1. Best XI of Europe's Criminally Underused Players

    Everybody wants to be a star, everybody wants to be a starter. But in the modern football world of expansive squads and managers indulging in rotation, the simple fact is: Not every player makes the first XI on a weekly basis...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 5 months ago 38,674 reads 0 comments

  2. Power Ranking the Champions League Last 16 on Chance of Final Victory

    The round of 16 in this season's Champions League has been extraordinary so far; after the first leg of each tie we've had 34 goals—some of them incredible team or individual efforts—and already more than one surprising result...

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  3. Real Madrid XI of Signings Who Dramatically Underwhelmed

    Real Madrid 's transfers over the past few seasons have been generally impressive, with the likes of Alvaro Morata, Mateo Kovacic and Toni Kroos all proving excellent additions to the squad or even the starting XI...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 5 months ago 14,759 reads 0 comments

  4. Picking a Greatest All-Foreign Barcelona XI

    Barcelona's weekend win over Leganes wasn't just notable for the last-minute penalty winner from Lionel Messi but also because it marked a historic event: the first-ever lineup in La Liga for the club with a single Spaniard in the team...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 5 months ago 13,525 reads 0 comments

  5. Casemiro and the 10 Best Goals of the 2016/17 Champions League so Far

    On a dramatic night of Champions League football, Real Madrid's Casemiro won the adulation of the fans—and the first leg for his team—with a stunning strike from range which beat Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 5 months ago 13,597 reads 0 comments

  6. Ranking Real Madrid's Goalkeeper Options for the Summer Transfer Window

    Real Madrid have had an extremely quiet 12 months on the transfer front. After no signings in the winter window last season, only Alvaro Morata rejoining in summer and a ban to ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 5 months ago 4,019 reads 0 comments

  7. Picking a Greatest All-Brazil Combined Barcelona vs. PSG XI

    The Champions League gets back under way this week, and one of the key ties sees Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain lock horns once again...

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  8. Grading the Last 10 Spanish Signings at Real Madrid

    In the summer preceding the 2009/10 campaign, Real Madrid boosted their squad with two big-name signings: Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo, with both deals dominating headlines and expectations for the season ahead...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 5 months ago 12,448 reads 0 comments

  9. Where Do Messi, Suarez, Neymar Feature Among Europe's Most Productive Attackers?

    Barcelona's front three of Lionel Messi , Luis Suarez and Neymar strike fear into opposition defences every time they take to the pitch, and everybody knows just how pivotal they are to the team's success...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 5 months ago 27,598 reads 0 comments

  10. Ranking the Most Entertaining Leagues in World Football

    There's regular debate over which leagues are the best to watch or have the best players in them — or even which are the most competitive and diverse in terms of who can challenge for honours...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 5 months ago 50,316 reads 0 comments

  11. How Could Ronaldinho Fit into a Barcelona Side Containing Messi, Suarez, Neymar?

    Some players will always be remembered by their former clubs, and some players will always be remembered by the entire footballing world...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 14,923 reads 0 comments

  12. Where Does Lionel Messi Rank Among the Greatest Free-Kick Takers of All Time?

    Lionel Messi scored his 27th goal for Barcelona from a free-kick on Saturday, eclipsing Ronald Koeman's record for the club and providing further evidence as to his genius from dead-ball situations...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 41,860 reads 0 comments

  13. Ranking Real Madrid's 15 Biggest Signings in Last 8 Years by Liga Contributions

    Real Madrid are renowned for buying the biggest and best names in the football world whenever possible, and over the past eight seasons, they have completed 15 signings for £20 million or more...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 17,767 reads 0 comments

  14. 9 Summer Transfers to Give Zinedine Zidane a More Balanced Real Madrid Squad

    Little more than a year into Zinedine Zidane's top-flight managerial career, it's fair to say the Frenchman has done pretty well...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 26,502 reads 0 comments

  15. Creating a Combined Barcelona and Atletico Madrid XI

    Real Madrid might be leading the table in La Liga this season, but for the last four years, they haven't had a sniff of the title—instead, it has gone to each of their two biggest rivals, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 8,824 reads 0 comments

  16. Barcelona XI by Minutes Played During Dominant Last 8 Seasons in La Liga

    In the 2008/09 season, Barcelona ended back-to-back La Liga championships for Real Madrid and won the title themselves—sparking a period of domestic dominance that has lasted ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 4,883 reads 0 comments

  17. 6 Players Who Should Replace Pepe in Real Madrid's Defence

    Real Madrid 's transfer ban means no incoming deals are likely to be announced anytime soon, with the club waiting until the summer to restructure the squad—and even those plans ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 14,454 reads 0 comments

  18. 3 Players Each to Replace Messi, Suarez, Neymar If They Ever Leave Barcelona

    All eras come to an end. The nature of football is that even for the greats and the loyal, time or tolerance wears away effectiveness, and a player's stay at a club—however long or loved—will come to its final game...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 34,602 reads 0 comments

  19. Forming a La Liga XI Who Real Madrid Could Target in Summer Transfer Market

    There will be no January transfers for Real Madrid this year due to a FIFA ban, but in the summer it will be open season once more for a club who will hope to have added at least one more trophy to their collection by then...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 7,256 reads 0 comments

  20. Ranking Luis Enrique's Options to Cover for Barcelona's Injured Sergio Busquets

    Barcelona picked up what was eventually a comfortable, if important, 4-0 win over Eibar on Sunday night to solidify their third-place standing in La Liga and also close the gap at the top back to two points to Real Madrid ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 7,501 reads 0 comments

  21. 4 Stars Real Madrid Should Pick from as Their Next Galactico Signing

    Real Madrid have moved away from the Galactico era of yesteryear in recent seasons, signing only Alvaro Morata this season and spreading their investment across the squad previously—but they are still always linked with huge names for huge sums...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 27,367 reads 29 comments

  22. 5 Surprising Stats About Barcelona's 2016/17 Season

    Barcelona have had a somewhat mixed campaign so far; despite being just two points off the top spot in La Liga, losing only twice in league play and being comfortably through to the ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 8,184 reads 29 comments

  23. Alexander Isak and 10 Other Teens Around Europe Real Madrid Should Be Looking at

    A transfer ban is a minor detail when it comes to future planning for a football team; just as Barcelona secured deals for players to register them once their ban ended a year ago, ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 11,758 reads 28 comments

  24. 8 Defenders Barcelona Could Target After Missing Out on Srna and Upamecano

    Barcelona have been rumoured to be in the market for a defender this January, partly to shore up the squad in the short term and, in some cases, partly to invest in their future...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 8,806 reads 15 comments

  25. 4 Reasons Why Real Madrid's Unbeaten-Run Achievement Is Better Than Barcelona's

    Real Madrid 's latest epic comeback saw them overhaul a 3-1 deficit to draw 3-3 at Sevilla on Thursday night in the Copa del Rey, winning 6-3 on aggregate and moving into the quarter-finals as a result...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 22,968 reads 80 comments