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 …
What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

I’ve seen some absolute nonsense over the past week from ex-pros, sharing their thoughts on how the Manchester City under Pep Guardiola might look next season. First up, was Danny Murphy claiming that David Silva is not a Guardiola-type player! Excuse me, David Silva not a Guardiola-type player, really? I’m sorry, but if you were to identify which players currently in the Manchester City squad are archetypical for Guardiola’s preferred style of play, David Silva would have to be in …
Five Exciting Players that may be Heading to England

Five Exciting Players that may be Heading to England

Reus, Pogba, Bale, Vidal; we’ve heard them all so far. The transfer window has barely even begun and the rumour mills are working overtime. Players pushing for a move, agents slipping rumours to the media, it is all happening at a quicker rate every passing window and this summer window seems to be no different. Chelsea are sharpening their tools for a title defence, Manchester United are planning yet another blockbuster transfer window and City are licking their wounds and setting …
Five Possible EPL Moves That Could Illuminate the Transfer Window

Five Possible EPL Moves That Could Illuminate the Transfer Window

At this time of year it is customary to look at the clubs in the Premier League and speculate wildly about how certain players will definitely boost their chances of glory / a possible European qualification / save them from relegation (delete as applicable). Many of the January transfer window rumours never actually come to fruition – and many clubs wait until the summer to do their main recruiting business. But there have been a few big names linked with …
Barkley or Pogba: Who should be Yaya Toure's Successor at Man City?

Barkley or Pogba: Who should be Yaya Toure's Successor at Man City?

Yaya Toure’s goal against Aston Villa was his first since he scored against the same opposition in the penultimate game of last season at the Etihad, signaling a return to form for the marauding Ivorian. In truth, reports of his footballing demise are greatly exaggerated; indeed, after a summer that brought the tragic news of the death of his younger brother, a dismal World Cup for Ivory Coast and a distinct lack of baked goods, it is only natural that …
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 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 …
Moyes eyes Marchisio

Moyes eyes Marchisio

Manchester United manager David Moyes has reacted to his teams poor run of form by eyeing up a move for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisiso. Italian international Marchisio is currently out of favour at the Italian giants with boss Antonio Conte preferring a pairing of Arturo Vidal and former United player Paul Pogba in the centre of their midfield. Juventus may feel the time is right to cash in on the 27 year old as they have failed to qualify for …
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