Top Ten Big Money Failures

Whenever a superstar footballer is involved in a transfer, the deal is usually a costly one. As football has developed, the market has too, meaning the more money in the game, the higher the value of a player. Every summer, it seems to keep increasing, and ‘value’ is relative. Perspective is the most important factor[…]

Why Roberto Soldado Deserves Praise for his Start to Life at Villarreal, Despite a Lack of Goals

For a man who scored 16 goals in 76 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur, Roberto Soldado’s late-career revival never seemed as it would happen by a mere switching of settings – even if it did include a return to his home region of Valencia. At 30 years of age, the best version of Soldado is likely[…]

Juan Mata and the Importance of the Number Ten

This Saturday’s issue of the ‘i’ newspaper had a feature entitled ‘Mata shines in the Van Gaal revolution’ in recognition of the integral part that the Spaniard plays in Manchester. Two years ago Mata became Manchester United’s club record transfer when he flew into Carrington in a helicopter with a £37 million pound tag around[…]


As the Champions League anthem rang out across a packed Mestalla, just prior to Valencia’s crucial first leg UCL qualifier against Monaco, Mat Ryan, Valencia’s goalkeeper, had a look of steely determination emblazoned across his face. The Australian looked like a man deep in thought about what was to come, a man contemplating the magnitude[…]

Three to watch – La Liga

  Paco Alcacer, Valencia Spanish football has become famous for its almost ceaseless production line of diminutive, technical midfielders, but in Alcacer, they have managed to unearth one of the most promising young strikers on the continent. The 21-year-old made his senior Valencia debut in 2010 having progressed through Los Che’s youth ranks. A loan[…]