Neymar vs Mbappe – the next great rivalry?

Rivalries exist throughout the game. In France, we have PSG v Marseille, Marseille v Lyon, and numerous other derby games. But what about rivalries between players? In Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi seemed to spur each other on to new heights of greatness at their respective clubs. Well, imagine if they both played for…

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Serie A 2018/19: A gastronomical preview

The Italian Serie A season that many have pointed to being the most anticipated in recent memory kicks off this weekend. The annual Ferragosto celebrations across the peninsula are the perfect pre-parties to what should be 38 wonderful matchdays of football. Among the cacophony of fireworks and live music, fans are currently hashing out all…

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Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus: Reincarnazione for Serie A

So, you’ve heard? For years now, Cristiano Ronaldo has been the source of unending, online rumour-mill click bait. Many of us can plead guilty to opening an ad-filled screen freezer thanks to the lure of CR7’s next move. In the 10 or-so separate occasions where PSG all but “landed their star man”, or when “enhanced…

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One fleeting career, one remarkable moment: The Gabe Gala Story

Football has a profound ability to captivate the hearts and souls of millions. For some, even in sleep, it never quite leaves. Countless boys and girls dream of hoisting football’s greatest trophies, wearing their nation’s jersey, or scoring the big goal. A lucky few can say they have gone out and done it. Although the…

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World Cup ICYMI: GW3 – Russia vs. Uruguay, Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt, Spain vs. Morocco, Portugal vs. Iran

As the first day of Gameweek 3 saw Groups A and B decided, it always looked like there was more drama to be had in Group B’s evening matches. And we weren’t disappointed as the two giants of the group limped through with little glory. In Short GW3 began with the simultaneous matches between Uruguay…

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World Cup ICYMI: GW2 – Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia, Spain vs. Iran, Portugal vs. Morocco

Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be the only Portuguese player to show up to this World Cup. His first-half heroics ensured a win for the reigning European champions. In all honesty though, if you’re a fan of edgy 1-0 wins, then this was the match day for you. In short Ronaldo’s tournament has gone from strength…

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World Cup ICYMI: GW1 – Portugal vs. Spain, Iran vs. Morocco, Uruguay vs. Egypt

After a dull opening match, we were treated to far more entertaining play and a healthy dose of late heartbreak. Mohamed Salah started on the bench for Egypt (taking some of the drama out of the match), Iran stole a shocking win and Ronaldo ran rampant. If Thursday’s highlight was Robbie Williams, today’s was the…

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This is Portugal

The road to Russia An unconvincing win at the Stade de France in 2016 saw the Seleção lift their first major tournament trophy, thanks to an extra-time goal from centre forward Eder. With coach Fernando Santos looking to add another major trophy to his collection, Portugal have faced an unexpected and drastic modification; ten of…

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Memphis Depay: the lion reborn in Lyon

Thirty-seven games had elapsed; just two minutes of another Ligue 1 season remained. None of the capacity sea of colour and noise at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais were leaving this one early. Having seen Les Gones recover from a first-half breakaway strike from Nice’s Alassane Pléa, the home crowd were a bag of nerves. The…

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