I perhaps put too much focus in these columns on some of the negative aspects of modern football – the cheating, the hooligans, the money and the entitlement that it creates. Like everything else in the past, it’s easier to look back with rose-tinted glasses at a simpler time when professional footballers lived up the […]

Of course, the headlines were all Harry Kane’s, and this was not the night when Wayne Rooney entered England’s legend as his country’s record goalscorer. He is on 47, two short of Sir Bobby Charlton. Five wins from five, Roy Hodgson’s England are ruthlessly ticking over in Euro qualifying. Kane, victim to Hodgson conservatism when […]

Neymar scored his 43rd international goal and midfielder Willian set up two as Brazil beat France 3-1 on Thursday in another step in rebuilding their credibility. It was France’s first defeat since last year’s World Cup, where they lost to Germany in the quarterfinals. Brazil remain unbeaten since hosting that tournament, where they lost 7-1 […]

The figures for the 2013-14 season show clubs made a profit of 190million, dwarfing the previous record of 49m set in 1997-98 and in stark contrast to the 2.6billion of pre-tax losses accumulated over the past decade. In terms of operating profit, which excludes player trading, net interest charges and the amortisation of player contracts, […]

Redknapp was sacked in February, with the club 19th in the top flight and the club remain mired in trouble under caretaker Chris Ramsey, four points off safety. Speaking earlier this week, Barton seemingly blamed Redknapp and the club’s poor recruitment policy during the close-season for QPR’s plight. “The fact we are in with a […]

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the agonies he goes through when his side suffer a setback and has claimed he “does not go out for days” following a big defeat. In a fascinating interview with the Arsenal magazine, Wenger gave an insight into his mindset after a poor result, as he admitted his despair […]

A 5-2 defeat at Dynamo Kiev on Thursday saw Everton crash out 6-4 on aggregate at the last-16 stage, ensuring there will be no English representation in the Champions League or Europa League last eight. However, Seamus Coleman’s excellent driven effort put the visitors back on the winning trail and ahead by half-time on Sunday. […]

Everton came from behind to win last week’s first leg 2-1, but their advantage mattered little as Dynamo tore them apart in Kiev to reach the last eight of Europe’s second-tier competition for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign. Andriy Yarmolenko set the tone for the hosts, opening the scoring with a 25-yard screamer, […]

The mercurial talisman of the Camp Nou led the reigning English champions a merry dance during the first half, teasing his opponents with a series of nutmegs before creating the opening goal for Ivan Rakitic that ultimately sealed a 3-1 aggregate triumph. City – who relied heavily on goalkeeper Joe Hart to keep them in […]

Recent poor form has dragged reigning Premier League champions Manchester City into a fight for the top four. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have won just three out of nine league matches in 2015 and Saturday’s loss to relegation-threatened Burnley leaves them within four points of exiting the top four. Despite looking clear favourties to finish second, […]