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Pundit labels Lukaku ‘unplayable’ in Belgium win

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin thinks Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was “unplayable” in Belgium’s 2-1 victory over Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals. Roberto Martinez’s side were brilliant in the first period as an own goal from Fernandinho and an excellent strike from Kevin de Bruyne put them in …

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The madness and magnificence of the Martinez method

It was in the 38th minute that Belgium truly established their superiority. Yet another scintillating break was led down the left-hand side by Eden Hazard, and quickly worked into a more central position with Kevin de Bruyne. His pass was instant, albeit slightly behind the run of the rampaging Romelu …

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Legendary goalkeeper Buffon joins ‘ambitious’ PSG

Legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has signed a one-year contract with Paris St Germain. The 40-year-old former Juventus goalkeeper has the option of a further year with the Ligue 1 side. Buffon told the club’s official website: “It is with a great feeling of happiness that I join Paris St Germain. …

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Deschamps dragging France up ascent to World Cup glory

Kylian Mbappe clocked up the fastest speed of the World Cup in the last round but Didier Deschamps applied the teenage superstar’s brakes, and those of his France team-mates, in the quarter-final against Uruguay. Like so many of Deschamps’ decisions, it probably was not the most popular but it certainly …

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Sweden captain reveals key to stopping England

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist insists stopping Harry Kane is the key to beating England at the World Cup. The skipper intends to cut off the supply to the striker in Saturday’s quarter-final against the Three Lions in Samara. Kane is the competition’s top scorer with six goals having netted in …

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Klopp breaks silence on Karius CL final concussion

Jurgen Klopp has spoken out for the first time on the concussion Loris Karius suffered in the Champions League final. Liverpool lost the Champions League final 3-1 in May, with Gareth Bale scoring twice in Real Madrid’s victory. Reds keeper Karius made two costly mistakes in the game, first rolling …

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CAF appoints Pinnick as first vice president

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, as its first vice president to replace former Ghana FA Chairman, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who vacated the position. Nyantakyi resigned from hid post following a two-year ban from all football activities over corruption …

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Real Madrid stunned as Ronaldo agrees to join Juventus

The Champions League holders expected to hold on to their star attacker despite recent rumours, but he is set to begin a new chapter in Italy Real Madrid have been left shocked by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to leave the European champions to join Juventus. Juventus still have to negotiate a fee …

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