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Why can't Barcelona keep their Brazilians?
09:00 Wednesday 29th August 2018

Barcelona's long history includes more than 30 Brazilian players turning out for the club stretching back to the 1930's.  Fausto dos Santos and Jaguare were the first, arriving on a season-long loan deal from Vasco da…

Chinese Super League
Breaking Down the Great Wall of Chinese Football
10:00 Tuesday 17th July 2018

The Chinese Super League is the Orient’s answer to high-spending sports. Teams have invested heavily. It's past time for spectators to see a return. Until this season, Guangzhou Evergrande were the only team to bask in…

Have Barcelona jumped the gun with Paulinho exit?
17:00 Thursday 12th July 2018

A year ago, FC Barcelona fans went into uproar when a deal was confirmed to bring Brazil international, Paulinho, to the club from Chinese Super League side, Guangzhou Evergrande for a fee in the region of €40 million. It has now been…

3 midfielders Barcelona should look to sign
15:00 Thursday 12th July 2018

Just like that, Barcelona went from possessing Europe's best midfield to woefully lacking talent in that department. Andres Iniesta is in Japan, which was anticipated. Paulinho has returned to China, which was not. Lionel Messi must continue…

What next for Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde?
08:00 Thursday 17th May 2018

Barcelona's season came to an unhappy, premature end when they lost 5-4 to Levante on La Liga's penultimate weekend. Like a house of cards collapsing as you place the final one, the defeat killed off Barca's hopes for the first…

Philippe Coutinho must adapt tactically to succeed at Barcelona
11:00 Saturday 3rd February 2018

More than a club, reads Barcelona’s famous motto. The club has long been a beacon of hope for the Catalan community, who have been somewhat marginalised by the Castilian central government in Madrid. Every player who has worn…

Barcelona proving people wrong
17:00 Saturday 27th January 2018

Neymar's big-money summer move to Paris Saint Germain came as a real shock. The Qatari Investment Authority flexed its financial muscle in activating the Brazilian's €222 million release clause. Barcelona, of course, had no intention of…

The El Clasico game changers
13:30 Friday 22nd December 2017

Its time for another episode of El Clasico, time for the two legendary clubs from Spain and Catalonia to come head to head for the biggest game in club football. It is no hidden fact that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are eternal rivals and…

Paulinho exceeding expectations at Barcelona
17:00 Tuesday 24th October 2017

So many questions were raised before and after Barcelona completed the signing of Paulinho in the summer. However, the Brazilian seems to be answering his critics with assured performances for the Catalans so far.  Two years ago, many…

Barcelona must change its flawed transfer policy
15:00 Wednesday 18th October 2017

FC Barcelona might sit top of both La Liga and UEFA Champions League standings, but serious issues affecting the club remain. One being its signing policy. Several big-price players have failed to deliver and that, eventually, could cost major…

FIFA U17 World Cup: The wonderkids to look out for
14:30 Friday 6th October 2017

Once again, the ecstasy of the FIFA U17 World Cup is upon us. As usual, the brightest prospects will have that once in a lifetime opportunity to peddle their craft to the global audience.  Over time, the tournament has become something of a…

Barcelona strong as ever
09:00 Sunday 17th September 2017

Despite all the clamour about the board's incompetency spinning the club into a doomsday spiral, Ernesto Valverde is having a swell time managing Barcelona. Four games, three clean sheets, 12 points, 11 goals, only one conceded. The…

Ricardo Goulart: Brazil's Manchurian Candidate
09:30 Sunday 20th August 2017

When Neymar left Barcelona, Paulinho was given a second lease on life. Maybe we should be asking why Ricardo Goulart wasn't offered a first. As natural resources go, soy beans, iron ore, and crude oil are not very romantic. That said, you'd…

Paulinho moves to Barcelona? Yes, really
10:00 Wednesday 16th August 2017

Why did Barcelona pay so much for Paulinho, whom Spurs sent to China for a loss? Why did Guangzhou Evergrande sell? The deal defines the term silly season. Football's elite aren't even a handful of all the world's professional clubs. Nevertheless,…

Tevez, Oscar and the foreign imports behaving poorly in the Chinese Super League
10:00 Thursday 29th June 2017

The past couple of years has seen the Chinese Super League emerge the one-stop destination for established footballers who want to earn lots of money while avoiding the rigours of European football. However, life in China isn't a bed of roses…