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Spain
Is Sergio Ramos becoming more trouble than he's worth at Real Madrid?
09:00 Thursday 21st February 2019

After a difficult start to the season that cost Julen Lopetegui the job he'd only just accepted at the expense of managing Spain in the World Cup, Real Madrid finally turned a corner. The Merengues won seven and drew one in their last…

Champions League
Will Bayern Munich deny Liverpool progress in the Champions League?
09:00 Tuesday 19th February 2019

Niko Kovac arrived at Bayern Munich in the summer as more or less the chosen one. A former player at the Allianz Arena and an up-and-coming manager with a Bayern scalp and complementary DFB Pokal in his back pocket as Eintracht Frankfurt…

Spain
Sergio Ramos says don't hate the player for gaming the game
09:00 Sunday 17th February 2019

Sergio Ramos shows no shame in playing the villain but when UEFA is done, he may wish he’d been more discreet about it. The Real Madrid and Spain captain’s admission he intentionally drew a yellow card sparked an investigation from…

Spain
Does Real Madrid need José Mourinho?
17:00 Sunday 13th January 2019

Reports have it that Jose Mourinho has been compensated by Manchester United to the tune of £15million following his abrupt sacking at Old Trafford. That clears the way for the Portuguese manager to move on to another job. Although he…

Premier League
Is Jose Mourinho's third-season syndrome a myth? 
08:00 Tuesday 27th November 2018

For years now, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho endures speculation of a third-season implosion at every new club he manages. Critics believe he wears players out in the first two years, both mentally and physically, leading…

Spain
Is Sergio Ramos' obsession with scoring hurting Real Madrid and Spain?
08:00 Wednesday 24th October 2018

Sergio Ramos has been ever present in the FIFPro World XI for several years. The 32-year-old ranks among the decade's most successful players with two European Championship medals, a World Cup title and several Champions League trophies…

International
How Eric Dier's tackle on Sergio Ramos made us all smile
12:00 Thursday 18th October 2018

Sergio Ramos is widely regarded as football's most unscrupulous player. Whatever ethics, morality or sportsmanship he once possessed are overridden by an unwavering desire to win. He is one of the toughest opponents in the game. But on…

Football
Is a strong captain important in modern football?
12:00 Friday 5th October 2018

Leaders and motivators are tasked with picking up and dusting off their teams. Captaining a football club was once a pivotal position that seems to have lost its significance. The position remains important; contemporary players don't…

International
FIFA FIFPro World XI: Which players merit selection?
09:00 Thursday 13th September 2018

In the footballing galaxy, September is defined by three events; international window, Champions League and FIFA Best Awards. Of the trio, it can be argued the latter is most eagerly anticipated. Over the past decade, attempting to oust…

World Cup
When it comes to concussion, FIFA are slow learners
09:30 Thursday 12th July 2018

Times change but not always fast enough. When I was a child, Dean Martin’s show was one my mother, aunts and grandmothers would never miss. This is the variety show I’m talking about, not the Celebrity Roast, although they loved…

World Cup
World Cup Group B: Can Spain afford to treat Morocco like a walkover?
12:30 Monday 25th June 2018

After late disappointment in their opening game, Spain just about managed to brush themselves down and beat Iran. Team Melli's bubble, which had swelled after victory in their opening game against Morocco, was cruelly burst. That defeat…

World Cup
5 stars banking on World Cup currency to win Ballon d'Or?
08:00 Wednesday 20th June 2018

The World Cup arrives every four years. The best players want to shine on its stage. They desire nothing more than to hoist the trophy as champion. That is a team effort, however. Elite stars also want to put their personal stamp on the competition…

World Cup
What were Spain and Luis Rubiales thinking when sacking Julen Lopetegui?
15:04 Wednesday 13th June 2018

In April 2016, Chelsea announced Antonio Conte would become the club’s new manager following completion of his Euro16 duties with the Azzurri. It was fair notice, allowing the Italian to focus on the tournament without distraction and…

World Cup
Who will win the Golden Ball at Russia 2018?
17:30 Tuesday 12th June 2018

Not to be confused with the Golden Boot, the Golden Ball is awarded to the tournament's best player. Lionel Messi won it under controversial circumstances in Brazil. When he disappeared in the later matches, many felt the award should have…

Champions League
Every club would take Sergio Ramos in a heartbeat
09:00 Monday 28th May 2018

Greatness does not always equate with goodness. No one reflects this more than arch villain Sergio Ramos. The Spaniard was embroiled in three separate incidents as Real Madrid’s regal stroll eventually saw off a spirited Liverpool to…