When a player shines in the Bundesliga, it is only a matter of time before he is linked with a move to one of two destinations: Munich or England.
For those poor souls whose primary source of post-Christmas entertainment is the machinations of the Bundesliga, January was set to be bleak.
Panathinaikos have the chance to qualify for the Europa League knockout stage if they can overcome Tottenham at White Hart Lane tonight.
Gareth Bale is known for tormenting defenders with his tricks and skills on the football pitch – and the Tottenham winger has now shown his ball skills extend to the golf course.
Dubbed as Andre Villas-Boas’ revenge mission, Chelsea forgot the script on Saturday as they visited White Hart Lane to face a Tottenham side unbeaten in seven games.
Following Olympiakos’ match with Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, it is the turn of Panathinaikos to take on north London opposition.
Greece’s top two sides face English opposition this week in what could prove to be a pivotal few days for Hellenic football.
While Porto’s powerhouse Joao Moutinho was Andre Villas-Boas primary target during the summer, the Brazilian’s ability to spread the play while also possessing the capability to beat several players could have made him a more viable option.
When it was assumed Redknapp would be given first refusal on the England job, there was a consensus that this summer’s European Championships would represent a tournament without pressure. Roy Hodgson will not be afforded that luxury.
Is it possible that football might actually benefit from delaying this inevitable development for as long as possible?
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