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Remembering Greatness: Denis Irwin

Think about the current world of football and the full-back position. How demanding it is, how much quality is needed both defensively and going forward, how fit you need to be to play it at a high level, how much quality you need on the ball. Now look at the most successful team in England […]

Chelsea turn in masterclass to set up all English Champions League final

Chelsea turned in a brilliant performance at Stamford Bridge to beat Real Madrid 2-0 and cruise into an all-English Champions League final against Manchester City. Madrid started well, controlling possession and passing the ball around the pitch really well but failing to create any real clear cut chances. Chelsea threatened by having a goal ruled […]

Jose Mourinho announced as next Roma manager

It turns out Jose Mourinho wasn’t joking when he said he didn’t need an extended break from football after being sacked as Tottenham manager, because he’s got a new job already. The Portuguese coach has been officially announced as the new manager of AS Roma, taking over from the departing Paulo Fonseca this summer to […]

How did Arsenal mess up their goalkeeper situation so badly?

Less than 12 months after making the decision on their number one goalkeeper, Arsenal look set to be without both of them by the time the next season begins. At the end of the 2019/20 season, Emiliano Martinez finally got a chance in the number one role after Bernd Leno picked up a knee injury. […]

Remembering Greatness: Gilberto Silva

Look back at all the greatest teams in history and they all have one thing in common, a dominant force in midfield to glue everything together. The same can be said for both Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ from the 2003/04 season in the Premier League and the 2002 World Cup winners Brazil. Both teams shared the same […]

Villarreal vs Arsenal – Europa League semi-final prediction

The Europa League is down to its final four teams and there are some very intriguing ties to be played out to decipher who will lift the trophy come the end of the season. Premier League side Manchester United will take on Serie A side AS Roma as the two remaining strongest teams in the […]

My Premier League Hall of Fame inductees

The Premier League has formally announced a hall of fame for 2021 and the first two inductees are absolutely no shock to anyone. Premier League all-time top goalscorer Alan Shearer and legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry were announced as the first men to enter the new hall of fame, along with a list of other […]

Julien Nagelsmann agrees to take charge at Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s chase for a new manager for next season is complete as they have agreed terms with Julien Nagelsmann to take over. The Bundesliga champions officially announced the deal on Tuesday morning, after current boss Hansi Flick confirmed in a recent press conference that he wanted to leave the club at the end of […]

Chelsea vs Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League semi-final prediction

The business end of the season is upon us as the final four of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League is upon us. Two mouth-watering clashes make up the semi-finals, as Chelsea take on Real Madrid for the first time ever while Paris Saint-Germain will take on Manchester City in the other game. We’ve done predictions […]

Remembering Greatness: Cesc Fabregas

It’s not often a player’s greatness is forgotten while they’re still playing in one of Europe’s top five leagues, but that seems to be what has happened to Cesc Fabregas. The former Premier League, La Liga, European Championship and World Cup winner has got one of the greatest resumes in football, and yet is so […]

What’s happening between Hansi Flick and Bayern Munich?

It’s not often that we say it, but Bayern Munich might be having a bit of an internal crisis right now. After crashing out of the UEFA Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals, it emerged over the weekend that manager Hansi Flick has informed the club that he wants to leave in the […]

Jose Mourinho sacked by Tottenham – what next for him?

Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Jose Mourinho yesterday after a string of poor results, just six days before the Carabao Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City. After just 17 months in the job, the Portuguese gaffer parts ways with the north London club making them the first side since he took charge of Porto in […]

Kevin De Bruyne injured as Manchester City quadruple bid crumbles

Manchester City saw their quadruple hopes crushed at the weekend after defeat by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, but it was the injury to Kevin De Bruyne that they were most worried about after the game. Thomas Tuchel’s side were excellent on the night as they completely nullified the City attack and progressed into […]

The European Super League is rubbish but why are people shocked?

News broke on Sunday that rocked the footballing world, as it was announced that 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs have agreed to form a breakaway ‘Super League’. The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ as well as Spain and Italy’s three biggest sides have all signed a letter of intent that will see the club’s form their […]

Remembering Greatness: Edgar Davids

Football in 2021 is defined by statistics and roles on the pitch more than ever before in the past. There is no such thing as just being a defender, or just being a midfielder any more. Now you’re either a ball-playing defender or a no-nonsense centre back, you could be a box-to-box midfielder who excels […]

Is Diego Simeone’s time at Atletico Madrid over?

