World Cup 2018
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...

2 days ago
Foden can add English flair to Pep's all-conquering City

Maybe by the time the next World Cup in Qatar comes around, four years from now, Phil Foden will be a key figure for England. The young midfielder is already a World Cup winner at Under-17 level, winning the Golden Ball award at last summer’s tournament for the Three Lions. He is considered the brightest spark in England’s emerging crop of youngsters. And yet there are still questions over...

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...