Dirt Kuyt Enjoying Late-Career Renaissance at Feyenoord

You don’t have to be a native Dutch speaker to have enjoyed the video featuring Dirk Kuyt and his children that was circulated across the internet in the summer. In the 90 second-long clip, the former Liverpool forward reveals that he is returning to Feyenoord, the club he represented for three years between 2003 and[…]

Napoli Prove Title Credentials Against Fellow Contenders Inter

In the eight days between Inter’s 4-0 victory over Frosinone last weekend and Monday night’s trip to Napoli, Roberto Mancini would have devoted much of his time to coming up with a strategy to stop Mauricio Sarri’s in-form outfit from scoring. After 65 seconds at the Stadio San Paolo, those plans lay in ruins. It[…]

16-year-old Donnarumma Shows he Could Have a Big Future Ahead of Him

“An embrace from the best goalkeeper in the world,” Milan custodian Gianluigi Donnarumma wrote on Facebook after he swapped shirts with opposite number Gianluigi Buffon at the end of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in Serie A on Saturday evening. “What an emotion.” It must have been a rather surreal moment for both men.[…]

Stoke Return to Defensive Solidity Despite Attacking Additions

With Barcelona dominating the club game and Spain bossing the international scene, the period between around 2008 and 2012 saw many teams across Europe attempt to replicate the pair’s proactive, possession-based style of play. Stoke City under Tony Pulis were always an exception to that trend. Their football was invariably based on keeping things tight[…]

Will a Lack of Midfield Creativity Cost Inter in Serie A Title Race?

“1-0 to the Arsenal”, went the famous ditty that was regularly heard at Highbury in the mid-1990s after the Gunners had secured another narrow victory during George Graham’s tenure. It is a memorable chant, and one that fans of Internazionale may consider translating and adopting soon. Roberto Mancini’s charges sit second in the Serie A[…]

Why Juventus Can Still Win the Serie A Title This Season

Juventus are not used to losing matches in Serie A. The Bianconeri, Italy’s most successful and well-supported club, have won the last four league titles on the peninsula and were widely backed to secure a fifth consecutive championship this term. Things did not begin well for Max Allegri’s side, however. A shock opening-day loss at[…]

Are Borussia Dortmund Europe’s Most Entertaining Team?

It is testament to how good a season Borussia Dortmund are having that they sit just five points behind Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table, despite the Bavarians having won 11 of their opening 12 matches. Bayern have been devastatingly brilliant so far, but there is a strong argument to be made[…]

Lukaku Continues to Improve – And Still Has Time on His Side

It is easy to forget that Romelu Lukaku is just 22 years of age. The current campaign is the centre-forward’s fifth in English football, and before that he also spent two full seasons playing for Anderlecht in the Belgian Pro League. The striker has already made 197 league appearances in his career and a further[…]

Atletico Madrid Add Individual Flair to Solid Foundations

Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title triumph in 2013/14 was one of the greatest achievements in modern football history. Diego Simeone’s outfit, the third team in Spain, came out on top in what was widely considered to be a two-horse race between Barcelona and Real Madrid. While there are plenty of examples of upsets of a[…]