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What’s the deal?

Players are choosing to run down their contracts frequently rather than sign extensions. There are a variety of reasons as to why that has been the case over the past few years. There can be the obvious examples but it needs a more nuanced look than what is often talked about.

No hiding from failure

PSG have won the Ligue 1 title once again but it is no reason to celebrate in a season mired in off-field issues and one staggering meltdown. The Parisians have to sort their mess out quickly in what has been a disappointing season before they go in search of European glory once again.

Betis’ best

The last time Real Betis were in the Champions League was 17 years ago....

Guiding Red Star

This was supposed to be the year Ligue 1 finally got the respect it...

Legacy of Roman

It is official. Roman Abramovich, longtime owner of Chelsea Football Club, will sell the...

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Dutch Daredevils are UCL hopefuls!

Ajax has been an ever present force in the Champions League. They have won four UCL titles which is no mean feat. They are a globally renowned and recognizable club throughout the world. https://twitter.com/Nicopoleides/status/1067479629345300480 The days...

A fairytale in Belgium

When someone talks about the Belgian first division- the Jupiler Pro league, the clubs that are often mentioned in that conversation are the ‘Big 3’ - Anderlecht, Club Brugge and Standard Liege. Ardent football...

Family life is key

Football and mental health have a complicated yet very important connection. Players are expected to ignore the personal side of things and just work to help their teams win all the time. The old...

Player power rules the day

Football is the world’s greatest sport. I think almost all of its lovers are in agreement that football has made them feel things that can be described as heavenly. On the occasions that it...

Super Cup but for whom?

While most of the European leagues are getting back to normalcy at the start of the new year, there is some big intercontinental news coming out of Spain. The latest edition of the Supercopa...

No rest but football

2021 has been a silly old year for English football. Capacity crowds were allowed since the start of the season and things looked to be on their way up. However, things have taken a...

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Tackle, Intercept, Block, Repeat

There are perhaps few better combinations than Serie A and defenders. The Italian league has always been the gold standard in the...

Derby is David’s

Nine months, three failed takeover bids, going into administration, a 21-point deduction and a relegation to League 1, Wayne Rooney left. After...

Remeber the name – Roony

"If you're good enough, you're old enough" - The famous line once said by none other than the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson...

Ctrl-Alt-De Ligt

"It's impossible to keep players when they want to leave the club-but all three parties in the negotiations have to be satisfied"....