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Diego Maradona Isn’t One Bit Happy With Cristiano Ronaldo Calling Himself The Best Player Ever

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s assertion that he is the best footballer to have ever graced the planet hasn’t gone down well with everyone – particularly not to another man who has designs on that same title. Diego Maradona, Argentine legend and reknowned England-botherer, has advised Ronaldo to, quote, “stop taking the piss” with statements like that. In a delightfully sweary interview with …

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A Closer Look At New Barcelona Manager Ernesto Valverde

BILBAO, SPAIN - APRIL 07: Head coach Ernesto Valverde of Athletic Club looks on during the UEFA Europa League quarter final first leg match between Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla at San Mames Stadium on April 7, 2016 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona have confirmed Ernesto Valverde as their new manager to replace Luis Enrique. People outside of La Liga may know little about Valverde who left his post at Athletic Bilbao for the Nou Camp hot seat, but he is a typical Barcelona appointment. According to Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu: Bartomeu: “Valverde has the ability, the judgement, the knowledge and …

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Is It Time To Ditch Modern Football’s Sweeper-Keeper Concept?

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola watches from the touchline as Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart keeps goal in the foreground during the UEFA Champions league second leg play-off football match between Manchester City and Steaua Bucharest at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on August 24, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Pat O’Rourke discusses the ins and outs of the demands placed on modern day goalkeepers and whether or not the idea of having a sweeper-keeper should be abolished.  What do you want most from the man between the sticks of your favourite football team? Do you want a goalkeeper who is competent, cool under pressure, commands his penalty area, deals adequately …

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Ireland’s Shane Long Brings Out The Magic At Southampton Training

SWANSEA, WALES - FEBRUARY 13: Shane Long of Southampton celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Southampton at Liberty Stadium on February 13, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Don’t try doing this trick during a Sunday morning kick about… Irish footballers aren’t too synonymous with flashy tricks and skills. We prefer a “chuck it up the field” approach to one filled with Cruyff turns or Pannas. But Republic of Ireland international Shane Long has been showing off some potentially ball-busting tricks on Southampton’s pre-season tour. Appropriately, Long pulled this …

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Koeman The Only Choice To Awaken The Sleeping Giant That Is Everton

Towards the end of a distinguished playing career he was pictured trying the shirt on for size – now, 20 years later, it seems Everton are the perfect fit for Ronald Koeman. Even before his first official press conference as Everton manager, Dutchman Koeman had already spoken in glowing terms about the history and potential of his new club. But …

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How Johan Cruyff Revolutionised Modern Football

19th July 1974: Johan Cruyff, Dutch footballer, in action against Uruguay. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Johan Cruyff passed away last week, and the Dutch legend had an ever lasting influence on the beautiful game and he will always be remembered both as a great coach and player. Here are some of the ways in which Cruyff revolutionised football. The ‘Cruyff turn’ As a player Cruyff invented one of football’s most famous skills which he first displayed …

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The Football World Pays Tribute To Johan Cruyff

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 05: Dutch football legend Johann Cruyff before UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Barcelona and SL Benfica at the Camp Nou on April 5, 2006 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Today was a sad day for football as one of its legends, former Ajax and Barcelona player and manager Johan Cruyff, sadly passed away aged 68. Johan Cruyff 1947-2016 (RIP) More https://t.co/Y5rif7KR4E Más https://t.co/L2BK27eyz2 Meer https://t.co/rPjPG2epxj pic.twitter.com/QcVfmeJINu — Johan Cruyff (@JohanCruyff) March 24, 2016 Cruyff will forever be remembered as a pioneer and visionary, so much of the modern game has …

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Dutch Football Legend Johan Cruyff Passes Away Aged 68

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Johan Cruyff of Catalunya smiles during the international friendly match between Catalunya and Argentina at the Camp Nou stadium on December 22, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Former Ajax and Netherlands superstar Johan Cruyff, widely regarded as one of the finest players to ever grace the game, has died, his website today confirmed. The 68-year-old passed away after a short battle with cancer. The statement on his website simply read: “On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard …

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Dutch Legend Critical Of LVG’s Playing Style At Manchester United

One of the legends of the game has criticised Louis van Gaal’s style of play, believing Manchester United should ‘dominate’ games more than they do.  Speaking to Sky Sports, Johan Cruyff said that Van Gaal doesn’t play ‘dominating football.’ “He doesn’t dominate. I like dominating football. Manchester doesn’t play like that.” 68-year-old Cruyff was then quizzed on whether or not he thought …

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The Holy Grail That Was The European Cup: Pt. 1 – 1955 – ’74

Eoin O’Neill takes us back to the very beginnings of the European Cup and some of the most successful sides in the first 19 years of the tournament.  Wolverhampton and the Black Country wouldn’t immediately strike you as the forerunner for a tournament we now know as The Champions League. On a cold December night in 1954, 55,000 supporters crammed into Molineux, to see …

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Suriname: The Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of

Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Patrick Kluivert, Clarence Seedorf. The list of players that hail from Suriname is quite astonishing. Conor Heffernan discusses. Ranked 147th by FIFA, Suriname are rarely the focus of any real media attention. Why would they be? After all, South America’s smallest nation has never qualified for a World Cup, never qualified for the Olympics and has …

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How Ajax Created Lionel Messi

Tonight’s Champions League match between Barcelona and Ajax is as much about success on the field as it is about success in the academies. Both teams are celebrated for their renowned youth academies, and combined they have produced many of the world’s greatest players but it is Barcelona who can lay claim to having produced the greatest footballer ever in …

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FIFA, Can Football Really Be Apolitical?

Craig Farrell is here to discuss FIFA’s disciplinary process in dealing with religious and political acts in football.  Argentina were recently fined by FIFA for brandishing a banner which was in breach of article 60 of the FIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulations and article 52 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. FIFA, in a typical flaccid manner, fined Argentina the equivalent …

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