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Spain
Is Xavi Hernandez the right man for Barca?
08:00 Sunday 12th January 2020

One bad game spoiled Barcelona's season in 2018/19. The 4-0 capitulation at Anfield left the Blaugrana dealing with self-doubt again. Some recognised a pattern that needed to be broken. Others quickly made light of the result. Thus…

International
Is the Club World Cup turning football on its head?
11:00 Saturday 14th December 2019

When New Caledonian minnows Hienghene Sport ran out for the Club World Cup opener on Wednesday night, annihilation seemed inevitable. The obscure Oceanic team fielded a squad of amateurs wearing shirts with large white patches on the front…

Rest Of The World
What's in store for Hienghene Sport at the Club World Cup?
19:00 Friday 29th November 2019

Remember in 2013, when Tahiti went to the Confederations Cup? The tiny Polynesian island nation travelled to Brazil thanks to their victory in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup. Within a few months, Tahiti had gone from games against Vanuata and Samoa…

Spain
Are De Jong, Arthur double-teaming Busquets out of Barca lineup?
12:01 Saturday 12th October 2019

Is the sun finally setting on Sergio Busquets? The defensive midfielder is the last survivor from the midfield trio who carved out a golden era at the Nou Camp. Andres Iniesta is playing in Japan. Xavi Hernandez is managing in Qatar. Barcelona…

Afc Champions League
Xavi already crafting his management legend
13:00 Saturday 21st September 2019

Xavi Hernandez. The Catalan-born made the midfield his own personal possession throughout his Barcelona days. He personified tika-taka. In his own words, “I look for spaces. All-day. I’m always looking.” Consistently…

Italy
Stefano Sensi rising above doubt at Internazionale
17:00 Wednesday 4th September 2019

In a busy summer, Internazionale's best signing was Stefano Sensi. While Diego Godin, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku's arrivals caused a stir, a little scepticism accompanied the Italian. Unheralded, the on-loan midfielder from Sassuolo…

Premier League
Equal Time: Where was VVD when Liverpool really needed him?
08:00 Friday 3rd May 2019

It was a night of champions, a night when people make their names heard across the globe and their worth proven at a larger scale. After Virgil Van Dijk's announcement as the PFA Player of the Year last weekend, the Champions League match…

Spain
Is Lionel Messi holding Barcelona's future hostage?
08:00 Saturday 6th April 2019

Watching Barcelona play without Lionel Messi is like watching Connor McGregor fight with one hand tied behind his back. Unlike Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo, Barca are set up to succeed without their Argentine maestro. The club spend…

Reviews
Film Review: Take The Ball, Pass The Ball
17:00 Monday 19th November 2018

In this film, Graham Hunter, a Spanish football expert, takes us on a short hop back in time to a decade ago in Catalonia. Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets were fresh faces in the Barcelona team with Carles Puyol, Thierry Henry,…

Premier League
African Xavi: What does Jean-Michael Seri bring to Fulham?
12:00 Monday 16th July 2018

With fans anxious over transfer inactivity, Fulham scouts embarked on an odd trip to France. The Cottagers toured around Paris but preferred the beaches on the coast, ultimately settling in Nice. On their return, two of the Riviera’s…

Spain
Can new Barcelona signing Arthur revive Camelot at the Camp Nou?
12:00 Friday 13th July 2018

FC Barcelona lost Paulinho after a very successful season. The Brazil international returned to Guangzhou Evergrande after 12 months at the Camp Nou. In part, the Blaugranas allowed him to leave because they had already signed his…

World Cup
Tiki-Taka No More: Why Spain need to re-invent themselves following recent World Cup exit
12:00 Wednesday 4th July 2018

Shocking results at the World Cup. They don't come much more shocking than Spain exiting in the Round of 16. What's that Germany? Oh, right. Sorry. Nevertheless, La Roja returned home following a lacklustre display against Russia. A…

Spain
Will Lionel Messi struggle to perform without Andres Iniesta?
15:00 Tuesday 8th May 2018

When Pep Guardiola won the treble in his first season at Barcelona's helm, Lionel Messi stole the show. The Argentine sensation became an idol to many, earning the admiration of coaches and players around the world. Blaugrana represented…

Premier League
Manchester City prove football is mind over matter
11:00 Tuesday 13th February 2018

The sweeping tika-taka style of Barcelona and Spain during the mid-noughties baffled many of football's more agricultural thinkers. Lump it long to the big man was gone. Little men doing performance art were in. Tiki-taka confused…

Managerial News
Pep Guardiola's Ultimate XI
13:00 Friday 5th January 2018

Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managers of all time and has taken charge of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. He is cruising to the Premier League title this season but do any of his Manchester City players make his all-time eleven…