Top German sides take their domestic cup competition seriously and with the Champions League out of the way for the time being, I expect classy Dortmund to field a strong side in their match against Hannover.
The Corsicans find themselves stagnating in 14th place in the league, and a recent run of inconsistent results and dressing room unrest led club chairman Alain Orsoni to wield the axe.
Post-game, Wilshere suggested that there were signs of the old Arsenal and, although that may be a little premature, you can understand his statement.
In football terms, Boxing Day is a collective sigh of relief after the familial confinement of the festive season.
It’s not known if Jimmy Cagney, responsible for the words above, had a favourite Brazilian football team, but if he did, the smart money might go on it having been Corinthians.
Arsenal’s last performance against Reading sums up their season.
For a club the size of Sheffield Wednesday, Championship football is the very minimum. For Barnsley, who have one of the poorest average attendances in the Championship, League One football would diminish the crowds even further. Therefore the predicament they both find themselves in, is getting serious.
The leap to Europe is still a bracing one for many footballers to make. To make that leap as safely as possible, there’s nothing like the welcoming cushion of a well-negotiated contract.
If only there were a way to puncture footballers’ pomposity by hijacking their names for a frivolous festive game. Well, there is.
When Steve Bruce was sacked by Sunderland just over a year ago, it was natural to wonder whether his managerial career would ever be the same again
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