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Despite World Cup failure, Italy has a very promising generation of players emerging

“The smiles are back at Coverciano,” one FIGC official blithely observed to Il Corriere della Sera this week. It appears the tension that ...

Jake Livermore

West Brom’s long farewell: what has gone so wrong at The Hawthorns this season?

The decline of West Brom this season was hard to foretell. Back in the summer, the bookmakers priced up their chances of relegation at around the 5/1 ...

Marlos Moreno

Marlos Moreno's recent struggles offer a cautionary tale to talented young South Americans

Just a couple of months past his 17th birthday, Rodrygo is the youngest player to have appeared for Santos in the Copa Libertadores – a pro...

Rashford

Marcus Rashford is coming of age for Manchester United

Marcus Rashford reminded the world of his talent on Saturday with both of Manchester United’s goals in their 2-1 victory over Liverpool. Th...

Bailly

Despite own goal against Liverpool, Bailly proved he is Man United's best defender

Manchester United may boast the best defensive record in the league this season, but that can largely be attributed to the fantastic performances of D...

Buffon

Still decisive at 40, Juventus icon Gianluigi Buffon could postpone his retirement

Wednesday night at Wembley could have been Gianluigi Buffon’s last ever appearance in the Champions League. Juventus were determined for it not ...

Gonzalo Higuain

After Champions League heroics, is World Cup redemption on the horizon for Gonzalo Higuain?

I had a grandstand view of it. Sitting high in the stands in the Maracana stadium at the last World Cup Final. Lionel Messi opened up the German defen...

Kovacic

Zinedine Zidane profits against PSG after showing faith in his in-form supporting cast

The Champions League is nothing new for Zinedine Zidane, with his record of consecutive European titles standing out as a specialism this season amid ...

Pardew

West Brom's shambolic season should serve as a cautionary tale to the rest of the Premier League

At the time of writing, Alan Pardew is still clinging to his job. However, whether West Bromwich Albion dismiss him or not, the club seems to be on an...

Liverpool

Why and how the Premier League's big six has split into two camps

As this season has worn on, the gap between the teams in the top six has become ever more apparent. Man City are a huge margin ahead of vain chasers L...

Neymar

Brazil has always been a world leader in physical preparation - so Neymar is in the best hands

Belo Horizonte, of course, is the city where Brazil suffered that astonishing 7-1 defeat by Germany in the semi-final of the last World Cup. And it is...

Arsenal

Forget mentality, the simple truth is that Arsenal are not good enough

Arsenal’s League Cup Final defeat brought a familiar reaction. They were semi-humiliated at Wembley and a very distant second best, but that see...