European football

Champions League

Gianluigi Buffon’s Remarkable Career Lacks a Champions League Trophy

Though no career is perfect, Buffon's comes close. One trophy has eluded him, however, leaving timeworn cracks in his time at Juventus.
Will Sharp
luis suarez clutching his throat in faux agony

Is Cheating Acceptable in Soccer 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?
Jim Weeks
serie a

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.
Lorenzo Malaterra
football and trade fairs: together at last

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.
Jim Weeks
Champions League

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?
Will Magee
china as a football superpower

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.
Will Magee
brexit britain's effect on football

Life In The Brexit Balance: A Soccer Player'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.
Laurie Bell
Champions League

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.
Will Magee
how many fellainis make a pogba?

Rethinking The Transfer Window: Why Players Should Be Traded Not Transferred

With the transfer window more showboating than substance these days, perhaps it's time to redefine the value of a footballer, and the manner in which his services are acquired.
Dipo Faloyin
El Cholo

'Cholismo': How Diego Simeone Helped Transform Atlético’s Fans Into Winners

When he arrived, Atlético were four points above the relegation zone; now they're one of the most feared sides in Europe. Diego Simeone has made a hopeless club believe again.
Rubén Uría
football violence

The Battle of Beverwijk: Dutch Football's Brutal Hooligan Nadir

This week marks the anniversary of the Battle of Beverwijk, perhaps the most brutal hooligan incident in Dutch football history.
Will Magee
Dust in the Wind

The End of the Legends Era

All across Europe, the old lights of football have either gone or are going out. The era of club legends may have passed for good.
Toby Sprigings