1. Alexis Sanchez Is the Forward Arsenal Have Been Looking for

    It was a moment of sheer ferocity. With a win over Atletico Madrid on the final day of the season, Barcelona would have been Liga champions. And for about 10 minutes, such an outcome looked somewhat likely...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 19,611 reads 30 comments

  2. 4 World Cup Stars Manchester United Must Target to Complement Ander Herrera

    Louis van Gaal isn’t the only man attached to Manchester United celebrating this week. The Dutchman punched the air as his Netherlands side made the last eight of the World ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 23,974 reads 116 comments

  3. England Should Embrace Its Identity as a Counter Attacking Team

    Spain has (had) ‘ Tiki -Taka.’ Italy have ‘ Catenaccio .’ And the Netherlands have ‘Total Football.’ The World Cup is a congress of footballing philosophies and methods...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 520 reads 1 comments

  4. Louis van Gaal's Methods with Holland Show He's Perfect for Manchester United

    As is so often the case with clubs in the market for a new manager, Manchester United opted for a complete change of tact with the appointment of Louis van Gaal...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 10,606 reads 13 comments

  5. Even a Great World Cup Should Not Tempt Arsenal into Moving for Mario Balotelli

    Mario Balotelli is a legend. Not in the Hall of Fame sense of the term, though. Not in a kind of jager -bomb swilling, rugby-player sort of way either. He’s a legend in the same way the Loch Ness Monster is a legend...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 8,909 reads 66 comments

  6. Which Premier League Club Is Best Suited to Cesc Fabregas?

    When Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol bundled Cesc Fabregas into a Barcelona shirt as a prank during Spain’s 2010 World Cup celebrations, the sight of ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 30,729 reads 178 comments

  7. Gareth Bale's Success at Real Shows Why More British Players Should Move Abroad

    Striding about the Estadio da Luz pitch, holding aloft the European Cup, Gareth Bale draped a Welsh flag around his shoulders. It was a strange scene. In amongst all the Iberian and Latin American colour and flair stood a Brit...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 10,734 reads 82 comments

  8. Why David Moyes Will Redeem Himself at His Next Club

    Somewhere—possibly in Florida— David Moyes will pick up the paper left at his hotel suite door on Tuesday morning. He should avoid reading the sports pages, because he’ll find out Manchester United have moved on...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 8,346 reads 9 comments

  9. Manchester United Should Be Embarrassed by Their Treatment of Rio Ferdinand

    While Nemanja Vidic was receiving a captain’s send-off in front of the Stretford End, his defensive partner for the best part of a decade was slinking about in the background...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 17,956 reads 84 comments

  10. Olivier Giroud Has Enjoyed a Good Season, but Arsenal Can Do Better

    Arsenal is a club that cherishes their strikers, even more so than most. Dennis Bergkamp , Thierry Henry and Ian Wright can attest to that...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 10,014 reads 42 comments

  11. Ryan Giggs Is the Most Powerful Man at Manchester United Right Now

    Patrolling the Old Trafford touchline, arms outstretched in moments of protest and pointing to his watch in the style of the man whose name literally hangs over the dugout, Ryan Giggs looked the part of the Manchester United manager...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 5,878 reads 6 comments

  12. Jose Mourinho Is Still the Main Man and Will Lead Chelsea to Glory

    The study of Jose Mourinho has become English football’s fixation. Almost everything that comes out the Special One’s special mouth is analyzed and dissected for true meaning and subtext...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 7,608 reads 22 comments

  13. Hillsborough Stadium Disaster 25 Years On: How English Football Changed Forever

    Twenty-five years on from Britain’s worst sporting tragedy, and we’re still searching for answers...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 29,950 reads 22 comments

  14. Luis Suarez Might Be the Best Player in the World Right Now

    Has a team ever sat atop the Premier League at this stage of the season with so many question marks held against its title candidacy? Liverpool are two points clear in first place, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 17,793 reads 79 comments

  15. Life Without Robin Van Persie Might Not Be so Bad for Manchester United

    It was almost a microcosm of Manchester United 's season. Three goals up, David Moyes had only just stopped punching the air like a man on death row who'd been afforded the reprieve ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 7 months ago 14,516 reads 58 comments

  16. Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal: Making Their Case for the Title

    This time of year goes by a variety of names. Some call it the "home straight," while others refer to it as the "business end." Alex Ferguson labelled it as "squeaky bum time...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 10,494 reads 83 comments

  17. Man City: £100 Million in Transfers, a Visionary Manager, but Still No Progress

    Manchester City don't really need to posture and pout to prove their domestic supremacy any more. The club has little left to prove in England, even if they still take delight in goading their rivals ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 593 reads 12 comments

  18. A Youthful, Attacking England Side Can Win the 2014 World Cup

    Roy Hodgson must be tempted to switch off his phone, cut the cable to his broadband router and bury his head in a pillow until the World Cup begins...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 5,788 reads 22 comments

  19. Why Juan Mata Should Be Allowed to Play for Man United in Champions League

    The Champions League has a certain resonance at Manchester United . Of course, the competition means a lot to every team that contests it, but for England's most successful team, there's an added romance...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 8 months ago 31,561 reads 63 comments

  20. Wayne Rooney's Man United Contract Is Deserved and Players Should Earn More

    There's a website called whatbaleearns.co.uk charting, as the title suggests, what Gareth Bale —the world's most expensive player—earns...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 6,551 reads 26 comments

  21. Ranking the Top 5 Centre-Backs in Premier League History

    Manchester United and David Moyes were dealt another blow when captain Nemanja Vidic confirmed he will leave the Old Trafford club at the end of the season, as per BBC Sport ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 13,570 reads 74 comments

  22. Liverpool Have Outgrown Their Captain: How Steven Gerrard Must Adapt or Die

    The image of Steven Gerrard scoring in the Merseyside derby is one that will define the Premier League era. He just always seems to find the net against Everton ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 14,853 reads 61 comments

  23. Pique to Reus, Fabregas and Matic: Why Clubs Should Go Back in Transfer Market

    It was a transfer window "where were you?" moment. Football fans huddled round glowing screens in pubs and living rooms as Chelsea completed the Premier League record signing of Fernando Torres on transfer deadline day, January 2011...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 28,144 reads 61 comments

  24. The Most Important January Transfer Window in Premier League History

    The true importance of the January transfer window is often skewed by a generous degree of bluster and bluff. But this one might be different. Never before has a mid-season transfer window been so important to so many teams...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 13,186 reads 11 comments