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Julio Cesar

Julio Cesar, a man who experienced the difficulties of being Brazil's World Cup goalkeeper, retires from football

Brazilian football said farewell to one of its 21st-century stars on Saturday. Rio giants Flamengo were at home to America in the second round of the ...


Why Paul Pogba has been performing better than his critics would have you believe

Paul Pogba was named man of the match in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday night. The victory puts them four point...

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.


Burnley have had a fantastic season, but avoiding relegation should still be their priority next term

It was easy to presume that Burnley’s fast start to the season would eventually slow up, and it was easy to understand that happening when it di...

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...

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...


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...

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...

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...


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...