1. Jose Mourinho Is Slowly but Surely Turning into His Biggest Rival, Arsene Wenger

    With every blow dealt to Jose Mourinho ’s Manchester United , Arsene Wenger must surely afford himself a smirk...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 days ago 19,320 reads 59 comments

  2. Pep Guardiola's Reputation Is Only Thing Keeping Manchester City out of Crisis

    Pep Guardiola sees things a little differently. While Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Chelsea was widely viewed as emblematic of how Manchester City are struggling to adapt ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 days ago 3,506 reads 11 comments

  3. Would a Red Bull-Owned Team, Like RB Leipzig, Work in England?

    The Bundesliga, for so long the epitome of footballing self-assurance and sometimes self-righteousness, isn't so comfortable in its own skin right now...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 days ago 7,102 reads 21 comments

  4. Philippe Coutinho Is Liverpool's Best Player, but They Will Cope Without Him

    There are few things in football more despairing for fans than the sight of a world-class player writhing in pain. It's easy to tell when an injury is serious. It's in the eyes...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 days ago 2,289 reads 2 comments

  5. If There's One Manager Who Can't Blame Luck, It's Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho once again spun his wheel of excuses and came up with a new one. "We all know inside that in this moment we are the unlucky team in the Premier League," he moaned after Manchester United 's 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Nov...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 14 days ago 10,475 reads 20 comments

  6. Now the Best Defender in England, Which Club Could Use Virgil van Dijk Most?

    It takes a lot to stop Liverpool at the moment. Jurgen Klopp’s side had scored 14 goals in their last four outings before Saturday’s trip to St. Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 18 days ago 5,399 reads 12 comments

  7. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard Underline That MLS Is No Retirement Home

    There is a certain quirk in the universe’s space-time continuum, perhaps something cosmically charged, something written in the stars, that links Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 23 days ago 3,579 reads 6 comments

  8. Daniel Sturridge's England Form Could Be the Catalyst for a Career Revival

    Ryan Giggs reflected common opinion of Daniel Sturridge when he was asked for his view of the striker...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 25 days ago 2,428 reads 5 comments

  9. England v Scotland: Is International Football's Oldest Rivalry Really a Rivalry?

    It’s the oldest rivalry in football. England and Scotland are forefathers of the sport, with the first meeting between the two nations dating back to November 1872...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 4,830 reads 9 comments

  10. Jurgen Klinsmann Faces Crossroads as USA Prepare for Hex Showdown vs. Mexico

    If Jurgen Klinsmann has ever felt under any real pressure of losing his job as U.S. men's national team manager, it most likely came around the time of the country's last clash with rivals Mexico...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 3,597 reads 18 comments

  11. How Tottenham Hotspur's Rise Could Change the North London Derby

    The best derbies are won by those who puff their chest out farthest. Of course, there needs to be something more than just competitive spirit—history, heritage, intangible ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 3,374 reads 24 comments

  12. Victor Moses Has Become the Embodiment of Chelsea's Resurgence

    When Antonio Conte arrived at Chelsea , he found a squad in desperate need of rejuvenation. Almost to a man, the Blues had underperformed the season before...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 7,672 reads 29 comments

  13. This Year Will Prove If the Ballon d'Or Truly Is an Individual Award

    There's always a certain novelty appeal to the list of Ballon d'Or nominations every year it comes out. The names of European football's great and good are perused to find the odd one out, the name that doesn't quite belong there...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 11,203 reads 52 comments

  14. Jose Mourinho Is Nothing Without His Aura and Must Undergo a Personal Revolution

    He was once the Special One, then the Happy One, but on Sunday Jose Mourinho was the Humiliated One...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 11,633 reads 30 comments

  15. Is David Moyes a Busted Flush as a Manager?

    Pinned on the fridge of every struggling Premier League chairman is a shortlist of managers. It’s a collective shortlist, with the same names linked with the same vacancies until the person at the top is plucked...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 4,877 reads 8 comments

  16. Trying to Solve the Curious Case of Arsenal's Theo Walcott

    Anyone watching Arsenal 's at times chaotic 3-2 home win over Swansea City on Saturday might have queried who the eye-catching attacking dynamo in the No. 14 shirt was...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 9,290 reads 19 comments

  17. Wayne Rooney Must Follow Ryan Giggs' Lead to Preserve Manchester United Legacy

    The passing of the England captaincy from Wayne Rooney to Jordan Henderson for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Slovenia was as symbolic a moment as they come...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 1 month ago 6,025 reads 13 comments

  18. How Mauricio Pochettino Turned Tottenham Hotspur from 'Spursy' to Contenders

    Certain things are expected of certain clubs. Arsenal , for instance, are pencilled in as top-four fixtures every summer, with Manchester United targeting the title season after season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 7,868 reads 24 comments

  19. Do Arsenal Finally Have the Defence to Win the Premier League Title?

    Arsene Wenger has long been a master of defence. Not the kind played on a football pitch, but the rhetoric contested with the media and even his own fans almost on a weekly basis...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 16,219 reads 44 comments

  20. Why Bob Bradley's Appointment at Swansea Could Open the Door for US Coaches

    When Bob Bradley is presented to the media for the first time as Swansea City ’s new manager, a silent sense of satisfaction may spread across the American’s face as he takes his seat...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 7,924 reads 19 comments

  21. Sam Allardyce Was Right Man for the Job, but England Must Go in a New Direction

    There was something distinctly Shakespearean to Sam Allardyce 's very swift demise as England manager. It was a job he coveted for so long, yet his inherent instincts, his toxic intuition, betrayed him...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 9,033 reads 27 comments

  22. Is the Age of Cristiano Ronaldo Coming to an End at Real Madrid?

    Some players are good at hiding their true feelings. They recognise and keep in mind the cameras trained on them at all times, maintaining their poker faces as so many look for any hint of a reaction...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 2 months ago 30,425 reads 93 comments

  23. The EFL Cup Is Outdated and Should Be Scrapped

    In most cases it most likely doesn’t happen this way, but for the sake of imagery it’s convenient to envisage every Premier League manager sitting down ahead of a new season and drawing up a list of priorities...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 20,250 reads 55 comments

  24. Is Pep Guardiola's Success Exposing How Football Has Left Jose Mourinho Behind?

    Jose Mourinho looked quintessentially Jose Mourinho as he stood pouting on the Vicarage Road touchline. Smartly turned out, silver hair slick, trenchcoat symmetrically offsetting a neat black tie against a crisp white shirt...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 28,804 reads 83 comments

  25. How to Revive the Europa League in Light of Changes to the Champions League

    There can be no missing of the start of the new Champions League season. All the teasers and trailers, all the buildup, all the excited chatter: European football’s premier club ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 6,352 reads 27 comments