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PLAY is back! Rebooting Just Football’s in-depth coaching and youth development section

First launched in 2012, PLAY is the place on Just Football for coaching, youth development, amateur football and anything else involving physically playing the game. Here you will find anything and everything related to the coaching and playing side of things. Be it nutrition, Academy development, tactical trends, psychology in sport, coaching developments and techniques – […]

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3 to See: Middlesbrough vs Norwich meet in Championship play-off final, plus 2 more

As the long, empty weeks of a summer devoid of domestic football inch ever closer, Just Football picks out three fixtures to help you stave off the gloom this bank holiday weekend. There’s the Championship Play-Off Final, a behemoth of a Bundesliga relegation scrap, and the Derby della Capitale to savour in the latest edition […]

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Hull or Newcastle? The state of play in Europe’s major leagues including who is getting relegated in the Premier League & Bundesliga

There might be nothing left to play for at the top of Europe’s five major leagues, with Bayern Munich, Juventus, Chelsea, PSG and Barcelona all wrapping up top spot already, but there is no shortage of drama to look out for around Europe in the last weeks of the season. The Premier League, Bundesliga, La […]

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Farewell Stevie – Is Steven Gerrard Liverpool’s greatest ever player?

Following his emotional Anfield farewell last week, Steven Gerrard will end his Liverpool career this weekend as the Reds take on Stoke in their final Premier League game of the season. The club legend will run out for his 710th and final appearance, and deservedly receive the acclaim and adulation from Liverpool supporters and football […]


Generation Next: Leroy Sane – meet the exciting Schalke 04 youngster of famous sporting lineage

Generation Next is a series on Just Football in which we aim to profile the best young players in the world. Mathew Burt gives the lowdown on the latest exciting youngster from the Schalke 04 school – Leroy Sane. Name: Leroy Sane Date of Birth: 11th January 1996 Age: 19 Position: Attacking midfielder Club: Schalke 04 […]


Why Blackpool legend Ian Holloway should think twice about rejoining England’s biggest crisis club

Last Monday, Ian Holloway hinted that he would be up for retaking the Blackpool job, to a mixed reaction, to say the least. While some fans would welcome him back with open arms, others want nothing less than club chairman Karl Oyston removed and any talk of a Holloway return to be swept aside until […]


Sadio Mané, Chris Smalling, Yaya Touré… Names of the Premier League, week 37

With the Premier League inching closer to the finish line, Just Football returns with another edition of Names of the Premier League, a weekly column highlighting the most noteworthy performances during the weekend’s Premier League action.. Sadio Mané, Southampton There certainly aren’t any strict, set rules by which a player is included into each week’s instalment […]

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Jose Gaya, Pogba, Laporte… The 10 Series best youngsters in Europe, week 29

With just a few weeks of the season remaining how are our 60 chosen best young players to watch in Europe in 2014/15 getting on? And who if anyone can take Paulo Dybala’s crown as #The10Series 2014/15 king? Our 10 Series weekly review of the best youngsters in Europe continues… #The10Series young talents of the […]

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3 to See: Barcelona & PSG bid for glory, Norwich vs Ipswich in a mammoth derby

Two more of Europe’s major leagues could crown their champions this weekend, with PSG and Barcelona both having the chance to wrap up title victories. Aside from the coronations, make sure you catch East Anglia’s most important derby in decades, with Norwich and Ipswich‘s Championship play-off semi-final clash rounding off this week’s Three to See… Norwich City […]

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The rise and rise of Alex Neil: Norwich City’s no-nonsense young Scottish manager

Focused, driven, confident – three words that crop up time and time again in descriptions of Norwich City manager Alex Neil. So it should come as no surprise to see the second youngest manager in the English league set-up (Neil will turn 34 in June) steer his side within a hair’s breadth of automatic promotion […]