How Do You Replace Frenkie De Jong? And Other Stories

With so many of Europe’s top players on the move this summer, here’s a look at how clubs are replacing the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Luka Jović. Frenkie de Jong – Ajax to Barcelona – £65.3m The 22-year-old midfielder is the first player to leave Erik ten Hag’s talented young Ajax side, with Matthijs de Ligt likely to follow in the next few days. de Jong agreed a deal with Barcelona back in January, so the Dutch champions

Women's World Cup

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Stars Of the Group Stage

The opening round of the 2019 Women’s World Cup is now over. As the top 16 teams enjoy a well-deserved rest day, here’s a look back at the stars of the group stage. Sam Kerr, Australia What would The Matildas do without their star striker? Kerr (pictured) scored 5 of Australia’s 8 goals as they finished second in Group C behind Italy. Her 4 goals against Jamaica showed off her heading ability and clinical finishing, and she played a key

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Who Will Be the Next Chelsea Manager?

After a single turbulent season at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri is returning to Italy to take over at Serie A champions Juventus. So, who will be the next Chelsea manager, and what sort of situation will they be walking into? Frank Lampard Bringing back a club legend is always a risky move. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s honeymoon is well and truly over at Manchester United and just look at what happened to Thierry Henry at Monaco. But right now, Lampard remains

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Free Agents Summer 2019 – The Best of the Released Bunch

Eden Hazard, Frenkie de Jong, Luka Jović – plenty of money is already changing hands in the transfer market this summer. For clubs with less to spend, however, there are some fantastic free agents still out there. Aaron Ramsey was the first to go, from Arsenal to Juventus, but who else is out there? Goalkeepers After one season in France, Gianluigi Buffon has decided that he’s not going to win the Champions League at PSG. Supposedly, the 41-year-old is ‘overloaded’

Women's World Cup

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Stars of the First Weekend

The long-awaited 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off in France on Friday night. Here’s a look at the star players from an entertaining first weekend of football. Amandine Henry, France Hosts France kicked things off in style on Friday night with a 4-0 thrashing of South Korea. Their captain Henry (pictured) was at the centre of everything at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Early in the first half, the Lyon midfielder won the ball, dribbled down the right

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Champions League Final 2019 – Tottenham vs Liverpool

On Saturday night, European club football says goodbye for the summer with the 2019 Champions League Final. It’s another all-English clash, and a meeting of 2 comeback kings – Tottenham vs Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Form Tottenham’s Premier League season fizzled out with just 1 win in 5, but there are 2 pretty good reasons for that. 1) Mauricio Pochettino’s men were both physically and emotionally exhausted, and 2) they had (arguably) bigger and better things on

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Five Champions League final best bets: Liverpool-Tottenham

When the 2019 Champions League final was set to be hosted in Madrid, UEFA might have envisioned Real Madrid playing in their home city or rivals Barcelona gracing that big stage. Of the English clubs, Manchester City would have seemed the likeliest contender. Instead, we have Liverpool and Tottenham squaring off on Saturday for the top prize in European football. Tottenham, in particular, have some selection questions to answer, with Harry Kane in a race against time to be fit

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Europa League Final 2019 – Chelsea vs Arsenal

Now that Europe’s domestic leagues have all been decided, it’s time for the finals of the continent’s cup competitions. First up on Wednesday night is the all-English Europa League Final – Chelsea vs Arsenal. Both London clubs have travelled all the way to Azerbaijan (except Henrikh Mkhitaryan and most of their fans…), but who will return home with the trophy? Form At the end of a long campaign filled with drama and discontent, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea finished third in the

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EFL Championship Play-off Final 2019 – Aston Villa vs Derby County

It’s time for the EFL’s main event, ‘the richest game in football’ – the Championship Play-off Final. This year, it’s Aston Villa vs Derby County, Jack Grealish vs Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham vs Fikayo Tomori, and, of course, John Terry vs Frank Lampard. Form Villa go into the Championship Play-off Final as slight favourites, having lost just twice since mid-March. One of those defeats was to champions Norwich City on the last day of the season and the other was

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EFL League One Play-off Final 2019 – Charlton Athletic vs Sunderland

Onto Day Two of this weekend’s EFL action at Wembley. Sunday’s League One Play-off Final will be Charlton vs Sunderland, a replay of 1998’s classic Championship Play-off Final. That crazy day, Sunderland lost 7-6 on penalties after a 4-4 draw. So, this match has a lot to live up to. Form Until the play-off semi-finals, Charlton were League 1’s in-form team. Lee Bowyer’s boys finished the season in style, winning 9 of their last 11 games, with star striker, Lyle

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EFL League Two Play-off Final 2019 – Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers

