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29 March 2014

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  • Why Liverpool Risk Premier League Title Win Turning Into False Dawn

    Liverpool look firmly on course to win their first top flight title for 24 years. But the success, if it arrives, will come in spite of, not because of, the club's owners. Winning the Premier League would prove an acid test of their ambitions.

  • Where Manchester United Managerial Hunt Could Lead if David Moyes Sacked

    David Moyes is under severe pressure as Manchester United manager and could be set for the axe. We look at who the contenders to replace the former Everton boss will be if the Red Devils pull the trigger.

  • From Arsenal and Man Utd Target William to Ricardo Horta – Top Five Portuguese Talents

    Portugal is a country which sees scouts flock to domestic games on a regular basis - and for good reason, with an array of talents plying their trade. We look at the top five up and coming Portuguese youngsters.

  • “Red Cafu” Jon Flanagan Shining in Liverpool Premier League Title Charge

    Liverpool's push for the Premier League title this season has seen a number of players shine, not least full-back Jon Flanagan. The local starlet has grabbed a spot in the team and continues to impress even as the pressure grows.

  • All Eyes On Chelsea, Man City and PSG as UEFA Prepare to Show FFP Teeth

    UEFA is preparing to look at clubs very closely in relation to its financial fair play rules. All eyes will be on Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG, all of whom have been tipped in various quarters as being at risk due to the new regulations.

  • Man Utd Cling to Similarities with Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League Triumph

    Man Utd's progression in the Champions League while enduring a wretched Premier League season has brought comparisons with Liverpool's triumph in the competition in 2005. And the Red Devils have beaten Olympiacos too.

  • Four Ingredients Which Have Transformed Arsenal into Trophy Chasers

    Arsenal last won a trophy in 2005, but this year they are on course to end that drought while also confirming their credentials as title challengers. And it is down to four ingredients which, over the course of 12 months, they have mixed into the pot.

  • Interview: Michael Owen Talks Luis Suarez, Manchester United Decline and Real Madrid

    Michael Owen played at the very top of the game, taking in spells at Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United. Now a keen observer of his former clubs, we caught up with the former England striker to chew the fat.

  • Jermain Defoe and Co. Arrival Sends Toronto FC Expectations Soaring

    Toronto FC have disappointed consistently in the MLS since entering the league. Just eleven wins over two seasons have made the Canadians a laughing stock, but ambitious recruitment, with Jermain Defoe secured, promises a brighter 2014.

  • Nemanja Vidic Exit Leaves Manchester United With Very Problems He Solved

    When Sir Alex Ferguson swooped to sign a relatively unknown Nemanja Vidic, the Serbian solved many of Manchester United's defensive problems. Eight years on, he is set to depart and leave similar issues in the Red Devils' backline.

  • Benfica Experience Leaves Nemanja Matic in Good Shape to Meet Chelsea Expectations

    Chelsea's decision to re-sign Nemanja Matic from Benfica at a cost of £21m was greeted with some raised eyebrows. However, the Serbian has vastly improved during his time in Portugal and is now being counted on by Jose Mourinho.

  • High Stakes at Leeds as Massimo Cellino Ownership Bid Rumbles On

    The last month has been one of drama and speculation at Leeds United, as Italian Massimo Cellino bids to complete a takeover of the club. As Cellino waits for Football League approval, the stakes could hardly be higher.

  • Arsenal and Liverpool Truly Toe-to-Toe with Wealthy Rivals in Thrilling Title Race

    This year's Premier League title race is truly a four-horse race and could even be settled on the very last day of the season. Chelsea and Manchester City were expect to challenge, but Arsenal and Liverpool are providing the competition.

  • Mixed Mexico Emotions as Dos Santos and Vela Leave Spurs and Arsenal Troubles Behind

    When Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela left Tottenham and Arsenal respectively, it was with much still to prove. Now in Spain with Villarreal and Real Sociedad, they are impressing, though it is mixed news for Mexico.

  • Interview: Emmanuel Adebayor to Robert Pires, Metz Academy Chief Denis Schaeffer

    Metz are a virtual talent factory when it comes to French football, having brought through Emmanuel Adebayor, Louis Saha and Robert Pires. We went to speak to academy chief Denis Schaeffer.

  • Arsene Wenger’s “True Finisher” Kostas Mitroglou Bids to Turn Heads at Fulham

    Kostas Mitroglou was linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe while at Olympiacos, but has surprisingly ended up at Fulham. The man Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger called a "true finisher" is keen to make his mark.

  • Why Tim Sherwood Faith is Revitalising Tottenham Hotspur’s Top Four Hopes

    Tottenham choosing to hand Tim Sherwood the reins was greeted with surprise in some quarters, but the novice coach has revitalised the side. Spurs now look set to challenge for a top four spot with Sherwood loving life at White Hart Lane.

  • Chelsea to Manchester United is Right Club Wrong Manager for Juan Mata

    Juan Mata's decision to leave Chelsea for Man Utd looks a win for all parties on the surface. But on closer inspection it may not be the best move for the Spaniard, who benefits from a degree of tactical freedom new boss David Moyes does not afford.

