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There was something so un-Arsene Wenger about the way in which he celebrated the semi-final win over Manchester City.
How to describe it? Raw, pure emotion from one of world football’s calmest men. An almost visceral like reaction to the final whistle as the Gunners advanced with a 2-1 extra-time win over Manchester City. Some might argue that the FA Cup ...
After the fairytale of Leicester City last season, this was the year the Premier League’s empire struck back – as we all knew it inevitably would.
Some teams surpassed expectations, others failed to live up to theirs, but there was an air of order being restored to the English top flight with all of the big teams qualifying for Europe once more.  It will also be remembered as the yea...
Manchester United may be clear favourites in Thursday morning’s UEFA Europa League final, but a rejuvenated and youthful Ajax have the potential to cause an upset and emulate the Dutch side’s 1995 UEFA Champions League triumph.
It appears distant now, but there was a time when Ajax were one of the most feared teams in Europe, playing a scintillating attacking brand of football that captured the world’s attention. And yes, this was a side coached by “boring” Louis...
UEFA have hit a masterstroke by rewarding the winners of the Europa League with a spot in the group phase of the next Champions League.
In doing so the governing body has saved the competition from near irrelevance and given it a new lease of life. The UEL had no chance of making more than a token impact on the continental game as long as it was forced to live in the shado...
On the 9th of May Donald Trump sensationally fired his FBI chief, James Comey. A day later FIFA's two leading ethics watchdogs, Hans-Joachim Eckert and Cornel Borbely, were both given their marching orders.
Also suddenly gone was Miguel Maduro, chairman of FIFA's governance committee. So respected was Maduro for his courageous independence that within days two his committee colleagues resigned in protest. Then, in his opening address at the 6...
Very good – but also not quite good enough. That’s how most Liverpool fans will look back on the season that has been, particularly because the Reds were genuine title contenders at the mid-point of the season.
Indeed, had you offered Champions League football to any Liverpudlian at the start of the year, they’d have bitten your arm off. Never has the Premier League boasted so much depth at the top end of the table and of the six biggest clubs, m...
Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph has finally broken Paris Saint-Germain’s domestic dominance and a Ligue 1 renaissance means competition will be even greater next season, potentially making it one of Europe’s most exciting leagues.
What Leonardo Jardim has achieved at Monaco this campaign has been truly remarkable. Last season PSG won the title by a massive 31 points and few would have expected much different this campaign with their expensively assembled squad of su...
Dylan McGowan’s move to Pacos de Ferreira, a club that has a proactive, possession-based approach to football is a good one from a Socceroos perspective, but the defender will have his work cut out to secure a place in a competitive squad.
McGowan said he partly decided to move to Portugal to help his Socceroos selection and it’s easy to see the rationale for that. Even though resources, particularly outside the big three (Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting CP) are limited, coac...
Since they won their famous millennium title in 1999-2000, the tale of S.S. Lazio has been littered with more false starts than a beaten up Fiat 500.
With that in mind, it would be folly to declare this iteration of the Biancazzurri as the one to bring the glory back to one of Italian football’s more storied clubs.  But with a fourth-placed finish all but locked away after an impressive...
Italians do it better, they like to say in the land where football is king and rules the lives of millions.
Yet while Calcio generally is not travelling particularly well these days it's certainly not the case with the coaching sector. Antonio Conte of Chelsea has joined Bayern Munich's Carlo Ancelotti and Spartak Moscow's Massimo Carrera in tak...