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Bosz’s Ajax prepare for final examination of remarkable talent stream

Peter Bosz was the tough defensive midfield destroyer that captained the Eredivisie title-winning Feyenoord side of 1993. His philosophy now as manager is markedly different to how he played. “I want to entertain the fans. I want to hear the oohs and aaahs rolling from the Arena stands” is Bosz’s leading mantra. On Wednesday he … Continue reading

Annual Youth Cup showpiece an act of frivolity for Premier League’s rich-boys

After the spending spree last summer that brought Michy Batshuayi. N’Golo Kante, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso to Stamford Bridge for a total of £112 million, there was more than a hint of irony in Antonio Conte’s taunts to Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola on how vast sums of money do not guarantee success. “Try … Continue reading

Déjà vu for Barcelona but well-drilled Juventus should ensure Groundhog Day is avoided

We’ve been here before. Or of course this writer has. Laying thick with the plaudits over a team that has swatted away Barcelona in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie, only to have any excitement devastatingly crushed in the second. Paris St Germain spectacularly fell in the Nou Camp after racking up … Continue reading

Everton’s growing ambitions must take them higher than Wayne Rooney

Everton cross Stanley Park for this weekend’s Merseyside derby with participation in the qualifying rounds of next season’s Europa League virtually secured, with a seventh-place finish near-safe and the winners of the two cup competitions coming from the current top 6. It will mean the Toffees’ competitive campaign beginning in mid-July but the chance to … Continue reading

Wales travel to Dublin in good shape to get World Cup qualification back on track

After witnessing the nation’s rugby union team wreck England’s hopes of making history and their chances of winning consecutive Six Nations grand slams for the first time in over half a century, the Aviva Stadium welcomes back football on Friday night when Ireland host Wales in their World Cup qualifier. It will not be as … Continue reading

Why FSG are right for Liverpool and why Liverpool are right for FSG

Liverpool have found themselves headlining the back pages quite often this season, but the reasons have been from both ends of the footballing spectrum. When results were going well, the coverage was heaping praise on the incredible pressing displays from Klopp’s men. The fact they could dispose of title challengers with relative ease was encouraging … Continue reading

Dortmund qualify with enough vigour to issue a bright yellow warning

Borussia Dortmund had to beat Sporting Lisbon on match-day 4 of the group stage to be certain of their place in the last-16 of the Champions League and the task appeared rather straight-forward after the German side won 1-2 in Lisbon two weeks earlier. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in that win but would make life difficult … Continue reading

Orient’s malaise a symptom of the disregard at the top of the game

In a game that slipped well below the radar on Saturday, a meeting between clubs sitting 91st and 92nd in the Football League pyramid, Leyton Orient ran out 0-4 winners over Newport in south Wales. Orient are still 2 points adrift of safety at the bottom of League Two and a run of 8 defeats … Continue reading

Leicester’s shameful sacking of Ranieri confirms modern football is more business than sport

Business (noun): An organization or economic system where goods and services are exchanged for one another or for money, where its output can be sold on a consistent basis in order to make a profit. Sport (noun): An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others … Continue reading

Huddersfield move closer to the top-flight as extraordinary tale rumbles on

Few outside of Germany and USA had heard of David Wagner when Liverpool, after hiring Jurgen Klopp to a huge media frenzy in October 2015, approached him with an offer to join Klopp’s backroom staff at Anfield. Wagner had spent four years working alongside Klopp as the manager of Borussia Dortmund’s second team, developing a … Continue reading