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Portugal beat Holland 1-0 to win the inaugural Nations League title

Portugal recently became the first European country to host as well as win a major competition since France won the World Cup in 1998. The host country claimed their second major trophy in the last three years as they...

My Side: how Howard Kendall’s Everton broke Liverpool’s stranglehold on the domestic game in...

Senior writer Paul Mc Parlan, who watched Everton all season, discusses how Howard Kendall’s Toffees progressed from being surprise FA Cup winners in 1984 to dominating the First Division, winning the Cup Winners’ Cup and narrowly missing out on...

Remembering ten players who lasted a matter of weeks at their new clubs

Summer’s here and the transfer rumour merry-go-round is well and truly underway. We all know about the world’s most expensive players, the best bargain deals and the worst moves ever – but what about swaps that were so short-lived...

How Maurizio Sarri forged his philosophy during three entertaining Empoli years

Empoli avoided relegation from Serie B in rather fortuitous circumstances during the 2011/12 season. The Tuscan outfit found themselves in the pressurising palaver of the relegation playoff after finishing 18th. Dropping down to the third tier of Italian football...

“Incremental change is not enough”: women’s football and the battle against the authorities

She can deftly flick the ball like Lionel Messi; she can astutely dribble past defenders like Messi; she even wears the number 10 jersey for Argentina, like Messi. But whatever you do, don’t call her Lionel Messi. “I really...

A stagnating Barcelona and similarities to the crossroads that Real Madrid faced in 1990

For a team that comfortably won the LaLiga title once again this season – an eighth success in their last 11 attempts – Barcelona have ended the 2018/19 campaign under a dark cloud. If their experiences in the Champions League...

Rachel Daly talks England challenges and developing in the US ahead of the Women’s...

Rachel Daly is heading to St. George’s Park to join up with Phil Neville’s England ahead of what is to be her first senior tournament with the Lionesses. It’s been a long journey for Daly, still only 27, one...

Grafite and Edin Džeko: the unlikely duo that became one of the Bundesliga’s greatest...

Bayern Munich clinched the 2018/19 Bundesliga title by a mere two-point margin, resisting the threat of Lucien Favre’s exuberant Borussia Dortmund side to retain their crown as the kings of German football. The Bavarian club’s monopoly over the top...

How unionism in football elevated the game but paved the way for today’s crippling...

A steady rhythm of coughs, yelled instructions and the metallic clink of picks hitting rock rang throughout pits all over the United Kingdom as miners worked daily in dangerous conditions to unearth the valuable black gold that powered an...

Diego Godín and José María Giménez: why the apprentice is ready to fill his...

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” That verse from the Book of Proverbs probably wasn’t written with Diego Godín and José María Giménez in mind. In fact, it almost certainly wasn’t. Maybe … I’m 90 percent...

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Klopp hails departing Sturridge as ‘modern-day Liverpool great’

England forward Daniel Sturridge will leave Anfield a “modern-day Liverpool great”, according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool confirmed on Tuesday afternoon both Sturridge and...

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