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  • Real Madrid To Reign Again? Liverpool To Return In Style? Champions League Preview

    The Champions League is back for its 2014/15 edition with Real Madrid aiming for their eleventh European Cup. Liverpool have returned following a lengthy gap, while the usual stars will be on show in what is a tournament of the highest quality. We preview it.

  • Why Arsenal Must Learn Manchester United Lesson With Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996 and the jury is out on how much longer the Frenchman will remain at the Gunners. But as Manchester United have shown, a succession plan for a long-term boss is a priority.

  • Real Madrid Reluctance Over Gareth Bale Artificial Pitch Understandable

    Real Madrid are reluctant for Gareth Bale to play for Wales on an artificial pitch, but the Welsh are keen for the forward to help their Euro 2016 qualifying bid. Pitches have changed much over the years, but Real Madrid's view is still understandable.

  • Juventus Aim To Continue Domination – 2014/15 Italian Serie A Season Preview

    Juventus are looking to continue their domination of Italian football in Serie A this season, while Roma will bid to once again push them all the way. AC Milan and Inter meanwhile hunt former glories, but have work to do. We preview the Serie A campaign.

  • Why Legs for Days Angel di Maria Is Perfect Fit for Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is pinning his hopes on new signing Angel di Maria making a big impact at Old Trafford. And in the former Real Madrid winger, he may have found his ideal match.

  • Barcelona and Real Madrid Bid To Reassert Dominance – Spanish La Liga Preview

    Atletico Madrid sprung a big surprise by winning La Liga last season, but Barcelona and Real Madrid are out to assert their dominance over the new campaign. We assess the 2014/15 La Liga season.

  • Liverpool Surprise To Continue, Arsenal To Last Pace? Premier League Preview

    The 2014/15 Premier League campaign promises to be intriguing, with battles all across the league and five clubs fighting hard to finish in the top four. Who heads into the season in the best shape? We preview the unfolding campaign.

  • Heroes On the Pitch: Rap Stars Off It? Footballers and Their Hobbies

    Being a footballer leaves players with a lot of free time and some fill it in weird and wonderful ways. We take a look at the more unusual players off the pitch.

  • Louis van Gaal’s Magic Manchester United Wand Won’t Cure All Club’s Ills

    Louis van Gaal has raised expectations at Manchester United on the back of a positive pre-season. However, the Dutchman cannot cure all the club's ills without investing wisely in the transfer market and shuffling his pack.

  • Why Houllier and Benitez Stand as Liverpool Warning for Rodgers

    Liverpool stunned the Premier League by finishing as runners-up last season, but Brendan Rodgers faces a tough task to go one better. Can he avoid the fate which awaited predecessors Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez?

  • Paris Saint-Germain Shape Up for Three-Peat – France Ligue 1 Season Preview

    Paris Saint-Germain are aiming for a hat-trick of Ligue 1 titles this season and start as firm favourites. There have been changes throughout the league in what promises to be an intriguing 2014/15 campaign. We preview it.

  • 2014 Emerging World Cup Stars – James Rodriguez to Keylor Navas

    The 2014 World Cup saw a number of stars further enhance their standing, while some burst into the spotlight for the first time. We look at the breakout players in Brazil.

  • Leeds United Continental Approach Sees Fans Reserve Judgement

    Leeds United are adopting a continental approach, with the club's owner Massimo Cellino dictating transfer policy, while boss David Hockaday focuses on coaching duties. It remains to be seen if the formula will result in success at Elland Road.

  • 2014 World Cup – Team of the Tournament

    The 2014 World Cup has closed its doors, with Germany winning their fourth crown after beating Argentina in the final. For some players it was a tournament to remember. We pick the best eleven to grace Brazil.

  • Brazil’s World Cup Humiliation A Story Long Written

    For Brazil, the 2014 World Cup has been one to forget, with a truly historic 7-1 crushing suffered at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals. However, the story of their summer debacle has been long in the making.

