Matt Walsh

Two Alternatives to Lovren for LFC: Veltman, Schar and Lovren Compared

Two Alternatives to Lovren for LFC: Veltman, Schar and Lovren Compared

When Dejan Lovren arrived on the south coast for a fee around £8m in July last year, moving from Olympique Lyonnais to Southampton, it had been reported that Lovren was persuaded by Southampton and their aspirations for Europa League qualification, and eventually Champions League football. Not even a year later, their chairman Nicola Cortese resigned, their head coach has switched St Mary's for White Hart Lane, and their three star players last season have headed up north to Liverpool and …
Paul Pogba v Nigeria | Player Performance Analysis FIFA World Cup 2014

Paul Pogba v Nigeria | Player Performance Analysis FIFA World Cup 2014

The French World Cup winning team of 1998 are the inspiration for this current France side, with Les Blues manager Didier Deschamps leading his team to the quarter finals of the World Cup, like he had done 16 years ago as a player in Lens. That '98 France side consisted of great players like Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet, Lilian Thuram, Didier Deschamps and Patrick Vieira. The 2014 side have an array of talent, young and old, throughout the …
France vs Nigeria Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: 2nd Round

France vs Nigeria Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: 2nd Round

France's impressive two opening group games ensured that they wouldn't find themselves facing Argentina in the last 16, instead they find themselves facing Stephen Kwasi's Nigeria side, with their all important win over Bosnia in their second game paving the way for a possible last 16 game against France or Switzerland. Pundits and journalists remarked that Argentina and Bosnia would glide through Group F, in fact, Argentina made a meal out of the group, winning their games by only one …
Ecuador vs France Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group E

Ecuador vs France Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group E

Ecuador must better Switzerland's result against Honduras if they are to go through to the last 16, but face tough opposition in Didier Deschamps' France side, who stuck five past Switzerland on Friday night. Goal difference may be key in to who goes through with France to the last 16, with Switzerland on minus two, while Ecuador are on zero. France have been one of the teams to watch so far this World Cup, boasting the best goal difference, winning …
Honduras v Switzerland Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group E

Honduras v Switzerland Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Group E

Switzerland will hope that France can do them a favour on Wednesday evening, by beating Ecuador, fellow contenders for a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup, as long as they can do the business themselves against Honduras in Manaus. Honduras are out of the World Cup after two defeats in their opening matches, a predicament many pundits had suggested before the World Cup. Their first game against France was more of a battle for which player could …
Switzerland vs France Preview | World Cup 2014: Group E

Switzerland vs France Preview | World Cup 2014: Group E

Second meets first in Salvador on Friday, and with both sides looking much too strong in Group E so far, it may be a case for both sides wanting the draw - although, Karim Benzema and his French team looked strong during their opening game versus Honduras on Sunday. Paul Pogba ran the show in midfield until his tussle with Honduras' Wilson Palacios, resulting in a yellow card and Didier Deschamps bringing the young Juventus midfielder off early in the …
France vs Honduras Preview | FIFA World Cup | Group E

France vs Honduras Preview | FIFA World Cup | Group E

Didier Deschamps men get their World Cup campaign underway against Luis Fernando Suarez's Honduras on Sunday, with this French side surprisingly promising, it could raise expectations - although there is little pressure for Deschamps, with this team looking for tournament experience for EURO 2016, especially in youngsters like Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Mamadou Sakho. France will miss two of their best players, primarily for different reasons - Franck Ribery due to injury; Samir Nasri to his unstable influence …
Who Will Pochettino Turn To? | Spurs Transfer Window Preview

Who Will Pochettino Turn To? | Spurs Transfer Window Preview

Mauricio Pochettino has been announced as Spurs' Head Coach on a five-year contract, but with their busy summer transfer window in 2013, and with a reported £50 million to spend on players this summer, who will technical director Franco Baldini and head coach Mauricio Pochettino target this summer? And who will they let go? Defensive options Spurs had an horrific season defensively, conceding 54 goals in total in the Premier League, with over 20 goals conceded against their top four …
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