The visit of manager Ronald Koeman’s former club proved a straightforward challenge for Southampton, who were rarely threatened as they made a winning return to European competition after a 12-year absence. Graziano Pelle proved a thorn in Vitesse’s side throughout, and he made Southampton the third club for whom he has scored against the Arnhem […]

The Premier League side play their first European game in 12 years at St Mary’s Stadium on Thursday, as Koeman comes up against the club he managed between 2000 and 2001. A brief spell with Vitesse preceded time coaching established European names such as Ajax and Valencia. The Arnhem-based outfit regularly take players on loan […]

It might have been an underhand trick to undermine a rival, it might have been an attempt to hide his genuine concerns about the move or it might just have been honest analysis. Either way, Jose Mourinho refused to evade questions about former Chelsea attacker Kevin De Bruyne’s anticipated move to Manchester City in the […]

After opening his City account in his first appearance against Roma, Sterling went one better in Hanoi as he scored twice in 12 minutes against a national team ranked joint 143rd in the world. The former Liverpool forward was not the only City player to find the back of the net twice in the Vietnamese […]

Arsenal ensured they topped the table in the pre-season competition as Walcott – reportedly close to agreeing a new deal at the club – proved the match-winner at the Emirates Stadium. On his first Arsenal start, youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide marked an impressive display with an expert assist for Walcott’s opener shortly after the interval. Arsene […]

The Premier League side were beaten 1-0 by the Maltese side on the night thanks to Fabrizio Miccoli’s 15th-minute effort. James Tomkins was sent off for the London club just before half-time before Mauricio Mazzetti saw red in extra time for Birkirkara. However, Birkirkara defender Nikola Vukanac lost his composure in the shoot-out as he […]

Brendan Rodgers has added to his squad this summer but only he and the Liverpool brain trust know what the plan is. However you slice it, the answer does not quite seem right. Whoever you include, someone else misses out. No matter how well you think you have done and no matter how satisfactory it […]

The Premier League club needed a late James Tomkins goal to secure a 1-0 victory in the first leg at Upton Park last week. It proved to be a frustrating evening for the London club in front of an expectant crowd of 33,048 who were no doubt expecting a more resounding win in in Slaven […]

Austrian side Wolfsberger are ahead 1-0 from their first fixture at Shakhtyor, and know that they will face Borussia Dortmund in coach Thomas Tuchel’s first competitive game in charge by closing things out against their Belarusian opponents. Azerbaijani team Inter Baku hold a 2-1 advantage over FH of Iceland, with 2012 Europa League finalists Athletic […]

The smiles looked a bit sheepish, the trophy hoist half-heartedly as the ticker tape cascaded after Arsenal captured the Barclays Asia Trophy with a 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday. And rightly so. Despite the best intentions of the Premier League and the tournament’s hosts, this is not a prestigious award. Not a lot can […]