1. For the Sake of His Reputation Pep Guardiola Needs Champions League Success

    Examining the reasons behind Manchester City ’s appointment of Pep Guardiola doesn ’t take too much effort...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 4,869 reads 20 comments

  2. Antonio Conte Has Shown in 3 Games He Can Be Chelsea's Difference-Maker

    Nobody was quite sure what to expect from Antonio Conte. Chelsea fans watched the Italian on the touchline during the summer’s European Championship, witnessing the energetic, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 7,784 reads 23 comments

  3. Why Is Wayne Rooney Immune from Criticism for Club and Country?

    There is something of a disconnect between what Wayne Rooney has achieved and the manner in which he has achieved it...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 24,812 reads 80 comments

  4. Huge Transfer Window Is Shut but Its Impact Will Be Felt Throughout the Season

    The totaliser has stopped spinning, fans are no longer camped out at training grounds and stadiums, with agents finally free to turn their mobile phones on silent...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 9,696 reads 42 comments

  5. Football's Transfer Window Needs to Be Overhauled for the Good of the Game

    It’s here. After weeks and months of perpetual speculation, gossip and conjecture, the summer transfer window will come to a close on Wednesday...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 8,728 reads 15 comments

  6. Would Recalling John Terry to the England Squad Really Be Such a Bad Idea?

    While his frumpy, simplistic style might not make him terribly progressive, Sam Allardyce was appointed as England manager to take the team forward. After all, they couldn't fall any further following their dismal Euro 2016 showing...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 4,502 reads 30 comments

  7. Eric Bailly Has All the Qualities to Become the Perfect Jose Mourinho Defender

    Manchester United are revelling in the art of comparison right now. Jose Mourinho is the new Sir Alex Ferguson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the new Eric Cantona and Paul Pogba is the new Roy Keane...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 17,341 reads 35 comments

  8. English Football Must Learn Lessons from Team GB's Success at Rio Olympics

    With every medal hung round the neck of a British athlete in Rio de Janeiro , another entry is surely scrawled into the grand catalogue of notes the Football Association must be taking this summer...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 5,098 reads 12 comments

  9. Joe Hart Won't Be the Last to Be Ditched by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City

    No matter how many times Joe Hart high-fived Willy Caballero before, during and after Manchester City ’s Premier League opener on Saturday, the pain of being benched was plain to see...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 14,675 reads 41 comments

  10. The 2016/17 Premier League Season Promises to Be the Greatest Ever

    If the 2016/17 Premier League season was a Hollywood blockbuster, they would have started teasing it months ago. Probably around the time of Manchester City’s announcement that Pep Guardiola would be taking charge at the club this summer...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 20,944 reads 77 comments

  11. Is Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Built for Europe over the Premier League?

    Pre -season certainly hasn ’t seen the best of Manchester City . Nothing is gauged on how a club performs before the start of the season, but still, Pep Guardiola ’s Premier League project feels very much like a work in progress...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 9,630 reads 10 comments

  12. Can Leicester City Possibly Successfully Defend Their Premier League Title?

    What comes after the greatest upset in Premier League history? How can Claudio Ranieri ’s Leicester City side possibly follow up what happened last season? Indeed, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 12,013 reads 25 comments

  13. Manchester United Need an Experienced Centre-Back to Win the Premier League

    A lot hinges on whether Paul Pogba makes the move to Manchester United this summer. The Frenchman’s return to Old Trafford would mean a recalibration of predictions for next ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 19,026 reads 41 comments

  14. Could Pep Guardiola's Arrival Spark Revolution in English Football?

    Why did Pep Guardiola take the Manchester City job? He says it’s to prove himself; to prove that his success in Spain and Germany was more than just a consequence of circumstance...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 11,756 reads 44 comments

  15. Would the Signing of Granit Xhaka Be Enough for Arsenal This Summer?

    No club tears itself apart over transfer rumours like Arsenal . The gossip column is always lengthy at this time of year with the summer transfer window now open, but speculation ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 8,747 reads 26 comments

  16. Are Portugal Really the European Championships' Worst-Ever Finalists?

    It became apparent rather early that Euro 2016 was prime for an outsider to make a charge. It took until the latter rounds for any side to impose themselves on the competition, with ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 11,634 reads 90 comments

  17. How Euro 2004's Disappointment Kept Cristiano Ronaldo Going for Portugal

    Think of Cristiano Ronaldo and a few images come to mind. His trademark celebration for one, mouth open, face contorted, muscles flexed...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 9,987 reads 26 comments

  18. It's Time Olivier Giroud's Importance to France Was Recognised

    Every team needs a scapegoat. Even when things are going well, when the goals are flowing and the wins are racking up, there is always a scapegoat readied to be sacrificed, just in case...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 17,628 reads 62 comments

  19. England Must Fix Their Mentality Before They Fix Anything Else

    By now, the usual inquest which follows an English exit from a major tournament feels tired. The manager resigns, or at least faces intense media interrogation, while underperforming players are trialled by a public jury...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 6,536 reads 24 comments

  20. Cristiano Ronaldo Should Be Commended for Trying so Hard, Not Mocked for It

    As far as easy targets go Cristiano Ronaldo is about as easy as they come. He might be one of this generation’s finest footballers, boasting three Ballons d’Or, three ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 12,332 reads 126 comments

  21. History Shows a Slow Start Is How Spain Like It Best at Euros

    What really is the sign of champions? There seems to be some disconnect in consensus. Some think it’s a thumping display of superiority, dominating from start to finish and running up a score more befitting of a cricket match...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 4,184 reads 4 comments

  22. England Must Be More Conservative or Face Being Picked off by Wales

    Rivalries are the product of their circumstance. So while England and Wales haven’t always contested the fiercest of conflicts, the potential consequence of Thursday’s crunch clash has provided the fixture with a different dimension...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 1,070 reads 5 comments

  23. Why England Stand Their Best Chance of Major Tournament Glory in a Decade

    It can be difficult to gauge just how fair a chance England stand of winning any given major tournament. Whether it be the European Championship or the World Cup, hyperbole and pessimism warps judgement in equal measure...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 12,060 reads 48 comments

  24. Could Euro 2016 Be to France What Euro 2008 Was to Spain?

    On the lawn of the Chateau de Clairefontaine—where the French national team has its central hub — there stands a gigantic replica of the World Cup trophy. The players take no notice of it any more...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 2,564 reads 3 comments

  25. Is Spain Boss Vicente del Bosque's Job the Toughest in International Football?

    For most countries, 23 squad places are enough to provide national-team managers with every option, every trait they could possibly want during a major tournament. Some countries even struggle to fill that many spots with players of a suitable calibre...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 5,235 reads 24 comments