In total, 102 clubs will get their qualification up and running on Thursday before 15 more join the draw for the second qualifying round, and former Italy midfielder Damiano Tommasi is set to lace up his boots again for the occasion. Tommasi’s return is likely to buoy a La Fiorita side yet to score in […]

The rumors continue to swirl, bluster, and blow through the streets of Hornsey Road. Petr Cech is reportedly in for his medical this weekend, and perhaps even more exciting, is news that Alexis Sanchez has persuaded his Ferrari smashing compatriot to join him in England for a run at the title. Titles, might be more […]

The UEFA Champions League is Europe’s premier competition, where the biggest clubs in the world compete for the prestigious trophy and a place in footballing history. It is a celebration of the greatest squads and players, and only the elite get the chance to compete and shine on its grand stage. The most recent winners […]

Despite protestations to the contrary, last weekend’s events have very clearly illustrated that the seemingly calm relationship between Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi and his employers at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was just the prelude to a storm. Things bubbled over on Friday when the NFF found Keshi’s name on a shortlist published by the […]

Brian McBride understands Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to rest Julian Green for the 2015 Gold Cup, but Julie Foudy and Kate Markgraf question the decision after Green only played in 11 matches this season. United States international Julian Green reiterated that the German fourth-division was not where he belonged, while adding he’s confident he’ll prove himself […]

Liverpool have signed four players already this summer and been linked with dozens more, but none of the new arrivals — nor any of those other reported targets — occupy a position that many supporters would argue should have been a priority for some time; defensive midfield. It’s a curious situation, particularly as the two […]

Eden Hazard has all the attributes required to win the Ballon d’Or, his Chelsea and Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois believes. Hazard was the star turn in a Chelsea side that achieved a Premier League and League Cup double last season, scoring 19 goals in all competitions. The diminutive forward was rewarded for his individual performances […]

Lionel Messi is, undoubtedly, the best footballer in the history of football. The way in which he has influenced the most successful European club in the last decade is little short of magical, as is his relentless desire to excel both on and off the pitch on a daily basis. The Argentinean wizard is the […]

When Carlo Ancelotti was presented as Real Madrid manager in the summer of 2013, the Spanish media nicknamed him “the fixer”. A man to come in and pour cold water over the fires started by his predecessor Jose Mourinho. Those fires have long since burned out but there is still some fixing to do in […]

In fact, you may go so far as the question the value of international competition in the 21st century. How much do we care about an international program featuring the most boring game in the history of the game followed by a close-run thing with Slovenia? As unpatriotic as it may sound, my answer is: […]