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Coutinho, not Neymar, emerging as Brazil's real MVP

There are two images that will live long in the mind’s eye from Brazil’s hard-fought victory over Costa Rica. One is of Philippe Coutinho, wheeling away in celebration having broken the deadlock in the 91st minute. Marcelo’s cross was knocked down by Roberto Firmino. Gabriel Jesus failed to control but it mattered not, with Coutinho racing into the box to poke the ball under Keyl...

6 days ago
How Fred can solve Mourinho’s midfield dilemma

Despite the obvious, canny social media and marketing opportunities it offers (Fred the Red!), the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred is not the kind of marquee arrival Manchester United fans have become accustomed to in recent years, with the likes of Ángel Di María, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku generating greater excitement. Indeed, many United supporters will be unfamiliar with the 25-year-ol...

3 days ago
European adventure can kick-start Gerrard's Rangers revolution

There is a popular expression currently in use to galvanise Rangers fans around Steven Gerrard’s budding revolution at Ibrox: “Let’s go.” Its simplicity is matched only by its sheer popularity. The club have adorned just about every piece of promotional content with the two words and on social media, you’ll struggle to find tweets from fans of the Glasgow club without each being concluded wi...

3 days ago
Spurs can survive in a post-Dembélé world

Daniel Levy is a notoriously shrewd operator. When Real Madrid reportedly identified Mauricio Pochettino as their number one target to succeed Zinedine Zidane earlier this summer, it was apparently the thought of having to haggle with the Tottenham Hotspur chief that threw Florentino Pérez off the scent. His reputation precedes him. But Levy’s decision not to offer Mousa Dembélé a new contract at...