1. 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 6 days ago 5,648 reads 6 comments

  2. 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 13 days ago 8,625 reads 30 comments

  3. 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 20 days ago 4,166 reads 13 comments

  4. 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 27 days ago 9,473 reads 42 comments

  5. 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 1 month ago 16,244 reads 56 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 9,700 reads 59 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 14,287 reads 35 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 8,993 reads 22 comments

  9. 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 2 months ago 7,333 reads 33 comments

  10. 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 2 months ago 9,554 reads 4 comments

  11. 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 2 months ago 13,482 reads 92 comments

  12. Replacing John Terry More Difficult Than Replacing Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

    For a club often derided as having no history, Chelsea have become somewhat comfortable in their ways. It’s now 13 years since Russian oil billions started pumping into Stamford Bridge, changing the Blues forever...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 5,332 reads 21 comments

  13. Victory over Arsenal Showed Manchester United Have Neglected Their Youth Academy

    Louis van Gaal is reminded of Manchester United ’s history in talent production every time he arrives at Old Trafford...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 8,075 reads 20 comments

  14. Pep Guardiola Must Refrain from Signing His Former Players at Manchester City

    He hasn ’t even so much as set foot in the Arndale Centre yet, but Pep Guardiola ’s Manchester City is already starting to take shape in the mind of those keenly observing...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 7,012 reads 18 comments

  15. Mauricio Pochettino Would Help Restore Manchester United's Identity as a Club

    There’s a budget hotel across the road from Old Trafford — the kind that comes attached with a carvery restaurant...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 11,980 reads 71 comments

  16. Can the Chinese Super League Really Become a Destination for Football's Best?

    Not so long ago, football was essentially outlawed in China. Team sports in general were pretty much banned as gatherings of more than 10 people were prohibited by the country's Communist government...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 3 months ago 18,793 reads 72 comments

  17. Pep Guardiola's Arrival Is Good News for the Rest of the Premier League

    With Manchester City 's confession of football's worst-kept secret, countless snap predictions of the Premier League's future were made...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 9,021 reads 60 comments

  18. Chelsea's Move for Alexandre Pato Epitomises the Worst of the January Window

    By the Premier League’s usual bombastic standard, this January transfer window has been a tranquil one...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 31,572 reads 39 comments

  19. Manchester United Must Ditch Their Fanciful and Unrealistic Transfer Strategy

    It’s that time of year again. Not much is certain in football, but when the transfer window opens, speculation linking Manchester United with the sport’s great and good can be counted on...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 23,270 reads 62 comments

  20. Why Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj Is Still One of Europe's Brightest Talents

    There was a time when Manchester United were seen to possess the brightest teenage talent in European football. After letting Paul Pogba slip from their grasp, they were steadfast in their determination to keep hold of this prodigy, too...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 4 months ago 14,557 reads 29 comments

  21. How Jurgen Klopp Has Shown What He's Really Like as Liverpool Manager

    It’s somewhat fitting that English football’s most romantic club has found something of an old romantic to lead the way...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 15,002 reads 24 comments

  22. Leicester Have the Substance and Style to Stay in Premier League Title Race

    In the grand picture that the Premier League will eventually form, Tuesday’s goalless draw between Leicester City and Manchester City will matter little...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 5,180 reads 7 comments

  23. Olivier Giroud Is Not Top Drawer, but He Could Still Lead Arsenal to the Title

    A statue of Thierry Henry stands outside the Emirates Stadium, with Dennis Bergkamp’s silhouette also casting a shadow over fans entering the venue...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 11,466 reads 86 comments

  24. Which English Club Should Make Romelu Lukaku Their Primary Transfer Target?

    Even for a division which has counted unpredictability among its greatest selling points, the Premier League has been an altogether different beast this season...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 5 months ago 14,091 reads 41 comments

  25. Might Manchester United Have to Choose Between Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville?

    As far as Louis Van Gaal ’s wife Truus is concerned, she has a pact with the Manchester United manager...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 6 months ago 11,403 reads 42 comments