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Lionel Messi

Why Barcelona's early elimination from the Champions League is good news for Argentina

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli badly needed a boost. He received a huge one on Tuesday, and Saturday was not bad either.

Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez starting to find feet at Manchester United - could he help them win next season's title?

Alexis Sanchez assisted two goals in the Manchester derby on Saturday, yet if someone had said that was going to be the case a few months ago, most wo...


Late drama against Chievo keeps Napoli in Serie A title race

One of my favourite pieces of graffiti in Italy appeals to the romantic in me. You see it daubed on walls up and down the country. “I love you l...

Cristiano Ronaldo

Asensio and Vázquez ensure Zidane has two ways to supply a resurgent Ronaldo

Real Madrid looked down on their luck, devoid of confidence and low on ideas at the turn of the year, after a disappointing defeat on the road against...

Man City

Late blip doesn’t detract from the overall success of Manchester City’s season

It’s never surprising how quickly perceptions change in football. The shine has come off Manchester City’s season this past week, and from...


Why defending deep, as is common in South American club football, could spell disaster for Peru

Peru have given themselves what they hope will be a morale-boosting send-off before heading to their first World Cup in 36 years. In late May they wil...


Roma face pivotal few weeks in Serie A and the Champions League - don't write them off against Barcelona

If the ball had fallen on Kevin Strootman’s left foot rather than his right and not bounced too high, maybe he would have scored instead of hitt...


Lukaku joins Premier League 100 club - and the Manchester United man will only get better

Romelu Lukaku scored his 100th Premier League goal on Saturday as Manchester United beat Swansea 2-0. He is the fifth youngest player to claim th...

Dele Alli

Analysing the misconceptions around Dele Alli's supposedly average season

It can be tough being a young English football star. The lifestyle and riches might be great, but you’re rarely too far away from being hauled o...


Defensive troubles mean a change of approach could be necessary for Argentina

Perhaps the only surprise of Spain’s 6-1 thrashing of Argentina was that so many people were surprised. A heavy defeat for the visitors in Madri...


Isco leads the way as Lopetegui's rejuvenated Spain head to Russia all smiles

 When Julen Lopetegui was installed as Spain boss, players’ ID cards would not matter - as the native phrase goes. Name, age and reputation...

Jose Pekerman

Colombia show impressive fighting spirit against France to spark hope ahead of World Cup

The decision to go to Paris to play a warm-up friendly against France was a high risk option for Colombia. After reaching the World Cup quarter-final...