The Ashes: A Story So Far…

England are in trouble. To put it simply and bluntly.  At the close of play on the third day of the second Test, England are down 1-0 in the series, and 268 runs behind Australia with the hosts set to resume batting on day four.  Thus far, England’s batting has been discordant, and the bowling…

Neville and Giggs Aren’t Ready Yet

With the departure of Ronald Koeman, Everton are staring down the barrel of one of their worst starts to a Premier League season – and sitting in the relegation zone a mere nine games into it.  Their current demise has been built on the foundations of a poor transfer market, a failure to adequately replace…

Are Southgate’s Troops Ready For War?      

After a leisurely stroll through the qualifying process, England emerged into qualification with something of a limp. 1-0 victories over Slovenia and Lithuania ground out the final points of yet another unbeaten qualifying campaign – their fourth in a row.  The final two games are testament as to how difficult manager Gareth Southgate could find…

Bayern In Trouble Or ‘Trouble’?

It is very unlike Bayern Munich to begin their season at anything other than 100 miles per hour. True to form, they have retained the German Super Cup and are on course to emerge from the group stages of the Champions League.  Which then begs the questions as to why they have elected to jettison…

Koeman Out Of The Woods – Now To Press For Europe.

Ronald Koeman must have been red in the face when he discovered Everton were to face Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in 4 of his first 5 games. It is perhaps understandable that his side were subjected to ruthless attacks and forced into defensive mode during these games.  Having negotiated these games which…

Neymar to PSG – a £198m statement 

It’s a stunning move, frankly. One that we scoffed at the idea of when talk first sprouted. But now it would appear that Neymar will head to Paris St-Germain in a £198m move.  Likeminded ambition Neymar, for all his team success at Barcelona, is stratospherically ambitious. He made a point of taking Santos to new…

Crossfit Games 2017: A Pre-Weekend Buildup

The Crossfit Games takes its act to Madison, Wisconsin for the first time, after nine years being based in Carson City, California. With it, Mathew Fraser and Katrin Davidsdottir look to defend their title of Fittest On Earth.  The Men’s Competition Mat Fraser dominated the events last year, finishing ahead of second placed Ben Smith…

Will Morata Be Made In Chelsea? 

To be presented with the news that Alvaro Morata was switching Spanish land for Stamford Bridge must have had Chelsea fans drooling.  The 24-year-old hitman has sealed a deal which sees him replace the dispensed-with services of Diego Costa. A fine warrior striker with cult status seems less than endearing to Antonio Conte, who has…

The Lionesses Ready To Roar At The Euro’s

They took the hearts of the people in 2015 when desire, skill and fortitude saw England’s Lionesses push their way to a 3rd placed finish at the World Cup in Canada.  Though valiantly edged out by Japan in the final-four, they nonetheless gave the world a reminder that England’s footballers CAN perform on the big…

Where Does Federer Go From Here?

At the age of 35, Roger Federer surpassed Pete Sampras, as well as so much expectation, to take an eighth Wimbledon crown. A straight sets win over 7th seed Marin Cilic being the story behind it.  Now, will he take this chance to exit the court as an emblem of history, or will he carry…

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…