1. Arsene Wenger's Stubborn Pursuit of His Happy Ending Is Hurting Arsenal

    On an emotional afternoon in May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson got the happy ending he always craved and believed he deserved at Manchester United ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 4 days ago 8,055 reads 30 comments

  2. Do Not Underestimate a Wounded and Stronger Tottenham Hotspur This Season

    Do not underestimate the power of wounded pride. For much of last season, it appeared Tottenham Hotspur were on the brink of a historic campaign and their first league title in ...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 11 days ago 6,215 reads 9 comments

  3. Breaking the Transfer Record Offers No Guarantee of Success to Manchester United

    In the summer of 2014, Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward boasted that his club had the funds and clout to sign any player in the world...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 17 days ago 20,439 reads 123 comments

  4. Manchester United Should Not Give Up on Forgotten Man Memphis Depay

    In the summer of 2003, I interviewed PSV Eindhoven striker Mateja Kezman at a south London hotel during the club’s pre -season tour of England...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 24 days ago 27,106 reads 72 comments

  5. Are Arsenal in Danger of Getting Left Behind in the Premier League Title Race?

    For more than a decade, Arsenal fans have been predisposed to feeling envious about their rivals because of all the Premier League titles, glamorous signings and overall greater sense of direction and ambition...

    Sam Pilger Written by Sam Pilger about 29 days ago 13,838 reads 94 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 9,290 reads 23 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 36,484 reads 72 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 3,402 reads 55 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 6,184 reads 21 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 5,152 reads 16 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 4,774 reads 16 comments

  12. 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 2 months ago 3,195 reads 9 comments

  13. 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 2 months ago 3,981 reads 17 comments

  14. 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 2 months ago 7,894 reads 35 comments

  15. 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 2 months ago 4,407 reads 32 comments

  16. 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 3 months ago 3,496 reads 34 comments

  17. 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 3 months ago 7,742 reads 70 comments

  18. 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 3 months ago 5,087 reads 40 comments

  19. 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 3 months ago 12,987 reads 60 comments

  20. 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 3 months ago 35,538 reads 85 comments

  21. 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 4 months ago 6,979 reads 11 comments

  22. 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 4 months ago 7,686 reads 24 comments

  23. 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 4 months ago 8,970 reads 35 comments

  24. 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 4 months ago 14,154 reads 25 comments

  25. 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 5 months ago 5,937 reads 47 comments