West Ham complete a stunning deadline day flurry

David Gold and David Sullivan aren’t taking any chances this season. On transfer deadline day, that breathless last-gasp scramble, the West Ham co-owners have orchestrated a stunning flurry of deals, all completed before the final gong rang. Whether it was signings that had lingered uncompleted for weeks or surprise transactions that emerged from the deadline […]

West Ham forced to wait and see with Song and Jenkinson

Two vital players, both only at the club temporarily. As is always the case in football, the paperwork is causing all the headaches here. Sam Allardyce might not be employed in East London next season, but that, it seems, is the least of the club’s problems. Carl Jenkinson and Alex Song have been highly influential […]

Neymar soars above the ashes of his predecessors.

Brazil is the cradle for more expatriate talent than any other country in world football. Last year, 471 Brazilian players plied their trade in Europe’s leagues, overwhelmingly the most dominant expatriate nationality. The footballing classes that the nation produces, year after year, are staggering, both in volume and quality. Uncovered diamonds glide with quicksilver ease […]

All the goals from this round of Champions League fixtures

It was a week of poor results for the English teams left standing in Europe’s premier competition. Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Schalke ended up being the best English result, as Arsenal and Manchester City again reasserted the blundering and shuddering incapability they both seem stricken by at this level, losing to Monaco and Barcelona respectively. […]

The best goals from this week’s Champions League

The results of this week’s Champions League fixtures made for fascinating reading. There was a night of synchronous thrashings, handed out with relish by Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk. There was a wholly expected (yet still agonisingly confusing) lukewarm draw for Manchester City, whose inability to perform in Europe continues. There was the inevitable […]

The Nomadic Superstar

Mario Balotelli’s impending transfer to Liverpool is a striking development (pun tally: 1), in more ways than one. First and foremost, the price tag just screams “bargain!”; the £16 million fee Milan are likely to accept for one of the most talented under-25 strikers in European football seems incredibly good value, only £4 million more […]

Taming Luis

The fact Barcelona are not allowed to unveil their latest superstar signing until his ban for biting is up ought to tell you enough about the signing himself. Luis Suarez, the mercurial striker with an addiction to bizarre controversy, signed for the Spanish giants for a reported £75 million and Barcelona are already facing a […]

Wanted: One World Class Striker

Suarez has gone, the saga is over for Liverpool. A £75 million deal with Barcelona has been arranged and, pending a medical, the Uruguayan will be on a jet plane flying away from Anfield in no time at all. It ends a turbulent 3 years at Liverpool, and the controversies don’t need to be repeated. […]

The Audacious Athlete

When Ronaldinho bamboozled defenders playing for Barcelona at the height of his powers, the circus tricks, the footballing impossibilities he performed every match set him apart as a truly exceptional individual. For that period he was supernatural, the things he did were mind-boggling. The thing is, Ronaldinho wasn’t, and isn’t, the only player capable of […]