Total Football 2.0: Ajax & Erik ten Hag

The final match of Group E in this season’s Champions League will not affect the standings, but there will be a lot of interested parties. For one, it matches Ajax with Bayern Munich, two sides who won consecutive hat-tricks of European Cups between 1971 and 1976. Secondly, Ajax boast one of the most exciting young […]

What’s Happening with Liverpool’s Pressing?

Liverpool have begun the defence of their Champions League title in reasonably good shape – despite a 2-0 reverse away to Napoli, two wins on the bounce, and an upcoming home tie against the bottom side in the group, Genk, should put the Merseyside team in a strong position before they host Napoli and face […]

’I’ve played the best football of my career this season’ | Alexandre Lacazette exclusive

Being voted Player of the Season means, for me, a lot. I’m really, really proud. After the first game last season, when I signed with the club, I saw one board where all the players who had won this award were on, and I said to my family: ‘one day, I hope I will be […]

PUMA Football | This is our City

– [Radio Announcer] Good morning, listeners. What a beautiful day here in Manchester. Perfect to start the new season, and now for the local news. (beat music) (air whooshes) – It’s in it, at the side. – C’mon man – Shoot, I’ve won!! (friends roaring) (video game bleeping) – What? (laughing) – Whoa! – Whoa! […]

Manchester United, Liverpool & the Battle for Asia

It was coming up for 2.30am local time when Manchester United against Liverpool entered stoppage time. The street cleaners were getting to work on roads that already looked spotless. The subway had already closed for the night. Tokyo always seems more exciting when the neon lights are throbbing. But now it was time for the […]

Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal (5-4 on penalties) Reds win dramatic 10-goal thriller | Highlights

Ball fired in for Oxlade-Chamberlain. Cross is looking for Brewster! And it’s turned into his own net by Shkodran Mustafi. Now Maitland-Niles, Mesut Ozil again, there’s the pull-back and the shot, it’s a brilliant save, but Torreira’s there and Arsenal are level. Free kick taken quickly. It’s well done by Maitland-Niles, and Kelleher’s there again, […]

The biggest game in English football? Liverpool vs Manchester United | US AND THEM

Describe Manchester, the city. Errr… It’s like a pirate ship full of scurvy dogs, vagabonds and ne’er-do-wells, and a couple of half-decent football teams every now and again! And a couple of half-decent bands. Much the same as Liverpool, really. Liverpool. Manchester. Identity. Originality. Industry. Radicalism. History. Music. Football. Liverpool the city, if I had […]

Erdoğan: Football and Power in Turkey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s sporting career has become part of his mythology, reinforcing his image as a salt-of-the-earth leader in tune with the masses. Over the last ten years, Turkish football has experienced great change. It has become bigger and louder, more commercialised and polarised, entwined ever more with business and politics. So central has Erdoğan […]

Saudi Arabia: The Secret Power in World Football?

In January 2019, the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, the bustling, multi-ethnic port city on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast, will host an historic match. Juventus and AC Milan will play each other, not in some glorified pre-season friendly but in he Italian Supercoppa. With all the controversy about the Premier League’s 39th […]