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Sunderland in need of rescue: Five potential candidates to replace Grayson

Even the most optimistic Sunderland supporter will tell you that his team are already in big trouble this season. The Black Cats sit 22nd in the Championship table and have won just one of their opening 15 league games. Their...
Wales vs Ireland - World Cup 2018 Qualification

‘One man team’ – Why Wales are more than just Gareth Bale

As the dust settles on Wales’ disappointing World Cup qualification defeat to the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday evening, thoughts will turn to what might have been for fans and players alike. James McClean’s 57th minute strike broke...
Former England, West Ham and Chelsea playmaker Joe Cole

Joe Cole: An England superstar that came along at just the wrong time

If you were to pinpoint the moment when Joe Cole’s career reached its apex, you would have to return to a warm night in Cologne back in June of 2006. It was a World Cup and England were playing Sweden...
New Chinese Taipei Head Coach Gary White

In the shadow of the Red Dragon: How a British coach could help little...

The small island of Taiwan is easy to overlook. Located just 180 kilometres to the south-east of mainland China, it has limited global influence under the constant political and fiscal shadow of its big and brash neighbour across the...
Renato Sanches in action

Renato Sanches must deliver for Swansea and prove he is worth the hype

Even by the high standards of what was a mind-boggling summer transfer window, the arrival of Renato Sanches at Swansea City was particularly remarkable, catching more than a few off guard. The Euro 2016 champion and current ‘Golden Boy’ winner...
Peterborough United striker Ricky Miller

Ricky Miller – The prolific journeyman given a last chance in league football with...

Ricky Miller’s story is one that encapsulates both the romance and the tragedy of the English football pyramid. Born in Hertfordshire in March 1989, the journeyman was on the books of Charlton Athletic as a youngster but spent the early...

From Vertonghen to Sanchez: Tottenham’s £32.5 million hike and inequality in modern football

This summer’s transfer window has taken football to a new commercial level. From Paris Saint-Germain’s £198 million world-record signing of Neymar, doubling the previous global record, to Liverpool rejecting a £119 million offer from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho as a...

Major Stoke City signing mooted – better than Arnautovic or another Imbula?

Stoke City are reportedly poised to conclude a sensational deal for Paris Saint-Germain forward Jese Rodriguez, after a season-long loan has been agreed between the two clubs, according to The Telegraph. The agreement is a shrewd one with the Potters...
Former Aston Villa and Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger

Aston Villa transfer mistakes: Three stars sold too soon

Despite being a relatively unsuccessful spell in their history, Aston Villa had a number of excellent players in the 2000s. The likes of Paul Merson, Olof Mellberg, Martin Laursen and Gareth Barry all wore the famous claret and blue during...
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