Five big decisions Gareth Southgate has got right

Five big decisions Gareth Southgate has got right

England boss Gareth Southgate has defied expectations since taking over as national team boss. The former Middlesbrough and England Under 21 manager has done much more than ‘steady the ship’ since Sam Allardyce’s ill-fated short stint came to an end and is rightly earning plaudits for his stewardship as the World Cup approaches. There is – of course – time for all that to change once the games kick off, and the tabloids might already have their cruelly Photoshopped front …
Leroy Sane left out of Germany’s World Cup squad

Leroy Sane left out of Germany’s World Cup squad

In what will come as a surprise decision to many, Leroy Sane of the Premier League champions Manchester City has been left out of the 23-man Germany squad travelling to Russia for the FIFA World Cup 2018. Sane has just come off a fantastic season, rounded off by a record-breaking campaign from Manchester City who finished with a hundred points in the Premier League. Sane in particular has been very instrumental for the Citizens, scoring 14 goals and providing 19 …
Looking at Mesut Ozil's second season

Looking at Mesut Ozil's second season

Just less than two years ago Arsenal spent £42.4m to bring Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid to the Emirates.  The German became the clubs record signing and was a mark of intent from Arsenal and from Arsene Wenger.  The gunners finally splashed the cash and signed a truly world class player. Since he signed on, Ozil has been heavily criticized, sometimes rightfully sometimes harshly.  His time in England started out well, but the second half of his first season saw …
Robin Van Persie: No Longer United's MVP

Robin Van Persie: No Longer United's MVP

Is it just me who thinks Robin Van Persie looks like he has aged about 10 years over the summer? It is a World Cup year so it’s no surprise when a player who reached the latter stages looks a bit jaded come start of the season. But, to me Van Persie looks like he is struggling with more than a bit of fatigue with age. With Man United’s season last year being one to forget, it may have led …
What Could the 39th Game Mean For the Premier League?

What Could the 39th Game Mean For the Premier League?

With reports starting to circulate of the infamous 39th game overseas being considered by the Premier League it’s worth asking the question, just how global football is becoming and where will it end?  At face value, a 39th game abroad may seem a fairly simple idea with little implication. However, like everything in the business world football is constantly evolving and on global scale, as every owner and chief executive seeks out new ways to increase their clubs revenue streams. I myself …
High Drama in Brazil Saves Hodgson's Blushes

High Drama in Brazil Saves Hodgson's Blushes

England went into the 2014 World Cup with a good squad combining youth, experience, and one which was free from the hype that has surrounded previous “Golden Generations”. This might have been partly thanks to Hodgson, who showed as little ambition off the pitch as he did on it, playing down chances from the day England qualified. England were handed a tough group on paper, but were given the chance to play Italy first. Notoriously bad starters when it comes …
Alexis Sanchez to Premier League? Liverpool & Arsenal Interested

Alexis Sanchez to Premier League? Liverpool & Arsenal Interested

It is inevitable that the players who star for their teams in the World Cup will be the focus of the rumour mill and are more than likely to be courted by a number of teams after the tournament. With a popular Chile side suffering the heartbreak of losing to Brazil on penalties, a number of their players will now seen as hot property after some excellent performances. One of the names that will be under the spotlight is Barcelona’s …
James Rodriguez Vs Uruguay | Player Performance

James Rodriguez Vs Uruguay | Player Performance

Colombia took on Uruguay in the second round of 16 game in the 2014 World Cup.  Colombia managed a comfortable 2-0 win over their their South American foes.  One man was the undoubted star of the show and that man was Monaco star, James Rodriguez.  Rodriguez was by far the best player on the pitch and the 22 year old has put in exceptional performances throughout this World Cup. Colombia look like a serious contender for this World Cup, despite …
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