1. Premier League Player Rankings: Chelsea Continue to Dominate the Top Order

    After an agonising break for the pesky FA Cup, the Premier League returned (for the most part) this week and treated us to eight games...

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  2. European Club Rankings: Man Utd Rise, Monaco Fall, New No. 1 Crowned

    When the UEFA Champions League resumes for its knockout stage, you know you've reached the business end of the season...

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  3. Manchester United, Winning Trophies and a Feeling of Inevitability

    WEMBLEY STADIUM, London — The details will forever remain unclear, but what Jose Mourinho will have had to part with in his deal made with the devil on Sunday must have been pretty sizable...

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  4. Picking an Under-19 Dream Team from Europe's Top Leagues

    AC Milan's child prodigy Gianluigi Donnarumma turns 18 years of age on Saturday. Despite being so young, he's already made 59 appearances for the first team and has established himself as one of the best players in the current Rossoneri squad...

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  5. 20 Over-30s Who Have a Final Big Transfer Move in Them

    The vast majority of clubs prefer to pick up players in their teenage years or early 20s, sensing value in a deal that can bring them either long-term service or a mighty sale later on...

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  6. European Club Rankings: Barcelona and Arsenal in Freefall, PSG Rise

    The return of the Champions League always adds an additional element of intrigue to our European Club Rankings, as it allows many of the sides to play against one another...

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  7. Benfica's Nelson Semedo Is Smart, Aggressive and Perfect for Manchester United

    As evenings go, Tuesday night was a very, very good one for Benfica's defensive unit. Goalkeeper Ederson Moraes saved a penalty and made a number of stunning stops as the Eagles ...

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  8. 20 Starlets Whose Stock Has Plummeted in the 2016-17 Season

    It has become part and parcel of football to spot a young, prodigious talent and begin imagining the feats they might achieve. Alexander Isak is the next Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , Romelu Lukaku was the next Didier Drogba...

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  9. Premier League Player Rankings: Sadio Mane Rises, Spurs Stars Fall En Masse

    Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday very much shaped the way this edition of the Premier League player rankings fell: Reds moving upward, Lilywhites moving downward...

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  10. European Club Rankings: Barcelona and Bayern Shoot Upward; Chelsea Fall

    It was a good weekend in European football for strikers. Barcelona's MSN trio wreaked havoc, Edin Dzeko and Gonzalo Higuain did the damage in Serie A, and Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe proved the scourge of Ligue 1 defences once again...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 6 months ago 21,130 reads 0 comments

  11. Kylian Mbappe: Monaco's Near-Unique Talent Well Worthy of Arsene Wenger's Gaze

    When a player breaks a record set by Thierry Henry, you sit up and take notice. That's exactly what happened when Kylian Mbappe made his Monaco debut back in December 2015 against SM Caen , becoming the youngest player ever to represent the club...

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  12. Ranking the 20 Best Under-21 Summer Transfer Window Prospects

    The January transfer window might still be faintly visible in the rearview mirror and the wounds still fresh for some clubs, but attentions have already turned to a summer of opportunity...

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  13. Premier League Player Rankings: Chelsea Dominate the Top Order

    Those of you who support Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will enjoy this edition of the Premier League player rankings. Those of you who support Arsenal won't like it quite so much...

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  14. European Club Rankings: Arsenal and Liverpool Fall Dramatically

    What a difference a week can make in football. Just take a look at Arsenal's last seven days: two losses, a minor fan revolt, national media attention drawn to said revolt and, perhaps ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 6 months ago 21,179 reads 0 comments

  15. Alexander Isak: The Cherry on Top of Borussia Dortmund's Talent-Infused Cake

    Arguably the biggest story of the January transfer window was Alexander Isak's move from AIK to Borussia Dortmund for a reported €10 million (£8.65 million), per the Guardian 's Marcus Christenson ...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 6 months ago 10,080 reads 0 comments

  16. Premier League Player Rankings: Kante Rises, Hazard Falls, Costa Is Still King

    Liverpool's clash with Chelsea was rightly billed as the glamour tie of the midweek Premier League round of games, and the match has had a big impact on this edition of the player rankings — but not for the reasons you'd expect...

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  17. Ranking the Top 20 Deals of the 2017 January Transfer Window

    The January transfer window has finished; this is your lot until June 2017. If you're happy, great; if you're not, tough. There's nothing else top-level teams can do to alter the shape of their season now...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 6 months ago 25,739 reads 0 comments

  18. European Club Rankings: Barcelona Drop Again, Liverpool Plummet, Chelsea Rise

    While England's footballing populous got their teeth into some traditional FA Cup action this weekend, Europe's major divisions kept chugging along...

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  19. Julian Brandt: A Perfect Fit for Klopp's Liverpool and a Prize Worth Waiting For

    In January 2016, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ignored the urge to spend big in his first transfer window at the club, instead carefully putting the building blocks in place for a successful 2016-17...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 6 months ago 13,606 reads 0 comments

  20. Picking a January Transfer Window Final-Week Target for Each Premier League Club

    On January 31, the winter transfer window will shut. Whether it slams or slides quietly depends on your viewpoint, but what is certain is the opportunity to do business will cease...

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  21. Premier League Player Rankings: Alexis Sanchez Rises, Philippe Coutinho Falls

    When the top Premier League clubs drop points, things change pretty drastically in the following edition of the player rankings...

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  22. European Club Rankings: Barcelona, Monaco and Roma on the Up

    With every top European league now back in action, perhaps it shouldn't have surprised anyone to see the goals flying in across the continent...

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  23. The Second Coming of Kluivert: Justin Has All the Tools to Be World Class

    As far as stunning first-team debuts from 17-year-olds go, Justin Kluivert 's 51 minutes off the bench for Ajax against PEC Zwolle last weekend is up there with the very, very best...

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  24. Ranking the 20 Players Most in Need of a Move in January Transfer Window

    We're midway through the January transfer window and, as usual, clubs have been rather reticent when it comes to making moves or playing their hand in the market...

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  25. Premier League Player Rankings: Chelsea and Tottenham Stars Move Up En Masse

    Diego Costa's absence from Chelsea's matchday squad against Leicester City sent the fear of God through Blues fans and fantasy football players alike, but Antonio Conte's men got on just fine without him...

    Sam Tighe Written by Sam Tighe about 6 months ago 19,195 reads 56 comments