A Champions League Trophy, the Final Repair to Gianluigi Buffon’s Kintsugi Career
Though no career is perfect, Buffon's comes close. One trophy has eluded him, however, leaving timeworn cracks in his time at Juventus.
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The Contrasts of The Europa League Final Show Something Has Gone Badly Wrong With English Football
When Manchester United meet Ajax on Wednesday evening, it will be more than a showcase Europa League final. It will be a clash of philosophies, and one which reflects badly on the Premier League.
Remembering Sgorio, The Cult Football Show That Brought Europe's Finest to Nineties Wales
In the mid nineties, before football coverage had reached saturation point, Sgorio brought Welsh viewers an embarrassment of European football riches.
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Ruud Van Nistelrooy Recalls His Favourite Champions League Game
We asked former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy to pick a favourite Champions League encounter from his illustrious career.
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Is Cheating Acceptable in Football if it Makes for Great Entertainment?
Barcelona's triumph over Paris Saint-Germain was an incredible sporting achievement, if you ignore the comical dive by Luis Suarez to win a vital penalty. But when the outcome is so enthralling, should we simply turn a blind eye to cheating?
Zdenek Zeman: Bohemian Rhapsody in Serie A
Zdenek Zeman remains one of Italian football's most iconic coaches, renowned for his commitment to attacking tactics and a life-long rebellious streak. He is currently attempting mission impossible: to save Pescara from relegation to Serie B.
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The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: European Football's Strange and Forgotten Grandfather
The forerunner of the Europa League, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was a three-year slog that teams could only enter if their home city hosted an international trade fair. Nevertheless, it played a key role in developing European club football.
The Tragicomic Tale of Arsenal’s Six Consecutive Round of 16 Exits in The Champions League
If Arsenal go out to Bayern in their coming Round of 16 double header, it will be their seventh consecutive fall at the same hurdle. Here, we look back at their previous failures and ask: what the fuck is going on?
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How Big a Threat is China to European Football and The Premier League?
While there has been a parochial tendency to write off ambitious foreign football competitions in recent times, the Chinese Super League is different. Here’s why China poses a serious threat to European dominance.
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Life In The Brexit Balance: A Footballer's Perspective On Leaving The EU
Having carved out a career in football overseas, Laurie Bell has experienced first hand how difficult it can be to live life chasing the next work permit. Here, he tells us what Brexit might mean for him.
Bonfire of The Vanities: Manchester United's 1994 Humbling at The Hands of Barcelona
In November 1994, Manchester United were thumped 4-0 by a team that I had neither heard of nor seen play. Their name was FC Barcelona, and they were truly magnificent.
Remembering The Greatest Champions League Nights At Wembley
When Tottenham kick off against Monaco at Wembley, it will be the first time the stadium has hosted the Champions League in three years. There have been some great European nights at Wembley, and some disasters, too.