1. Why Sam Allardyce Has All the Right Tools for the England Manager's Job

    There are two groups of people who seem opposed to the prospect of Sam Allardyce as England manager. There is the collective of aesthetes, the purists and the traditionalists, those ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 12 days ago 6,334 reads 27 comments

  2. Evolving Cristiano Ronaldo Has Chance to Exorcise the Ghosts of 12 Years Ago

    Twelve years ago, a 19-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo wept on the pitch after Portugal lost in the final of Euro 2004...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 19 days ago 6,964 reads 50 comments

  3. Belgium Appear to Be Picking Up Momentum, but Questions Remain Unanswered

    After the shock of the opening defeat to Italy, a sense of calm has returned to Belgium. They’ve won their last three games, scoring eight without reply, and the discontent ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 26 days ago 4,799 reads 11 comments

  4. Croatia Are Shining Bright in Spite of off-Field Controversies

    In some ways, there's nothing so extraordinary about Croatia beating Spain on Tuesday. The heart of Croatia's midfield, after all, plays for the best two clubs in Spain—even if Luka Modric did miss the Spain game with a groin injury...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 4,910 reads 15 comments

  5. Joachim Low's Germany Have Many Questions to Answer in Bid for More Glory

    It has been a strange start to Euro 2016, one that has outlined a tournament of teams who have flickered towards life without really catching fire...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 14,456 reads 28 comments

  6. Wales Reliant on Strong Core, but Wide-Open Euro 2016 Group Gives Them Hope

    Chris Coleman only ever played with a back three once as a club manager, the final game of the 2005-06 season, when his Fulham side beat Middlesbrough 1-0...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 1,932 reads 9 comments

  7. Granit Xhaka Arrival Is Next Step on Road to Arsenal Building a Strong Spine

    There’s no great mystery to where Arsenal ’s problems lie. For years there has been nothing much wrong with the team apart from its spine, something that may continue to be true as a metaphor but is gradually becoming less so on the pitch...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 18,646 reads 36 comments

  8. Real Madrid Win Hints at Growing Imbalance in Champions League

    SAN SIRO, MILAN — The financial structures of modern football have led to many paradoxes, but none perhaps is quite so strange as the one that makes the UEFA Champions League easier to win for certain clubs than their own domestic league...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 1 month ago 44,372 reads 169 comments

  9. Daniel Sturridge Can Have Bright Liverpool Future, but May Miss out for England

    ST. JAKOB-PARK, Basel — Liverpool again attacked down the right. The ball was switched from Roberto Firmino to Philippe Coutinho and then to Daniel Sturridge. He was just inside the box, to the left of goal...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 8,436 reads 44 comments

  10. Rafa Benitez Can Rebuild 'Zombie Club' Newcastle, If Given the Power to Do so

    Newcastle United were relegated on Wednesday evening, the 92nd anniversary of the birth of perhaps their most iconic player, Jackie Milburn...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 2 months ago 8,886 reads 13 comments

  11. An Old-Fashioned Plan and Perfect Execution Key to Leicester's Amazing Success

    When Greece won the UEFA European Championship in 2004, Otto Rehhagel had his side man-marking. Forwards brought up to play against zonal systems found themselves unable to cope, ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 4,799 reads 6 comments

  12. It's Time for Football to Kill off Illogical and Arbitrary Away-Goals Rule

    Midway through the second half of the second leg of Chelsea’s defeat to Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League this year, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored to make it 4-2 on aggregate...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 29,444 reads 81 comments

  13. Premier League Top-4 Race Is Hotting Up, and It Bodes Well for Next Season

    There is a strange habit in football, perhaps born of the newsperson’s demand to “throw it forward,” of proclaiming anything good that happens as a precursor of a greater future...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 18,168 reads 51 comments

  14. In a Season That's Made No Sense, Manchester City Could Land the Holy Grail

    Sometime this season might start making sense, but not yet. By the majority of metrics—league form, sense of drift, Yaya Toure’s agent saying ridiculous things—this ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 3 months ago 8,607 reads 21 comments

  15. Champions League Needs Drastic Overhaul, but It Must Not Just Benefit Superclubs

    I don’t remember Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League group game against BATE Borisov in September 2008. Looking it up, BATE had a man sent off just after the hour and Madrid won 2-0...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 27,122 reads 99 comments

  16. Improving and Evolving England Give Roy Hodgson Time to Tinker with His Squad

    After the delight of Berlin, the frustration of Wembley Stadium. It’s the nature of international football that far too much is read into far too little, but what England’s games ...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 5,174 reads 13 comments

  17. Mohamed Elneny May Help Arsenal Eat Jam, but Gunners Still Miss Santi Cazorla

    Arsenal fans have perhaps become too used to the promise of jam tomorrow to get overly excited by the improved performance against Barcelona or by the comprehensive victory over Everton on Saturday...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 15,633 reads 59 comments

  18. Juventus Show the Way to Topple Bayern Munich; It's Up to Pep to Counter

    Football has always turned on fine margins, but in the superclub era, those margins are growing ever finer...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 4 months ago 7,962 reads 43 comments

  19. Real Madrid's Lack of Balance Will Always Hurt Them Against the Best

    In the end, it was comfortable enough for Real Madrid on Tuesday. The first goal didn ’t arrive until the 64th minute but, once it had, all pressure was off, and second followed four minutes later...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 10,520 reads 76 comments

  20. Another Crazy Premier League Week Provides More Questions Than Answers

    When Craig Gardner’s free-kick flashed into the Leicester City net on Tuesday night to earn West Bromwich Albion a point, the suspicion was that the dwindling most people have been expecting was about to begin...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 13,367 reads 34 comments

  21. Manchester City Impress vs. Kiev but Same Old Vulnerabilities Remain

    The idea that football clubs have a character outwith the coach or the players, or even the owners, seems ridiculous, and yet again and again it seems to be true...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 3,469 reads 20 comments

  22. The Calming Influence of Guus Hiddink May Yet Rescue Chelsea's Torrid Season

    It’s hard now to imagine that Guus Hiddink once got so flustered giving a team-talk that he tried to light the wrong end of a cigarette...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 5 months ago 7,985 reads 23 comments

  23. Why a Leicester Title Win Would Be the Biggest Shock in English League History

    Leicester City ’s victory over Manchester City on Saturday not only carried them five points clear at the top of the Premier League but also made clear that this might actually be happening...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 15,790 reads 49 comments

  24. It's Ridiculous to Claim Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Move Is the Easy Option

    Perhaps it’s simply the nature of social media that there will always be those who want to be contrary. Perhaps Twitter and Facebook have simply given vent to a streak of snideness that has always underlain humanity...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 17,705 reads 131 comments

  25. Ageing Process Is Catching Up on Yaya Toure; He Needs to Accept It and Adapt

    Wednesday felt like a big moment in the slow decline of Yaya Toure . Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has substituted him before, but never when the team were chasing the game and in need of a goal...

    Jonathan Wilson Written by Jonathan Wilson about 6 months ago 13,832 reads 12 comments