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Brazil warming up nicely

25 Mar 2013

Brazil 1-1 Russia Brazilians expect nothing less than a sixth World Cup triumph on home soil next year - and Luiz Felipe Scolari is a man under pressure. As hosts, Scolari's men have to tackle the challenge of not playing a...
 

A Real Madrid without Ronaldo?

12 Sep 2012

The sensational revelation by Cristiano Ronaldo in a post-match press conference last week that he was not entirely happy with life at Real Madrid prompted a media frenzy in Spain and across the world. Immediately, fans of mega-rich...
 

The big European movers

12 Sep 2012

In a depressed worldwide economy, the recession means nothing to the world of football, with many top European clubs spending fortunes on new players for the coming season. Whilst the French market has stalled and...
 

Middle Eastern investment: Clubs skyrocket or dive

12 Sep 2012

When the going is good, it’s really good. Just witness Manchester City’s rise from the doldrums to win the Premier League on the back of Middle Eastern oil dollars and Paris Saint Germain’s steady march towards glory in France. ...
 

Patriotic splendour propels USA to victory over Jamaica

12 Sep 2012

Buoyed by a patriotically boisterous sellout crowd, the USA pulled out a strong performance en route to a 1-0 victory over Jamaica on the 11th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. With both Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley...
 

Striker Abou-Treika – a symbol of Egypt’s convoluted political transition

10 Sep 2012

Striker Mohamed Abou-Treika symbolizes the struggles in virtually every Egyptian institution between post-Mubarak reformers and supporters of the Mubarak-era status. Breaking with the tradition of soccer players standing on the...
 

The transfer frenzy is over, but who got the best deals?

8 Sep 2012

Since the end of last season, the transfer market has seen some jaw-dropping departures and arrivals. Some clubs have shown some real ambition in the market this summer. Joey Barton always seems to be in the headlines, but he...
 

Mourinho not interested in international management

8 Sep 2012

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho seems to have ruled out the possibility of ever managing a national football team. Mourinho hinted that a role of that nature would not work for him, as he needs to be with his players regularly. ...
 

Mario Gomez - Under-rated or underperforming?

7 Sep 2012

Mario Gomez was in blistering form last season and started Euro 2012 with three goals in Germany's first two games, and also assisting one along the way. He was in very close contention for the Golden Boot having the same statistics...
 

Ultras and Egyptian security forces gear up for renewed confrontation

7 Sep 2012

With the lifting of a seven-month ban on professional soccer, militant Egyptian fans and security forces are gearing up for a new round of street battles during the country’s Super Cup final on Sunday, the first domestic match since...
 

A peculiar start to La Liga

5 Sep 2012

With Barcelona and Real Madrid winning every La Liga title since Rafa Benítez’s Valencia won in the 2003-2004 season, critics have long suggested that the league has become all too predictable. With Barcelona two points clear at the...
 

A new chapter for the Czech Republic

4 Sep 2012

The Czech Republic were once one of the world's best teams. Now the relatively new nation is in a transitional period. Taylor Williams looks at a nation that has produced some world class talent over the years. World Cup dreams...
 

Positive role model and mentor needed to solve enigmatic Adu

3 Sep 2012

Remember Freddy Adu? He used to be Neymar. Well, in terms of his potential to go on and become ‘the next big thing’ that is. It hasn’t really worked out like that though. After being left on the bench for one...
 

Time for another Super Cup 'El Clasico'

29 Aug 2012

The second leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Santiago Bernabeu will no doubt be another 'El Clasico' as Real Madrid look to pull back a 3-2 defeat from the first leg. Jose Mourinho’s side are yet to register a win this season after...
 

Brazilian boy born without feet to train with Barcelona

29 Aug 2012

An 11-year-old Brazilian boy has earned a place at Barcelona’s summer camp, despite being born without feet. Gabriel Muniz (pictured) is highly unlikely to make it into a professional team due to his disability, but remains one of the...
 

Yemen - Football and its political effects

29 Aug 2012

Yemen has been battling economic and political issues for many years, a country that has hurt and divided a nation and its people. The nation is also battling high illiteracy, terrorist attack threats, a plummeting and unstable economy,...
 

Danny Heffernan – From Sunday League to Australian hotshot

24 Aug 2012

Danny Heffernan has had one of the most bizarre footballing careers in history, having played almost every position on the pitch, returning to previous clubs, scoring 49 goals in one season and now playing football in Australia, all before the...
 

Mourinho and Villanova to serve up eye-watering Super Cup "El Clasico"

23 Aug 2012

Barcelona v Real Madrid has never been a game for the faint-hearted and tonight (Thursday) will be no different as the Spanish giants square off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Camp Nou. The game will be the first...
 

Barton too big for his boots

21 Aug 2012

As Joey Barton looks set to leave QPR for a season-long loan with Marseille the question beckons - does he deserve a future in the English game? The ex-Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder has scored a hat-trick when it...
 

Hertsenberg eager to take European experiences back to the States

21 Aug 2012

Eddie Hertsenberg is a 26-year-old US-born footballer who is unique in the fact that he plays and coaches the game at the same time. Having played for USL Pro outfit Dayton Dutch Lions, Hertsenberg has achieved a wide range of goals...