1. 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 4 days ago 11,584 reads 44 comments

  2. 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 11 days ago 8,569 reads 26 comments

  3. 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 16 days ago 11,473 reads 90 comments

  4. 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 18 days ago 9,869 reads 26 comments

  5. 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 23 days ago 17,576 reads 62 comments

  6. 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 25 days ago 6,462 reads 24 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 12,304 reads 126 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 4,174 reads 4 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 1,067 reads 5 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 12,050 reads 48 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 2,560 reads 3 comments

  12. 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 1 month ago 5,227 reads 24 comments

  13. Is Marcus Rashford England's Brightest Young Prospect Since Wayne Rooney?

    Some players have that special something. It’s intangible, unquantifiable and difficult to completely grasp, but there is something that sets them apart from the rest...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 10,176 reads 65 comments

  14. Roy Hodgson Must Embrace England's Attacking Identity at Euro 2016

    As if Roy Hodgson needed further confirmation of his England team’s strengths and weaknesses, he got it within 13 minutes of Sunday’s friendly clash against Turkey at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 1,128 reads 5 comments

  15. Jurgen Klopp Can Validate Liverpool Progress with Europa League Success

    Reaching a European final is enough to distinguish the career of any football manager. For Jurgen Klopp , Wednesday’s UEFA Europa League final will be the second such occasion he will have experienced...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 5,688 reads 6 comments

  16. What History Says About Leicester City's Chances of More Premier League Success

    Moments of triumph are often fleeting, even in the case of Leicester City . Their Premier League win will take a while to sink in, but questions are already being asked of the Foxes’ staying power...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 8,647 reads 30 comments

  17. Manchester City Need Sergio Aguero to Escape His Champions League Rut

    Regardless of what Leicester City achieved this week, Sergio Aguero will always be synonymous with the most dramatic conclusion to a Premier League season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 4,236 reads 13 comments

  18. Why the Premier League Can Do Without the Signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic talks a lot. With every moment of sheer brilliance the Swedish striker produces there is at least one soundbite to go alongside it. Ask him a question and you will get an answer, and then some...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 9,515 reads 42 comments

  19. Is Leicester City's Premier League Title Challenge Really an Underdog Story?

    The only thing predictable about this season in the Premier League has been its unpredictability. In another sense, however, a common thread has woven through the 2015/16 campaign...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 16,278 reads 56 comments

  20. Could Carlo Ancelotti Be a Better Fit for Bayern Munich Than Pep Guardiola?

    When Pep Guardiola left Barcelona four years ago, he was afforded a farewell like no other. A crowd of nearly 100,000 attended the city derby against Espanyol, but those fans weren’t really there for the match...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 10,262 reads 59 comments

  21. Will Zinedine Zidane Be Given the Time to Change Real Madrid?

    As if Real Madrid hadn ’t caused enough of a nuisance, Zinedine Zidane pulled a move more befitting of a classroom than a post-match press conference in the aftermath of his club's Clasico win...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 14,309 reads 35 comments

  22. Do Tottenham Hotspur Have What It Takes to Claim Premier League Glory?

    Mauricio Pochettino has succeeded in a lot of ways as Tottenham Hotspur head coach. For starters, it looks like the north London club will qualify for the UEFA Champions League, ending a five-year exile from the competition...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 9,004 reads 22 comments

  23. Roy Hodgson Must Deliver on England World Cup and Qualification Promise at Euros

    Even by the standards of the 2014 World Cup, England’s Brazilian send-off was particularly bizarre...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 7,350 reads 33 comments

  24. Former Manchester United Man Liam Miller on Old Trafford and New Life in the US

    Some players have a certain stigma attached to them. Eric Djemba-Djemba, for instance, is rather cruelly used as an embodiment of the transitional dip Manchester United endured in the middle of the last decade...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 9,728 reads 4 comments

  25. Has the Time Come for Arsenal to Accept They Are Not an Elite-Level Team?

    When Arsenal take to the vast Camp Nou pitch for Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Barcelona, they will be faced with the mortality of their season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 13,496 reads 92 comments