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After re-signing with the club where he developed a cult following, this could be the last chance for the talented striker to establish himself as a footballer with an enduring career.
Kerem Bulut is on his last chance. There’s a line that’s been heard before, but this time, after re-signing for the Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday, it really is the T-intersection in his career. Make the right turn and he can have a...
After living in the shadows of Turin-based giants Juventus, it's time for both Milan clubs to raise themselves as title challengers once again.
It is a legitimate argument to say that most clubs in Italy have lived in the rather imposing shadow of Juventus during the last five seasons. However, neither of these once-great clubs have been any sort of threat to the 'Bianconeri' duri...
Striker Alexandre Pato, once the most sought after teenage footballer in the world, is heading to Monaco on a mission to help Villarreal turn around a 2-1 deficit and in doing so turn around his own career.
When he was 17 Pato cost AC Milan $33 million. Now 26, at an age deemed to be the start of the peak of a footballer’s career, Pato is worth just $4 million. If Pato can lead Villarreal to victory against Monaco that $4 million will prove ...
There were real grounds for concern when the final of the men’s Olympic football tournament went to penalties. How often do the Germans lose a shootout? Winning the gold medal was much more important for Brazil - they were in front of their own...
And they had been the better side over a gripping 120 minutes - the Germans had probably shaded it in terms of clear-cut chances, but Brazil had exerted control for most of the game. But now it all came down to a shootout, the ultimate ind...
Shandong Luneng made world headlines with the stunning capture of Italy striker Graziano Pelle from Southampton and Senegal striker Papiss Cisse from Newcastle United, as they looked to rescue a disastrous Chinese Super League campaign that saw...
Before that, Mano Menezes, the former Seleção coach who was only appointed at the start of the year, was given the flick and replaced by renowned disciplinarian Felix Magath. The former Fulham, Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich coach quickly put...
One can only imagine what intense pressure the Brazilian team must have been under as they nervously prepared to take on Germany in a penalty shootout for gold at the Rio Olympics.
Follow @TheWorldGame Both teams could not be separated after 120 minutes of pulsating football that made a mockery of the claims that football should not be at the Olympics. So after a 1-1 draw that had a heaving crowd at the Maracana go t...
La Liga is simultaneously wonderful and frustrating, with overflowing on-field talent contrasting with incompetent off-field administrators. Here’s a look at who has the edge going into the 2016-2017 season.
The level of quality in Spain is undeniable. For the last three seasons Spanish clubs have won both the Champions League and Europa League. Last season they won 15 out of 16 knockout ties against non-Spanish opposition. Real Madrid have li...
Who is the equal second highest paid footballer in the world after Cristiano Ronaldo and equal with Lionel Messi?
No it’s not Neymar, not Gareth Bale, not Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It’s Hulk, the burly Brazilian striker. He is now on $29.4 million per season, the same as Messi and just $2 million less than Ronaldo. And which club is paying Hulk this obscene...
It’s pleasing that the club has caught up with all of their accounts with current players and staff. Indeed, this should always be the situation. It must be the norm. Unfortunately, it’s not.
The press release from Brisbane Roar on Tuesday afternoon was short - and straight to the point. “All A-League players, coaches and administration staff of the club have been paid,” read the first line. “In addition, superannuation paymen...
Estimated by Forbes to be the second-most valuable club at the world, worth $2.6 billion, Arsenal are remarkably good at keeping a polished, cosmopolitan brand alive and thriving. How long can that last?
The opening day of the 2011-12 English Premier League season will live long in my memory.  I had a ticket for the opening day fixture between Tottenham and Everton - the only game in the country called off due to the London riots. I ended...