Neymar Makes Bright Start on Debut in PSG’s 3-0 Win over Guingamp

Guingamp never seemed like the most likely location for Neymar’s Ligue 1 debut. The Stade du Roudourou, the home ground of En Avant de Guingamp, holds only a tick over 18,000 people, and though that number is far from a huge capacity, it’s actually quite impressive given that the commune of Guingamp encompasses a population […]

Arsenal Mix the Good with the Bad in Season Opener

The Premier League season opener again illustrated the qualities attached to England’s top-flight. There wasn’t necessarily much in the way of astute defending or tactical nous, but the excitement level was through the roof as Arsenal scored two late goals to claim a 4-3 win over Leicester City. The result left the home fans at […]

Lille Make Encouraging Start to Ligue 1 Under Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa is always a name that football fans like to hear. It reminds them of high-octane pressing and fast-paced attacking football. The news that he would be returning to football, and Ligue 1, with Lille was therefore met with much excitement, and after the club’s season opener against Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes, it’s clear that […]

Luiz Gustavo Highlights His Importance to Marseille in the Club’s League Opener

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Ligue 1 at the moment. The French top-flight has added a number of impressive names to its ranks, most notably Brazilian superstar Neymar. Then there are coaching additions such as the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa and Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri, who have signed on with Lille and Nantes respectively. […]

Borja Valero Could be Key to Inter’s Success this Season

On the surface, Inter signing a 32-year-old might not seem like such a big deal. On the surface, the Nerazzurri are a physical side packed with plenty of young talent, which ranges all the way from Geoffrey Kondogbia to Roberto Gagliardini and Gabriel Barbosa. On the surface, the backing of Chinese owners Suning should allow […]

How Giovani Lo Celso Starting to Show his Playmaking Capabilities for PSG

Giovani Lo Celso is currently away in the USA. He’s doing his best to break into Paris Saint-Germain’s first-team, and as a young player with plenty of talent, he’s on his way to doing just that. He enjoyed a solid showing in PSG’s most recent friendly match, which was played against AS Roma, and the […]

Lingard, Passing and Pereira: 3 Key Things From Man Utd’s win over RSL

Manchester United’s 2-1 friendly win over Real Salt Lake was an eventful one. RSL made a raft of changes 30 minutes in, something which allowed United to get the ascendancy. Then, early in the second half, Antonio Valencia received a red card for a ludicrous challenge, especially given the game was only a friendly. Despite […]

3 Key Things: Why Monaco Playmaker Thomas Lemar is a Man in Demand

Thomas Lemar is hot property at the moment. The young Monaco man is linked with a host of clubs, most notably Arsenal, and there’s good reason for it. He is an excellent player, one with a whole lot of quality and variation to his game, and here, we’ll take a look at some of his […]

Germany U21 EURO Triumph Based Upon Imposing Pressing Game

Germany powered their way to the Under-21 European Championship, defeating a talent-laden Spain by a 1-0 scoreline in the final. There was a lot to like about the performance in a general sense, as they tried to impose themselves early before moving into an absorb-and-counter mode once Mitchell Weiser put them ahead, but it was […]

Jeremy Toljan Unstoppable as Germany Progress to U21 EURO Final

Jeremy Toljan may not be the biggest name in Germany’s Under-21 team, and given that he plays alongside guys like Max Meyer, Serge Gnabry and Max Arnold, that’s probably not too much of a surprise. When he starts to charge down the right-hand side from his fullback position, though, observers quickly start to take note. […]