Fernando Torres: The England Years Recounted

Fernando Torres: The England Years Recounted

It's August 19, 2007 and Liverpool's newest Spanish export, Fernando Torres, had just opened his account for the club in the 16th minute v Chelsea on his Anfield debut. A first for 'El Niño' in a Liverpool shirt, it was the birth of something special in Merseyside. Born in Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Fernando José Torres Sanz was living the dream playing professionally for his hometown club, Atletico Madrid. His grandfather had molded him into a passionate fan at a very young …
Wales vs Portugal Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

Wales vs Portugal Preview | Key Men, Stats & Team News

This bracket was always going to give a chance to many sides to get deep into the competition. Wales and Portugal have benefited from avoiding the likes of Italy, Spain, Germany and France. Although that isn't to take away from the achievements of both nations, who will firmly believe that they have a chance of lifting the European Championships next weekend. They will both take great confidence from the triumphs of Greece and Denmark in this competition. Neither side is …
Champions League Match Report: Arsenal 0 - 2 Barcelona

Champions League Match Report: Arsenal 0 - 2 Barcelona

A brace from Lionel Messi to provide Barcelona with a two goal lead from this first leg may suggest to some the win was a degree comfortable for the visitors, but in truth, it was anything but for the bulk of the night. In the lead up to the match, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Barcelona were overwhelming favourites for this tie and spoke of the need for the entire Arsenal squad to be totally focused if they were to …
Ballon d'Or Shows Premier League's Fall in Europe

Ballon d'Or Shows Premier League's Fall in Europe

This year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or celebrated the world’s best footballers and coaches but also highlighted the increasing fall of the Premier League against Europe’s elite leagues. The La Liga has provided the last 8 winners of the title – with Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi taking four each on behalf of the Spanish league. The top three in this year's Ballon d’or, which consisted of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar, were all from La Liga whilst last year’s had a contribution …
From Cult Hero to Gaffer | Players Who Became Managers at Their Beloved Clubs

From Cult Hero to Gaffer | Players Who Became Managers at Their Beloved Clubs

In modern football it's becoming more and more common to see former players return to their clubs as a coach or manager. The latest could see Didier Drogba return to Chelsea to work alongside interim manager Guus Hiddink. He'd follow in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs at Manchester United, who's enjoying his second season as part of the coaching and management team. However, it's not always been a succesful transition. Here's some of the best and worst stories of players …
Thirty goals a season striker, where art thou?

Thirty goals a season striker, where art thou?

A lot of column inches go towards the super-star strikers of elite-level teams during the season, increasing ten-fold when the transfer window opens. You’ve all seen the storylines before “Does X score enough?”, “What else does he bring to the team?” and “What could Y bring to Z team?”. It’s the first question I’m going to take a brief look at in this article: there’s been plenty of talk of clubs similar to Liverpool’s stature needing a consistent goalscorer alongside …
FC Barcelona v Manchester City | Champions League Preview

FC Barcelona v Manchester City | Champions League Preview

A tantalizing second leg contest is on the offing when Catalan giants FC Barcelona host English Champions Manchester City at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night after an eventful 1-2 away win for Luis Enrique's side a fortnight ago. Messi and company will go into this midweek game hugely confident, on the back of a 5 game winning streak in all competitions that has lifted them to the very top of La Liga and will be quickly followed by a …
Messi to Chelsea - It can't happen....can it?

Messi to Chelsea - It can't happen....can it?

Ah the January transfer window; a period of mass exaggeration, media hyperbole and ridiculous rumours, culminating in an extremely loud matinee performance from everybody's favourite presenter, Jim White. What's not to like? While shorter than its summer incarnation, the January transfer window seems to generate even more transfer hysteria amongst the majority of football fans, mainly due to the pre-season hope of their team disappearing more quickly than Wayne Rooney's weave. The need for improvement fuels a panic for fresh …