1. Why Do Real Madrid Insist on Buying No. 10s When They Don't Play with One?

    Real Madrid are likely to go big over the summer in the transfer market again as they bid to overhaul Barcelona's dominance in La Liga, with the team ideally placed to mount a sustained period of success over the next few years...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 3 months ago 23,724 reads 23 comments

  2. Saul Niguez Missing Euro 2016 Could Prove a Huge Boost for Atletico Madrid

    Spain are blessed with one of the biggest talent pools in Europe. That is a product of long-established productive academy techniques and programmes, and the natural progression in developing players that comes as a result of success...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 3 months ago 4,138 reads 9 comments

  3. Complete Tactical Profile of Barcelona Midfielder Ivan Rakitic

    A domestic star, a regular title-winner since moving to Spain and a key component for his international side, Ivan Rakitic is one of the most consistent and reliable attacking midfielders around at present...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 3 months ago 10,616 reads 26 comments

  4. Belgium vs. Italy: Live Score, Highlights from Euro 2016

    Lyon, UEFA Euro 2016 Group E Belgium 0-2 Italy (FT) Emanuele Giaccherini 31', Graziano Pelle 90'. Lineups: BEL— Courtois, Ciman, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Witsel, Nainggolan, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Hazard, R...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 24,299 reads 99 comments

  5. Mauro Icardi Could Be a Better Signing for Atletico Madrid Than Diego Costa

    Atletico Madrid 's striker search will dominate the headlines surrounding the Vicente Calderon club until they decide which one they want and shell out a big fee to capture him...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 2,922 reads 7 comments

  6. Cesar Azpilicueta Would Not Be a Good Signing for Barcelona This Summer

    Barcelona's summer recruitment drive is certain to yield a new face or two in their defensive ranks, with Dani Alves and Marc Bartra already assured of leaving the squad and another couple of departures entirely possible...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 10,409 reads 28 comments

  7. Spain vs. Czech Republic: Live Score, Highlights from Euro 2016

    Toulouse, UEFA Euro 2016, Group D Spain 1-0 Czech Republic (FT) Gerard Pique 87'. Lineups: ESP—de Gea; Juanfran, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Fabregas; Silva, Morata, Nolito...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 8,015 reads 9 comments

  8. Real Madrid Should Be Prepared to Give Up Toni Kroos to Sign Paul Pogba

    Real Madrid 's summer transfer activity is frequently dominated by big-money moves as they seek to sign the world's biggest names and best performers, but with such huge outlays ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 16,295 reads 85 comments

  9. Why Real Madrid Must Hand Zinedine Zidane Power to Build a Dynasty

    Real Madrid 's season ended on the ultimate high as they beat rivals Atletico Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League, but as a club, they want and demand far more than a one-off success with silverware...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 11,955 reads 20 comments

  10. Why Hatem Ben Arfa Would Be a Bad Signing for Barcelona

    Barcelona's search to revamp their front line this summer—or at least to find the support act to the first-choice front three—has seen them linked with a huge variety ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 16,521 reads 38 comments

  11. How Much Is Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez Worth Based on Form in 2015/16?

    As the dust settles on the 2015-16 season and players (well, some) and coaches take a break over summer, a period of reflection and analysis will see that Atletico Madrid had a ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 5,376 reads 10 comments

  12. PSG's Marquinhos Is the Best New Centre-Back Option for Barcelona

    A summer of excitement and anticipation lies over the Camp Nou as Barcelona fans wait to see where the club opt to spend and strengthen in the transfer market, having won the domestic double again in 2015-16 but aiming even higher next term...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 12,687 reads 28 comments

  13. 2016-17 Is All or Nothing for Atletico Madrid If They Keep Simeone and Griezmann

    Atletico Madrid are facing a big summer as they bid to improve an already excellent squad, and they'll hope to keep star names at the club for another season if they want to overhaul ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 7,932 reads 15 comments

  14. Has the Time Come for Real Madrid to Move on from Raphael Varane?

    Real Madrid 's UEFA Champions League final saw an extremely familiar XI take to the field in Milan, with the established names under Zinedine Zidane all featuring from kick-off...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 13,150 reads 41 comments

  15. Stefan Savic Has Much to Do to Displace Jose Gimenez in Atletico Madrid Defence

    Atletico Madrid 's loss on penalties in the UEFA Champions League final saw questions of manager Diego Simeone 's future dominate the postgame talk and analysis, leaving one ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 1,667 reads 6 comments

  16. Why It's so Important Barcelona Secure the Best Right-Back Option This Summer

    Barcelona's summer transfer activity has yet to really click into gear, but one of the outgoing players leaves a rather significant hole in the side: Dani Alves, who is linked most ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 15,877 reads 27 comments

  17. 9 Players Real Madrid Should Clear Out in Summer Transfer Window

    The transfer rumours never sleep in Spain, and Real Madrid are almost certain to be busy over the summer, with Zinedine Zidane afforded a first opportunity to bring players in and ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 47,340 reads 99 comments

  18. Scouting Atletico Madrid Transfer Target Marcelo Brozovic

    Atletico Madrid 's summer recruitment drive will be made with the idea that they can go one step further next year both at home and abroad, having ended third in La Liga and runners-up in the UEFA Champions League in 2015-16...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 5,199 reads 8 comments

  19. Why Zinedine Zidane Should Use 4-4-2 More Often at Real Madrid in 2016-17 Season

    Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is preparing for his first full season as head coach, drawing up pre-season plans and no doubt identifying which areas he wishes to strengthen and alter the balance of the squad in the transfer window...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 16,345 reads 38 comments

  20. 9 Players Barcelona Should Clear out in Summer Transfer Window

    Barcelona's transfer machine is already up and running, but so far only outgoing deals have been wrapped up as they plan for defending their La Liga title in 2016-17...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 58,178 reads 56 comments

  21. Creating Luis Enrique's 2016 Summer Blueprint for Barcelona

    Barcelona ended the season reigning supreme in Spain once more, with Luis Enrique and his side winning both major domestic trophies, La Liga and the Copa del Rey, for the second year in succession...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 15,731 reads 53 comments

  22. Scouting Atletico Madrid Transfer Target Edinson Cavani

    Atletico Madrid are on the lookout for reinforcements this summer after falling just short in both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League in 2015-16, losing the latter in a penalty ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 4,255 reads 27 comments

  23. Why Left Wing Is the Role Real Madrid Must Use Cristiano Ronaldo in Next Season

    Real Madrid are set for a busy summer of transfer activity if the early rumours are anything to judge by, but one move that definitely seems off this year is Cristiano Ronaldo's exit from the Santiago Bernabeu...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 15,099 reads 20 comments

  24. Creating Zinedine Zidane's 2016 Summer Blueprint for Real Madrid

    Zinedine Zidane 's first game as a manager in the 2015-16 season was against Ebro, a tiny side from Zaragoza who have never played above the third tier of Spanish football and have a home stadium capacity of around 1,000...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 25,789 reads 97 comments

  25. Atletico Madrid Must Give Diego Simeone the Strong Squad He Craves

    Post-match quotes from managers can swing both ways: an insight into frustration and disappointment, or largely saying nothing at all as they guard against talking in the heat of the moment...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 4 months ago 3,034 reads 11 comments