Premier League stars set for battle for World Cup glory

Premier League stars set for battle for World Cup glory

The 2018 World Cup takes centre stage this summer and numerous Premier League stars are in with a realistic chance of picking up a winner's medal. Brazil and Germany lead the betting to win the tournament, but France, Spain and Argentina are also prominent in the outright market. Read on as we take a look at which Premier League players could be part of a World Cup success in Russia. Brazil There is a strong Premier League presence in Brazil's …
Germany vs Northern Ireland Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Germany vs Northern Ireland Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Northern Ireland are all set to take on World Champions Germany in the final Euro 2016 Group D match at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Tuesday evening. Touted as the underdogs of this tournament, Northern Ireland deservedly won against Ukraine 2-0, and put in a brilliant team performance. The third spot is guaranteed for them in Group C, and they are also eyeing the possible knockout qualification in their first ever UEFA European Football Championship. From what they …
Germany vs Ukraine Match Preview

Germany vs Ukraine Match Preview

Group C is an intriguing one, featuring Germany, a side many expect to go far in the competition. The World Cup holders will be eager to add the European Championships to their impressive trophy haul, but they have lost some key experienced players since Brazil, so they are not the same side that lifted the game's most coveted prize. The majority of the players are still available though and they will be expecting to reach the semi-finals at a minimum. …
The Premier League Influence for Germany at Euro 2016

The Premier League Influence for Germany at Euro 2016

Reigning world champions Germany will understandably be amongst many people’s pre-tournament favourites for this summers’ Euros. Despite them often underperforming in friendlies and even flattering to deceive at times in qualifying, it’s tournament football where they really come alive. The Bundesliga is now recognised as a breeding ground for talent and the place where most of the squad play their football, but the Premier League is also represented and here I look at what the English-based contingent could play for …
Draxler Turned Down Arsenal Move

Draxler Turned Down Arsenal Move

German youngster Julian Draxler has revealed he turned down a move to Premier League outfit Arsenal in January in favour of staying in the Bundelsiga with Schalke 04. Draxler, who recently signed a new five year contract in May, has said he will stay one more season with the German side, with rumours of Bayern Munich being in for the midfielder. "In January, there was the offer of Arsenal, but I decided to stay. "I will do the same this …
Liverpool Agree Emre Can Deal

Liverpool Agree Emre Can Deal

Liverpool have today announced a deal in principle for German u-21 international and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, Emre Can. The 20 year old helped Bayer Leverkusen secure Champions League football for the German side last season, and will join to add competition to the Reds' options. The Frankfurt born Can made 29 appearances last season, scoring 3 goals. He is a defensive minded box-to-box midfielder, with impressive athleticism and control on the ball. His versatility is something Brendan Rodgers has identified …
Kroos Expects Bayern Stay

Kroos Expects Bayern Stay

German international and Bundesliga star, Toni Kroos, expects to stay at Bayern Munich despite his contract situation. Heavily linked with a move to Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United, the 24-year old is fully focused on Pep Guardiola's team and is hopeful of resolving the contract issues after the 2014 World Cup. "I am expecting to play for Bayern Munich next season," said Kroos in a statement to BILD. "There was a lot of speculation, but Manchester is and was not …
Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

Anaethetising the opposition: passing & shooting analysis for Euro 2012

The key is to control the game. If we have the ball, he'll participate less and cause us fewer problems.
The above quote by Gerard Piqué about Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the semi-final with Portugal summed up Spain's approach during Euro 2012. In a typically excellent piece by Sid Lowe for the Guardian (from which the above quote is taken), Spain's approach is described as being anaesthetic rather than aesthetic. The crux is that by controlling the ball, Spain are able to …
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