Author: Arum Emmanuel Ifeanyi

Most Ballons d’Or & European Golden Boots in history… Records held by Messi

Most Ballons d’Or & European Golden Boots in history… Records held by Messi

It was on this day in 1987 that a certain Argentine footballer named Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini was born. Messi broke into the Blaugrana’s first team as a talented young attacker over a decade ago. The Catalans knew that there was something special about the youngster, and eventually, the world found out about his genius. He became a player widely regarded as the greatest ever in the his... »

Meet best ten goals Messi scored for Barca during his career

Meet best ten goals Messi scored for Barca during his career

Great man indeed! To mark Leo Messi’s birthday, we have taken a look at the best 10 goals from the eye-watering 699 he has scored for Barcelona during his career. Leo Messi is celebrating his 33rd birthday, which provides the perfect excuse to reflect on the Barcelona star’s best 10 goals. The Argentina forward has been the scourge of defenders in Spain and across the globe since makin... »

Messi best goals

Messi best goals

Meet best ten goals Messi scored for Barca during his career To mark Leo Messi’s birthday, we have taken a look at the best 10 goals from the eye-watering 699 he has scored for Barcelona during his career. Leo Messi is celebrating his 33rd birthday, which provides the perfect excuse to reflect on the Barcelona star’s best 10 goals. The Argentina forward has been the scourge of defender... »

Hazard, De Bruyne & Pogba… Mourinho has a history of falling out with stars

Hazard, De Bruyne & Pogba… Mourinho has a history of falling out with stars

IT’S happened again. According to reports, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has fallen out with record £65million signing Tanguy Ndombele and will refuse to play for him. The pair are alleged to have had a massive bust-up at training on Monday, and are said to have clashed repeatedly since the Portuguese became Tottenham boss in November. Mourinho has denied the claim, but if it is true the French m... »

Lautaro, Sane & Aubameyang… Available forwards on 2020 summer transfer market

Lautaro, Sane & Aubameyang… Available forwards on 2020 summer transfer market

As the rest of the continent takes its first steps in following the example set by their German counterparts, the finish line of this nightmarish campaign inches closer and closer. With the end (vaguely) in sight, why not follow the well-trodden path of every football fan far and wide by getting ahead of ourselves and turning to the upcoming transfer market. While the economic impact of the corona... »

CR7 acknowledged Messi greatness… Instances arch-rivals hailed Barca goat

CR7 acknowledged Messi greatness… Instances arch-rivals hailed Barca goat

33 years ago on this day, a genius was born. Little did the world know in 1987 that a certain Argentine genius would irreversibly change the world of football as we know it. With Lionel Messi turning 33 today, it is imperative that we pay tribute to arguably the greatest player that the world of football has ever seen. Lionel Messi made his debut for Barcelona in 2003 and has had a wonderful troph... »

Top 10 most valuable players in Europe

Top 10 most valuable players in Europe

Mbappe TOP but Messi, Neymar & CR7 OUT… The CIES recently released the 299th edition of its weekly paper including the semi-annual report with the estimated transfer values of the players that are part of the Major 5 leagues namely LaLiga, Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A. Lionel Messi, about to turn 33 this month, has dropped from the 8th spot to the 22nd spot in the stan... »

Liverpool’s miraculous 2005 Champions League win is voted the best sporting comeback EVER

Liverpool’s miraculous 2005 Champions League win is voted the best sporting comeback EVER

This year already appears set to be a golden one for Liverpool – and the club have received a further boost after their heroics to win the Champions League final in 2005 were voted the best ever sporting comeback. The Anfield outfit found themselves trailing AC Milan by three goals in Istanbul, but infamously rallied after half-time to devastating effect. Goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir ... »

Best loan spells in last decade

Best loan spells in last decade

Courtois, Lukaku at West Bromwich & Hakimi… Footballers are expensive. At the top tier of the sport the fees that clubs are willing to cough up for players without any concrete assurance that they’ll perform well is truly staggering when put in a wider context. However, the executives with a keen eye on the club’s coffers practice the age-old business principle of ‘try ... »

Pogba, Haaland & De Ligt… Which transfers could Raiola broker in summer?

Pogba, Haaland & De Ligt… Which transfers could Raiola broker in summer?

