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Fred could be the Red to unlock Manchester United's midfield

Jose Mourinho is under no illusions that wrestling the title away from Manchester City next season will be easy. It is with that in mind the Manchester United manager has set about building a team fit for purpose. The addition of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk is a statement signing from Mourinho. He means business next term. The role of a pure defensive midfielder is not as vital as it used to...

Talented but error-prone Leno could succeed at Arsenal

  Arsenal have confirmed a deal to sign the goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee believed to be an initial £19.2m. The 26-year-old was part of Germany's Confederations Cup winning squad in 2017 but narrowly missed out on...

Jack Wilshere confirms Arsenal departure after Emery meeting

Jack Wilshere has confirmed he is leaving Arsenal at the end of this month when his current contract with the club expires. The midfielder who has been on the books of the north London club since he was nine announced...

The Premier League's best midfielders - Raheem Sterling finally fulfils potential

The last Premier League season saw the much-anticipated emergence of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City into the bully boys of the division, following an inaugural season in which the manager somewhat flattered to deceive. One critical element of the season’s success was...

Ozil’s class will be crucial for Germany

Despite suffering a knee injury in Germany's recent 2-1 friendly loss to Austria and missing four days worth of training as a result, thankfully Mesut Ozil's ailment will only force him to miss their friendly with Saudi Arabia.

Leroy Sane's World Cup omission harsh but understandable

While Joachim Low's decision to axe Manchester City hotshot, Leroy Sane, from his German World Cup squad came as a surprise to many, his tough judgement was made on sound grounds.

Ham-fisted Karius PR exercise has further harmed Liverpool

The Champions League final was arguably the nadir of Loris Karius’ professional career. In the biggest game of his life, his two mistakes were incredibly amateur for a player at the elite level. Given he was the choice of Jurgen Klopp ahead...

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Coutinho steps out of Neymar's shadow to rescue Brazil

This was billed as Neymar's World Cup. The tournament where he would lead Brazil to their much coveted sixth triumph on the global stage, never mind he's barely fully fit and comes into this competition on the back of a broken metatarsal suffered in February. Logic doesn't work here. Two games in and that narrative hasn't quite panned out as expected. Neymar has struggled in Russia, partly due to his lack of...

Rakitic and Modric can take Croatia all the way

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Croatia last qualified from the group stages of a World Cup tournament. Back then, the 1998 vintage consisted of Davor Suker, Igor Stimac, Slaven Bilic, Robert Prosinecki, Zvonimir Boban and others,...

Betis must act fast to replace departing cast

There is a general awareness for any club who re-enter European football that there is a need to bolster their existing ranks to cope with the additional demands of a busy fixture schedule. Real Betis are one such club; back in...

Atletico Madrid extensions show long-term planning

Atletico Madrid have enjoyed a remarkable five weeks. It all started with securing the Europa League title with a stylish 3-0 final victory over Marseille. The following week they secured second spot in La Liga, finishing above city rivals Real...

If only Griezmann's football was as box office as his 'decision'

France kicked off their World Cup campaign with a slender victory over Australia. For long periods, the French looked lethargic and unable to string a succession of passes together. Antoine Griezmann was one of the worst offenders and was largely ineffective against...

Mighty Argentina is humbled as Messi proves he's no Ronaldo

Despite possessing the ball for over 70% of the match and having 12 shots on goal, Argentina was simply unable to break through the Icelandic wall and finished in an embarrassing 1-1 draw. Messi displayed his usually artistry but showed that,...

La Liga's Top Midfielders - Angel Correa

Our series of spotlight pieces on the top performing midfielders from the 2017/18 La Liga season sees us take an in depth look at Angel Correa – the second highest point scoring midfielder, whose exploits saw him hit 81 points...

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Serie A Weekly News Recap

The Serie A roster got completed last Sunday as Frosinone beat Palermo in the playoff final. The Rosanero lost their first appeal against the validation of the result as they believe there were some irregularities and promised to keep fighting. The Ciociari, whose promotion does not seem in danger, will play two games with closed doors because some objects were thrown onto the pitch and for time wasting by the...

Juventus sign Emre Can from Liverpool

Juventus’ pursuit of Emre Can, which has been going on basically since last Autumn, has finally come to an end as the midfielder has penned a four-year contract on Thursday, the club announced. There is reportedly a €50M release clause...

Roma rolling the dice on Pastore

After four and a half years at the club, Radja Nainggolan is ready to salute the Eternal City and move to Inter to reunite with former Roma and current Nerazzurri manager Luciano Spalletti. The Giallorossi will earn €24 million plus...

Sampdoria hire Walter Sabatini

It did not take long for Sampdoria to replace Daniele Pradè, who had just moved to Udinese, and, perfectly in tune with the flamboyant style of the president Massimo Ferrero, they have taken a big swing and hired former Palermo...

Frosinone return to Serie A

On Saturday night, Frosinone defeated Palermo two-nil in the return leg of the Serie B playoffs and returned to the top league after a two-year absence. It will be the Ciociari’s second appearance in Serie A: in 2015/2016 they finished...

Serie A Weekly News Recap

The puzzle of benches got completed this week: Bologna have appointed Filippo Inzaghi and Sassuolo have hired Roberto De Zerbi. The biggest transfer market news was the acquisition of Simone Verdi by Napoli, while there has been some minor movement...

Bologna hire Filippo Inzaghi

Bologna have chosen Filippo Inzaghi as their new head coach, replacing Roberto Donadoni. They had to wait until the end of Venezia’s journey in the playoff before making the official announcement, but it looks like the former Milan legend was...

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Serbia suffer huge slip up as Switzerland takeover

After confidently beating Costa Rica in their opening fixture of the 2018 World Cup, Serbia were regarded as a national team that could be seen as one of the dark horses of the competition, that could go on to at least reaching the Round of 16. This was stated for the likes of Croatia and Mexico, who have also been impressive and exciting to watch during their group matches in...

World Cup Weekly Recap

An action-packed week on the World Cup is the books and the tournament rages on with an uncanny amount of penalties and own goals. The first verdicts are already in: Russia and Uruguay have advanced in the group A after...

Musa and Iheanacho shine as Nigeria finally wake up against Iceland

When Ahmed Musa woke up on Saturday morning, he had a new status as an unlikely hero in Argentina. The Leicester City striker scored two goals in Nigeria's victory over Iceland in Volgograd on Saturday, keeping La Albiceleste's faint hopes...

Japan know biggest challenges are yet to come

Straight after Japan's 2-1 victory over Colombia they were on a flight back to their training camp in Kazan, receiving a heroes welcome from those working there. While those who featured significantly in the match spent time in recovery, others...

Brazil Still Have Room For Improvement

After a long struggle, Brazil eventually claimed their first three points of this World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica, Philippe Coutinho and Neymar both on the scoresheet as the side finally broke the deadlock with two injury...

Croatia shake off ‘Dark Horse’ tag with sublime performance vs Argentina

Much of the post-match analysis from last night’s encounter between Argentina and Croatia was centred around Jorge Sampaoli’s tactical ineptitude. That is only natural when you consider the fact that Lionel Messi and several other world class talents continue to...

Argentina Clueless Under Jorge Sampaoli

The fact that Argentina looked out of sorts in a 1-1 draw versus Iceland in their opening World Cup match wasn’t particularly troublesome in itself. After all, they weren’t alone. Brazil, Germany and Spain also struggled in their first outing...

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