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Ernesto Valverde: why ‘boring’ is best for Barcelona

While critics hail Ernesto Valverde as boring and brand his Barcelona team as dull, no-drama stability is just what the league leaders and Leo Messi need Sure, the general consensus will be that Lionel Messi is simply the greatest, the...
Emiliano Sala

The Extraordinary Incident of Emiliano Sala’s final flight

Emiliano Sala, a previously unheralded footballer in an unheralded transfer, became the centre of world attention after a tragic plane crash that touched millions A month ago, news broke on UK networks that a small plane flying over the English...
Brazil U-20

Brazil’s U-20 fails to deliver yet again

Another failure to qualify for the U-20 World Cup shows that a better plan is needed to bring through the best young players in Brazil The South American Under 20 Championships finished recently in Chile. While Ecuador’s maiden title grabbed the...
Marcelo

Should Marcelo be dropped by club and country?

From being a key player for Real Madrid for the past decade to being a liability - is Marcelo facing his end of days for both club and country? Marcelo has been one of the very best fullbacks in the...
Barcelona

Infighting hits Spanish Super Cup final four plans

Agreeing to disagree - that’s the default position in Spain as another plan to move games abroad with the Spanish Super Cup hits the winds of controversy On Tuesday, Luis Rubiales - the Spanish FA’s (RFEF) president - held...
Champions League

Champions League winners and losers

While the Cristiano Ronaldo project had a disastrous setback with Juventus, Atletico Madrid turned back the clock with a vintage Champions League performance WINNERS Atletico Madrid Dominant from start to finish, Atletico could have scored even more than the two goals that...
Mauro Icardi

Why Inter are right to outcast Mauro Icardi

Deliberately alienating your captain, star player and top striker may not seem like a good idea - but Inter are right to outcast Mauro Icardi Like a soap opera, the struggle between one of the biggest clubs in Serie A...
VAR

Is football just too angry to use VAR?

Unlike the fine, thoughtful folk of the cricket world, football fans and players seem just too angry to accept video technology in the sport When the Decision Review System was introduced to cricket in 2008 it was met with an...
Marquinhos

Marquinhos – the midfield magic man of PSG

A shortage of bodies in PSG's midfield has seen Marquinhos taking on a brand new midfield role, that could see the Brazilian excelling in two different positions Marquinhos has led Paris Saint Germain to a decisive victory against Manchester United...
La Liga

Four untold weekend stories from La Liga

A near neighbour is looking to ruin Diego Simeone's party for Atletico Madrid while the great Hue-scape continues in La Liga this weekend Rayo want to rain over Simeone’s parade ‘Cholo’ Simeone just announced his renewal of contract with Atlético de...
Barcelona

Should Barcelona be sounding alarm bells?

While ‘crisis’ might be too serious a description, Barça have gone three games without winning - so what is causing a late winter slump for the league leaders? It was only ten days ago when FC Barcelona absolutely obliterated Sevilla...
Gianluigi Buffon

Champions League winners and losers

Angel di Maria getting drunk on success for PSG, a star being born at Roma and Real Madrid being Real Madrid - here are the Champions League winners and losers WINNERS Angel Di Maria The Argentinean sipping beer with a load of...
Maurizio Sarri

Why it’s always fun to laugh at Chelsea

Despite a Europa League clash against Malmo being just around the corner, there is still time to laugh at Chelsea's current Maurizio Sarri-inspired misfortune If you feel it’s somehow immoral to derive enjoyment from the misfortune of others, try watching...
Manchester City

The big weekend winners and losers

From a magnificent Manchester City, chastised Chelsea to a rejuvenated Real Madrid - here are the big Cricket Soccer weekend winners and losers WINNERS Manchester City Exquisite, sublime, divine. Pep Gardiola’s football continues to entertain and surprise, despite all the silverware won...
Thiago Silva

Why PSG need Thiago Silva lining in Champions League

Although the absence of Neymar will be key for PSG in the Champions League clash against Manchester United, the leadership of Thiago Silva could be enough Paris Saint Germain are set to collide with Manchester United in the first leg...
reus deportiu

Reus rolls out of La Liga after tough times

Expelled from Spain’s second division and with no players left, the story of Reus Deportiu is a huge cautionary tale for clubs who don’t play by the rules The 18-19 season had already began with something fishy floating in the...
Mohamed Salah

Media should share blame for Mo Salah abuse

While the English media condemns Islamophobic abuse against Mohamed Salah, it should look a little closer to home before pointing the finger Like arsonists blaming the fire brigade, the finest minds in British journalism all agreed. The footage of Mo...
Malcom

Which Brazilian failed or passed Clasico exam?

The Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid was a veritable festival of Brazilians - but for every Malcom of a performance there was a Marcelo of a night Six Brazilians gave a special flavor for the Spanish Clasico between Barcelona...
lionel messi

Barcelona plays Messi waiting game in El Clasico

The most famous relationship in club soccer hits another chapter as Barcelona face a late wait on Lionel Messi ahead of Real Madrid Clásico clash When Real Betis’ ball was drawn last Friday, fans both of their team and Valencia CF...
Cardiff City

6 hot takes from the Premier League weekend

From Cardiff City fans mourning the loss of a footballer they never got to enjoy to Arsenal's own worst enemy, here are six hot takes from the EPL weekend 1) LIVERPOOL LUCKS OUT Liverpool were handed a major boost ahead of...

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