Euan McTear


Euan McTear is a Glaswegian football journalist and author, who focuses on the game in Scotland, England and Spain. He has written for the likes of Marca, CNN, The Guardian, The Herald, These Football Times and Eurosport and is the author of the book 'Eibar the Brave'.
  • An Evolution, Not An Overhaul: Why Valverde Would Be The Tweaker Arsenal Need

    “You're going to be a f**ing legend at Athletic,” Ernesto Valverde was told by an English friend of his. Now, having brought European football to Bilbao in each of his first three seasons at the club – including a rare Champions League appearance – and with another Europa League berth within reach this campaign, Valverde well and truly is a legend around the Basque city and he is respected far beyond it too. ...

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  • All About The Full-Backs: The Secret To Real Madrid And Atletico’s Success

    For the third time in four seasons, Madrid boasts two of the Champions League’s final four teams and the city might have had two representatives in the 2014/15 edition as well, had Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid not been paired together in the quarter-finals. So how do they do it? These are two very different clubs in almost every sense, from their corporate structures to their coaches and from their transfer policies to their playing styles, but there is one common theme which goes a long way to explaining their consistency in Europe’s most prestigious competition. The full-backs. ...

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  • Inaki Williams Would Represent Value For Liverpool’s Money

    In 2014, Atlético Madrid sent €30million euros to Real Sociedad to secure the signature of Antoine Griezmann, the exciting winger who had been dazzling with the San Sebastián outfit as much in Europe as in LaLiga. To say it worked out well is an understatement, with the Frenchman now officially the third best player in the game today. Now, scouts are searching far and wide to find the next promising and reasonably-priced attacking talent, one who has the potential to similarly challenge for FIFA’s most prestigious individual awards. In their quest, those scouts might not need to travel that much further. Just one hour along the AP-8 motorway sits the neighbouring city of Bilbao, where Iñaki Williams has been doing Griezmann-esque things. ...

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  • The Inspirations of 2016/17: Five Players Who Overcame Adversity

    N’Golo Kanté, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sánchez, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Harry Kane are the six nominees to take the PFA Player of the Year honours at the end of the season and they deserve all the recognition they get after putting together excellent seasons. Yet there are several other players who deserve just as much praise for the way they have battled back from injury and illness to help their clubs. Five of them and their accomplishments are discussed right here. ...

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  • Chelsea May Have Suited Fàbregas and Pedro, But Jordi Alba Should Stay Put

    When Chelsea played Swansea City at the end of February, few could have blamed Jordi Alba for looking on with a little jealousy. In the middle of the first half, his former Barcelona teammate Pedro collected the ball on the right-hand side of the box, looked up and spotted Cesc Fàbregas’ run, set up the Catalan for the Blues’ opener and ran across to celebrate together. Into the second half, and with the Welsh side having pulled one back, their roles reversed as Fàbregas threaded a ball through the midfield to the forward, who swivelled and curled a shot into the bottom corner, before turning back for another excited hug with the silky midfielder. ...

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