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Premier League
Equal Time: Arsenal must never hire Mourinho
09:01 Saturday 9th November 2019

When a man stays in a job for more than two decades, there should be a lasting legacy. Arsene Wenger oversaw the most successful period in Arsenal's history on and off the pitch. He won 17 trophies in total, including three Premier League…

Italy
Koulibaly ruining reputation at Napoli with costly mistakes
19:01 Thursday 7th November 2019

They all make mistakes. That includes the best. It only becomes a problem when mistakes become too regular and costly. Kalidou Koulibaly knows what I mean. When it comes to the Scudetto, this season, Napoli are in trouble. Their fortunes…

Spain
Is it time Zinedine Zidane stopped trusting in his old guard?
08:00 Monday 7th October 2019

Real Madrid are in transition. Zinedine Zidane was brought in towards the end of last season to salvage what he could from a horrific season and return Los Blancos to European football's apex. After winning three Champions Leagues…

Football
Why the FIFPro World XI continues to annoy everyone
12:00 Tuesday 1st October 2019

Among the most prestigious accolades a footballer can receive is to be named among the FIFPro World XI. Sadly, not many players ever get to receive that honour. It explains why footballers and fans become highly incensed when a player…

Spain
Have Merengues turned the corner ahead of El Derbi Madrileno?
12:00 Saturday 28th September 2019

Two draws in the first three league games of the new season raised concerns about Real Madrid’s and Zinedine Zidane’s readiness to challenge for the title. After a rather forgetful campaign last term that led to a series of signings…

Spain
Panic at the Bernabeu
08:00 Sunday 22nd September 2019

Have you read the book--sorry, what am I saying? Have you seen the film where the baby is born into an obscenely wealthy family, grows up wanting for nothing, graduates from the best university not because his parents have money but because…

Spain
Is Spain's new golden generation taking shape?
15:01 Sunday 8th September 2019

Spain’s road to redemption has been rather treacherous. Following World Cup embarrassment last summer, Luis Enrique was brought in to steady to ship. Personal reasons forced him to leave in June. He recently revealed the tragic death…

Spain
Time for Barcelona to look beyond Gerard Pique?
08:01 Sunday 8th September 2019

Parading some of the best defenders in the game has contributed to FC Barcelona's success just as much as their dangerous front line has in recent times. Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal occupy a special place in the history of the club…

Spain
2019/20 Real Madrid La Liga preview
19:01 Thursday 15th August 2019

They say enjoy your success while it lasts. Real Madrid surely did that winning three Champions Leagues on the bounce. Unfortunately for Los Blancos, as they say, it doesn't last. The Spanish giants are now on the opposite end of the…

Premier League
Is John Stones ready to step up at Manchester City?
12:01 Thursday 25th July 2019

When Leicester City visited the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in May, it was a do-or-die affair for the home side. A resurgent Leicester under Brendan Rodgers had become a thorn in the flesh of the big six. But having also shocked…

Football
Who are football’s next generation of villains?
12:00 Monday 17th June 2019

The game has always tried to promote itself as a dignified profession. Heroics are celebrated, talented footballers held up as role models. More money also means more propaganda depicting the beautiful game as a pristine, unblemished competition.…

Spain
What next for Sergio Ramos?
15:00 Sunday 2nd June 2019

A few days ago, former US President Barack Obama offered a piece of advice for Lionel Messi. The 57-year-old understands the extreme pressure mounting on the Barcelona star ahead of the Copa America. This might be his last chance…

Managerial News
Imagining the Jose Mourinho testimonial
08:00 Wednesday 29th May 2019

I ate Chinese last night. The fortune cookie spooked me. Ability will enable a man to get to the top but character will keep him from falling. How did they know I was planning to write about Jose Mourinho? The Special One is finding it difficult…

Spain
Real Madrid's performance under Zinedine Zidane vindicates Julen Lopetegui
08:00 Wednesday 15th May 2019

It has been a season to forget for Real Madrid after the tremendous success from twelve months ago. Zinedine Zidane capped off a third campaign with the club by leading, the team to an unexpected treble of Champions League trophy wins.…

Spain
What do Real Madrid have in Eder Militao?
12:00 Friday 5th April 2019

Real Madrid made a proactive start to facilitate Zinedine Zidane's appointment. Los Blancos secured Brazilian defender Eder Militao's services from Porto on a six-year deal for a £43 million fee.  A product…