Mino Raiola is one of the most famous – or should that be infamous? – football agents in history, making his name as the pizza chef who became Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s tough-talking representative and going on to manage some of the world’s greatest players, such as Paul Pogba, Erling Haaland and Gianluigi Donnarumma. Raiola was the mastermind behind Pogba’s £89million rec... »

when will other sports such as F1 & NBA come back?

when will other sports such as F1 & NBA come back?

When will sports start again? Here is the latest information on when fans can anticipate the return football, F1, boxing, cricket and more… UK football The Premier League will hold further talks this week, as it targets a return behind closed doors in June, but a resumption of domestic football will only take place with government approval. The EFL says the priority is to resume the 2019-20 season... »

Manchester United race for European football

Manchester United race for European football

Manchester United passed a number of tests during their hot streak throughout February and early March. You simply do not go 11 games unbeaten without something clicking within the inner workings of the side. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed to finally deliver the football to Old Trafford that he had been craving and promising to supporters. Some will say Bruno Fernandes was the main difference, but t... »

Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group ‘will miss potential title-winning match against Everton’

Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group ‘will miss potential title-winning match against Everton’

Liverpool’s owners will be unable to attend the club’s potential Premier League title-winning game against Everton because of Covid-19 quarantine rules, according to reports. Jurgen Klopp’s men could win their first title in 30 years by beating their Merseyside rivals, should nearest rivals Manchester City lose at home against Arsenal when the Premier League restarts on June 17. ... »

PL’s high-profile free transfers this summer

PL’s high-profile free transfers this summer

Willian, David Silva, Vertonghen… A host of Premier League players are out of contract in the coming weeks, even if extensions are agreed to take them beyond June 30 and up to the end of the postponed 2019/20 campaign. It means free transfer moves will be plentiful and clubs could snare a bargain, even across the short term – particularly useful in the current climate of uncertainty. H... »

Rodgers welcomes police’s decision to allow Liverpool to win title at Anfield

Rodgers welcomes police’s decision to allow Liverpool to win title at Anfield

Brendan Rodgers has welcomed signals that the authorities are to trust Liverpool supporters and allow the club to clinch the Premier League title at Anfield if the fixtures fall in their favour. There had been suggestions that the club would be forced to play at a neutral ground when they seal their title triumph over fears that Liverpool supporters would mass outside the stadium. But plans have c... »

Ryan Giggs is excited to see Paul Pogba pair up with Bruno Fernandes for Manchester United

Ryan Giggs is excited to see Paul Pogba pair up with Bruno Fernandes for Manchester United

Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs believes Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes will be able to play together due to their ‘individual quality’. Since Fernandes joined United in the January transfer window, the Frenchman has been sidelined with an ankle injury as the Portuguese new boy has made quite the impression on the Premier League in his short time. Pogba is now back to full f... »

Jack Grealish ‘leapfrogs Jadon Sancho as Manchester United’s No 1 summer transfer target’

Jack Grealish ‘leapfrogs Jadon Sancho as Manchester United’s No 1 summer transfer target’

Jack Grealish is at the top of Manchester United’s summer transfer target, with the Red Devils prioritising a move for the Aston Villa captain over Jadon Sancho, according to reports. United believe Grealish can play a vital role in helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team challenge for titles having impressed at Villa Park this season. According to the Mirror, senior figures at Old Traffor... »

Leading anti-racism campaigner urges Premier League stars to protest against racial injustice

Leading anti-racism campaigner urges Premier League stars to protest against racial injustice

One of football’s leading anti-racism campaigners has urged Premier League stars to protest against racial injustice by ‘taking the knee’ before Premier League games this season. England star Jadon Sancho, who wore a ‘No Justice, No Peace’ T-shirt in the warm-up on Saturday, joined his Borussia Dortmund team-mates and opponents Hertha Berlin in kneeling in the centre ... »

Brendan Rodgers shrugs off coronavirus scare to issue battle cry to his Leicester stars

Brendan Rodgers shrugs off coronavirus scare to issue battle cry to his Leicester stars

In mid-April, when he was recuperating from the coronavirus and suffering headaches and bouts of breathlessness, Brendan Rodgers began watching The Last Dance, the documentary about the relentlessness of Michael Jordan and how he drove the Chicago Bulls basketball team of the Nineties to their last NBA Championship. For the previous couple of weeks, the Leicester City manager had been focused on g... »

How Porto, Costinha & Howard helped create ‘The Special One’

