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All Square At The Allianz: Juventus 0-0 Inter

Juventus 0-0 Inter. The first Derby d’Italia of the season finished all square as Juventus and Inter eventually cancelled each other out. Although the result doesn’t look incredibly thrilling, the game consisted of interesting tactical battles between both sides, specifically in midfield which ultimately left both Gonzalo Higuaín and Mauro Icardi frustrated without any service. Mario […]

Five Issues José Mourinho Needs to Solve at Manchester United

As the final international break of the year comes to a close, we now know which teams will be going to Russia for the World Cup next year. Often, international breaks are seen as games that get in the way of league football, ‘proper’ football, according to some. This hasn’t been the case these past […]

Why Don’t We Care About England?

If you’re under the age of 50 you’ve never seen the England first team win a major tournament. As everyone knows 1966 was the last time England won something. Led by the two Bobby’s, Moore and Charlton, the 1966 England team is remembered as our greatest national side of all time. Since that famous day […]

Federico Bernardeschi can become Juventus’ next Italian superstar

This article originally appeared on Back Page Football This summer’s transfer activity has seen Milan firmly put a marker down, gaining attention from all angles. Over €200 million has been spent on 10 new signings, covering all positions. The most significant of all has been Leonardo Bonucci’s €40 million move from Juventus. A masterstroke from […]

Spotlight: Mateo Kovačić

Despite being born in Linz, Austria, Mateo Kovačić became a gem at Croatia’s most successful club, Dinamo Zagreb. Similarly to one of his many idols, Luka Modrić, Kovačić’s journey to Real Madrid has been one full of hard work and dedication, as well as limitless talent at his disposal.  The Kovačić family, who had moved […]

Renato Sanches to Swansea: Great Business for All

After a difficult first season in Munich, Renato Sanches found himself needing regular, first team football. For someone who has just turned 20, it’s essential he plays, making his loan move to Swansea City a clever move for him personally, but also for Swansea and Bayern. Sanches already knows his new manager, Paul Clement, after […]

The glory and despair of the devilishly talented Louis Saha

This article originally appeared on These Football Times It was 23 January 2004 and Manchester United had finally got their man. Over £12 million was the eventual fee United paid Fulham for Louis Saha – brought in to lessen the goal-scoring responsibility on Ruud van Nistelrooy in the absence of an injury-stricken Ole Gunnar Solskjær. […]

Thiago and Rafinha: more than just your average brothers

This article originally appeared on These Football Times Born to a World Cup-winning father in Mazinho, Thiago and Rafinha Alcántara have been surrounded by football and its culture for as long as they can remember, including growing up with cousin and current Valencia forward, Rodrigo. The two brothers came through the ranks at Barcelona, at […]

Hristo Stoichkov: Barcelona and Bulgaria’s mad genius

This article originally appeared on CLICKON Soccer Being praised by fans and fellow players must be a great feeling. But, to be labelled a genius by the great Johan Cruyff is pretty much as good as it gets. Three goals over two games against Barcelona in the 1989 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final was all […]

Dani Alves: The man who revolutionised the full-back role

This article originally appeared on CLICKON Soccer The role of the full-back has changed significantly over the last decade or so. Cafu, Roberto Carlos and more recently Philipp Lahm have all been essential to their club and national sides’ successes. All three are, or were, world-class footballers but the man who changed the role so […]