Euro 2016 Portugal

Portugal 1-0 France (aet) – Star names of the Euro 2016 final

The dust has now settled on France 2016, and UEFA’s European Championships will be mothballed until 2020. Eder was the final’s unlikely hero, his injury time piledriver handing Portugal their first ever major international trophy and the win they have been craving since 2004’s shock defeat to Greece. But who had an especially good night […]

Slaven Bilic Euro 2016 punditry

Slaven Bilic dazzles but Euro 2016 punditry highlights familiar old failings

After a promising start, the UK TV punditry at Euro 2016 left something to be desired, writes Sam McGuire, raising a wider question about the state of football coverage in 2016… There’s a common misconception that just because you made a career out of playing football it means you’re an authority on it and should be […]

Jose Fonte Portugal

“Greedy” Euro 2016 finalists Portugal a nation that lives for football – Jose Fonte

Euro 2016 finalists Portugal are reaping the rewards of being a nation that lives and breathes football, according to Jose Fonte. The Southampton and Portugal international centre-back cited the Portuguese love for football as a key reason why the nation continues to produce top players and managers, praising national team coach Fernando Santos for the […]

European Union Brexit

Why Brexit is a major threat to the Premier League… and how MLS and European clubs can profit

by Clement Williams On June 23rd, Britain voted to leave the European Union, thus changing the landscape of finance across the football world. Before the vote, the colossal financial prowess of the English Premier League loomed over continental Europe, spreading a growing sense of financial impotence. The inevitability of vast dispossession of talent by English clubs had […]

Jose Mourinho Manchester United

Why Mourinho? How Manchester United, locked in an existential crisis, turned to Jose

by Terry Carroll When you’ve watched Manchester United for nearly 60 years – the best and the worst – not just for the history, but especially for a style of play that has drawn a massive global audience over the decades, it takes great forbearance to stomach the last three years. Of the many stolid, […]


Introducing Oleksandr Zinchenko – the Ukraine wonderkid joining the Guardiola revolution at Manchester City

#GenerationNext is our regular feature on Just Football in which we profile the best up-and-coming young talents around the world that you need to know about. In the latest edition we gave you the skinny on PSG new boy and Argentine whizzkid Giovani Lo Celso. Next up we head to Ukraine to look at one of […]

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey’s sensational Wales form raises questions over Arsenal role

by Adam Boufkir Before the start of Euro 2016 many expected Gareth Bale to be the star man if Wales were to enjoy any success at their first ever European Championships. The poster boy for his country, Bale may have scored three goals but it is the performances of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey that have contributed […]

EU Brexit

How will Brexit change English football? 5 Key Questions Answered after Britain votes to leave EU

by Councillor Thom Goddard, Portfolio Holder for Sport, Uttlesford District Council The consequences of England exiting the 2016 European Championships has been severe for the players and everyone at the FA after losing to lowly Iceland in the second round. Leaving the European Union, after the Brexit vote passed with a majority, will equally have consequences but […]

England fans Euro 2016

England DNA: How muddled thinking and lack of a plan led to England Euro 2016 embarrassment

by Dave Fox After last Thursday night’s Brexit vote plunged the United Kingdom into mass confusion and soul-searching, England’s footballers joined in on Monday evening with a muddled, disjointed performance in an abject defeat against a willing but very limited Iceland. It’s not hyperbole to say that it was England’s worst tournament defeat since the […]

Italy World Cup 2006

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

by Franco Ficetola What were you doing ten years ago today? If you’re reading this then the chances are you probably love football. And if you love the beautiful game, it’s more than likely that a decade ago you were watching the 2006 FIFA World Cup, held in Germany. 2006 was a crucial year for football. […]