Paul Pogba, the World Cup and Mourinho's Interesting and Incomplete Assessment

Paul Pogba, the World Cup and Mourinho's Interesting and Incomplete Assessment

As France beat Croatia in the final and won the World Cup for only the second time in their history, this exhilarating tournament - for once, did not produce the unexpected as it had done pretty much throughout these last 30 days. In a competition that was littered with shock goals and surprise victories at every stage, the final - being 'the fixture' was somehow, an outlier - in that, not only was the result fairly expected, but the manner …
The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

The Most Full-On 'Off-Season' Ever!

With the transfer window now officially open; we are already well into full-on 'silly season' mode. Here at 2Upfront, we look at all the rumours currently circulating and more widely, how we as football fans, find ourselves in this crazy world of multi-million pound transfers, obscene wages and ludicrous transfer speculation. How Did We Get Here? The 2017 summer transfer window is the culmination of many factors that we have seen building over the last few years. Firstly, the latest …
Three alternative targets to Griezmann for Manchester United

Three alternative targets to Griezmann for Manchester United

It was heavily reported that Antoine Griezmann would be moving to Manchester United this summer, but the latest report from the BBC states that the club have cooled interest in the Frenchman. This follows the news that Atletico Madrid's transfer ban has been upheld, which means that the Spanish club won't be able to sign players this summer. Therefore, their existing players are less likely to depart. It was thought that the forward would be joining United for a fee …
Football stars who support Liverpool: A story of what could've been...

Football stars who support Liverpool: A story of what could've been...

Many of today's mega footballers still have a soft spot for their favourite childhood clubs. It is not surprising to see so many still speaking of their dream or lost opportunities to play for Liverpool Football Club.  We take a look at some of the players who could've had their names sung by the Kop, but due to destiny unwritten, could not play for Liverpool. It'll also give you some sort of idea how small a budget Liverpool have to …
Should Chelsea sell Diego Costa?

Should Chelsea sell Diego Costa?

There is a new era at Chelsea and Antonio Conte looks to be the perfect man to lead the revival at Chelsea. They have no European football, which is of course a massive blow for them in the short term and has perhaps complicated their transfer dealings. Conte has com e out and said that he wants at least five more signings. That number could grow if they lose players, with Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa being linked with moves …
France v Rep. Ireland Preview - Payet the key for France

France v Rep. Ireland Preview - Payet the key for France

Euro 2016 has not exactly been an enthralling classic thus far, but the group stages can be less than inspiring. The knockout stages are where tournaments usually start to hot up, where it’s all or nothing and even a drab draw holds the prospect of a penalty shoot-out. Hosts and Group A winners France take on Republic of Ireland, who finished third in Group E, in what is not expected to be a classic, but could very well turn out …
France vs Romania Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

France vs Romania Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

France kickstart their Euro 2016 campaign at home against Romania in a bid to secure their third European Championship. This Didier Deschamps managed side is not short on talent and youthful energy and is considered favourites by many pundits and fans alike. Romania on the other hand are playing in their first major tournament since 2008 and will be keen to play spoilsport on the big evening. Team News France Didier Deschamps squad can compete with any other in the …
Signings that could fire Chelsea to European glory

Signings that could fire Chelsea to European glory

With several games to spare, Chelsea all but too easily cruised to the English top flight honours. However, their manager doesn’t so easily get carried away by such ‘trivial’ achievements. Come summer, Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho will still be relishing adding more quality to his star-studded team, not to mention letting go of some perceived dead wood. The former Real Madrid manager is already licking his lips in the prospect of replicating his enviable domestic achievements in Europe. It is …
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