  • Inside Scoop: Chelsea Have Beaten Liverpool to Special Talent in Mohamed Salah

    Basel received their highest transfer fee from selling Mohamed Salah to Chelsea. The winger, who was chased by Liverpool, has the attributes to be a roaring success.

  • Ricardo Quaresma Bids to Resurrect Career at Happy Hunting Ground FC Porto

    Ricardo Quaresma was compared to Cristiano Ronaldo in his younger days, with the jury out on who would be better. Now, following a troubled career, Quaresma is back in Portugal at FC Porto, and bidding to make good on his potential.

  • Bold Future Planning and Russ Wilcox Appointment Set Ball Rolling for Scunthorpe

    Scunthorpe United are firmly in the promotion mix in England's League Two under new boss Russ Wilcox. His appointment, combined with plans for a new 12,000-seater stadium, mean the club are once again heading in the right direction.

  • Jose Mourinho Short-Term Thinking On Juan Mata to Man Utd Will Backfire

    Jose Mourinho's decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United is an odd one for the Chelsea boss to make. The Red Devils are gripped by crisis and only short-term thinking explains Mourinho's controversial course of action.

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Return Set to Highlight How Much Has Changed at Manchester United

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a big part of an era which saw Manchester United dominate the English game. But his return to Old Trafford, as Cardiff boss, is a reminder for the Red Devils of just how much times have changed.

  • North Ferriby United Set On Sharing Limelight with Hull City

    North Ferriby United have taken great strides forward in recent years and are aiming to win promotion to the Football League in the coming seasons. The East Riding side are overshadowed by Hull City at present, but want their slice of the limelight.

  • Interview: NEC Striker Michael Higdon On Scottish v Dutch Football, Crewe and More

    Michael Higdon is trying his luck abroad, turning out for Dutch Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen. The man who top scored in last season's Scottish top flight for Motherwell has had an interesting career. We went to speak to him.

  • Sir Alex Ferguson Legacy Real Distraction for Manchester United Boss David Moyes

    David Moyes has endured a turbulent start to his time as Man Utd manager and increasingly the presence of his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson at matches is being seen as a distraction. However, the former Everton boss has bigger problems.

  • West Ham Must Spend to Avoid Olympic Dream Becoming Nightmare

    West Ham are embroiled in a Premier League relegation battle and desperately need to strengthen their squad to avoid the drop. And survival has never been so crucial with a move to the Olympic Stadium looming.

  • From Leverkusen Ghost Goal to Luis Suarez Bite, Ten Worst Moments of 2013

    2013 had many highs for football, but also lows, from the ridiculous, such as Luis Suarez's bite, to the tragic, with untimely deaths. We look at the ten worst moments.

  • Barcelona Still Unsure On Gerardo Martino Shaped New Era

    Barcelona have been used to dominating possession and sweeping all before them. Yet under new coach Gerardo Martino, while the results are still largely there, the style of play isn't. And this has split fans over embracing the Argentine's new era.

  • Liverpool Interest No Surprise as “Octopus” Fernando Ready for Next Step

    Fernando appears to be on the way out of FC Porto, with Liverpool and Napoli having held talks with his agent. The Brazilian defensive midfielder, nicknamed the "Octopus" looks full-prepared for the step up to a more competitive league.

  • Adnan Januzaj Emergence Means Bright Future for Man Utd Even if Title Defence Fails

    Manchester United's Premier League title defence has been a shambles so far this season, but the emergence of young talent Adnan Januzaj offers hope for a bright future. Indeed, the 18-year-old may be the best thing to happen to the Red Devils this term.

  • Tottenham Sack Result of Villas-Boas’ Failure to Learn Mourinho Timing Lesson

    Andre Villas-Boas' sacking by Tottenham has revealed that the Portuguese is out of step when it comes to timing his managerial posts. Unlike mentor Jose Mourinho, Villas-Boas has chosen positions with the odds stacked against him.

  • Sir Alex Ferguson Failure to Learn Liverpool Lesson Contributes to Man Utd Toil

    Man Utd are toiling under David Moyes and are at risk of missing a top four spot. Moyes was handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson, but the legend should have learned Liverpool's lessons when it comes to starting a dynasty.

  • Gareth Bale Shines in Cristiano Ronaldo Absence as Real Madrid Delight in Welshman

    Gareth Bale has had huge pressure heaped on his shoulders at Real Madrid, due to the world-record fee needed to snap him up. But already the Welshman is justifying it and recently helped Cristiano Ronaldo's absence go unnoticed.

  • New Jose Maria Pedroto Needed in Portugal as Big Three Dominance Back

    The natural order of Portuguese football looks to have returned, with Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon all taking charge in the Primeira Liga. Disrupting the Big Three is not easy and may need another Jose Maria Pedroto type visionary coach.

  • From Ryan Giggs to Jari Litmanen – Top Players Never to Grace a World Cup Finals

    The World Cup has always provided the platform for the biggest stars in the game to shine. However, some players, no matter how talented, never receive the opportunity. We look at the top players never to have played at a World Cup.

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