If this had been mentioned back in December, you would’ve been laughed out of the room but Diego Simeone’s time at Atletico Madrid could very well be coming to an end. A two-time Champions League finalist, a La Liga title winner in the Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo era, a two-time Europa League winner and a Copa […]

Pedro Neto out for six months is huge blow for Wolves and Portugal

Wolves and Portugal winger Pedro Neto has suffered a serious knee injury and has been ruled out for six months, meaning he will miss the rest of the Premier League season and Euro 2020. The 21-year-old had been excellent for the Midlands side this season, notching five goals and six assists domestically which earned him […]

It’s now or never for Harry Kane to leave Tottenham

Ever since he burst on the scene the best part of a decade ago, all the talk has been about when not if Harry Kane will leave Tottenham. After originally entering as a ‘one-season wonder’ to many, Kane just kept scoring goals and has gone on to become one of the most lethal goalscorers we […]

Trent Alexander-Arnold is great but still has plenty to prove

It’s a debate that has been roaring on for months and months now, but Trent Alexander-Arnold is a pretty good footballer if you weren’t already aware. The Premier League and Champions League winning right-back has come under severe criticism this season for some below-par displays as Liverpool struggled to defend their crown, and was recently […]

Manchester United show they can go toe to toe against the top sides

Manchester United all but cemented their second place finish this season with an excellent come-from-behind performance to beat Tottenham 3-1 in north London. The Reds started slowly but burst into life after a brilliant assist from Paul Pogba found Edinson Cavani who slotted past Hugo Lloris, only for the goal to be ruled out when […]

Remembering Greatness: Rivaldo

When you think Brazil, the first thing that comes to mind is flair and their legendary number 10 shirt. From Pele and Zico to Ronaldinho, Kaka and Neymar the famous yellow and green has been filled with greatness since forever. But one man who is often overlooked when it comes to the greatness of his […]

Arsenal vs Slavia Prague – Europa League quarter-final predictions

The Europa League enters it’s serious phase as the quarter-finals are finally upon us in Europe’s secondary competition. England have two representatives remaining and both teams got favourable draws, with the Manchester United coming up against La Liga side Granada, while Arsenal will come up against Czech Republican’s Slavia Prague. The Gunners made it into […]

Granada vs Manchester United – Europa League quarter-final predictions

The Europa League enters it’s serious phase as the quarter-finals are finally upon us in Europe’s secondary competition. England have two representatives remaining and both teams got favourable draws, with the Manchester United coming up against La Liga side Granada, while Arsenal will come up against Czech Republican’s Slavia Prague. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made […]

FC Porto vs Chelsea – Champions League quarter-final predictions

The UEFA Champions League is back with some absolutely mouth watering ties as we enter the quarter-final stage of the competition. The biggest opportunity for an upset comes in this fixture as the champions of Portugal FC Porto take on 2012 European champions Chelsea in the last eight of the competition, with the Premier League […]

Real Madrid vs Liverpool – Champions League quarter-final predictions

The UEFA Champions League is back with some absolutely mouth watering ties as we enter the quarter-final stage of the competition. Two of the most successful sides in European history will collide as Real Madrid take on Liverpool in the last eight, with both sides thankfully able to play their home leg in their respective […]

Who should Manchester City sign to replace Sergio Aguero?

When the greatest goalscorer in the history of the club is getting ready to leave, some planning needs to go into his replacement. After Manchester City and Sergio Aguero confirmed reports that the player will leave at the end of his contract this summer, all talk swiftly turned to who would be the best replacement […]

Remembering Greatness: Deco

In a generation where the best Brazilian born players were almost exclusively top level creative midfielders, Deco is probably the one who got away. The former Porto, Barcelona and Chelsea man represented Portugal at international level eventually and he made a name for himself on the European stage at club level and also with the […]

What is England’s likely lineup for Euro 2020 now?