How Porto, Costinha & Howard helped create ‘The Special One’

It remains arguably the most iconic image of Jose Mourinho’s managerial career: the Portuguese sprinting down the Old Trafford touchline in 2004 to celebrate with his Porto players. Costinha’s last-minute goal on that March evening didn’t just knock Manchester United out of the Champions League, it altered the course of European football. What’s more, it made Mourinho a glo... »

Barca identify Guerreiro, Tagliafico & Bernat as Firpo replacement (MD)

Barca identify Guerreiro, Tagliafico & Bernat as Firpo replacement (MD)

Barcelona have reportedly identified three primary targets to replace Junior Firpo if he moves to Inter Milan in a part-exchange deal for Lautaro Martinez. The Spanish giants have been exploring ways to finance a move for Argentina star Martinez amid the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Instead of meeting the 22-year-old’s £97million release clause, they have bid €70million (£62... »

Leverkusen sporting director hoping Utd & Bayern target Havertz stays put

Leverkusen sporting director hoping Utd & Bayern target Havertz stays put

Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes says Kai Havertz’s “future is not decided”, and hopes to see him stay put amid links with Bayern Munich and Manchester United. Havertz is attracting attention from some of the world’s biggest clubs ahead of the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old is currently enjoying another stellar season at Leverkusen, and seems to have... »

Rashford says Man Utd are now in a better position for top four race

Rashford says Man Utd are now in a better position for top four race

Marcus Rashford believes Manchester United are now in a ‘stronger’ position ahead of their renewed push to secure Champions League football. The Old Trafford outfit’s 11-game unbeaten run was brought to a halt in March due to the coronavirus crisis – but the three-month suspension has allowed injured players, including Rashford, to return to fitness. And the 22-year-old als... »

EPL fixtures not to miss

EPL fixtures not to miss

Reds’ probable title-winning derby, City vs Arsenal… Spanish outlet AS takes a look at the biggest games of the Premier League’s return with full details. The Premier League has confirmed the fixture list for all remaining matches to be played up to 2 July.There will be three full rounds of fixtures with two additional games held on 17 June, the day of the league’s restart. The FA Cup ... »

Famous Real Madrid number 7’s

Famous Real Madrid number 7’s

  Real Madrid’s No.7 is one of the most iconic shirts in world sport. Over the past decade, the number has seemed inextricably linked to Cristiano Ronaldo. But, despite his ‘CR7’ brand developed at Manchester United, the Portuguese initially wore No.9 in Madrid – No.7 at the time was occupied by Raul Gonzalez, a club legend who wasn’t about to be removed from the shirt. Ronaldo and Raul aren’... »

Famous Barcelona number 10’s

Famous Barcelona number 10’s

Awesomeugo Barcelona and the number 10. Right from the start, it has been a match made in heaven. The Catalans’ love affair with the shirt number has reached its apex in recent years u Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho, but some of the all-time greats have donned the No.10 at Camp Nou over the years. Kubala, Maradona, Guardiola, Romario – the list simply reads as a tribute to Spanish football’s greatest... »

Top UCL comebacks in history

Top UCL comebacks in history

In recent years, the Champions League has seen an explosion in against-the-odds comebacks. Teams at the top level just don’t seem to know when they’re beaten anymore, as the likes of Liverpool, Barcelona, Roma and Tottenham have shown with coupon-busting turnarounds their fans will never forget. Europe’s premier cup competition has long been a tournament where the unimaginable ca... »

Best midfielders in PL current season

Best midfielders in PL current season

Fred, Kovacic, Henderson, De Bruyne… If Pep Guardiola’s line-ups this season have taught us anything (or, come to think of it, Pep’s line-ups in any season), it’s that the midfielder is the most important player on the pitch. The Manchester City boss opted to play five – yes five midfielders – against both Crystal Palace and Atalanta, deploying Rodri and Fernandinho at the back, while the li... »

Former flops in Football

Former flops in Football

For some footballers, the journey to the top can be a long and arduous one. It often takes a spell of struggle and strife to become one of the best around, whether caused by mismanagement, competition for starting places or predisposition to developing late. Whatever the cause, criticism is never far in football. But it’s always important to remember that some of the world’s top player... »

‘Ronaldo’s legendary status at Madrid built on taking down best-ever Barcelona’

