Barcelona could unleash their all-South American forward line in Saturday's Clasico against Real Madrid -- Luis Suarez showed few signs of ring rust when he tuned out for Uruguay recently. The logic behind his signing would seem to lie in a recognition that, at the age of 27, Lionel Messi may be coming to the end of or even past his athletic peak. Rather than being the goal scorer, in the future his fabulous technical ability is likely to mean that he operates a little deeper, threading through...
Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.
West Ham vs. Man City
Liverpool vs. Hull
Southampton vs. Stoke
Sunderland vs. Arsenal
West Brom vs. Crystal Palace
Swansea vs. Leicester
Burnley vs. Everton
Tottenham vs. Newcastle
Man Utd vs. Chelsea
QPR vs. Aston Villa
Weekend battle: Manchester United vs. Chelsea
There is an apparent inevitability that Manchester United will be shamed at Old Trafford (not for first time in the past year) in Sunday's match against Chelsea. Things could indeed get ugly, for the bigger the club, the harder they fall. It comes down to just how cruel Jose Mourinho wants to be -- certainly,...
The Power Rankings return after a well-earned week off, and the latest edition features a new leader.
1. Bayern Munich (+3)
After a week in which they scored 13 goals in two wins, how could Pep Guardiola's men not top my list? Every superlative they got for winning in Rome on Tuesday was deserved. Quite simply, Bayern were magnificent.
2. Chelsea (-1)
It's a bit harsh to drop the Blues out of first place after they won twice -- scoring eight goals in the process -- but Jose Mourinho's men fall more...
If you were looking for reasons Chelsea won't win the title, their midweek clash with Maribor was not a good place to start the search. It wasn't the scoreline that should chill the rest of the Premier League, it was the manner in which it was secured.
Chelsea aren't just a good team, they're a driven team. They are fully committed, utterly professional and they have very few weaknesses. Manchester United supporters should be rather concerned ahead of this weekend's big game.
Maribor, of course,...
If last weekend's playoff teaser between the L.A. Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders reminded us of one thing, it was that it's not always the marquee players who make the headlines.
Yes, Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey were in typically lively form, but the score sheet also bore the names of Baggio Husidic, Marcelo Sarvas and Lamar Neagle -- all players who have turned out to be key at times for their team this year, if often unheralded beyond their local markets.
With the playoffs beginning next...
No. 8. LUIS ENRIQUE Martinez Garcia. Gijon 08-05-70. Height: 1.80. Weight 73. MIDFIELDER. Real Madrid.
Looks good, huh? Not according to Luis Enrique, it doesn't. "Every time I see myself in stickers or on the television, I think I look weird in white," the current Barcelona manager famously said, not long after leaving Real Madrid for FC Barcelona as a player. "I recognise myself in white. I think blue-and-claret suits me better." The sticker is from the 1995-96 season, and it's yours for a single...