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Why the Derby d’Italia has given Italian football a sexy swagger

The days of stalemates and ratings-killing catenaccio are over for Italian football after Italy's biggest game delivered thrills, spills and spice says Vieri Capretta “Juventus-Inter was at Champions League level.” Powerful words by Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri after his team...
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From super striker to flop – the rise and fall of Nicolás López

As the heir apparent to Luis Suarez and a peer of Paul Pogba, the world was at the feet of Nicolás López. But a European dream became a nightmare  For most South American players, a move to Europe is the...
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From rejoicing to rejection: Lucas Silva’s torrid time at Real Madrid

After a rough two years in Europe, Lucas Silva has returned home after failing to find a role at Real Madrid. What went wrong for the Brazilian midfielder? A couple of years ago in January 2015, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva...
Argentina's Giovanni Simeone celebrates after scoring against Peru during their soccer match for the South American Under-20 Championship in Montevideo

Son of Simeone: The new striking sensation of Serie A

One of the hottest striking properties in Italy, Giovanni Simeone, is finding out that a famous football father is not the curse it can sometimes be There are advantages and disadvantages to being the son of such a high-profile Argentine...
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Top 5 – Best winter window transfers in La Liga

With not a lot of cash to splash and the big boys sitting it out, a few La Liga clubs used the winter window to change their destinies this season In a particularly uninspired winter transfer market, Spanish La Liga...
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Why Coutinho made right move to stick with Liverpool

In signing a long-term deal with Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho turned down the chance of a career-changing move to Barcelona.  It was the right call to make. 1. Playing time Philippe Coutinho is arguably the first name on the team-sheet at Liverpool...
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Why a finance feud sees Argentine league in “terminal crisis”

A political fight over TV money and unpaid bills sees the start of the new Argentine season in jeopardy. Here's more from Peter Coates  While Argentina’s football clubs should have been planning and preparing for the return to league action...
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The Barcelona man leading a Feyenoord revolution

Dominating the Dutch league table, hopes are high in Rotterdam that a former Barca star can deliver Feyenoord a first league title win since 1999 Coming into the latest season in the Netherlands, Feyenoord’s realistic chances of a title win...
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La Liga – Barca’s ghost goal and Madrid get Real again

Real Madrid leads the way as title-chasers slip up due to a sending off and a ghost goal that was never given. Here's our Paco Polit with more from La Liga Biggest ghost goal ever doesn’t exempt Barça from criticism Luis...
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Top 5 – Simeone to Bielsa: the best Argentine managers on the planet

Argentina don't just have some of the best players on the planet. Oh no. They have some of the finest managers too. Here's Peter Coates with the best of the best 5) Eduardo Berizzo For the second consecutive year, unheralded Celta...
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Monchi – The mastermind behind success of a stunning Sevilla

Sevilla’s mastermind sporting director, Monchi, is helping to deliver a best ever season for Sevilla. But will it be a swan song before leaving La Liga? Happiness can last for months...years...decades, but it never lasts forever. Such a dichotomy has...
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Premier League poopers – Why Eredivisie aces sometimes fail to deliver

Stand-out Eredivisie players often fail to impress in the EPL with Spurs striker Vincent Janssen being the most recent example. CricketSoccer takes a look at why. All the plaudits were for Vincent Janssen. The Dutchman had just scored a league high of 27...
Chapecoense

Chapecoense prepare for football life again

Chapecoense are back in action in Brazil despite plane November's plane crash, but the rebuilding has been a tough, emotional process Following the tragedy that surrounded the airplane clash last November, Chapecoense are still looking to build their squad ahead...
Luis Suarez

Top 5: All-time golden goals for Luis Suarez

On 24th of January, Uruguay and Barcelona striker Luis Suárez hit the big 30. To celebrate his birthday, here's five of his most sizzling goals so far Luis Suárez vs. Newcastle United (2012) Every single thing was special about this goal...
Angel di Maria

Are we seeing end of days for Angel di Maria?

From Real Madrid marauder to PSG bench-sitter, Angel Di Maria decline has been slow and steady. Peter Coates asks if the rot can be stopped for the Argentine ace The ostrich is said to be able to maintain speeds of...
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La Liga: Boos at the Bernabeu & breakdown for Busquets

Rough treatment from Real Madrid fans and Eibar for Spain's big two in another wild weekend of La Liga says Paco Polit Madrid ends its two-loss streak but is booed by its fans Zinedine Zidane’s face seamlessly combined the worries the...
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Top 4: Big talents looking for Brazilian breakthrough

A local XI will play for Brazil this week against Colombia. Here's four names to challenge their European rivals Brazil coach Tite has selected a 23-man squad from the local league for the friendly organized against Colombia this Wednesday in...
Luciano Narsingh

Have Swansea found their saviour? 5 decisive Dutch deals

Can a Madrid wonderkid flourish and do Swansea City have a player to save their skins? David Kraakman is going to tell us  Luciano Narsingh: PSV to Swansea City After eight years of Eredivisie football, right winger Luciano Narsingh has left...
Argentine ace Romero

Why Old Trafford is a dead-end for Argentine ace Romero

Time could be up for Argentina for Sergio Romero as Edgardo Bauza fires warning over lack of playing time “If you are not playing for your club, it is difficult to remain in the national side,” were the cautionary words...
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La Liga: Messi’s contract muddles and a Celta showdown

It's tradition time in La Liga with another muddled Messi contract and a potty-mouthed match-up at Celta Vigo. Here's Paco Polit with more tales from La Liga Certainty is a luxury nowadays. In this modern era of social media, half-baked...

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