‘Ronaldo’s legendary status at Madrid built on taking down best-ever Barcelona’

In 2009, Real Madrid had to face up to the fact that Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona had won an unprecedented treble and, in the process, charmed the world with their style of play. With Lionel Messi breaking countless records, Madrid felt they had to react, and as such they forked out over €250 million (£222m/$358m) in an unprecedented summer window. In came Kaka from AC Milan, Karim Benzema from... »

Barcelona launches new streaming platform Barca TV+

Barcelona launches new streaming platform Barca TV+

Barcelona launched its new digital streaming platform Barca TV+ on Wednesday that it hopes will, one day, rival Netflix. Director and head of the club’s digital area, Didac Lee told Sportsmail: ‘The phrase [Barcelona’s own Netflix] is an ambitious one but it sums up very clearly what the Barça TV+ project is about. This is something that is directed at a core of about 30 million Barça fans from th... »

Manchester United’s selection dilemmas ahead of the Premier League restart

Manchester United’s selection dilemmas ahead of the Premier League restart

In terms of matters on the pitch, the coronavirus pandemic came at the worst time for Manchester United. The Red Devils were bang in form having beaten bitter rivals Manchester City 2-0 in the Premier League before crushing Austrian outfit LASK 5-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash. Those results were part of a 10-game unbeaten streak for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in wh... »

After their brilliant response during the pandemic, Utd are lockdown champions

After their brilliant response during the pandemic, Utd are lockdown champions

January 28. Hooded thugs descend on Ed Woodward’s family home in Cheshire, hurling flares over the gate, spraying graffiti on the walls outside and chanting that Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman ‘is going to die’. At the previous home game, a 2-0 defeat by Burnley, the atmosphere inside Old Trafford turns toxic as supporters round on Woodward and United’s o... »

Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ rings hollow in football in 2020

Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ rings hollow in football in 2020

European football was having a miserable season battling racism before the coronavirus torpedoed life into lockdown in March. The death by a thousand discriminatory cuts in the media happened as anti-racism organisations continued to report a sharp rise in incidents of racism in the sport. That tapestry of racism should colour the context to football’s reaction to George Floyd’s death in May. The ... »

Chart for highest-earning athlete on Instagram during lockdown

Chart for highest-earning athlete on Instagram during lockdown

Sports stars have been making sure to keep their millions of fans entertained during the coronavirus lockdown. With sport around the world having been suspended of late due to the coronavirus pandemic, the biggest names from across the globe have had plenty of spare time on their hands. And some have been using it to freshen up their Instagram accounts, keeping their fans updated on their progress... »

German FA will take NO action against Jadon Sancho and others for George Floyd tributes

German FA will take NO action against Jadon Sancho and others for George Floyd tributes

Jadon Sancho will be allowed to continue showing solidarity with Black Lives Matter on the pitch after the German FA confirmed they will be taking no action against players who campaign against racism on the pitch. England winger Sancho was one of a handful of players to pay tribute to George Floyd over the weekend, the black American who’s death while being detained by police has sparked wi... »

‘Pogba return can inspire Man Utd to top-four finish’

‘Pogba return can inspire Man Utd to top-four finish’

Dimitar Berbatov has backed Paul Pogba to inspire Manchester United towards a top-four finish after recovering from a long-term injury layoff. Pogba has been restricted to just eight appearances for United in 2019-20, with a persistent ankle injury limiting his contribution. The former Red Devils striker told Betfair : “United have had a huge boost in Paul Pogba returning to fitness. It is g... »

European Golden Boot award

European Golden Boot award

Lewy, Ronaldo & Messi… With football cautiously returning as the Covid-19 pandemic crisis settles, discussions have been raised about the potential winner – as well as contenders – of the European Golden Boot. Last year, the highly coveted award was won by Lionel Messi as he brilliantly churned in goal after goal to stay one step ahead of Kylian Mbappe and Fabio Quagliarella.... »

Explosive revelations in lockdown

Explosive revelations in lockdown

Chiellini & Balotelli, Materazzi & Zidane… Although press conferences have been brought to a halt due to the coronavirus outbreak, several players and coaches have found novel ways to reveal several anecdotes from the past. Through Instagram live sessions, autobiographies or group calls, former players and coaches have recalled untold stories from their past. Here, we look at some of... »