Next weekend, Wembley plays host to its annual 3-day festival of EFL football drama. On Saturday, it’s the turn of the League Two Play-off Final: 7th-placed Newport County vs 6th-placed Tranmere Rovers. The winner will join Lincoln City, Bury and Milton Keynes Dons in League One next season. Form Newport County will be full of confidence going into the League Two Play-off Final. Michael Flynn’s team hasn’t lost a match since mid-March and they also haven’t conceded more than one

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The FA Cup Final 2019 – Manchester City vs Watford

This year’s FA Cup Final feels like a classic cup clash. On the one side, we have the Premier League champions Manchester City, and on the other, the plucky underdogs, Watford. Will the favourites win out or will The Hornets ‘do a Wigan’? Form The City machine show no signs of letting up. After losing to Tottenham in the Champions League semi-final, Pep Guardiola’s men bounced back to win another Premier League title last weekend. No, they can’t win the


Relegated players who should stay in the Premier League – 2019

Now that the 2018-19 Premier League season is over, club scouts will be rummaging through the relegated teams like a footballer car boot sale. So, what gems do Cardiff City, Fulham and Huddersfield Town have to offer? I’ll be honest, my selections last season turned out to be a little hit and miss – Xherdan Shaqiri, yes, but Leroy Fer? – so let’s hope it’s a better bunch this year. Cardiff City Victor Camarasa This season, Cardiff were best known

Gameweek 38

2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 38

A look at 5 heroes from Premier League Gameweek 38, as the 2018-19 season came to an exciting end. David Silva, Manchester City Both title rivals held their nerve in Gameweek 38, and so it was Manchester City who lifted the trophy, for a second season in a row. Brighton did give them an early scare when Glenn Murray opened the scoring, but their lead lasted less than 90 seconds. Sergio Agüero scored the equaliser, but it was Silva’s clever

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Premier League Title Race 2018-19 – The Final-day Fixtures

What a Premier League title race we’ve had this season. Neither Manchester City nor Liverpool deserve to finish second, but sadly someone has to. Here’s a look at their final-day fixtures and the probability of dropped points. Brighton vs Manchester City On paper, this looks like a near-perfect season finale for City. Brighton have little left to play for now after securing their Premier League safety last weekend. They did it with 3 hard-fought draws in their last 4 games,

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EFL Championship Play-offs 2019 – The Semi-finals

After 46 gruelling games, 4 teams now remain for the dramatic season finale: the Championship Play-Offs. Leeds United, West Brom, Aston Villa and Derby County are all potentially two matches away from playing in ‘the richest game in world football’ at Wembley. But which two teams will make it to that final? West Brom vs Aston Villa First Leg: @ Villa Park, Saturday 11th May, 12:30 k/o Second Leg: @ The Hawthorns, Tuesday 14th May, 20:00 k/o The first semi-final

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2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 37

A look at 5 heroes from Premier League Gameweek 37. Vincent Kompany, Manchester City Cometh the hour, cometh the captain. This season, Pep Guardiola has picked Kompany to play in all the biggest matches: the January win over Liverpool, the Champions League ties with Tottenham, and now the Gameweek 37 win over Leicester City. With 20 minutes to go, City’s patient passing game just wasn’t working. With the Premier League title on the line, they needed a Plan B. But

April 2019

April 2019 – The Star Performers in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues

A look back at the stars of April 2019 across Europe’s Top 5 Leagues. Premier League – Ayoze Pérez, Newcastle United & Jamie Vardy, Leicester City It was too hard to choose between these in-form forwards, so I just went for both instead. Each scored 5 goals for their clubs in April 2019, a packed month in the Premier League. For Pérez, the highlight was his excellent hat-trick against Southampton, which secured Newcastle’s top-flight status for another season. Vardy, meanwhile,

Gameweek 36

2018-19 Premier League – Heroes of Gameweek 36

A look at 5 heroes from Premier League Gameweek 36. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool Salah seems to have rediscovered his top form just in time for this season’s thrilling finale. In Gameweek 36, Liverpool cruised past Huddersfield Town just as everyone expected. The only surprise was the speed. 15 seconds was all it took for The Reds to take the lead, as Naby Keïta intercepted a sloppy pass and played a quick one-two with Salah. That was the Egyptian’s eighth assist

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Premier League Match of the Weekend – Manchester United vs Chelsea

Right now, it’s like no-one wants that fourth and final Champions League place. On Sunday, Arsenal’s tough away trip to Leicester City is followed by the José Mourinho/Juan Mata/Nemanja Matić Derby: Manchester United vs Chelsea. Form As everyone already knows, United are currently on a wretched run of 7 defeats in their last 9 games. Since that bizarre Champions League win at PSG, they’ve kept 0 cleansheets and scored just 4 goals from open play. Basically, the team performances have

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