Vicente Del Bosque is a man who doesn’t mix his words. He sits proudly, almost aggressively as the coach, the leader, the boss of Spain – the European and World Champions.
They face France later, for a place in the last four of Euro 2012. It’s a crunch clash, but despite the heat and exhaustion of [...]
At 16, Ben Arfa was labelled a prodigy. It was never a tag he felt comfortable with, and during four years at Lyon and then two at Marseille, he mixed wizardry with infantry, dazzling and frustrating in equal measures.
The hope is that the NextGen Series can brush off worries over money and simply being a spotlight for big clubs to poach talent, and focus on the excellent sides, stadiums and football already being produced, in a bid to improve the quality and quantity of exciting players making the grade.
Cast your eye to the fiercely independent Basque country, and capital club Athletic Bilbao are emerging as a genuine threat to Spain’s established power couple.
A five foot 10 inch forward with a Mohawk haircut as outlandish as his dazzling footwork, ‘Il Faraone’ (The Pharaoh) will start against Arsenal this evening, as Allegri lets the sparkling forward off the leash for an opportunity on the big stage.
Fulham have gambled remarkably well in the foreign market in recent years, bringing in the likes of Brede Hangeland, Moussa Dembélé, Bryan Ruiz and Clint Dempsey for good money.
As Stuart Pearce headed for bed on Monday evening, he had secured himself a little piece of history, by simply writing on two pieces of paper.
Both player and manager were quick to say Henry would be a sideshow, not the main attraction, but his sparkling personality and talent has driven an Arsenal side down on quality but high on spirit in recent weeks.
When it comes to the transfer market, few managers in the modern game have proved to be as indecisive as Arsène Wenger. The Frenchman’s nous to find and nurture a talented player has never been in doubt, but increasingly, his ability and willingness to go the extra mile to secure them, has.
It’s taken 12 months and two transfer windows, but Mike Ashley has finally fulfilled his promise of splashing the Andy Carroll cash, by delivering Newcastle United fans a new £9m number nine.
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