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England are right not to parachute senior players into the Under-21 European Championship

The 2017 European Under-21 Championship is approaching, which means that so too is a familiar debate: why are age-qualified senior internationals not ...

Forget Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo is Real Madrid's Mr. Irreplaceable

Real Madrid head into Saturday's match against Juventus looking to win their 12th European Cup and become the first club to claim back-to-back Champio...

Higuain and Juventus out to slay the dragon by delivering when it matters most

Just two years on from their last appearance, Juventus have once again reached the Champions League final. The Bianconeri have made no secret of their...

Win or lose in Cardiff, Juventus are on the verge of becoming a superclub

On a frosty Monday evening in January, Juventus unveiled a new logo at the Science and Technology Museum in Milan. The slogan of the event was ‘...

Why Isco will be key to Real Madrid's chances of Champions League success against Juventus

It has taken a while – almost four years, in fact – but Isco is finally developing into a crucial first-team player for Real Madrid, just ...

The 5 teams who came closest to retaining the Champions League in its current format

Real Madrid are seeking to become the first team to retain the Champions League trophy since the tournament was rebranded in 1992. Below are the five ...

Celebrating Brazil's tradition of attacking full-backs, from Nilton Santos and Carlos Alberto to Marcelo and Dani Alves

If Dani Carvajal is not 100 per cent fit in time, there is every chance that the final of the Champions League will feature four Brazilian full-backs....

What next for Manchester United after Europa League triumph?

After the 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday night, Manchester United have booked their place in next season’s Champions ...

Why John Terry's departure was perfect for everyone

The world is still fretting over the way John Terry left the field last Sunday. It was obnoxious, it was self-serving, and in time he may well be foun...

Why Premier League clubs are on the verge of conquering Europe once more

In retrospect, our assertions were laughably naive. When, 10 years ago, the Premier League’s yearly income ballooned from millions to billions, ...

Philippe Coutinho would be the ideal replacement for Andres Iniesta at Barcelona

Barcelona’s courtship of Philippe Coutinho is beginning to resemble Real Madrid’s efforts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo almost a decade ago.&n...

6 stars who shone at the Under-20 World Cup, including Maradona and Messi

The 2017 Under-20 World Cup got under way in South Korea on Saturday, and each of the players taking part will be desperate to make a...