  • Jermain Defoe and Ryan Nelsen Transform FC Toronto Fortunes

    Toronto FC are enjoying a vastly improved MLS campaign, with coach Ryan Nelsen seeing the club's signings of Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe paying off. But, the Canadian giants are not finished yet.

  • Why Louis van Gaal Arrival Will Have Manchester United Flops Fearing for Future

    Louis van Gaal's imminent arrival at Manchester United is set to see a number of the club's players fearing for their future at Old Trafford. Van Gaal is set to quickly stamp his authority on a squad that underachieved last term.

  • Toxic Mix Pushing Luis Suarez Towards Liverpool Exit and Barcelona Move

    Luis Suarez is in hot water once again in his career and will serve a four-month ban from all footballing activities. It may lead to a move away from Liverpool and to Barcelona for the Uruguayan talisman.

  • Difficult Questions for Spain Following Disastrous World Cup Exit

    Spain becoming the first World Cup holders to crash out of the tournament in their first two games has raised difficult questions for the country. As an era looks to have ended, La Roja must rise from the ashes.

  • Interview: Nigel de Jong Talks World Cup, Louis van Gaal Brilliance and Holland Target

    AC Milan and Holland midfielder Nigel de Jong is a player considered crucial by both club and country. Aiming to make a splash at the World Cup with the Oranje, we went to speak to the 29-year-old Dutchman.

  • Interview: Uruguay Coach Oscar Tabarez On World Cup, Luis Suarez and Maracanazo

    Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has led the country back to the heights of world football since taking charge in 2006. Now he is focusing on the World Cup and squeezing the best from Luis Suarez. We went to speak to him.

  • Southampton Under Siege as Mauricio Pochettino Departure Sparks Talent Scramble

    Southampton are battling to keep their best players after losing manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham Hotspur. Youngsters produced by the club are being targeted and the Saints' bright future threatens to dim dramatically.

  • Right Man for Manchester United? Louis van Gaal Season by Season Review

    After managing Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Louis van Gaal has been handed the reins at Man Utd. Is he the right choice? We review Van Gaal's managerial career so far.

  • Interview: Frank de Boer Talks Ajax Success, Tottenham Approach and Liverpool Snub

    Frank de Boer has been hugely successful at Ajax, leading the club to the last four Eredivisie titles. It has not gone unnoticed, with an approach from Liverpool in 2012 and Tottenham this summer. We went to talk to him.

  • Aided by Former Manchester United Star Fabien Barthez, US Luzenac Make Splash

    Minnows US Luzenac are heading into France's Ligue 2 for next season, a remarkable achievement for a place of just 693 people. Helped by ex-France international Fabien Barthez, they are making waves.

  • FA Commission B Team Suggestion Promises to Distort Lower League Football

    The English Football Association Commission has presented a report into the future of the game in the country, with several controversial proposals, including Premier League clubs fielding B teams in the lower leagues.

  • Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid Put Joke On La Liga

    Atletico Madrid have taken Spanish and European football by storm under Diego Simeone, defying logic which says success correlates to the amount players are paid. Los Rojiblancos used to be something of a joke in La Liga. But no one is laughing now.

  • Carlo Ancelotti’s Breath of Fresh Air After Jose Mourinho Powers Real Madrid

    Carlo Ancelotti has been a breath of fresh air at Real Madrid following Jose Mourinho's reign, and the Italian has guided the club into the Champions League final. Could a tenth European Cup be on the cards?

  • Why Roberto Martinez Showed David Moyes as Man Out of Time at Old Trafford

    David Moyes took over at Manchester United earmarked for success, recommended to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson based on his tenure at Everton. But Roberto Martinez's spell at Goodison Park proved Moyes was a man out of time.

  • Calm at Leeds United as Massimo Cellino Aims for Premier League

    Massimo Cellino has succeeded in his takeover of Championship side Leeds United, bringing calm and stability to Elland Road. Now the Italian businessman has set his sights upon promotion to the Premier League.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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