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12 Days of Football 2018: Twelve Dreamers Dreaming
08:00 Wednesday 2nd January 2019

On the 12th Day of Football, UEFA gave to me Twelve Dreamers dreaming, Eleven Keepers Keeping, Ten lads-a-Leaping, Nine Ladies Playing, Eight Managers Managing, Seven Sides-a-Sinking, Six Games Amazing, FIVE GOLDEN GOALS, Four Calls Blown,…

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12 Days of Football 2018: Eleven Keepers Keeping
08:00 Tuesday 1st January 2019

On the 10th Day of Football, UEFA gave to me Eleven Keepers Keeping, Ten lads-a-Leaping, Nine Ladies Playing, Eight Managers Managing, Seven Sides-a-Sinking, Six Games Amazing, FIVE GOLDEN GOALS, Four Calls Blown, Three French Clubs, Two title…

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Will Zidane manage again?
17:00 Tuesday 7th August 2018

In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare observes that “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon ‘em.” Modern society has done everything it can to hamstring those born into greatness, replacing…

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Why Mohamed Salah deserves to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or
13:00 Thursday 26th April 2018

What must a player do to win the Ballon d’Or? How have Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo monopolized the award for the past decade? Does Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah now deserve recognition as the world's best player? Here…

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Who would make the team sheet in an Avengers XI?
16:00 Sunday 22nd April 2018

Over the years there have been countless Avengers. The comic book’s writers rotated through heroes to keep storylines fresh. Even the film franchise has moved characters in and out of the lineup. Of all Marvel’s titles, only…

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Why not a Tom, Dick, and Harry combined XI?
08:00 Thursday 1st March 2018

When two top clubs are about to cross swords, it can be fun to pick a combined XI. Such lists spark debate over which star at each respective position is the best. So, you can’t just pick any Tom, Dick, or Harry. That strikes me as extremely…

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Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink: A trip down memory lane
08:30 Monday 4th December 2017

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is probably most remembered in the footballing world as the man with the longest name on the back of his shirt. Now 39-years-old and retired from professional football, here is a look back at the career of the…

Jose Altuve, Sebastian Giovinco: Coming up short
16:00 Saturday 4th November 2017

Reaching the MLS Cup or World Series is a tall order. Yet, in 2017, shorties Jose Altuve and Sebastian Giovinco have led the way in their respective sports. Much to Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey's chagrin, Americans are combating their…

Andres Iniesta's lifetime contract a double-edged sword
12:30 Saturday 14th October 2017

Andres Iniesta's new lifetime contract is being questioned. Didn't Barcelona object to PSG's buy-now-pay-later policy? At least that was for a young player. The captain is still eager to play on a regular basis. Nonetheless, at 33, it's hard…

Benfica forward Jonas in fine form
09:00 Thursday 5th October 2017

Foreign fans at least know Portugal's 'Big Three'. Sporting, Porto, and Benfica are the elite. Early on, Jonas is maintaining the status quo for the latter. The Brazilian forward has played for Benfica since 2014. He's had a superb start to…

Gareth Barry may hold the Premier League appearances record but he has some way to go to match these guys
03:54 Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Gareth Barry recently made his 633rd Premier League appearance setting a new record for the competition. A marvellous achievement rightly honoured by fans, media and players alike. However, in terms of the history of English football, Barry…

Premier League's most underrated players
20:00 Monday 18th September 2017

Big names grab the headlines and plaudits. Meanwhile, others quietly do their job with no publicity. They are the Premier League's most underrated players.

Xabi Prieto engrained in Txuriurdin Legend
18:10 Saturday 2nd September 2017

Real Sociedad's captain, Xabi Prieto, recently made his 500th appearance for the club. Can he cap his legacy by bringing glory to Anoeta? Francesco Totti. Carles Puyol. Ryan Giggs. All completed their careers at just one football club. Despite…

Premier League cult heroes - Tugay
09:30 Monday 21st August 2017

Once, Blackburn Rovers were a top half team that could never quite break the top four stronghold. In that era, Tugay Kerimoglu made the game appear simple. Rovers were stunningly crowned Premier League champions in 1995. They never threatened…

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Nemanja Matic no John Terry or Wayne Rooney
09:30 Friday 18th August 2017

Given his impact during Chelsea's two most recent title runs, one must ask why the Blues were so ambivalent regarding Nemanja Matic. The answer is simple. Money. This is not a debate on the Serbian's relative talent. He's a midfielder. Rooney…