TEAMWORK The international break does actually have its merits if you dig deep enough You’ve all heard of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But have you heard of The International Break and the Six Partnerships? It’s an equally gripping tale about six partnerships who make the international break worth watching. Coming to a TV
REIGNING Spain haven’t lost a competitive home match since falling to Greece in a qualifying match back in 2003 We feel pretty bad for any team that has to face Spain at the moment. Despite a less-than-impressive run out at the World Cup over the summer, La Roja are still a formidable side and boast some
So in the end, Thierry Henry opted for the Monaco hot-seat over Aston Villa. He chose Radamel Falcao over Jonathan Kodjia, what on earth was he thinking? SIGN UP – WIN £10k BY PLAYING DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER THIS WEEKEND EPA Va Va Voom- A young Henry in Monaco It must have something to do with
Decorated Having won the ‘Player of the Month’ award three times, was Peter Odemwingie seriously underrated? Any player can have the odd good game. But to win the ‘Player of the Month’ award, you need to have three or four. An award the likes of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney got very used to winning.
VERSATILE The midfielder has proved to be more than capable in multiple positions for club and country over the years Holland’s national team is on the rise. Having failed to qualify for the last two international tournaments, the Oranje are slowly but surely climbing their way back to the big time. Following a difficult transition
Non-League Day could not have come at a better time this season. If England’s soulless 0-0 with Croatia in the UEFA Nations League reminded us of the importance of fans, a sell-out crowd for Leyton Orient’s National League fixture with Hartlepool reinforced the point ten-fold. With tickets reduced to £5, just under seven thousand fans
VA VA BLIMEY Thierry Henry and Arsenal. A match made in heaven? Inevitable. As soon as Thierry Henry dipped his little toe in the management game it was only a matter of time until he made his way back to north London. His journey took him via Belgium, where he was Sir Roberto Martinez’s assistant
111 Geoffrey Kondogbia captained the Central African Republic on his first appearance for the 111th ranked nation A lot has changed since Geoffrey Kondogbia last played for France. On that occasion, a 2-1 win against Serbia on 7 September 2015, Kondogbia had just signed for Inter Milan for a reported €40million. Fast forward three years
MINNOWS While some have criticised the new competition – with Jurgen Klopp calling it ‘senseless’ – it’s certainly proving to be a hit for some of Europe’s smaller nations On Saturday evening, Gibraltar won a competitive match for the very first time by defeating Armenia 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League. Joseph Chipolina netted a penalty
NOT AGAIN The Dutch midfielder made a fool of the towering centre-back, much like a certain Lionel Messi did back in 2015 The future’s Oranje, haven’t you heard? After more than four years of trudging through the footballing wilderness, Holland are back with a vengeance. With Memphis Depay moving further away from his bleak stint
The elephant in the room at Stamford Bridge has Real Madrid’s badge painted on the side. Eden Hazard has started the season in top form, as good as we’ve ever seen from him. While the benefits of prime Hazard are obvious (seven league goals and three assists already), such form inevitably turns the rumour mill.
Lottie has been a fan of Leyton Orient for 45 years and is something of a club legend We all claim to be lifelong fans of our clubs. But for Leyton Orient supporter Lottie, there is really no doubting that statement. She has been a fan of the Os for 45 years and counting. SIGN
LOVE OF THE GAME From the boardroom to the fans, the season-long series will look at every element of life in the non-league You will have probably heard by now that we are the proud sponsors of National League outfit Leyton Orient. Over the course of the season, we will be following the O’s as
Bellissimo From Ronaldo to Sulley Muntari, several players have crossed the Milan divide The Derby della Madonnina sees Inter face AC for bragging rights in Milan. But let’s face it, the glory days of the ’90s are long gone. There’s no more defences built from Italian marble, aka Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta, or attacks comprised
“So many of my friends have had to retire that we joke that I’m the last man standing.” Despite playing over 700 games for club and country, Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff is showing few signs of slowing down in the twilight of his career. Getty – Contributor Jobi McAnuff turns 37 next month having
BENCH WARMER The Brazilian was wanted by several clubs over the summer and eventually moved to Spain after snubbing Roma Over the last couple of transfer windows, we heard plenty about some fella called Malcom, didn’t we? The Bordeaux winger was considered one of the best young talents in France last season, so naturally there
TRANSFORMATION Conor Coady is now captain at Wolves and a formation change last season has transformed his career Plenty of emerging players have been burdened with the near impossible tag of the ‘next Steven Gerrard’. Jay Spearing, Jordan Rossiter and even Jack Rodwell have all slipped off the radar in recent years after promising starts
NEXT STEP The rumoured line-up to play Croatia suggests a change of plan 3-5-2 has served England well in the last year. Gareth Southgate’s preferred formation was instrumental in the Three Lions’ run to the World Cup semi-finals. But it seems the likeable gaffer is about to ditch his three-man defence in favour of 4-3-3.
For most of us, a career as a professional footballer would be a dream come true. Such is fate’s cruel judgement, some of those blessed with the ability to earn millions playing the world’s most popular sport don’t actually like it that much. 1 Carlos Tevez Getty Images – Getty Apache The Boca Juniors forward
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC The Spurs keeper was like a man possessed in France’s game against Iceland Hugo Lloris went full Neo from the Matrix last night. The world champions were 1-0 down against a well drilled Iceland team at the time. Then Lloris pulled off save after save in a ridiculous five-second goalmouth scramble. 7 –