1. Does Wayne Rooney Have a Future Under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United?

    In October 2010, Wayne Rooney surprisingly made it known he was frustrated at Manchester United ’s failure to sign world-class players...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 days ago 8,541 reads 23 comments

  2. Manchester United Need to Strengthen Defence for Mourinho to Deliver Title

    It is almost as if Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has watched and learned from the painfully obvious mistakes his two predecessors at Old Trafford made in the transfer market...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 7 days ago 36,050 reads 72 comments

  3. The Battle Between Ronaldo and Griezmann Could Decide Euro 2016 Final

    So, after 50 games, the 2016 UEFA European Championship will essentially come down to a rerun of last season’s Champions League final. Once again it will be Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo taking on Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 14 days ago 3,355 reads 55 comments

  4. The German Mentality Should Overcome France in the Semi-Finals

    Three years ago, I interviewed Michael Ballack, owner of 98 caps for Germany and one of his country’s greatest-ever players, and I asked him why they always perform so well at major tournaments...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 17 days ago 6,179 reads 21 comments

  5. Can Stuttering Hosts France Still Go All the Way at Euro 2016?

    The French might have invited the rest of the continent to Euro 2016, but so far they haven’t been the most accommodating or entertaining hosts...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 21 days ago 5,143 reads 16 comments

  6. England Need to Embrace a New Culture and Banish the Fear Factor

    The best comedy has always been rooted in the truth, however bleak. In the aftermath of England’s woeful capitulation to Iceland on Monday night, a darkly amusing Vine emerged of manager Roy Hodgson on the side of the pitch...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 24 days ago 4,766 reads 16 comments

  7. Eric Dier Has Emerged as England's Most Important Player at Euro 2016

    When England manager Roy Hodgson surprisingly decided to make six changes for the final group game against Slovakia on Monday night there was one player who was off-limits: Eric Dier ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 3,192 reads 9 comments

  8. Should Wales Expect More from Gareth Bale at Euro 2016?

    In the final minute of Wales’ 2-1 loss to England on Thursday afternoon, Neil Taylor launched a high cross in to the penalty area, and there was Gareth Bale rising to meet the ball with a header in an effort to rescue an unlikely point...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 3,962 reads 17 comments

  9. England Still on Course to Enjoy a Successful Stay at Euro 2016

    Before the flying plastic chairs and marauding Russian ultras, before the pleas from Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney for England fans to behave themselves, and before the name-calling ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 7,892 reads 35 comments

  10. Triumphant Wales Now Pose a Real Threat to England at Euro 2016

    It might have been an ugly, scuffed shot that came off a shin, but it was also arguably the most beautiful moment in Welsh football history...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 4,407 reads 32 comments

  11. Can Spain Make History and Make It a Hat-Trick of Titles at Euro 2016?

    Spain’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 always looked too good to be true. At first glance, how could you possibly pick apart a record of nine wins from 10 games, which ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 3,484 reads 34 comments

  12. Can Cristiano Ronaldo Lead Portugal to Euro 2016 Success This Summer?

    It all seemed so easy for Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer of 2004. Twelve years ago, a 19-year-old Ronaldo helped Portugal reach the final of the European Championship...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 7,536 reads 70 comments

  13. Wayne Rooney Could Still Be England's Most Important Player at Euro 2016

    The previous week, Marcus Rashford became the youngest-ever player to score on his England debut with his goal against Australia at the Stadium of Light...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 1 month ago 5,082 reads 40 comments

  14. Marcus Rashford Is Ready to Lead the Manchester United Attack Next Season

    Manchester United ’s 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday had distinct echoes of their semi-final win over Everton the month before...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 12,987 reads 60 comments

  15. Nowhere Left to Hide: Louis van Gaal Has Failed at Manchester United

    An overwhelming sense of anticlimax and farce was a fitting end to Manchester United ’s painful and grossly disappointing season. But, of course, it isn’t over just yet...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 2 months ago 35,533 reads 85 comments

  16. How Far Can West Ham Go Next Season with New Stadium and New Signings?

    While Leicester City have spent the last week celebrating their historic Premier League title win, it would be natural for West Ham United to look upon their story with a healthy dose of jealousy...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 6,968 reads 11 comments

  17. Are Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League Title Hopes Still Alive?

    At the end, the Leicester City players wore relieved and contented smiles as they walked towards the tunnel at Old Trafford , and they received a warm and respectful ripple of applause from the remaining Manchester United fans...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 7,685 reads 24 comments

  18. England Need to Take Manchester United's Marcus Rashford to Euro 2016

    The moment belonged to Anthony Martial. In the final minute of the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, it was the young Frenchman’s burst into the Everton penalty ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 8,954 reads 35 comments

  19. Why Manchester United Made a Major Mistake Selling Wilfried Zaha

    "I'd never look at someone and think he's better than me, unless it's Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi ." This was the bold declaration from Wilfried Zaha when he gave his first major interview to the Guardian in the autumn of 2012...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 14,141 reads 25 comments

  20. Winning the FA Cup Cannot Mask Van Gaal's Failure at Manchester United

    When football historians look back on Louis van Gaal’s reign at Old Trafford, they will have a rich seam to mine for its absolute lowest moment...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 3 months ago 5,937 reads 47 comments

  21. Can Manuel Pellegrini Leave Manchester City as European Champions?

    While it can be hard keeping good news a secret, if Manchester City ’s board of directors wanted to know how their season would unravel after they announced in February that ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 5,618 reads 18 comments

  22. Could Wayne Rooney Only Be a Substitute for England at Euro 2016?

    England captain Wayne Rooney will have watched England’s impressive 3-2 win over Germany on Saturday from the comfort of his sofa at home in Cheshire...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 6,209 reads 61 comments

  23. Rashford and Martial Are Beacons of Hope for Manchester United's Future

    It has all come too late for Louis van Gaal . The proud Dutchman will naturally boast about his side’s impressive victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 18,078 reads 56 comments

  24. Can Leicester City Complete the Greatest Story in English Football History?

    On Easter weekend, the film Eddie The Eagle , starring Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken , will be released in British cinemas...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 months ago 18,113 reads 44 comments

  25. Tottenham Hotspur Have the Edge over Arsenal in the Race to Be Champions

    On Saturday lunchtime, as the rain pelted down at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur were top of the Premier League...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 5 months ago 5,658 reads 22 comments