Will West Ham benefit from Manchester City’s European schedule?

Manchester City were halted, with a heaving shudder, by Juventus in Europe this week. The Italian giant had yet to win in Serie A, but were oozing with exactly the sort of aristocratic nous that wins you these heavyweight, ding-dong European affairs. Manchester City’s feathers, which were standing at full height thanks to their perfect […]

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. […]

Chelsea racists betray the illusion of cosmopolitan London

The video, filmed by a bystander on a mobile phone, reeks of shameful muck. A group of travelling Chelsea fans, clumped together in a Paris metro train, shove back a black passenger who is trying to board. Twice they refuse him admission, laughing like clod-headed bullies, while the victim looks around exasperated, fearful and confused. […]

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 […]

Madrid overpower plucky Ludogorets

As Real Madrid began this match strutting aristocratically, it took about 45 seconds for the commentary team to mention the story of David and his fabled opponent, Goliath. As annoying and biblically revisionist as that cliché generally is, for once it looked like a big v small sporting encounter would properly mirror the story of […]