1. Why Isco Is No Longer a Vital Cog in the Real Madrid Midfield Engine

    Real Madrid 's squad rebuild this summer isn't likely to be an extensive one, instead adding two or three key faces in areas where head coach Zinedine Zidane feels the side requires ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 8,333 reads 28 comments

  2. How Barcelona Can Get the Best out of Sergi Roberto in 2016/17

    With a number of departures from the first team already, and Luis Enrique not having yet confirmed any new faces at the club other than the returning Denis Suarez, Barcelona have ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 9,466 reads 17 comments

  3. Scouting Atletico Madrid Transfer Target Sime Vrsaljko

    Atletico Madrid have been quick to get moving in the summer transfer window as they look to bring their close season plans to fruition as early as possible...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 636 reads 4 comments

  4. Northern Ireland vs. Germany: Live Score, Highlights from Euro 2016

    UEFA Euro 2016 Group C, Paris Northern Ireland 0-1 Germany (FT) Mario Gomez 29'. Lineups: NIR— McGovern, Hughes, McAuley, Cathcart, J. Evans, Davis, C. Evans, Norwood, Dallas, Ward, Washington...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 4,875 reads 5 comments

  5. 8 Real Madrid Youngsters Who Deserve to See Playing Time in 2016/17

    Real Madrid will already be making preparations for the new campaign and deciding which of their younger players will be involved with the senior squad over pre -season, which ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 9,271 reads 11 comments

  6. Casemiro's Rise at Real Madrid Shown by Brazil's Olympics Request, Club Refusal

    Casemiro has endured a difficult summer on the international stage, being part of the Brazil side that bombed out of the Copa America Centenario at the group phase and saw head coach Dunga sacked...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 13,139 reads 31 comments

  7. Why Yannick Carrasco Will Only Be Atletico Madrid's Super-Sub in 2016-17

    Yannick Carrasco shot to prominence last season with Atletico Madrid , his debut campaign in Spain after being signed from AS Monaco last summer as part of the restructuring of midfield following Arda Turan's exit...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 6,199 reads 10 comments

  8. Kevin Gameiro Is Not the Striker Barcelona Should Sign as Luis Suarez's Backup

    Barcelona's search for a striker looks to be an ongoing one this summer, made more tricky to conclude perhaps by the international tournaments being played out in the form of the Copa America and UEFA Euro 2016...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 9,448 reads 31 comments

  9. Complete Tactical Profile of Atletico Madrid Midfielder Saul Niguez

    One of the most impressive young players in La Liga in the 2015-16 season was also one of the most interesting to watch from a tactical perspective: Saul Niguez, Atletico Madrid 's enormously talented 21-year-old midfielder...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 3,049 reads 10 comments

  10. How Much Is Barcelona's Neymar Worth Based on Form in 2015/16 Season?

    Barcelona's attacking trident of Lionel Messi , Neymar and Luis Suarez , MSN as they have become collectively known, is one of the world's most fearsome combinations, a 100-goal-plus ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 12,942 reads 33 comments

  11. A Progress Report on Real Madrid's Real Zaragoza Loanee Jesus Vallejo

    Real Madrid players will soon be turning their attentions to pre-season ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, with Zinedine Zidane set to enjoy his first full year as head coach...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 7,833 reads 5 comments

  12. Barcelona Have Better Options Than Chelsea's Pedro in the Transfer Market

    Despite being on international duty with Spain at UEFA Euro 2016 this summer, Chelsea 's wide forward Pedro Rodriguez seems to be intent on sorting his club future as soon as possible, with a move back to former club Barcelona looking a possibility...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 24,047 reads 40 comments

  13. Who Offers Most to Atletico Madrid: Thomas or Matias Kranevitter?

    Atletico Madrid showed just how strong their squad was over the course of the 2015-16 season. They fought for honours on both domestic and European fronts until the final ...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 2,002 reads 8 comments

  14. Why Lucas Vazquez Will Be the Real Madrid Player to Watch out for in Pre-Season

    It is approaching the time for clubs to look ahead to 2016-17, deciding where they can improve their squad and how to approach the new campaign with optimism, in peak fitness and with plans for success...

    Karl Matchett Written by Karl Matchett about 6 months ago 3,951 reads 10 comments

  15. 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 6 months ago 23,737 reads 23 comments

  16. 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 6 months ago 4,260 reads 9 comments

  17. 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 6 months ago 10,677 reads 26 comments

  18. 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 6 months ago 24,306 reads 99 comments

  19. 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 6 months ago 2,942 reads 7 comments

  20. 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 6 months ago 10,514 reads 28 comments

  21. 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 6 months ago 8,020 reads 9 comments

  22. 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 6 months ago 16,311 reads 85 comments

  23. 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 6 months ago 11,966 reads 20 comments

  24. 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 6 months ago 16,540 reads 38 comments

  25. 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 6 months ago 5,555 reads 10 comments