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Spain
Is Thibaut Courtois back?
12:01 Tuesday 7th January 2020

For the longest time following his move from Stamford Bridge, Thibaut Courtois subjected himself to mockery. Chelsea fans revelled in the 'karma' endured by their 'ungrateful' custodian. Madridistas treated him like…

European Football
12 Days of Football 2019/20: Eleven keepers keeping
08:00 Tuesday 31st December 2019

On the eleventh day of football, UEFA gave to me Eleven keepers keeping Ten lads-a-leaping, Nine ladies playing, Eight managers managing, Seven sides-a-sinking, Six games amazing, Five Golden Goals! Four calls blown, Three French clubs, Two…

Spain
Courtois, Hazard, Real Madrid; The White is not always greener
09:00 Sunday 8th December 2019

Normality returns in Spain’s capital. Real Madrid, the superstar team of world football, is battling Catalan giants Barcelona at the top of the table. However, not everything is rosy. Two of Madrid’s biggest stars, one ‘Galactico’…

Spain
Opportunity knocks twice for Alphonse Areola
08:00 Sunday 13th October 2019

Football is about taking advantage of opportunities. Alphonse Areola has two knocking. At Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois’ position is there for the taking. Meanwhile, Hugo Lloris' injury could spell a turnaround with France. Even though…

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…

Transfers
Why Chelsea should’ve held on to Kenneth Omeruo
08:01 Friday 16th August 2019

Kenneth Omeruo has left Chelsea. This time permanently. Armed with €5 million, Leganes approached to sign the defender who impressed while on loan at the Spanish club in 2018/19. Surprise, surprise the Blues were happy to cash…

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…

Spain
Why Real Madrid should not buy Eden Hazard
08:00 Wednesday 13th February 2019

Eden Hazard is vocal about his future but gives mixed answers about where his future lies. He fancies Real Madrid, saying it is his childhood dream to play for the Whites. He also wants to become a club legend for Chelsea like Didier Drogba…

Spain
Thibaut Courtois far from keeping a clean sheet in Real Madrid blame game
12:00 Wednesday 19th December 2018

Real Madrid is in a position they don’t like, fourth in La Liga, five points below La Liga leaders Barcelona. But they aren’t doing too badly judging from last season. After 16 games, Los Blancos is in exactly the same position…

Spain
Can Thibaut Courtois displace Keylor Navas at Real Madrid?
15:00 Friday 31st August 2018

Thibaut Courtois was forewarned. Keylor Navas wasn't ready for new companions, especially goalkeepers. Not the Belgium international. Not even young Andriy Lunin. The Costa Rican sounded this warning after Real Madrid's 2-1 victory…

Premier League
Can Kepa Arrizabalaga replace Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea?
15:00 Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Chelsea announced the club-record signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for €80million. The Blues triggered the release clause just after Thibaut Courtois left for Real Madrid. This deal also included Mateo Kovacic…

Premier League
Premier League Preview: The problem with supporting Chelsea is always having to say you're Sarri
09:00 Wednesday 8th August 2018

Chelsea finished their title defence a meagre fifth after throwing away several last-ditch chances to claw their way back to the Champion's League spots. With entry into the Europa League and head coach Antonio Conte sacked, 2017/18 was…

World Cup
The Ballad of Danijel Subasic
12:30 Tuesday 10th July 2018

After witnessing Croatia goalkeeper Danilej Subasic’s performance to date in the World Cup knockout rounds, two metaphors come to mind. First, there is one often spoke of heroes. He will walk through fire for his team. With big saves…

World Cup
World Cup Quarterfinal: Is there a better matchup in this round than Brazil v Belgium?
09:30 Friday 6th July 2018

Beautifully flawed in their own ways, Brazil and Belgium meet in the quarter-finals, providing the tie of the round. A glittering array of stars have threatened to sparkle, but have only twinkled thus far - will this encounter…

Premier League
Chelsea's Squad Review - Who Stays and Who Goes in Goal?
15:30 Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Antonio Conte had an exceptional first season in English football. As well as reaching the FA Cup final, the Italian won the Premier League crown convincingly. His second campaign, however, fell short. It brought back symptoms which have characterised…