Jonathan Wilson


The Nativity: Where Diego Maradona Comes From

In this excerpt from Jonathan Wilson's "Angels With Dirty Faces," Diego Maradona becomes a national phenomenon.
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the dreaded drop

Dicing With the Drop: Assessing This Season's Premier League Relegation Battle

There are arguably nine sides that look as though they are at significant risk of relegation this term. With the new season almost upon us, Jonathan Wilson assesses their chances.
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france vs. portugal

A Magnificent Glimpse of Glory: Previewing The Euro 2016 Final

France might be firm favourites for the final, but Portugal will be their usual dogged selves. The spotlight will fall on individuals, but the collective will ultimately triumph.
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Euro 2016

Tactical Tribulations in the Semi-Final: Previewing France vs. Germany

While Germany have significant tinkering to do ahead of the semis, France look to have found their momentum. The French have a woeful record against Die Mannschaft, however.
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Outsiders and Underachievers: Previewing Wales vs. Portugal

While Wales have been archetypal underdogs at Euro 2016, Portugal still seem like perennial underachievers. Whichever team can shake off their label and play with freedom will succeed.
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The Heroes Meet the Hosts: Previewing Iceland vs. France

They've had the least possession, the lowest pass success rate, and no one has allowed the opposition more shots per game. Still, Iceland battle on. Next, they face strongly-fancied hosts France in the quarter-finals.
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The Collective or the Individual? Previewing Wales vs. Belgium

Belgium have the better players but Wales look to have the more coherent structure. Marc Wilmots' side are clear favourites, but Euro 2016 has been a tournament in which the team has tended to overcome the individual.
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Lionel Messi

Only the Hand of God Can Separate Messi and Maradona

Lionel Messi has stepped away from the international stage without equalling Diego Maradona's achievements. Yet the oddity is that, in many ways, the younger man's achievements far outstrip those of his predecessor.
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beware those pesky italians

Meticulous Machinations and Spanish Unease: Previewing Italy vs. Spain

Though Spain boast an excellent record against Italy in recent years, they still feel a profound unease when it comes to facing the canny Azzuri. Here, Jonathan Wilson previews their Round of 16 clash.
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no more years of hurt?

Curative Football or Collective Trauma? Previewing England vs. Iceland

In our first preview of the Round of 16, Jonathan Wilson anticipates England's gameplan against Iceland, and asks whether Roy Hodgson's men can finally fulfil their abundant potential.
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