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Bundesliga
Why Mark van Bommel is happy to take the long road
08:00 Thursday 10th June 2021

Before the advent of VAR, FIFA loved to boast that the game was played under the same rules at every level. Football is football, they’d say and, if we’re being honest, it still is even if there is an eye in the sky at some matches…

Premier League
How can Steven Bergwijn help Tottenham Hotspur?
12:00 Sunday 2nd February 2020

After living life on the brink of success for five years, it all fell apart this term for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur. Desperate fans believed Jose Mourinho's appointment would be the necessary catalyst. Then…

Transfers
Can good friends Ajax help Barcelona out of another jam?
09:01 Thursday 23rd January 2020

When Rinus Michels brought Total Football to Barcelona in the 1970s, it began a beautiful friendship. Johan Cruijff eventually followed his mentor to the Nou Camp. The legendary Dutch midfielder played in Blaugrana stripes, won titles as the…

Netherlands
Is Donyell Malen a Netherlands first-choice for Ronald Koeman?
12:01 Sunday 13th October 2019

The Netherlands freefall in the wake of the 2014 World Cup in South Africa has been arrested. While both Bertie van Marwicjk and Louis van Gaal espoused defensive philosophies that clashed with the Dutch reputation for enterprising Total Football,…

Premier League
Should Manchester United have any Memphis Depay regret?
19:01 Monday 9th September 2019

Manchester United and regret is becoming an increasingly growing combination. The Red Devils hold disappointment in having to part ways with two top-class managers, while several elite players have entered through the Old Trafford doors…

Italy
How will Hirving Lozano impact PSV and Napoli?
09:01 Tuesday 27th August 2019

PSV Eindhoven gaffer Marc van Bommel suddenly resembles the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail after his club accepted €54.5 million for the two strikers who helped his team score 45 goals last campaign. Despite losing…

European Football
Perfection ends with PSV and PSG dropping points
17:00 Thursday 6th December 2018

Back in mid-October, I took a look at five European clubs who were still sitting perfectly with 100% starts to their season. It seemed to work as a jinx for Juventus and FC Salzburg who both drew at home in their very next match, with…

European Football
How long can perfection last?
08:00 Sunday 14th October 2018

Domestic championships take a break for a fortnight to allow the international calendar a moment in the sun. In the Premier League, three clubs made it through eight games with matching records at the top of the table, all unbeaten. Manchester…

Champions League
5 Champions League newbies on a mission
12:00 Monday 3rd September 2018

The Champions League is here again. While perceived as merely an annual ritual by top stars, maiden initiation is a rare privilege for debutants.  As they say, first impressions matter. For good or bad. The best way to be announced is…

Netherlands
How a Mexican star helped PSV Eindhoven to the Dutch title
08:30 Tuesday 17th April 2018

PSV Eindhoven secured their third Eredivisie title in four years on Sunday afternoon thanks to a 3-0 win over nearest rivals Ajax of Amsterdam. Goals from Gaston Pereira, Luuk de Jong, and Steven Bergwijn secured the title. Even so, the key…

European Football
7 exciting Sunday games in Europe
08:00 Sunday 25th February 2018

The midweek European football was action-packed. Now its time to shift the focus to domestic affairs. Here are seven must-watch Sunday games from across the continent. Feyenoord vs PSV This afternoon, Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven travel…

Opinion
Jetro Willems continues to impress for Eintracht Frankfurt
09:30 Monday 6th November 2017

Jetro Willems was a standout performer for Eintracht Frankfurt in Friday's Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen. The Dutch player attacked with confidence, dominating the left flank.

Netherlands
2017-18 Eredivisie Preview
18:18 Friday 11th August 2017

The 62nd Eredivisie kicks off this weekend. Feyenoord look to repeat. PSV want their turn. Ajax hasn't won in four years. Which will highlight the Lowlands? Dutch football is back. The Netherlands' top flight was once the equal of any league.…

Premier League
Four of the most horrifying football injuries of the last decade
14:15 Thursday 26th January 2017

Last week Hull City's Ryan Mason suffered a dreadful head injury after colliding with Chelsea's Gary Cahill. The injury sort of reminded us that even ‘the beautiful game' can turn unpleasant sometimes. Injuries like this could be life threatening.…

Opinion
Champions League: 5 winners and losers from matchday one
15:30 Thursday 15th September 2016

A record 50 goals were scored in matchday one of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League - with just one match failing to produce a goal. Five teams were able to snatch victories on the road with Borussia Dortmund recording the biggest of them all.…