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How Philippe Coutinho proved me wrong and became a key man for Liverpool and Brazil

There are the likes of Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar – those I have been lucky enough to watch bloom into global stars, knowing from t...

Why bouncing straight back will not be easy for Sunderland

It is a relegation that has been half a decade in the making. Sunderland have flirted with demotion to the Championship for several seasons now, with...

Victor Wanyama: Tottenham's Player of the Year?

On Wednesday, Tottenham supporters were invited to vote for their player of the season and, given the shared nature of their success, that will be a t...

Why home draws and January business could cost Manchester United a place in the top four

Jose Mourinho faced plenty of criticism for the way he set his Manchester United side up for their 0-0 draw with Manchester City last week.

El Tigre roars again: How Radamel Falcao fought his way back to the top

There is something heart-warming about the resurgence of a great striker. Forwards thrive on confidence. It is their lifeblood, the essential ingredie...

Why Manchester United should not underestimate Europa League dark horses Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo have had a forgettable La Liga campaign. Sat firmly in the zone of mid-table mediocrity after a disastrous start to the season, it was not ...

Third wheel? Why Mario Mandzukic is actually the engine that powers Juventus' attack

Cruising towards a sixth straight Serie A title and arguably the strongest side remaining in the Champions League at the semi-final stage, Massimilian...

Probable final Rome derby ends in defeat, but Totti's status as a Serie A legend is assured

There would be no dream finish for Francesco Totti. Introduced in the 73rd minute of Sunday’s clash with arch-enemies Lazio, Roma supporters we...

“We knew we were in the presence of something special” – Tim Vickery on seeing Messi before most

There are many benefits to covering South American football; its importance in society and sense of its own history, for example. But looking ahead, t...

Rafa Benitez is right to tread carefully in Newcastle world

Newcastle United are back in the Premier League. On Monday night, their 4-1 win over Preston confirmed their automatic promotion and, despite the rath...

Regardless of the title race, Tottenham need to bounce back against Crystal Palace

Mauricio Pochettino was adamant. “I think we played well. We dominated the game,” the Tottenham Hotspur manager told reporters in his pos...

The top-four race: English football's biggest illusion?

As the Premier League season rolls into its final month, attention inevitably focuses more sharply on the teams with most at stake, whether the prize ...