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Netherlands
Does the Netherlands need an attacking makeover?
15:00 Sunday 16th June 2019

Not in many crucial games has the Netherlands’ defensive work managed to overshadow their attacking bite over the years. The Dutch have gained fame for their “total football”, world-class strikers and fierce forward-line…

International
Cristiano Ronaldo sends perfect message to doubters with stunning hat-trick
09:00 Sunday 9th June 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo over the hill? Well, we've heard that before haven't we? Now aged 34, many believe his move to Juventus was somewhat admitting defeat. He could no longer compete with the younger Lionel Messi on Spanish shores so…

European Football
Joao Felix: The birth of Portugal's next star
15:00 Thursday 25th April 2019

Portugal's post-Cristiano Ronaldo era glitters. While dusk falls on the talisman's career, a glut of youngsters jostle to carry the torch. Throughout this season, Benfica's teen sensation, Joao Felix took the lead.  Last season,…

Features
Iker Casillas rolling back the years at Porto
12:00 Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Iker Casillas could have retired after spending 16 successful years with Real Madrid. The legendary Spanish goalkeeper won almost all there is to win in football with the club and the Spanish national team. So at the ripe age of 34, he could…

International
Can Wolves’ Jota, Neves, and Moutinho form a pack at Portugal?
15:00 Friday 22nd March 2019

You’ll be convinced there’s a long-term project to get Wolverhampton Wanderers among the top clubs in the Premier League. The way they’ve gone about it is quite interesting. First, they hired a quick-thinking Portuguese gaffer;…

International
Carlos Queiroz: Master and Commander on the far side of football
08:00 Friday 22nd March 2019

Whether it’s club or international football, managers love to play god, remaking teams in their image. If that was the case with Carlos Queiroz, Colombia fans would be in for a shock. For eight years in Iran, Queiroz built a crack defensive…

European Football
Nations League: Is it a major trophy if England win?
17:00 Tuesday 4th December 2018

As Susanna Hoffs would sing, it was a Manic Monday in football terms. The day began like too many Mondays when Southampton sacked manager Mark Hughes. It ended on a sweeter note when England drew the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League draw.…

Spain
What do Atletico Madrid have in Gelson Martins?
09:00 Thursday 27th September 2018

On 25 July, Atletico Madrid signed Gelson Martins from Sporting CP on a five-year deal. A free transfer, the 23-year-old, along with other players, had terminated his contract with the Portuguese club following a training ground attack from…

International
Equal Time: Portugal is prepared for life after Cristiano Ronaldo
08:00 Friday 21st September 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo's place as Portugal's greatest player is sealed. When dusk falls on a talisman's career, the national team is often reluctant to move forward. Fernando Santos' young squad represents the perfect time to do…

Germany
Renato Sanches faces make or break season at Bayern Munich 
12:00 Saturday 14th July 2018

Renato Sanches' last highlight was winning the European Championship in France two years ago. Others which followed have been pure horror. Among them an aimless pass to advertising hoarding when Swansea City visited Chelsea. With Niko Kovac…

Premier League
Bernardo and David: Manchester City's two pieces of Silva
08:00 Friday 6th July 2018

Manchester City signed Bernardo Silva for £43 million last summer. The Portuguese midfielder had his breakout season at Monaco in 2016/17, helping the French side win Ligue 1 for the first time in 17 years as well as reach the Champions…

World Cup
Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and the death of the individual
08:30 Thursday 5th July 2018

There is no I in team. We’ve already lost you, haven’t we? You’ve already rolled your eyes in distaste at a cliché you’ve come to expect from TV pundits. Stick with us though. The post-mortems have been conducted,…

World Cup
The day the Ballon d'Or died
08:00 Monday 2nd July 2018

And while Lennon read a book on Marx The quartet practiced in the park And we sang dirges in the dark The day the music died There’s no American pie at the World Cup in Russia. The United States failed to qualify. Nonetheless, Don McLean’s…

World Cup
World Cup last 16: 7 stars primed to make an impact
09:00 Saturday 30th June 2018

This enthralling World Cup has brought about several huge talking points. In particular the rights and wrongs of using VAR. With the tournament now approaching its business end, the excitement will only increase. Strap yourself in and enjoy…

World Cup
World Cup Round of 16: Uruguay v Portugal a tag-team match featuring Cavani, Suarez against Ronaldo, Quaresma
08:30 Saturday 30th June 2018

The knockout phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is finally here, and Uruguay will take on Portugal at Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi. Uruguay won Group A convincingly, with three wins from three. The South Americans are seemingly a side that…