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16 March 2011
Burly Russian chaps administering a kicking, guns and blackmail; it all sounds very 007 and definitely not goings-on you’d expect at a football club, but things look like they could get very ugly for Dan Petrescu and chums at Kuban Krasnodar in the not-too-distant future.
SHARES
16 March 2011
There’s a whiff of something stinky in the air in Madrid - and this time it’s not the illegally high levels of air pollution in the atmosphere. Well, it is but there is something more. It’s the dank whiff caused of millions of fluttery tummies, with Real Madrid just hours away from kicking-off against Lyon in the last-16 Champions League - the exact stage at which the club has suffered from ‘performance issues’ over the last six seasons.
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16 March 2011
Three weeks ago Julio Cesar walked home from the San Siro after his fumble in the Champions League Last-16 first leg against Bayern Munich enabled Mario Gomez to score the only goal of the game in the dying moments.
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16 March 2011
As far as comebacks go, last weekend’s A-League Grand Final was Manchester United vs Bayern in '99, Travolta in Pulp Fiction and Lazarus popping his head out of a cave after a ‘lie down’ all rolled into one.
SHARES
15 March 2011
Not for a month have we had reason to talk about goalkeepers. There’s been the a mistake here and there, the odd flap, the occasional shove or misreading of a situation, but not since Javier García’s misfortune in goal for Boca on day one of the 2011 Clausura has the debate focused on the number ones. When you have Riquelme and Messi, what else do you need to talk about, right?
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15 March 2011
La Liga Loca will begin today’s ramblings with five words likely to have those legal eagles at FourFourTwo HQ spitting their afternoon coffee and crumpets rather spectacularly over their computer screens: Real Madrid. Barcelona. Valencia. Doping.
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15 March 2011
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No not Christmas. It’s DERBY WEEK!
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15 March 2011
Like Martin Luther King, Tsakhia Elbegdori has a dream. The Mongolian president's dream is both more prosaic than King's and as outlandish. He would like his country - the 19th largest in the world but only, FIFA reckons, the 183rd best football nation - to host the 2050 World Cup: "You have to have dreams and maybe I will even have the chance to see my great-great-grandchildren play in a World Cup in Mongolia."
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14 March 2011
Barca, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. I’ve found myself in Groundhog Day territory watching the same teams in the last week.
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14 March 2011
It may have been back in January that Ruud Gullit was appointed Terek Grozny manager, but even before the kick off of their 1-0 defeat to Zenit St Petersburg yesterday, Never Mind the Bolsheviks was still pinching itself to make sure this hadn’t all been some kind of very weird dream and that it really was Mr Sexy Football in the home dugout at the Sultan Bilimkhanov Stadium.

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