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If it ain't broke, don't fix it - Beckham happy with LA lifestyle

19 Jan 2012

There's more to life than playing football and you can't blame David Beckham for deciding to stay in Los Angeles. Beckham has signed a new two-year deal with LA Galaxy, turning down the opportunity to join one of the emerging...
 

Can Lionel Messi truly be a 'great' without winning a World Cup?

10 Jan 2012

Lionel Messi - the world's greatest player, there is no argument about that. There are a band of Real Madrid fans who think Cristiano Ronaldo's skill and prolific goalscoring feats make him the best on the planet but ask anyone who...
 

Just why is Messi so special?

10 Jan 2012

The name Lionel Messi is one that strikes fear in the heart of opposition mangers and players across the globe. And his latest success surely now cements his place alongside Diego Maradona and Alfredo Di Stefano as arguably the...
 

Is going back to a former club really such a good idea?

6 Jan 2012

This season will be remembered as one that has seen former players and managers return to their old stomping grounds. Everton manager David Moyes has taken Landon Donovan – a player who enjoyed a loan spell at The Toffees back in...
 

Hats off to Becks for 'family first' policy

4 Jan 2012

The run up to the January transfer window is always an interesting time, with speculation rife about who is joining which club, which deals are sealed, who might be leaving, where they might be going, and the odd red herring thrown in for good...
 

So Barca really are the best side in the world

19 Dec 2011

It is something of a conundrum that, in reality, the World Cup for clubs is not the world's most prestigious tournament for club football. It should be though. Perhaps it will be one day. For now though, the Champions League rules. ...
 

Premier League will need to wait for Cisse

19 Dec 2011

Freiburg's Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse looks destined to sign for a Premier League club. But the host of English clubs interested in capturing his signature look likely to have to resume their race to sign the player in...
 

Mental strength holds key for Barca in Spain's race for supremacy

13 Dec 2011

There are no champions in December. That was the caustic summation of victorious Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola (pictured) in the aftermath of his side's 3-1 win against arch rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. An...
 

Is it time for Jose to regain control in Spain?

9 Dec 2011

Whenever you watch a Real Madrid versus Barcelona fixture, you know you are in for a rollercoaster ride worth enduring. The derby, known as ‘El Clasico’ will allow the two titans lock horns once again on Saturday. Barcelona has...
 

The cream of world football? Has anyone ever heard of these teams...

9 Dec 2011

FIFA's Club World Cup is supposed to be the 'World Cup for clubs' isn't it? Therefore, doesn't it follow that we should at least have heard of the teams taking part? News that Kashiwa Reysol have booked a quarter-final meeting...
 

Boateng wants Milan to sign Tevez

7 Dec 2011

AC Milan star Kevin Prince Boateng has urged the club to sign Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez. The former Tottenham and Portsmouth striker (pictured) says the Argentinian star would be a...
 

PSG eye Cavani move

7 Dec 2011

Big spenders Paris St Germain are considering a £64 million move for Napoli's 24-year-old Uruguayan star Edinson Cavani. The striker has been in top form in Serie A again this season, scoring nine goals in 15 games, and has attracted...
 

Beckham happy to play in Paris - or anywhere

5 Dec 2011

David Beckham's global appeal is still very much in tact. Evidence that Beckham is still one of the biggest brands worldwide came from a somewhat unlikely source on Monday. Total Football's usually UK-based editor Mark Roach,...
 

Spain reigns on Ballon d'Or shortlist

5 Dec 2011

Three players that ply their trade in Spain's La Liga have made it onto the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo lines up alongside Barcelona's Xavi and Lionel Messi to see who will be crowned...
 

Lecce manager's future uncertain

4 Dec 2011

Eusebio Di Francesco is set to discover his future at Lecce over the next couple of days. The head coach only took charge of the team in the summer, but they have struggled for form and slipped to the bottom of Serie A thanks to a 4-2...
 

Brazil legend passes away aged 57

4 Dec 2011

Former Brazil captain Socrates has died at the age of 57. He had been in a critical condition with an intestinal infection since being admitted to intensive care on Friday at a hospital in Sao Paulo. He won 60 caps for his...
 

APOEL Nicosia: restoring Cypriot pride worldwide?

1 Dec 2011

As APOEL Nicosia qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time, London-based Vas Kakouris believes it is a great time to be a Cypriot football fan. Despite being Cypriot, I cannot claim to follow Cypriot football...
 

Former Brazil star jailed for rape

29 Nov 2011

Former Brazil star Mancini has been jailed for two years and eight months after being found guilty of sexual assault by a judge in Milan, according to Italy's ANSA news agency. The ex Roma, Internazionale and Milan winger, who is...
 

The French connection - Joel Campbell enjoying life at Lorient

25 Nov 2011

Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has made an excellent start to his loan spell with FC Lorient in Ligue 1 in France, after joining the Gunners from Deportivo Saprissa in the summer. The Costa Rican wonder kid has scored two goals in...
 

Ronaldo called as witness in Berlusconi sex trial

17 Nov 2011

Cristiano Ronaldo will be called as a witness for the defence to testify in the sex trial involving former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The Real Madrid star's testimony will be used as part of the defence's claim...