England made it three wins from three heading into the European Championships this summer as they top their World Cup qualifying group following a 2-1 win over Poland at Wembley. After beating San Marino and then Albania, Gareth Southgate’s men came back to their home to take on the Robert Lewandowski-less Poles. Harry Kane’s penalty […]

Sergio Aguero to leave Manchester City – where next?

It’s official. The end of an era is upon us, as both Manchester City and Sergio Aguero have confirmed that the player will leave the club upon the expiry of his contract this summer. The 33-year-old Argentine striker joined the club back in 2011 from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth around £35million and has […]

What is France’s best XI for the Euros?

Every now and then you get a nation that has a pool of players available to fill three of four starting XI’s capable of winning a tournament. Most recently was Spain, who won three international tournaments in a row between 2008-2012, had a generation of players that were part of the most dominant side of […]

Liverpool in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Ibrahima Konate

Liverpool have already begun planning for next season and are close to finalising a deal to bring Ibrahima Konate to Anfield next season. After a more than disappointing season which has seen them relinquish their first title in 30 years without so much as a fight, manager Jurgen Klopp has moved quickly to try and […]

Mason Mount rises to international level as England beat Albania

England made it two wins from two in World Cup qualifying as a Mason Mount inspired performance gave them a 2-0 victory in Tirana. Albania were an organised outfit in the opening exchanges as England looked to create opportunities, but it was a Luke Shaw cross that found Harry Kane to break the deadlock in […]

How and why is Aidy Boothroyd still in charge of England’s future?

England Under-21’s started their European Championship campaign with a defeat to Switzerland, as their record in competition continued to go down the toilet. Aidy Boothroyd’s side lined up with three-at-the back and two holding midfielders, then struggled to create any real clear-cut chances throughout the 90 minutes as Dan Ndoye scored a looping effort with […]

Remembering Greatness: Michael Owen

When teenagers break onto the scene in world football already performing at a high level, football fans are known to get over excited. We’ve seen it countless times over the years where said player struggles to really hit the heights that people think they can, so it becomes even more special when those same players […]

Portugal continue to play to level of opponents in narrow win over Azerbaijan

Portugal kicked off their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a narrow win over minnows Azerbaijan, as a pattern in their recent games continued. Despite starting with a very strong team including Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Pedro Neto and Joao Cancelo, the two teams were only separated by an own goal from Azerbaijan defender Maksim […]

England lineup against San Marino should be all-out attack

Forget this summer’s European Championships for a couple of weeks, England begin their path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a triple header of qualifiers over the next two weeks. Gareth Southgate’s side will prepare for games against San Marino, Albania and Poland starting against the minnows who come from just off the […]

Manchester City quadruple run is set – will they do it?

The path is set for Manchester City to make history in English football with an unprecedented quadruple, with Pep Guardiola’s side having the remainder of their season planned out in front of them. City are still in both domestic cup competitions, top of the Premier League and in the Champions League quarter-finals as we enter […]

Is Eric Bailly right to be unhappy at Manchester United?

It’s been coming for a while now, but Manchester United’s defensive problems are about to boil over. After crashing out of the FA Cup to Leicester in a 3-1 win, news has come out that centre-back Eric Bailly is unhappy at the club over his lack of game time and could look to leave the […]

Alan Shearer – The most underrated Premier League player ever?

Is there a striker in the history of the game more underrated and disrespected than Alan Shearer? Probably not. Now a BBC pundit, Shearer is the all-time top goalscorer for his boyhood club Newcastle United and was the main man as Blackburn won the Premier League title back in 1995. He also hit 30 goals […]

Chelsea put Europe on notice by dominating Atletico Madrid

Chelsea have put the entirety of Europe on notice, as they completely dominated Atletico Madrid to progress into the Champions League quarter-finals. The Blues made it home and away wins over Atleti thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri to seal a 2-0 win on the night and a 3-0 win on aggregate, […]

Fantasy Matches: Sir Alex Ferguson XI vs Carlo Ancelotti XI

*DISCLAIMER* Just for a little bit of realism in this fantasy match, any players that played under both managers aren’t eligible to be in both teams. Two of the best and most successful coaches ever went head to head in the Premier League between 2009 and 2011 as Carlo Ancelotti managed Chelsea to a Premier […]

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