England Well Short Of The Elite

On a warm night in Paris, an exhibition between France and England put a lot more on show than Gareth Southgate would have liked to see… and perhaps delivered his most stark reality check yet.  Despite playing almost an entire half without an eleventh man, France outperformed England exquisitely, delivering waves of attacks brimming with…

Real Reign Again – But Will Buffon Prevail?

A victory worthy of the label ‘supremacy’ was witnessed last night as Real Madrid retained the Champions League at the expense of Juventus, becoming the first team to do so since the re-formatted ‘Champions League’ in 1992.  In doing so, they underlined the strength and immeasurable talent across their squad and management team and dealt…

Is Spanish Dominance Finally Beyond Atleti?

  Atletico Madrid have always been a team for whom success is unbelievably sweet to savour. Not because they lack the abilities to be one of the worlds best, but because their city rivals Real have long kept them in the shadows.  Diego Simeone coaxed them into the limelight with a beautiful premise of hard…

Fellaini HAS To Go!

He was the first marquee signing of the David Moyes era at Old Trafford and a midfielder whose physicality and intelligence were the reasons he was bought in 2013 for £27 million. Marouane Fellaini is an unpopular figure by all accounts. During his early months at United, he was made a scapegoat – most notably…

Messi Majestic, Ramos Ruinous. And As For Ronaldo….

Barcelona have clawed their way back to the summit of La Liga with one of the most high quality El Clasico’s seen in a long while.  While Lionel Messi will claim an enormous portion of (deserved) plaudits for two excellent goals, part of the analysis will view Real Madrid as having shot themselves in the…

Have United Blown The Title Race Open? 

  A tactical masterclass from Jose Mourinho against former team Chelsea provided enormous positives that will be felt in Manchester and indeed the capital. Under fire before kick off for dropping the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic and starting scapegoat Marouane Fellaini, his selection was not only justified, it was tactically brilliant. Just the sort of move the…

Defiant Wenger Faces Final Showdown

Exiting the Champions League at the last-16 stage has effectively become part and parcel of the Arsenal season. The are, by now, firmly out of Premier League contention, with the FA Cup a source of solace rather than a reflection of the ambition at the North London side.  The early season acceleration has now fully…

Ranieri’s Sacking: A Reaction

Just nine months after guiding Leicester City to an unprecedented Premier League title, Claudio Ranieri finds himself being shut out of the club at which he will forever be a legend. In a cruel twist of fate, it is the climax to a season long curtailed by expectations of what would follow on from that…

What Next For Steven Gerrard?

Steven Gerrard’s decision to call time on his Los Angeles Galaxy career has cast further question on his ability to carry on as a footballer. Now, at the age of 36, he stands at a crossroads. His time in L.A can be considered reasonably successful. Although he expressed a disappointment at failing to win the MLS…

Football’s Gay Attitudes – Welcoming or Overzealous?

It may be 2016, but the Premier League is still eagerly awaiting the announcement of a current day professional of the men’s game that he is gay; an announcement many believe is simply a matter of ‘when’ as opposed to ‘if’.  Justin Fashanu was the league’s first openly gay player, and Thomas Hitzlsperger came out…

NFL: Colts on the up? Not so much

The Indianapolis Colts hugely topsy turvy encounter with the Chicago Bears was so tight, there was little to really separate the two right up until Adam Vinatieri landed a 46 yard field goal with 2.38 remaining on the clock. Last weeks loss to the previously 0-3 Jacksonville Jaguars exposed some brutal holes in the Colts…

NFL: Examining the front-runners 

2016 proved a fairytale when one of the greatest quarter-backs ever seen, the evergreen Peyton Manning, led the Broncos to a shock win over the regular season bulldozers, the Panthers, and subsequently retired into the sunset. After week 1, how ironic that the first game of the new season was a replica of the Super…