Reports: Manchester United prepare £37million Juan Mata raid

Well well well, is the January transfer window about to get interesting…? (Answer: probably not). There are probably 1001 reasons not to believe this Juan Mata to Manchester United rumour is plausible in any way. Where would he play? What happens to Kagawa? Why would Mourinho strengthen a (former) direct rival? Will United ever buy [...]

3 To See: Ajax, Chelsea v Manchester United, PSG – Sunday’s must-see football

Ajax vs PSV (Eredivisie) Sunday 19th January 2014 – Kickoff 15:30 BST Perhaps not the biggest in Holland, perhaps not the most important game in this season but there is something about this fixture that should hopefully make for compulsive viewing. The last five meeting between these two have produced 19 goals and it will [...]

Five things Clarence Seedorf must do to make AC Milan great again

Clarence Seedorf has made an emotional return to the club where he spent an illustrious ten years, winning numerous trophies. With AC Milan languishing in 11th position in Serie A, only 6 points off the relegation zone, the Dutch legend is under no illusions as to the enormity of the task that lies ahead. “We’ve got a [...]

Hazard, Suarez, Barry: Names of the Premier League, week 21

In this edition of Names of the Premier League we offer some outside bets so far outside you need the Hubble telescope to see them. Here are the star names of week 21: Eden Hazard Is Eden Hazard the best player in the Premier League behind Luis Suarez at this moment? Manchester City and Arsenal fans will contend respectively [...]

Thibaut Courtois

The Ballon d’Or and Goalkeepers – Will a keeper ever follow in Lev Yashin’s footsteps?

o that’s it is it? It’s finally over? On Monday morning/afternoon/evening depending on your location Cristiano Ronaldo was finally confirmed as the Ballon d’Or winner in yet another anticlimactic affair. The whole affair just seemed like a charade designed to bore us all senseless to the point where we forgot who the inevitable winner was. [...]

Michael Laudrup's Swansea versus Brendan Rodgers' changes

Why Swansea City are struggling and how Spurs’ Sigurdsson could be the answer

fter a terrible festive period that saw his side in relegation form, Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup said he’s not worried about falling into a relegation battle. At the start of the campaign, that’s likely not the conversation the Dane was expecting to be having in January. Coming off last season, in which Swansea solidified [...]

3 to see: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur, Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao, Juventus vs Roma

This weekend’s Three to See, brought to you by Just Football: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (FA Cup) Saturday 4th January 2014 – Kickoff 17:15 BST A North London Derby is always something to get excited about and this fixture promises to live up to expectations. This is the pair’s sixth meeting in the FA Cup, the Gunners [...]

Pelligrini, Ronaldo, Mancini… Names of the Champions League, week 6

Deji Faremi returns with Just Football: Names of the Champions League. Here’s his top picks from Week 6: Manuel Pelligrini Manuel Pelligrini guided his charges to a memorable 3-2 victory over reigning European champions Bayern Munich at the Allianz arena, and in doing so condemned them to their first defeat in 27 games in all competitions. After falling behind [...]

Three to see: Man City vs Arsenal, Barcelona vs Villarreal, Napoli vs Inter

This weekend’s Three to See, brought to you by Just Football: Manchester City vs Arsenal (Premier League) Saturday 14th December 2013 – Kickoff 12:45 BST This is probably the sternest test Arsenal have faced this season and will likely provide the toughest examination of their title credentials. Manchester City at home are formidable; in the league they [...]

Mohamed Salah

Good Player Guide #25: Mohamed Salah – Egyptian football’s beacon of hope

by Adam Moustafa Mohamed Salah Ghaly, a name most non-Egyptians were unfamiliar with just over a season ago when the young Pharaoh arrived in Basel from Egyptian Premier League side Arab Contractors, is now proving how Ghaly – precious in Arabic – he really is, as the 21-year-old continues to make the headlines in European [...]