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Lionel Messi: the best ever?

Barcelona and the Rebirth of King Messi: How Cristiano Ronaldo and cheese pizza helped make Lionel Messi the greatest again

They say the moment Lionel Messi became Lionel Messi again was on Monday January 12 2015. They say Zurich’s Kongresshaus was the precise location. They say it was sitting there, suited up in a shiny maroon outfit, tuxedo and bow tie combo – so incongruous to his usual substitute teacher’s get-up – that Lionel Messi […]

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Generation Next: Matias Kranevitter – The River Plate midfield general attracting Manchester City and Atletico Madrid

Generation Next is a series on Just Football in which we aim to profile the best young players in the world. After profiling German youth international Leroy Sane, next up South American football expert Tom Robinson provides the lowdown on the man feted to replace Javier Mascherano for Argentina – River Plate‘s Matias Kranevitter. Name: Matias Kranevitter Date of Birth: […]

Porto Dragao

Does FIFA’s war on Third-Party Ownership spell the end for the ‘Porto model’?

Aided by Third-Party Ownership, FC Porto have been one of Europe’s savviest operators in the transfer market in recent years. But with FIFA now seeking to ban the practice, Just Football looks at the potential ramifications for Porto and their economic model… The proposed sale of Brazilian fullback Danilo to Real Madrid for a reported €31.5 million is just […]

Celtic Park

Northampton Town in the Premier League, Aguero the World Cup-winning manager! The football world in 2042 as told through Football Manager: Part I

What will football be like in the future? What will happen to the clubs and the players that we love now? Will England finally be able to win a second World Cup? Jonathan Sharples, a man whose commitment to Football Manager 2013 is perhaps unrivalled, provides Just Football with the answers… Greetings from the year 2042. I […]

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3 to See: Marseille v Lyon, Croatia’s Eternal Derby, and Chile’s Superclásico

The football gods have proven their generosity once again with three more intrigue-drenched matches to look forward to this weekend. First shake off your hangover with an early afternoon Croatian league affair on Saturday before Chile’s Superclásico. And then clear your schedule on Sunday evening for Marseille v Lyon in Ligue 1, a game that is laced with […]

Vietto

Good Player Guide #30: Luciano Vietto – the young hotshot dazzling at Villarreal and tracked by Liverpool

Luciano Vietto (Villarreal/Argentina) by Tom Robinson Having made the switch to Villarreal in the summer, young Argentine goal-getter Luciano Vietto has taken to life in La Liga like a duck to water and has quickly become one of the hottest properties in Europe. With a number of top clubs already circling, el Submarino Amarillo will […]

Seattle Sounders

3 to See: Fenerbahce v Galatasaray, the return of MLS and Ecuador’s Shipyard Derby

This week’s Three to See spans much of the globe as we travel from Fenerbahce v Galatasaray in Turkey all the way to the Americas for our three highlights. Be prepared for a late night on Sunday, as it will be worth burning the midnight oil to catch Ecuador’s most famous rivalry and the pick […]

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Generation Next: 10 future stars to look out for at the Sudamericano U20 2015

The 2015 South American Youth Football Championship (Sudamericano U20) begins this week in Uruguay, offering the chance to catch a glimpse of some of South America’s hottest young prospects in action. The likes of Neymar, Alexis Sanchez and Lionel Messi have all represented their countries at the Sudamericano U20 in years gone by and there are […]

Ballon d'Or

Ronaldo and Messi’s Ballon d’Or duopoly is unlikely to end anytime soon

It was in 2007 that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi first ascended the Ballon d’Or stage to collect an award in recognition of their individual brilliance, but neither man took the top award that year. AC Milan midfielder Kaka beat both men to first place in the Ballon d’Or voting, but even then the brilliance of […]

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Generation Next: Matias Kranevitter among five young Argentine no.5s set to star in 2015

If the most iconic footballing number in Argentina is the number 10 worn by famous enganches such as Diego Maradona, Juan Roman Riquelme and now Lionel Messi, then the number 5 is not far behind in terms of importance. Worn by the defensive midfielder, the number 5 typically acts as the rudder of the team, […]

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