• Marouane Fellaini Is Winning Hearts And Minds At Manchester United

    ARCHIVED CONTENT: March 21st, 2017 Just a few months ago, Marouane Fellaini was booed by Manchester United fans. With United 1-0 up away to Everton, Jose Mourinho sent the midfielder on to tighten up the game. He didn’t, giving away the spenalty and consigning his team to two points dropped. During the next game, against Tottenham, the Old Trafford crowd spotted Fellaini warming up on the sidelines. An audible portion of them then vented their frustration. It only got louder when the Belgian actually came onto the pitch. ...

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  • Arsenal Remain Desperate For Clarity

    ARCHIVED CONTENT: MARCH 22nd, 2017 In what has become a tedious sense of déjà vu, the uncertainty that surrounds Arsenal Football Club continues to eat away at its fragile core. Even with the national newspapers hinting towards another renewal for Arsène Wenger, nothing has been confirmed as we head into April, and the fans are yet again being kept in the dark. Much of the frustration is being angled toward those at board level, whose collective indecisiveness have allowed the club to fall from a position of great strength and stability, to one of weakness in just under three years. Not only are there alarm bells ringing in north London, but deafening airstrike sirens as well. ...

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  • Chelsea: Why The New Stamford Bridge Is About More Than Ticket Sales

    ARCHIVED CONTENT: March 22nd, 2017 The modern stadium is football's cash cow: but not in quite the way you might think. Accounts made up to summer 2015 show the disparity between the Premier League's top clubs and, in football terms, the numbers are smaller than you might think. ...

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  • Not Just Morata; Real Madrid Will Regret Letting Mariano Leave Too

    “We needed someone like Morata to come in for Benzema,” was the response of one Real Madrid fan, when asked by Spanish TV how Tottenham had been able to leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu with a point last Tuesday night. “I don’t know why [club president] Florentino Pérez sold Morata,” added another. “If I’m being honest, I miss Morata,” said another wistful Madridista. ...

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  • Raheem Sterling’s Form And What Could Have Been For Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling is one of the Premier League’s most in-form players, and is on the way to establishing himself as one of the best forwards in the English top flight. The 22-year-old is a key part of arguably the most formidable side in the league in 2017/18, with Pep Guardiola poised to deliver the first title to the Etihad Stadium in four years, vindicating the winger’s efforts to leave Liverpool in 2015. And this rise under Guardiola, once Jurgen Klopp’s managerial adversary in Germany, serves up a frustrating reality for the Reds. ...

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  • Inter Milan Return To Prominence In Familiar Fashion

    Vincenzo Montella must have felt a nagging sense of deja vu. For the second year in a row in the Derby della Madonnina, his Milan side had largely outplayed their rivals Internazionale but found themselves behind. Just like that meeting in April, they also retrieved the situation and levelled the scores. This time they were the ones on the receiving end of an injury time goal though, and would fail to take a single point away from a display worthy of more. ...

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  • Quiet Man Mooy Strikes Right Notes At Huddersfield

    Aaron Mooy didn’t make the biggest first impression with his Huddersfield Town teammates when he joined the club on loan from Manchester City. “Aaron Mooy is a really funny guy - even if that’s hard to believe,” Elias Kachunga said in August. “He sits right next to me in the locker room. It’s a funny story, on his first day he sat that far away in the locker room you hardly saw him. ...

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  • Would André Gomes Suit The Premier League?

    Barcelona need to trim their squad. Although they famously lost Neymar last summer, those in the Camp Nou boardroom struggled to offload fringe players like Thomas Vermaelen and Arda Turan, so one of their main tasks this January is to move some players on. One of those players could be André Gomes, the 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder who Barcelona also reportedly tried to move on towards the end of the most recent transfer window, even after rejecting an offer of €35m at the beginning of June – a U-turn which summed up the club’s disorderly summer. While the player remained in Catalonia on deadline day, there has since been fresh speculation in Spain that he’ll be let go in January, with the Premier League the most likely landing spot. ...

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  • Leicester City Aren’t Currently An Attractive Proposition For First-Class Managers

    Carlo Ancelotti popped up in a couple of different capacities on Twitter this week. The recently deposed Bayern Munich manager posted a picture of himself enjoying Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Roma at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, suggesting that the life of a handsomely compensated former manager isn’t so bad really. That’s the benefit of being a nice guy and having worked for the biggest clubs in Europe: just because they binned you off, doesn’t mean a nice seat at pretty much any game you fancy isn’t waiting for you. Touring the continent, catching up with old pals and watching some football doesn’t seem like the worst way of spending some time. ...

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  • The Incredible Rise Of Shrewsbury Town

    Shrewsbury Town were bottom of League One and six points adrift of safety when Paul Hurst arrived at the Montgomery Waters Meadow on October 24th 2016. This weekend, to mark his one year anniversary at the club, his side will host Fleetwood Town and they will do so while looking imperiously down on the rest of the league having yet to be beaten in their opening fourteen games. ...

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