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LA Galaxy fall apart, Red Bulls continue to fly

10 Apr 2012

One of the most poignant criticisms of MLS is that most of the goals are scored due to either defensive miscues or lucky breaks - in other words, that MLS attackers lack the clinical finishing touch of their European or South American...
 

Bundesliga title battle reaches climax

9 Apr 2012

Uli Hoeness was quick to correct himself when he referred to Wednesday night's fixture as a “league final” on Sport1's talk show “Audi Star Talk” last week. The wily old Bavarian has seen enough title races, successful or otherwise, to...
 

Real Madrid slip up as Barca chase their rivals down

9 Apr 2012

Real Madrid are now just four points clear of La Liga title rivals Barcelona after Barca's 4-1 win at Real Zaragoza on Saturday and Madrid's goalless draw at home to Valencia on Sunday. Keeper Vicente Guaita secured a point for...
 

Messi makes it 60 goals for the season - so far

8 Apr 2012

Lionel Messi has become the first European top-level player in nearly 40 years to score 60 goals in a season. The Barcelona star scored twice in his side's 4-1 win over La Liga rivals Real Zaragoza on Saturday. The result saw...
 

MLS Week 4 round-up: New York Red Bulls power through, LA Galaxy struggle at home

3 Apr 2012

Football is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. With four weeks already gone from the MLS season, several key emotional trends are starting to emerge that can have profound consequences on the title race. Surely these will...
 

Ronaldo strikes again as Madrid reach 100 goals in La Liga

2 Apr 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid took their tally to 100 La Liga goals for the season with a 5-1 win against Osasuna on Saturday. The result saw Madrid maintain their six point advantage at the top of the table with eight...
 

New York Red Bulls are searching for their wings

27 Mar 2012

It’s only the third weekend of the MLS season and already teams and players are under pressure to prove themselves. New York Red Bulls, a star-laden squad that grossly underachieved last season, looked very uninspired in their first...
 

Ranieri the latest casualty of results business

27 Mar 2012

Claudio Raineri is the latest manager to suffer the inevitable fate of a poor run of form in a results-driven business. Clearly, Inter president Massimo Moratti isn’t a man for accurate predictions. Earlier on Monday, the day the...
 

Consecutive draws for Real Madrid cheers La Liga up

22 Mar 2012

Real Madrid’s advantage over Barcelona in La Liga has been reduced from 10 to six points over the last two games. Two consecutive 1-1 draws, against Málaga and Villareal, have revived the championship and Barcelona’s possibilities...
 

Messi grabs hat-trick to seal all-time Barcelona record

21 Mar 2012

Lionel Messi is now Barcelona's all-time leading goalscorer after scoring a sensational hat-trick in the dramatic 5-3 win against Granada at the Nou Camp on Tuesday. The 24-year-old has now scored 234 goals for Barcelona and passes the total of...
 

David Beckham interview - Why I'm not ready to finish playing yet

17 Mar 2012

David Beckham turns 37 later this year, but has no intention of hanging up his boots just yet. He still has ambitions to cap his stellar career by helping Los Angeles Galaxy become the dominant force in Major League Soccer, and is...
 

Lionel Messi: Guardiola is Barcelona’s main man

13 Mar 2012

Barcelona star Lionel Messi believes manager Pep Guardiola is the main factor behind the club’s recent success. The support comes amid speculation the Barcelona manager could quit the club in the summer in order to seek further...
 

Why Roberto Soldado deserves his place at Euro 2012

23 Feb 2012

Twenty goals in 35 official matches is a devastating argument in favour of Roberto Soldado deserving an opportunity with the Spanish national team at Euro 2012. The 26 year-old Valencia striker has earned his place thanks to his goals...
 

Honouring a Swedish legend

17 Feb 2012

Talk about football in Sweden and one man is the undisputed holder of the title of Sweden's most iconic player. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the name they sing now, it is Henrik Larsson who makes it onto the top of the list as his nation's top man...
 

Zambia win Africa Cup of Nations in penalty shoot out

12 Feb 2012

Zambia won the Africa Cup of Nations in a dramatic penalty shoot out on Sunday night to shock tournament favourites Ivory Coast. There were no goals in the 90 minutes or extra-time, but there were no shortage of goals in the shoot...
 

Bundesliga Round-up: Matchday 20

7 Feb 2012

Borussia Dortmund still top the Bundesliga after a 2-0 win in Nürnberg on Friday night. The reigning champions took the lead on 48 minutes through captain Sebastian Kehl after good work involving Moritz Leitner and Lucasz Piszczek. Substitute...
 

Crespo the prize asset at Indian Premier League auction

31 Jan 2012

India’s proposed footballing revolution began in earnest as former Argentina star Hernan Crespo topped the money list at the inaugural Premier League Soccer (PLS) player auction. Based on cricket’s successful IPL model, the...
 

Missionaries or Mercenaries? Football’s IPL is part of a growing trend

24 Jan 2012

‘The next lot is of French origin, with a strong English influence. A classic piece – the silk has faded with age but for the right price, it could be yours. Who’ll start the bidding?’ While much of the football world's...
 

Mourinho has an inferiority complex when it comes to Barca

19 Jan 2012

Jose Mourinho has no reason to be proud of his approach to Real Madrid's Copa del Rey match against Barcelona. His line-up was designed to defend, not to beat Guardiola’s team in a face to face battle. Mourinho has an inferiority...
 

Even Mourinho loses patience with bad boy Pepe

19 Jan 2012

If you are going to stamp on a player's hand, it's probably a good idea not to single out the world's greatest - and most popular - player. Even Jose Mourinho appears to have lost patience with Real Madrid defender Pepe and says the...