MARTIN SAMUEL: Liverpool’s season won’t come with an asterisk

MARTIN SAMUEL: Liverpool’s season won’t come with an asterisk

Football is back but not everyone is happy. Here, our Chief Sports Writer MARTIN SAMUEL uses a Debate-style column to tackle readers’ comments over Project Restart… Toddys10, Liverpool: Common sense has prevailed. To be in the position of Leeds United or West Bromwich Albion and then have to remain in that division for another season would have been a scandal. Likewise not to award the... »

Ten challenges that will determine LaLiga Santander

Ten challenges that will determine LaLiga Santander

The countdown to the restart of LaLiga Santander is on. We already know the kick-off times for the first two matchdays and, after that, there will be nine remaining until this season comes to a close. Now, we’re looking at 10 challenges that will determine the table’s final outcome. Starting with the leaders, Barcelona will be aiming to secure the title ahead of rivals Real Madrid, wit... »

How the sporting world stood against racism after the death of George Floyd

How the sporting world stood against racism after the death of George Floyd

Liverpool’s players, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Lewis Hamilton joined the sporting world’s stand against racism by producing powerful displays of solidarity following the tragic death of George Floyd. Jurgen Klopp’s squad broke off from their training session at Anfield, where they were preparing for the season’s resumption, to gather around the centre circle and take a knee as they pos... »

Mauro Icardi is one of football’s most chaotic men – could he change for the better at PSG?

Mauro Icardi is one of football’s most chaotic men – could he change for the better at PSG?

Perhaps the ultimate reflection of the mayhem that comes with Mauro Icardi is that, even after an electrifying 20 goals in 28 games this season and a £52million fee, there is a feeling PSG might have made a mistake in buying him. To be clear, Icardi was sensational in France this season. It takes a special calibre of player to galvanise a frontline that already has Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, all wh... »

Ronaldo hit & Essien miss… Every Premier League player poached by Real Madrid

Ronaldo hit & Essien miss… Every Premier League player poached by Real Madrid

Thanks to their status as one of world football’s most prestigious and wealthiest clubs, Real Madrid are generally able to sign their most desired transfer targets more often than not. As Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have found to their cost. In 2009, Los Blancos parted with a then-world record sum of £80m to land the Red Devils’ golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo before smashing ... »

‘Premier League season may be cancelled if clubs won’t play at neutral grounds’

‘Premier League season may be cancelled if clubs won’t play at neutral grounds’

League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan has said the Premier League season will be cancelled if clubs do not agree to play at neutral grounds. The Premier League has been on hiatus since March due to the coronavirus pandemic but is hoping to resume play in June under the “Project Restart” initiative. At a meeting of the league’s clubs last week, the idea of play... »

How EPL star plans to raise money to fight against covid-19

How EPL star plans to raise money to fight against covid-19

  Several Premier League footballers will swap their boots for bikes to help raise thousands more for the NHS and other good causes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bournemouth and England under-21 No.1 Aaron Ramsdale, Wolves captain Conor Coady and on-loan Leicester defender Ryan Bennett are among the stars who will be getting on their bikes over the next week to take part in a football-themed... »

Ballon d’Or Vs the World cup

Ballon d’Or Vs the World cup

  The race to win the 2020 Ballon d’Or promises to be the strangest yet. As Covid-19 continues to play havoc with the sporting calendar, the amount of football that will be played between now and the end of the year remains up in the air, though it will certainly amount to less than what was expected back in January. Gone are the European Championship and Copa America. So, too, the Olympics, ... »

Championship set to restart on weekend of June 20

Championship set to restart on weekend of June 20

The EFL has announced that the Championship will restart on the weekend of June 20, subject to all safety requirements and government guidelines being met. The EFL is then planning to complete the season with the play-off final on or around July 30 due to the importance of completing the season in a similar timeline to that of the Premier League to avoid any potential issues with promoted and rele... »

Klopp picks Okocha’s goal vs Kahn as most spectacular in German football history

Klopp picks Okocha’s goal vs Kahn as most spectacular in German football history

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has picked Jay-Jay Okocha’s sizzling goal scored against Oliver Kahn as the most spectacular in the history of German football. The 46-year-old Nigerian legend scored the goal when he played for Eintracht Frankfurt against Karlsruher during the 1992-93 Bundesliga season. The midfielder dribbled past a number of his markers, leaving them flat on the floor, before calm... »

