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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…

France
Monaco and the evil that men do
17:01 Monday 30th December 2019

The rule of thumb regarding job security for managers is results. Fail to produce, even when a rash of injuries takes matters beyond your control, and you will pay when the butcher’s bill comes due. On the other hand, you should…

America
Can Thierry Henry make a Montreal Impact?
12:01 Wednesday 20th November 2019

Thierry Henry’s time in Monaco did not go well. Over the course of four months, the Frenchman led his side to a paltry four wins from 20 games. It was inevitable that the Arsenal legend would lose his job, and when the hammer fell…

European Championships
Will Hungary face the Topknot of God?
12:01 Tuesday 19th November 2019

November 18 2009, Stade de France, 104th minute: As Florent Malouda lined up the free-kick from  45 yards, centre-half Sebastien Squillaci hustled into the Ireland box. Referee Martin Hansson blew the whistle to resume play. Malouda’s…

Premier League
Who understands Arsenal's need better than Patrick Vieira?
12:00 Sunday 17th November 2019

If, sorry, when Arsenal sack Unai Emery, Patrick Vieira’s appointment offers a promise no other candidate can make. When the former Gunners captain and midfield destroyer departed for Juventus, the last remaining vestige of defensive…

Premier League
Why Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli must get more Premier League minutes
09:00 Saturday 2nd November 2019

If a striker can consistently score goals, a lot can be overlooked to ensure he gets on the field regularly. Fans won’t care if he’s too tall, too short or cost a thousand quid. They won’t mind if he can’t dribble opponents…

Premier League
Are Arsenal getting overly dependent on Aubameyang?
17:01 Friday 4th October 2019

It wasn’t that long ago when Robin van Persie almost single-handedly carried Arsenal to a top-four spot as the rot started to set in under Arsene Wenger. Before that, King Thierry Henry had established his throne in North London,…

Premier League
Has Tammy Abraham shut the Chelsea door on Olivier Giroud?
15:00 Sunday 22nd September 2019

We're only five games in. Writing in stone takes a little longer. Still, Chelsea's striking option appears sorted. Seven goals make Tammy Abraham Frank Lampard's first choice to lead the line. He started in the 1-0…

France
Does signing Wissam Ben Yedder mean AS Monaco are ready to challenge in Ligue 1?
17:00 Saturday 17th August 2019

AS Monaco remains a team in transition. After enduring an unexpected relegation dogfight last term, the principality club aims to return to reckoning in Ligue 1. Being a selling side certainly has its consequences. That accounts for why…

France
What happened to Aleksandr Golovin at Monaco?
08:00 Wednesday 22nd May 2019

When Russia started the World Cup in 2018 as the lowest ranked team in the tournament (70th in the world), not much was expected. A string of poor results in friendly games heading into the competition led many to think the Russians…

Champions League
Can Lyon affirm Champions League spot with a win at resurgent Monaco?
17:00 Sunday 24th February 2019

Third-place Lyon are in Monaco tonight. Four points behind Lille OSC in second, three beyond arch-rivals St Etienne and Olympique de Marseille for the final Ligue 1 Champions League spot going into the weekend, Les Gones might have felt comfortable.…

France
How Mark Twain explains AS Monaco
11:00 Sunday 10th February 2019

A good soap opera features irrationality, greed, betrayal, villains, heroes unexpected plot twists and, of course, sex. Other than the sex, AS Monaco's 2018/19 season qualifies as a soap opera.  Interloper Dimitry Rybolovlev serves…

France
AS Monaco right to sack Thierry Henry?
12:00 Tuesday 29th January 2019

To put it bluntly, Thierry Henry’s time as AS Monaco manager was a disaster. The Arsenal legend picked the wrong team for his first managerial role. Leaving the comfort of being Belgium assistant boss to salvage a side that has put its…

France
12 Days of Football 2018: Three French Clubs
08:00 Monday 24th December 2018

On the 3rd Day of Football, UEFA gave to me Three French Clubs, Two title races and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Welcome to It's Round and It's White's second annual year-end football soiree. Over the course of a dozen days,…

France
Is Thierry Henry warming to this manager thing?
08:00 Sunday 16th December 2018

It wasn’t so long ago AS Monaco were flying high. They defied the odds in 2017 by snatching the Ligue 1 title away from four-time-defending champions Paris Saint-Germain and making the Champions League semi-finals. Now, that seems a…