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Spain
How short is Ernesto Valverde's leash going into his third Barcelona campaign?
08:01 Tuesday 9th July 2019

Managerial changes dominate football news when they occur. It's their sudden nature. Clubs rarely entertain second thoughts before sacking a manager when the results aren't panning out as expected. Zinedine Zidane is an exception.…

Transfers
Why a move to Bayern Munich could be ideal for Ousmane Dembele
08:01 Friday 5th July 2019

Reluctance. That's what FC Barcelona tried to show when Paris Saint-Germain came knocking for Neymar's signature in the summer of 2017. Despite the resistance, there was nothing the Catalans could do but postpone the…

Transfers
Is Benfica’s Joao Felix worth an enormous £113 million?
15:01 Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Having produced a stellar debut season at Benfica, it’s no surprise Joao Felix is hot property this summer. While several Premier League giants are reputedly chasing the 19-year-old, it’s La Liga’s Atletico Madrid in pole…

Afcon
Top 10 young players AFCON lost to UEFA
15:00 Sunday 23rd June 2019

Over the decades, Africa has prospered in football. Every generation produces stars, from George Weah to Roger Milla on down to Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure. Those stars make it big in Europe but their countries remain…

International
Can Coutinho shine at Copa America?
08:00 Tuesday 18th June 2019

Barcelona had one of the biggest capitulations in recent Champions League history when losing 4-0 away at Liverpool. It was a game which needed Blaugrana's most high-profile players to step up. Lionel Messi usually shows…

Transfers
5 young punks: Should they stay or should they go?
15:00 Friday 31st May 2019

Most music critics will tell you the Sex Pistols and the Clash are punk’s two fundamental icons. Sid Vicious and co were entirely anarchistic and thus couldn’t hold it together on a musical, professional or personal level. Joe Strummer…

Spain
What should Barcelona do with Philippe Coutinho?
09:00 Friday 29th March 2019

When Philippe Coutinho arrived at the Camp Nou for a reported fee around £145m, every Barcelona fan was in paradise. The Brazilian midfielder had delighted the Premier League with his extraordinary skill set for five consecutive…

Features
Ousmane Dembele and Vinicius Junior: the next Messi and Ronaldo?
08:00 Thursday 7th March 2019

 The rate at which young talents make names for themselves in Europe eclipses recent eras. Elite clubs continue to invest heavily in young prospects. Barcelona's reputation for doing so reaches back more than a decade to Lionel Messi,…

Spain
Why Ousmane Dembele's career is at risk
15:00 Sunday 10th February 2019

Barcelona was destined to struggle after Neymar's departure. The Brazilian's exit broke supporters' hearts. Like many lovers seeking to ease the pain, Barca quickly signed a replacement on the rebound. Looking for a star who could…

Champions League
Are Barcelona, PSG destabilising transfer market with tug-of-war?
12:00 Wednesday 30th January 2019

Football rivalries often derive from unforeseen circumstances. Take Barcelona’s cold war with Paris Saint-Germain. They weren't rivals until their sensational Champions League tie two seasons ago. La Remontada humiliated PSG's…

Features
Why your Champions League money should be on Barcelona
12:00 Sunday 27th January 2019

Truly, it is a beautiful experience to win a trophy. Every time. Trophies represent the reward for hard work and commitment over a long period but when we talk about winning the Champions League, the experience is clearly incomparable. In fact,…

Spain
What's behind Ousmane Dembele's turn in fortune at Barcelona?
09:00 Sunday 27th January 2019

Ousmane Dembele’s Barcelona exit seemed almost inevitable two months ago. The Catalan club seemingly gave up on their second-record buy. Fast forward to January, the Frenchman was suddenly Ernesto Valverde’s second-most-important…

Spain
How patient can Barcelona be with their £103.5 million investment?
12:00 Monday 19th November 2018

Ousmane Dembele suffers following his big-money switch to Barcelona. The £103.5 million transfer fee, the world's third-most expensive signing, was either going to hinder his progress or afford him a larger platform from which…

Spain
What decline? Luiz Suarez's recent surge proves there is plenty left in the tank
09:00 Monday 12th November 2018

Luis Suarez had been written off by many before the season started. After being accused of declining because of his age, Barcelona fans wanted a replacement. Inter Milan’s high-flying Mauro Icardi was atop the list to follow in the misfiring…

Premier League
Arsenal vs Liverpool: A test to reveal the Gunners' title prospects
12:00 Saturday 3rd November 2018

Causing much shock and even some panic, the 2018/19 season welcomed a managerial change at Arsenal. After 22 years in charge, Arsene Wenger left his successor with the difficult task of rejuvenating the club.   Unai Emery realises…