Hardest Players at Liverpool so far

Hardest Players at Liverpool so far

Every successful team needs them, and Liverpool are no different. And for all the fantastic goals, pretty passing moves and superlative saves, there’s nothing that gets the crowd going quite like a full-blooded, meaty challenge. Oh, and the occasional head-to-head with an opposing player, often sparking a flashpoint as fondly remembered as any action on the pitch. We are talking hard men, an... »

Best retired Footballers of all time

Best retired Footballers of all time

The creativity and ingenuity that typify the beautiful game would render it an art form if not for the physical context within which the sport is played. Only retired players were considered for this list, check out the top 10>> 10. George Best, Northern Ireland George Best’s career was plagued by drink problems, but his talent was almost unparalleled. Famed for his dribbling abilities... »

Footballers with the most red cards of all time

Footballers with the most red cards of all time

In the history of football, there were many players who violated the rules of this game. To sanction these players, the invention of cards was created many years ago. With this, the referee could choose which card to use, depending on the hardness of the offence, when a player breached the rules. During the history of football, many players exceeded infringements. It is very common to see a player... »

How many of Van Gaal’s 13 Man United signings were a hit?

How many of Van Gaal’s 13 Man United signings were a hit?

Hhow many of Van Gaal’s 13 Man United signings were a hit? Louis van Gaal pulled no punches as he explained his failures at Manchester United by laying blame on the club’s transfer strategy. Winning the FA Cup in 2017 was the biggest highlight of the Dutchman’s tenure, which is largely remembered as being disappointing by United fans. In a recent interview van Gaal claimed his fa... »

Top 6 richest EPL owners

Top 6 richest EPL owners

Newcastle United could be set for a takeover with talks believed to be at an advanced stage between the relevant parties. Although the club are yet to comment on fresh suggestions that Amanda Staveley has moved forward with her bid to buy the Magpies. The Sports Direct chief is believed to be in the United States, where he was before government measures on social distancing were applied in the UK.... »

Biggest transfers in 2019

Biggest transfers in 2019

Felix & Griezmann↓ Maguire & Rodri↑: Hits & misses among 2019 biggest transfers Two of last year’s biggest transfers involved Barcelona and Atletico Madrid – but has either been a success? Saturday should have seen Barcelona host Atletico Madrid in LaLiga and pit Antoine Griezmann against his old club once more. Griezmann left Atleti for Camp Nou in the second most expensiv... »

PL matches resume on June 12… How PL hopes season will resume

PL matches resume on June 12… How PL hopes season will resume

Times has listed how Premier League hopes season will resume. Key Dates Sunday May 10 Boris Johnson due to give update on lockdown restrictions May 11 Premier League meeting responding to government update May 12 Players train in small groups but with social distancing May 25 Contact training introduced June 17 Premier League matches resume. No two matches played simultaneously to allow maximum te... »

Famous players Udinese have given football

Famous players Udinese have given football

Bruno Fernandes, Sanchez, Ighalo… Udinese are one of the more interesting sides in Serie A over the last decade. While they haven’t finished in the top half of the table since 2013 and haven’t won a trophy since the Intertoto Cup in 2000, they have nearly always been a side worth watching – especially in the first half of the decade when the Pozzo family’s regime was at the... »

An exceptional XI of players sold by Udinese since 2010

An exceptional XI of players sold by Udinese since 2010

Sanchez, Fernandes… Every league has a couple of clubs with a reputation for bringing through excellent players before they reach the top, and in Italy that team is Udinese. The Serie A club haven’t finished higher than third this century, and have never won the league in their history, but plenty of stars have passed through Friuli on their way to bigger and better things. To get a feel for... »

Liverpool’s title decider ‘could be switched to neutral venue’ when PL resumes

Liverpool’s title decider ‘could be switched to neutral venue’ when PL resumes

Liverpool’s title decider could be switched to a neutral venue when the Premier League resumes next month. As revealed by Sportsmail, police have informed the top flight that they have no issues with the majority of matches being played at their original venues. However, they have raised concerns over the hosting of a small number of high-profile fixtures, amid concerns of supporters gatheri... »

Project Restart marches on – The key dates for EPL’s rest of the 2019-20 season

Project Restart marches on – The key dates for EPL’s rest of the 2019-20 season

Project Restart’s most emphatic breakthrough came on Thursday as it emerged that June 17 is the date the Premier League will begin again. Manchester City will play Arsenal and Aston Villa take on Sheffield United to bring all 20 Premier League teams level on 29 games played. A full round of fixtures will resume from June 20. So now, with a template in place, Sportsmail assesses how Project R... »

