelona in January, Liverpool did not make any effort to hide their disappointment. After resisting offers from the Catalans in the summer transfer window they were hopeful that they had convinced the Brazilian…

Barcelona's two most expensive players will struggle
10:00 Thursday 15th February 2018

It is the dream of every young footballer to one day play for a top European force. Two youngsters just realized this dream after they switched sides to La Liga giants Barcelona. For Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, this move seems to…

Philippe Coutinho must adapt tactically to succeed at Barcelona
11:00 Saturday 3rd February 2018

More than a club, reads Barcelona’s famous motto. The club has long been a beacon of hope for the Catalan community, who have been somewhat marginalised by the Castilian central government in Madrid. Every player who has worn…

More ins and outs expected at Camp Nou
10:00 Thursday 11th January 2018

Now that the long, drawn out saga of Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona is over with the Brazilian completing a move for a club record fee, attention in the Barcelona front offices will turn to what they need to do now to balance…

What is the best position for Philippe Coutinho at FC Barcelona?
13:00 Monday 8th January 2018

FC Barcelona finally got the man they wanted to replace Neymar. After a lot of speculation and a failed transfer over the summer, Los Blaugranas acquired the services of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool FC. The Liga giants will pay The Reds…

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