Barcelona could unleash their all-South American forward line in this 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 goalscorer, in the future his fabulous technical ability is likely to mean that he operates a little deeper, threading...
We've seen iconic footballing moments such as the 1966 World Cup final, Dennis Bergkamp's magnificent goal for Netherlands against Argentina in 1998 and Luis Suarez's bite faithfully recreated using the medium of Lego over the years, so it's only fitting that Santiago Vergini's inimitable own goal at St. Mary's last Saturday should join the brick-by-brick pantheon.
Strangely, the Lego version is far, far less blocky and awkward than the real thing.
It would be naive to deny that the rise of the clasico to become the biggest and most important game in world football has nothing to do with vastly expanded television coverage in recent years or with the many thousands of online columns, magazine articles or newspaper coverage around the globe.
Clearly, that's a major factor, but the reason for that voracious global hunger, its single defining quality is ... quality.
All of Spain's football communities, and many of the world's clasico outposts,...
The backdrop to Inter Milan's Europa League tie against St Etienne was a tale of uncertainty and shock. Massimo Moratti ended an era of almost 20 years by resigning as honorary president. The Moratti family has been part of the Nerazzurri's DNA but Thursday saw Massimo and his three sons Angelomario, Rinaldo Ghelfi and Alberto Manzonetto leave their seats on the board for the last time.
A statement from the Moratti company read: "Internazionale Holding Srl, a company headed by Massimo Moratti and...
Ronald Koeman has a big problem ahead of Saturday's clash with Stoke City at St. Mary's: The weight of expectation.
How do you follow up an 8-0 victory? With great difficulty. Unfortunately, the nature of the modern football fan is all about the now, and there won't be many heading to the South Coast for this game who won't be demanding another convincing win. Managing that level of expectancy and also drumming into the players that they shouldn't get complacent will possibly a far more difficult...
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,...