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Willian, Jesse Lingard, Thiago Alcantara… Names of the Champions League, matchday 4

Three teams booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League after matchday 4, Real Madrid, Zenit St. Petersburg and Manchester City all assured of a place in the knockout rounds come next February. But who were the star names of week 4? We pick out the Names of the Champions League everyone’s talking […]

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Saluting Ivan Rakitic: Rise Of Unsung Midfield Hero Helps Barcelona Forget Cesc Fabregas

Much has been made of MSN – Messi, Suarez and Neymar at Barcelona this season. But, as Danny Ryan explains, Ivan Rakitic deserves much credit too… For years, Barcelona have desperately searched for a successor to their Spanish metronome Xavi Hernandez. Cesc Fabregas seemed the obvious candidate at first, the La Masia academy prospect returning to […]

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After ‘only’ winning the Bundesliga what next for Bayern Munich and Project Pep?

Won the league? Champions League semi-finalists? Cup semi-final? That’s a disaster season if you’re Bayern Munich. Jack Dowell explains… It’s been a strange season for Bayern Munich. Often nicknamed FC Hollywood by the German press, the glitz and glamour of their truly impressive first half of the season, which had them 11 points clear at […]

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Neymar, Thiago Alcantara, Chicharito…Names of the Champions League, Matchday 12

The Champions League semi-final line-up is complete, with holders Real Madrid joined by Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus in the final four. Names of the Champions League picks out the star performers of the quarter-finals second-legs… Neymar (Barcelona) PSG took another step forward in the Champions League this season courtesy of their victory over Chelsea, but Barcelona’s emphatic […]

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Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Bayern Munich: Former hero Lewandowski kills Dortmund’s Champions League dreams

The Lineups Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller / Sokratis, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer / Bender, Gundogan / Blaszczykowski, Reus, Kampl / Aubameyang Bayern Munich: Neuer / Benatia, Boateng, Dante / Alonso / Rafinha, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Bernat / Muller, Lewandowski Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Bayern Munich: Guardiola masterminds Munich triumph In a cruel but entirely predictable twist of fate, Borussia […]


The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 – Spain

The Post-Mortem is a series on Just Football looking at a selection of (predominantly) non-performing teams at World Cup 2014 and analysing the future. What went wrong? Who’s to blame? And what next? We continue now with a look at the World Cup 2014′s biggest fall from grace: former World champions Spain… Part I – […]

2013 Under-21 European Championship – Best XI

The UEFA European Under-21 Championships have been graced in the past by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Juan Mata, Andrea Pirlo and Luis Figo and judging from some of the action this last fortnight, some of the crop of 2013 will be added to that illustrious list in the years to come. With so many players […]


Top 100 Young Players in World Football, 2010 (Don Balon)

Here on Just Football we like to keep a keen eye on youth talent in football and emerging young stars of the game, as we did at the Under-20 World Cup in 2009 and the Under-19 European Championships in France earlier this year. So it was with great interest that we pored over highly respected […]