Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs claims he would love to replace Louis van Gaal as the Old Trafford main man in a few years’ time. Giggs has signed up to assist van Gaal when he takes charge of United later this month but has got a taste for management after his caretaker spell in […]
To some die-hard England fans it will be an impossible choice: should you support Germany or Argentina in tomorrow’s World Cup final? Our own team’s involvement in the tournament is a distant memory, but sitting on the sidelines is no way to enjoy the climax of one of the most thrilling World Cups in recent memory.
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri believes his best years are still to come after signing a new five-year deal at the Etihad. Nasri enjoyed arguably his best season in England last term, playing a major role in City’s title winning side, but that still wasn’t enough to see him included in the France squad for […]
The forecast for Rio de Janeiro on the morning of the World Cup final is for rain; something Germans of a certain age still call “Fritz Walter weather”. It was sheeting down on the morning of what became known as “The Miracle of Bern”, a match that saw the emergence of the greatest nation in the history of the tournament.
While Manchester United have been keen to see what their successor to David Moyes can offer up at the World Cup, Louis van Gaal’s unconventional decision to substitute his starting goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen in the quarter-final against Costa Rica will stand out as the most intriguing moment of the Netherlands’ campaign through the World Cup […]
Alan Hansen will be basking in tributes today, as he readies himself for one last stint on the sofa for tomorrow’s World Cup final. There will be people lining up to tell him what a good job he has done in enlightening the viewer about the tactics, mistakes and highlights of countless games of football over the last 22 years.
Louis van Gaal’s intolerance of journalists’ ‘stupid’ questions is almost as redoubtable as his tactical acumen. The Iron Tulip has a notoriety for blasting journalists for their poorly phrased questions, and takes particular relish in letting them know about it. With Holland set to return home after their 3rd/4th place playoff against Brazil on Saturday
The Germany head coach has admitted he needed to change his counterattacking tactics from the 2010 World Cup and put greater emphasis on his midfieldersUnbeatable for years to …
Alejandro Sabella may bear scant resemblance to the dark-haired moptop Alex Sabella who used to play for Sheffield United (1978-80) and Leeds (1980-81), but they are one and the same person. And Argentina’s press still calls him Pachorra (the sloth), a reference to the slow pace at which the elegant No 10 used to play the game.
Alexis Sanchez’s signing at Arsenal is an indicator of a permanent move away from the club’s comfort zone in the market. If Mesut Ozil’s arrival a year ago was to act as the overture, Sanchez’s purchase from Barcelona this summer is the opening riff of a sweeping epic; the culmination of a decade’s worth of […]
There are some matches, and moments within matches, on which the course of football as a whole seems to turn. There was Mark Robins’ header at the City Ground in 1990, keeping a 48-year-old Alex Ferguson in the Manchester United job. Or the night at White Hart Lane when a 21-year-old Gareth Bale shredded the European champions Internazionale and their colossal right-back Maicon.
29-year-old left-back signs two-year deal to become club’s third summer signing
Release clause triggered with £600,000 offer for striker Contract negotiations with 26-year-old continuingCrystal Palace are confident of securing the signing of the Cardiff City striker Fraizer Campbell over …
One thing you cannot accuse Arsenal fans of right now is ‘never being happy.’ Sure, there have been complaints from the fans but the reaction to the signing of Alexis Sanchez has been a wave of positivity. The Chilean had a great World Cup and was surplus to requirements at Barcelona, Arsenal winning the race
As Argentina gear up to face Brazil in the 2014 World Cup final, Tim Stanley argues that England supporters would be much happier with our team’s result if 1966 had never happened
Brazil v Holland for the World Cup consolation prize may appear a flawed spectacle but history shows it can still deliverThe third-place play-off at the World …
Brazil’s dejected stars trained in front of injured national hero Neymar on Thursday ahead of their third place play-off clash against Holland on Saturday. Neymar, who missed the semi-final because of a back injury, tried to raise spirits among the players by visiting the squad at their Teresopolis base.
If we lose the final my joy as top scorer will be dampened Klose says Germany must play at their best to beat Argentina Continue reading… …