1. Picking a World Cup Squad with Only 1 Player from Each of the 23 Qualified Teams

    Twenty-three is the 2018 FIFA World Cup 's magic number right now. It's the number of players each nation will be permitted to take to Russia, but it also happens to be the quantity of confirmed teams for the finals...

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  2. EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 8

    The Premier League's return from the latest international break brought the excitement and drama we all crave...

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  3. European Club Rankings After October 13-16 Matches

    For once, it felt like the tables had actually turned. Usually it's such a wrench to switch from domestic to international football, but with the likes of Argentina, Portugal, ...

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  4. Ranking the Top 20 Players Who Won't Be at the World Cup

    The 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign has not yet reached its conclusion, but we are close to finding out the identities of all 32 nations that will contest for sport's biggest prize in Russia next summer...

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  5. World Cup Power Rankings After Oct. 5-Oct. 10 Qualifiers

    The sheer amount of meaningful, pivotal international action that took place across the globe over the last week was tough to keep track of...

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  6. 2017 Ballon d'Or Power Rankings After 30-Man Shortlist Revealed

    The 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon d'Or award has dropped, and it's fair to say there are some eye-popping inclusions from the nominators over at France Football (h/t the Daily Mirror )...

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  7. Picking Germany's 2018 World Cup Squad After End of Qualification Campaign

    Germany's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign has finished and, predictably, it's been a resounding success. Ten played, 10 won, an astonishing 43 goals scored and just four conceded...

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  8. Scouting Notebook: Charly Musonda Can Be a Long-Term Fixture for Chelsea & Conte

    There could only be so many false dawns; eventually, someone had to make the leap. The 2017-18 season is a game-changer for Chelsea , not only because of their re-entry to the ...

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  9. Power Ranking the 25-Man Shortlist for the 2017 Golden Boy Award

    We're approaching that time of year when the big, individual awards are handed out. The Ballon d'Or and the Puskas Award dominate headlines coming into October as speculation over ...

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  10. EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 7

    As we pause for what is the penultimate international break of 2017, it seems a handy time to take stock of what's happened in the first seven weeks of the Premier League season...

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  11. European Club Rankings After September 29 to October 1 Matches

    We're in "full-flow" territory when it comes to describing the 2017-18 season and its events. Most of Europe's top teams have played 10-plus games, so we're able to truly gauge them and define their strengths and characteristics...

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  12. High Stakes, High Pressure: Inside the Mind of a FIFA Professional

    It's 2012. I'm at my first-ever major FIFA tournament in New York. There's $400,000 in the prize pot. I'm winning my opening game 1-0, but my opponent scores in the 90th minute...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 18 days ago 8,721 reads 0 comments

  13. Every Big European Club's Biggest Disappointment so Far This Season

    It can never be all flowers and roses in football. Things go wrong, players disappoint, and the people you think you can bank on to pull through for you can easily go missing. It's the nature of a high-pressure, unpredictable sport...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 21 days ago 23,446 reads 0 comments

  14. EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 6

    A weekend in which Premier League strikers seemed to take over unsurprisingly resulted in a truckload of goals...

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  15. European Club Rankings After September 22-25 Matches

    Double gameweeks on the continent plus midweek English cup action creates so much football to digest. You'd be forgiven if you missed a few things, with so much going on. That's why we're here to wrap it all up for you...

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  16. Every Big European Club's Revelation so Far This Season

    Part of football's beauty can be sourced in its unpredictability. It's a volatile arena in which things can turn for better or worse pretty quickly and where few things go to plan...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 28 days ago 34,832 reads 0 comments

  17. EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 5

    After five gameweeks, the Premier League table shows the Manchester clubs neck and neck at the summit—level on points, goal difference and even goals scored...

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  18. Scouting Notebook: Talented Borja Mayoral Is the Perfect Karim Benzema Backup

    Throughout the 2016-17 season, Real Madrid were shot jealous looks from counterparts across the continent for a number of reasons...

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  19. European Club Power Rankings After September 15-18 Matches

    The week in which the Champions League group stage starts is always a fun one, as it brings an extra dose of top-class football to an already jam-packed schedule...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 34,180 reads 0 comments

  20. EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 4

    As Manchester City and Liverpool kicked off at 12:30 p.m. BST on Saturday, a worldwide sigh of relief occurred in unison. Premier League football was back after an incredibly rude, untimely August interruption...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 17,986 reads 0 comments

  21. European Club Rankings After September 8-11 Matches

    Domestic football resumed this past weekend and did so in explosive fashion. Top teams met one another across the continent and produced some remarkable spectacles; any fixture ...

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  22. When Will Liverpool and Wales Starlet Ben Woodburn Be Ready for Premier League?

    Reasons to smile for Liverpool fans right now may seem hard to pin down. The international break destroyed the momentum gained from smashing Arsenal 4-0, and their return result ...

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  23. EPL Desperation Meter: How Worried Should Your Team Be After Transfer Window?

    It all seems so simple on paper, doesn't it? Draft up a list of brilliant players, lodge the appropriate bids, complete the signings and let the fans drink in those images of your new acquisitions holding your club's shirt aloft...

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  24. World Cup Power Rankings After Aug. 29 to Sept. 5 Qualifiers

    It's about that time in the FIFA World Cup qualifying process where things genuinely start to get interesting. It made the whole international break just a tiny bit more bearable; the abrupt divorce from renewed domestic action a little less savage...

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  25. Ranking the Best 20 Value-for-Money Moves of the Summer Transfer Window

    You'd think finding value-for-money moves in a transfer window that ripped the record books to shreds would be difficult, but the truth is plenty of shrewd business still went on...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 1 month ago 17,355 reads 0 comments