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Football’s unifying power

22 Mar 2012

Football should be proud of the way it responded to a difficult situation. So often when we talk about the power of football we typically think in sporting terms. That outrageous ability of the game to evoke passionate emotions, both...
 

David Beckham - MLS ace and global icon

21 Mar 2012

In the final installment of Marcus Banks' three part series including Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, he assesses England's own David Beckham. Living legend and worldwide celebrity, at 37 years of age he is still...
 

MLS Week 2 round-up: LA Galaxy bounce back

20 Mar 2012

One of the reasons that MLS is such a compelling league is that there are fresh ideas to ponder every single week. Week 2 of MLS action was no different. Sreesha Vaman is Total Football's man with his finger on the pulse in the USA - here are...
 

Lionsraw: Harnessing the power of football as a force for positive change

20 Mar 2012

Every so often in football, something comes along to remind us what potential for good the game possesses. Lionsraw, the charity for proactive supporters who wish to make a difference, epitomises the communal benefits football has to offer more...
 

La Liga round-up: 100 in charge for Jose as Messi hits 50

13 Mar 2012

This week's action marked significant milestones for two of La Liga's biggest stars. Jose Mourinho celebrated his 100th game as Real Madrid boss by taking his side to Real Betis. Never one to stay out of the headlines too long, Lionel...
 

Bastian Schweinsteiger: The heart has returned to Bayern's midfield

12 Mar 2012

He may only have been on the bench for the first 62 minutes of the game, but it is difficult to ignore the correlation between Bastian Schweinsteiger's return to match fitness and FC Bayern's rediscovery of their infamous mojo. ...
 

MLS week 1 round-up: Wondolowski hits the ground running, Galaxy fall short

12 Mar 2012

While there was plenty of exhilarating action on the pitch of this year’s opening MLS weekend, MLS fans could be forgiven for keeping an eye on the telly. NBC Sports, who agreed a new three-year deal worth $10 million per year with...
 

Total Football Scout - Raphael Varane

12 Mar 2012

As Real Madrid cruise towards the La Liga title with another victory away at Real Betis, Total Football's Marcus Banks casts his eye over one of the Bernabeu's most promising youngsters, Raphael Varane. This week's Total Football...
 

Cristiano Ronaldo - Can he become the best?

12 Mar 2012

Real Madrid and Barcelona have one of the fiercest rivalries in world football. Not only between the two teams is there competition but the clubs’ two best players seemed to have entered a race. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo...
 

'Soccer specific' stadia required to allow MLS to compete

10 Mar 2012

An American friend who has lived in India since the last century once described his adopted homeland as “a place where you see something heart-warming one moment, and heart-rending the next.” The plight of the American soccer fan, though...
 

Five MLS players you should know about

9 Mar 2012

We’ve featured five MLS players you probably have heard of, but you might not be aware of the following Major League Soccer stars. As part of our look ahead to the new MLS season, here are five players to watch out for. Dwayne de...
 

Five MLS players you probably already know

9 Mar 2012

This week marks the start of the new MLS season, and to help you prepare for it, here are five MLS players that you (probably) already have heard of, and what they are up to here on this side of the Atlantic. Juan Pablo Angel (Chivas...
 

MLS clubs battle it out in CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals

8 Mar 2012

Three Major League Soccer clubs will play this week in the quarter-finals of the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League. The Seattle Sounders will meet one of the 4 Mexican outfits in the final 8 while Canadian Cup holders Toronto FC...
 

Lionel Messi - The best player in the world

6 Mar 2012

Lionel Messi. Global superstar and the best footballer on the planet. At only 24, the young Argentine isn’t even in his prime and is still producing magical displays. Many say he is heir to the throne left by Argentina legend Diego Maradona and...
 

Armenia - The best footballing nation you've never heard of

6 Mar 2012

Ask 50 people to name a top 50 of world football nations, and the chances are that Armenia won't get a mention. You might be surprised to learn that Armenia are 41st in the FIFA world rankings, their highest placing to date. That's just...
 

Total Football Scout - Lucas Ocampos

5 Mar 2012

Next in line is another from River Plate's famed academy. Ocampos is lighting up Argentina and could follow in the footsteps of former team-mate, Erik Lamela, in moving to Europe and testing his skills on the big stage. NAME: LUCAS...
 

MLS expansion candidate has a British flavour

4 Mar 2012

If talk of MLS expansion hopefuls Orlando City is in English, it is certainly not a surprise. No, really. The true language of Her Majesty the Queen is native to both the ownership and many of the players of the United Soccer League Pro...
 

Total Football Scout - John Guidetti

4 Mar 2012

Total Football Scout now reveals the story of a young Swedish striker who was once playing on the streets of Africa. Now playing for Feyenoord on loan from Premier League giants Manchester City, Guidetti has a bright future ahead of him. If he...
 

The Special One, and his thirst for centre stage

2 Mar 2012

Jose Mourinho always finds a way to be the protagonist. He always earns it, in almost every press conference and even in the middle of an international match week. This time, the Real Madrid manager decided to travel to London with his...
 

Iker Muniain, the new precocious Spanish kid

1 Mar 2012

Every now and then a young Spanish talent emerges into the football spotlight: Raul Gonzalez, Fernando Torres, Bojan Krkic, Pedro Rodriguez and Sergio Canales are examples of young stars who burst onto the scene with great expectations that they...