Southgate says FIFA’s World Cup proposals are ‘hard to keep up with’ and ‘doesn’t make sense’

England boss Gareth Southgate has questioned FIFA’s new World Cup proposals, as he insisted that the plan to shake-up the international calendar ‘doesn’t make sense’. The world governing body’s idea – which is spearheaded by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger – is to rip up the current international schedule by introducing a biennial World Cup, … Read more

Iconic Duos: Chelsea’s impregnable pairing made of steel and silk, Terry and Carvalho

Chelsea’s drought-breaking title success in 2005 was built on a defence as impregnable as any in recent memory, a championship coronation for the watertight west London side. Jose Mourinho’s arrival as manager is widely viewed as the catalyst behind Chelsea’s ascent to the top table of European football, the marquee man to oversee the billionaire … Read more

Five times Premier League teams regretted letting players join rival clubs

Tribalism is very much prevalent in football with supporters always keen to express their allegiances and place huge importance on togetherness, unity and – above all – loyalty. The concept of any player leaving their club for a rival side is unthinkable in the eyes of most fans, but throughout the Premier League’s history we’ve … Read more

Five of the best Barcelona goals scored by Portuguese players

Barcelona have had some fine Portuguese footballers throughout the years, the Spanish side having enjoyed much success when recruiting from across the border. Those to have crossed from Portugal and adorned the club’s colours have tended to be attacking talents, from skilful wingers to midfield magicians capable of both glorious goals and defence-splitting passes. Luis … Read more

Iconic Performances: When R9 destroyed Man United and got clapped off at Old Trafford

The UEFA Champions League has delivered some special nights throughout the course of its illustrious history, a stage in which the world’s finest footballers exhibit their extraordinary talents. There is something so utterly alluring about watching the titans of European football compete, stellar names across the continent drawn together under the bright lights of the … Read more

A tribute to Ricardo Quaresma, the Trivela King

Ricardo Quaresma once had the world at his mercurial feet, a fleet-footed footballing superstar-in-waiting with the richest of promise and potential. Unearthed in the Portuguese capital as a precociously gifted talent, he signed for Sporting Lisbon and soon began to turn heads and widen eyes as he progressed through the club’s academy system. Sporting have … Read more

Tuchel urges Chelsea to ‘keep the feeling and the hunger’ as they prepare to defend Champions League

Thomas Tuchel has urged Chelsea to ‘keep the feeling and the hunger’ as the club prepare to begin their defence of the Champions League. Chelsea host Zenit St Petersburg in their group stage opener tomorrow evening, as the west Londoners seek to defend the trophy they won after beating Manchester City in last season’s final. … Read more

Tuchel admits Chelsea were pushed hard by Aston Villa despite 3-0 win

Chelsea continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge this evening. Romelu Lukaku’s double and a further goal from Mateo Kovacic secured three points for the Blues and moved the club second behind Manchester United on goal difference, with the former scoring for the sixth consecutive … Read more

Ranking the five favorites to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or

The Ballon d’Or ranks as the most prestigious individual accolade in world football, the coronation of a player as the planet’s finest talent. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the award across the past decade, with just one other player – Luka Modric in 2018 – having interrupted the pair’s duopoly of the accolade … Read more

Remembering just how unplayable Didier Drogba was for Chelsea in 2009/10

Didier Drogba was arguably the most complete centre-forward in European football at his best, a signing who redefined expectations for players in his position. Unplayable during his finest seasons at Chelsea, the Ivorian was a forward who occupied backlines singlehandedly, a freakish force of Herculean strength, physicality, and goalscoring prowess. Central to Chelsea’s emergence as … Read more

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