1. Would Winning the World Cup Make Lionel Messi the Greatest Ever?

    On Sunday, Lionel Messi will play for not one, but two titles when he faces Germany in the World Cup final at the Maracana ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 day ago 22,812 reads 283 comments

  2. Manchester United Need to Show More Ambition in the Transfer Market

    Whatever happens between now and when the transfer window closes at 11 p.m. on September 1 Manchester United have already enjoyed a considerably more profitable summer than last year...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 5 days ago 12,813 reads 1 comments

  3. World Cup: 5 Biggest Names Likely to Be on the Move

    Over the last month the World Cup finals in Brazil has acted as an enormous shop window for players to secure themselves a move this summer...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 8 days ago 74,903 reads 115 comments

  4. Why Argentina Will Win the 2014 World Cup

    For all the surprises and drama of the opening stages, this World Cup still has an air of inevitably about how it will all end...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 10 days ago 15,472 reads 83 comments

  5. The 5 Best Players at the World Cup So Far

    After 48 games and 136 goals, the group stages of the 2014 World Cup finals drew to a close last night. It is already abundantly clear this tournament will become known as one of the most exciting ever World Cups...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 15 days ago 33,419 reads 78 comments

  6. England Keeping Roy Hodgson Is an Explicit Act of Surrender

    What was the worst moment for England in Brazil? Mario Balotelli’s decisive header at the far post in Manaus, Wayne Rooney ’s relative anonymity against Italy or Luis Suarez ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 19 days ago 3,801 reads 57 comments

  7. England's Defence Was Always Going to Be Exposed at the World Cup

    On the newsstands in England over the last week the cover of the satirical magazine Private Eye has been mocking England’s chances at the World Cup finals...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 22 days ago 5,401 reads 55 comments

  8. Why England Must Keep Faith with Wayne Rooney at the World Cup

    Despite losing to Italy on Saturday night, England would still have left Manaus with an enduring sense of pride and optimism. They had lost, but they lost trying to win the game playing with a new and unexpected verve and adventure...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 26 days ago 7,618 reads 138 comments

  9. The Future Is Bright: Why England Should Take Pride in Their Defeat to Italy

    Did England really lose to Italy in Manaus last night? Because it certainly didn’t feel like it. England defeats at major tournaments are normally accompanied by such emotions as embarrassment and hopelessness...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 27 days ago 7,247 reads 47 comments

  10. 10 Reasons for England to Be Optimistic at This World Cup

    England will embark on their 14th World Cup campaign this Saturday night when they face Italy in their opening Group D game in Manaus...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 3,772 reads 14 comments

  11. 10 Key Issues for Mauricio Pochettino to Address at Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham Hotspur last week appointed Mauricio Pochettino with the aim of returning the club to the top four of the Premier League...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 4,567 reads 4 comments

  12. Complete Analysis of England Left-Back Hopeful Luke Shaw

    When it came to selecting his World Cup squad for Brazil. the biggest choice for the England manager Roy Hodgson was between Chelsea ’s Ashley Cole, still only 33 and one ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 1,124 reads 1 comments

  13. Why Belgium Are the True World Cup Dark Horses in Brazil

    Can you call Belgium dark horses to win the World Cup anymore? The bookmakers don’t think so and rate them fifth favourites behind hosts Brazil, Argentina, Germany and defending champions Spain...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 14,492 reads 64 comments

  14. Power Ranking Real Madrid's 9 European Cup Triumphs

    On Saturday night, Real Madrid will attempt to win their 10th European Cup, the fabled La Decima, when they face city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in Lisbon...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 6,113 reads 14 comments

  15. 5 Managerial Starting Points for Ryan Giggs That Are Not Manchester United

    Ryan Giggs ’ future at Old Trafford remains uncertain. Will he remain at Manchester United and work under a new manager, likely to be Louis van Gaal , per David McDonnell ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 6,509 reads 15 comments

  16. The Demise of Fernando Torres: From World Cup Winner to Missing Brazil 2014?

    Fernando Torres would have been nervously glancing at his phone all this morning for a call to let him know he could be spending his summer in Brazil...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 28,831 reads 85 comments

  17. Why Barcelona's Greatest Era of Success Is Not over Yet

    At the final whistle, Getafe ’s players leapt around the pitch in celebration, while Barcelona’s players trudged to the tunnel...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 17,023 reads 84 comments

  18. Are Tottenham Hotspur the Most Underachieving Club on the Planet Right Now?

    At the end of September last year ahead of Chelsea ’s visit to White Hart Lane, Jose Mourinho declared that Tottenham Hotspur had a genuine chance of winning this season’s Premier League title...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 5,306 reads 32 comments

  19. Why Manchester United Could Be Making a Grave Mistake Yet Again

    At the weekend Old Trafford celebrated its own liberation. The painful and oppressive David Moyes regime had finally been overthrown, and Ryan Giggs and the Class of '92 were now in power and paraded as conquering heroes...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 23,057 reads 62 comments

  20. Predicting Who Will Be England's Defensive Starters at the World Cup

    It is now exactly 50 days until England kick off their 2014 World Cup campaign against Italy in Manaus . Roy Hodgson needs to decide who will be in his squad but more importantly who will be in his starting XI...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 5,749 reads 35 comments

  21. The Secret of Southampton's Success: How Saints Continue to Produce Great Talent

    Alongside Liverpool ’s unexpected charge for the title and Crystal Palace ’s miraculous survival, Southampton ’s success has been one of the stories of the 2013-14 campaign...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 7,527 reads 11 comments

  22. Should Tony Pulis or Brendan Rodgers Be Manager of the Year?

    As the season enters its final weeks, the race for this season’s Manager of the Year award has become nearly as competitive as the battle for the Premier League title itself...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 9,997 reads 73 comments

  23. How a Perfect End of the Season Might Not Save David Moyes at Manchester United

    On Wednesday night, Manchester United ’s season ended in the Allianz Arena with a defeat to Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. United now have nothing more to play for this season...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 7,331 reads 26 comments

  24. Should the Premier League Have Friday Night Fixtures?

    Throughout the week in England it is possible to watch top-flight domestic or European football on almost every night...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 3,626 reads 9 comments

  25. Who Has the Biggest Ego in World Football: Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Jose Mourinho?

    On Wednesday night, Paris Saint-Germain face Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at the Parc des Princes...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 15,878 reads 64 comments