PL ‘to play 92 games in no more than 39 days’ after season return on June 17

PL ‘to play 92 games in no more than 39 days’ after season return on June 17

The Premier League will return with a crunch double-header on Wednesday June 17. The opening games of Project Restart will see Manchester City take on Arsenal and Aston Villa face Sheffield United behind-closed doors in less than three weeks. After weeks of uncertainty, a return date was finally decided at Thursday’s shareholders meeting, while a raft of significant proposals were also raise... »

Who faces the best and worst run-ins when Premier League returns on June 17?

Who faces the best and worst run-ins when Premier League returns on June 17?

Ahead of a Premier League return, what kind of run-in does your team face? Here’s our guide to every side’s prospects, on paper at least… Finally, we have a confirmed provisional date of June 17 for the resumption of the Premier League, more than three months since the last ball was kicked in anger, when Leicester thrashed Aston Villa 4-0 back in early March. It’s still to ... »

Fairer referees, more subs… What other top leagues can learn from Bundesliga?

Fairer referees, more subs… What other top leagues can learn from Bundesliga?

German football is back in full swing with another round of fixtures this weekend and other top Leagues’ key figures have been watching as Premier League, Serie A and La Liga all confirmed they will restart the season in June. Let’s explore whether the Bundesliga is back with a bang or if there have been bumps in the road… HOW’S THE QUALITY? To the players, it has felt the same a... »

Manchester United best goalkeepers

Manchester United best goalkeepers

Awesomeugo If there’s one area in which Manchester United do not need to strengthen in the upcoming summer transfer window, it’s between the posts. The return of Dean Henderson from his Sheffield United loan will only enhance the choices Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has at his disposal. And with David de Gea still the No.1 and Sergio Romero arguably the best No.2 in the Premier League, it̵... »

Super-substitution  in Football

Super-substitution in Football

Bale, Ole, Wijnaldum, Eder… Substitutions in football are often born out of necessity. Earlier, injured players would leave their teams with fewer men on the pitch. However, a law was implemented later on regarding substitutes. With time, football managers saw the tactical benefits of being able to switch their players around, and the super-sub term was born. On that note, here are the seven... »

UEFA champions League resumption

UEFA champions League resumption

UEFA to hold talks on Monday over return of European leagues UEFA will hold further talks on Monday over the proposed scheduling of European leagues hoping to resume their season after peaks in the coronavirus pandemic. The UEFA Calendar Working Group is working closely with the European Club Association [ECA] and European Leagues. Ten Premier League clubs are ECA members, including league leaders... »

Big money sales in Benfica so far

Big money sales in Benfica so far

Oblak, Felix, Lindelof, Matic … Benfica’s big sales and how they replaced them What makes Benfica’s success over the past few years more impressive is that they have routinely seen their most important first-team players and best up-and-coming prospects move elsewhere each summer. Here are some of the players that Benfica have called upon to replace a big-money sale since 2013 an... »

How UCL’s richest side might look after De Bruyne arrival

How UCL’s richest side might look after De Bruyne arrival

Barca, Madrid & PSG… Manchester City face the very serious prospect of losing star playmaker Kevin De Bruyne. With the reigning Premier League champions looking at a ban of up to two years from Uefa competitions after having been found to have breached Financial Fair Play rules, the Belgium international recently hinted this could force his hand to move in search of European glory. “I... »

Greatest Man Utd academy XI of all time

Greatest Man Utd academy XI of all time

Man United have one of the most esteemed academies in world football and this is the greatest 1-11 the club has produced. Dean Henderson The trickiest pick, by far, is the goalkeeper. United have a reasonable recent record of producing decent ‘keepers for anyone but United (Gary Walsh, Tom Heaton, Sam Johnstone) but it is an area they have never properly developed for the first-team. Until D... »

Best of Pele

Best of Pele

Brazil legend Pele is widely agreed to be one of the best footballers of all time, having excelled on the national and world stage for over a decade. A prolific goalscorer for Santos and his national team, he remains part of a conversation which has expanded to include exceptional talents such as Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Goal takes a look at Pele’s achievements, in... »