1. Brazil's 20 Best Home-Based Talents Bound for Europe

    Brazil, as a footballing nation, is renowned for producing talent in both quality and quantity. Its domestic football has seen increasing purchasing power o ver the past couple of years, but its brightest lights continue to flood to Europe...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about over 3 years ago 12,249 reads 20 comments

  2. Film Focus: Chelsea Negate Atletico, but Neither Side Truly Wins

    It has been the big debate among football fans since full-time in Tuesday night's Champions League clash: Which of Chelsea or Atletico Madrid will be happier with the 0-0 result? ...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about over 3 years ago 3,283 reads 19 comments

  3. Statistically Ranking the World's Top 10 Football Leagues

    Claims that one league is better than another have become ever more common in the social media-dominated world of football fandom, so here at Bleacher Report we have decided to take a statistics-based look at the topic...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about over 3 years ago 12,612 reads 107 comments

  4. Kaka Has World Cup Finals Chance with Brazil, but Damage May Already Be Done

    Just last Saturday, with 60 days to go until the start of the 2014 World Cup, I was asked by Bleacher Report to predict Luiz Felipe Scolari 's 23-man squad for the competition that Brazil will host this summer...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about over 3 years ago 13,207 reads 20 comments

  5. Film Focus: Arsenal Stand Up to West Ham Test to Claim Victory

    Arsenal's 3-1 victory over West Ham United on Tuesday evening was a potentially important step for the Gunners in their attempts to beat Everton to fourth place in the Premier League...

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  6. Predicting the Brazil Squad 60 Days from the 2014 World Cup

    No country will enter this summer's competition with more pressure on their shoulders than hosts Brazil, with last year's unexpected Confederations Cup success only raising expectation levels that were already set sky high...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about over 3 years ago 18,597 reads 36 comments

  7. Film Focus: Defences Hold Key to Liverpool vs. Manchester City Clash

    It is being billed as the clash which will decide the outcome of the 2013-14 Premier League season. It is an assumption that may be unfair on fellow challengers Chelsea , but it is easy to feel that the outcome of Liverpool vs...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about over 3 years ago 4,716 reads 16 comments

  8. Ranking World Football's 30 Best Players in Their 30s

    Everybody in football enjoys seeing the emergence of a next generation of stars and watching as they attempt to climb to the top of the game. Those in the autumn of their career, though, can often be forgotten...

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  9. Film Focus: Paris Saint-Germain Shift Emphasis at Half-Time to Beat Chelsea

    Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain took a big step toward a place in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday night with a 3-1 victory over Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at the Parc des Princes...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about over 3 years ago 5,323 reads 14 comments

  10. Why Chelsea Star Oscar Holds the Key to Brazil World Cup 2014 Glory

    With little over two months remaining until the 2014 World Cup gets underway in Brazil, preparations are being finalised among the 32 squads who will head to the competition in the hope of returning as national heroes...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about over 3 years ago 10,658 reads 13 comments

  11. Martin Demichelis and 10 Players Managers Keep Picking but Shouldn't

    They're managers' favourites, but nobody else can quite figure out how they came to occupy such an important role in their side...

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  12. The 5 Benfica Players Tottenham Will Have to Shut Down in Europa League Clash

    Benfica’s players are currently in London ahead of Thursday night’s clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane and will be hopeful of maintaining Portugal’s fine recent record in the Europa League...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about almost 4 years ago 1,806 reads 2 comments

  13. Winners and Losers from Champions League Last 16 2nd Leg: Messi and PSG Soar

    The first set of Champions League last 16 ties are over and four of this year's entrants have already booked their place in the quarter-finals...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about almost 4 years ago 20,905 reads 9 comments

  14. Hatching a Plan for Arsenal to Stop Bayern Munich Midfielder Toni Kroos

    Over the last 18 months, formulating a plan to restrict the current Bayern Munich side has proven, on multiple occasions, to be an incredibly difficult task. Yet, over that time, Arsenal have twice managed to come close...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about almost 4 years ago 10,246 reads 71 comments

  15. South Africa vs. Brazil: 6 Things We Learned

    Brazil secured a comfortable 5-0 victory over South Africa in Johannesburg on Wednesday night in what was manager Luiz Felipe Scolari's final opportunity to see his players prior to naming his World Cup squad in May...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about almost 4 years ago 3,859 reads 5 comments

  16. How Brazil Will Line Up Against South Africa

    Brazil play South Africa in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening in what is Luiz Felipe Scolari's final chance to evaluate his troops ahead of naming his World Cup party in May...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about almost 4 years ago 3,239 reads 1 comments

  17. 5 Ways Brazil Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari Should Experiment vs. South Africa

    Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has his final opportunity to experiment ahead of the World Cup in this week's friendly with South Africa, with his squad for the tournament set to be named in early May...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about almost 4 years ago 3,002 reads 3 comments

  18. New Marcello Lippi Contract Major Coup for 'Superclub' Guangzhou Evergrande

    A lot can happen in football in the space of a week, but when Marcello Lippi told reporters last week that this would be his final year with Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande there was little reason to doubt his honesty...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about almost 4 years ago 4,103 reads 4 comments

  19. Film Focus: David Moyes' Selection Policy Under Scrutiny After Defeat

    David Moyes ' era as manager of Manchester United hit its lowest point yet on Tuesday night as the Red Devils fell to an unexpectedly poor 2-0 defeat away to Greek Super League side Olympiakos ...

    Christopher Atkins Written by Christopher Atkins about almost 4 years ago 3,139 reads 18 comments

  20. Comparing Zenit & Borussia Dortmund's Differing Approach to Team Building

    Zenit and Borussia Dortmund meet in the Champions League on Tuesday night in the first leg of a last 16 tie that sees two clubs with contrasting transfer activity come head-to-head...

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  21. Managers That Are Hired for a Niche Quality

    Hiring the right football manager for your side is a difficult task and, if the wrong decision is made, it can be potentially disastrous for any club worldwide...

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  22. Europa League Team of the Week: Pogba Decisive for Juventus

    The second round of the Europa League saw 32 teams in action across Europe on Thursday night and brought with it a series of interesting results as many underdogs once more confirmed the competition's capacity to surprise...

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  23. Picking a 2013-14 Champions League Over-30 XI

    It's a young man's game, supposedly. Yet, for all the pounding athleticism and boundless energy that youth can bring, there is no substitute for experience at the highest level...

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  24. Ranking the Strongest 15 Players in World Football

    Strength is not the most important attribute in modern football, that much is true. But, on a cold wet Wednesday night against a Tony Pulis -inspired Stoke side at the Britannia, ...

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  25. Corinthians vs. Palmeiras: Everything You Need to Know About Derby Paulista 2014

    Brazil has a number of fiercely contested local derbies, with the majority of the country's most recognisable and successful clubs divided among just four cities...

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