winning formula It’s down to the fear factor – or lack of one You’d think that if you were a pro racer, the last thing you’d want to do is play racing games in your free time. But for Lando Norris, who will be racing in the F1 next season for McLaren, virtual racing offers
JOYPAD To watch the Frenchman is to have no idea what he’s going to do next The notion of a PlayStation footballer got distorted when Gary Neville described David Luiz as ‘being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation’. Anyone who’s played FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer knows that PlayStation footballers are far from the
We’ve been banging this drum for a while. To win Dream Team Weekender you need to stand out from the crowd and go off piste. But this weekend’s winner took that to new extremes – and it paid off emphatically. SIGN UP – WIN £5k BY PLAYING DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER THIS WEEKEND Reuters Bold choice
LESSONS Ousmane Dembele dished out a painful lesson but those five seconds won’t come to define the young Spurs right-back You had to feel for the lad. Thrust into a ‘do-or-die’ fixture at one of the most iconic, most cavernous, most ravenous stadiums in world football, Kyle Walker-Peters would have been inhuman not to feel
WORTH IT Nobody is mentioning their prices now, are they? Their centre back is Bambi on ice. Their goalkeeper is a hologram. That wasn’t even the Liverpool of old, that was the Liverpool of last season. SIGN UP – WIN £5k BY PLAYING DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER THIS WEEKEND Alamy Live News Agonising close Not anymore.
DRINK IT IN What was it like being one of the 5,000 Spurs fans inside the Camp Nou for their momentous Champions League match against Barcelona? And breathe… Last night at the Camp Nou, I experienced perhaps the quickest 94 minutes of my life. Spurs, my little club from north London, earned a point away
50/50 The forceful challenge from the centre-back has split opinion The country hasn’t been this divided since Brexit. Liverpool’s all important Champions League clash with Napoli has everyone arguing over a particular Virgil van Dijk challenge. The Dutch defender was adjudged to have fouled Dries Mertens midway through the first-half but everyone seems to have
BLEAK CATS What should have been a feel-good series charting the rise of Sunderland back into the Premier League soon turned into a bleak tragicomedy The Christmas period is tailor made for binge-watching series you may not have got round to watching yet. And while in previous years we’d have had to resort to yet
SHREWD Marek Hamsik means ‘bargain’ in Slovakian Marek Hamsik isn’t necessarily a man you think of much, unless you’re a Napoli fan. Or Slovakian. There are better midfielders in world football, although few have as eye-catching a haircut. There are better midfielders at Napoli, especially as Allan continues to flourish. He’s probably not even in
MLS isn’t proper football, discuss. Two decades ago it could be argued that the American league was farcical, what with their dodgy penalty shootouts and strange team names. But with the influx of modern superstars over the last 10 years and the increased interest in what’s happening across the pond everyone has started to take
The unpredictability of the Premier League makes guessing who will shine on Dream Team a near impossible task. Many of last season’s big hitters have failed to produce the goods this time round yet still find themselves picked by a number of managers. SIGN UP – WIN £5k BY PLAYING DREAM TEAM WEEKENDER THIS WEEKEND Play
Riddle me this. I’m one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers. I’ve won the European Golden Shoe twice. I failed to score during my time in the Premier League. I once turned out for St Mirren. The man in question is Mario Jardel de Almeida Ribeiro. As you’ve probably already twigged, Jardel’s career was quite the
Back in 2007, thousands of Ebbsfleet United fans were given the chance to choose their team’s starting XI. Naturally, this approach made them famous as fans from all corners of the country, from Non-League to Premier League, wondered how their club would fair under a similar regime. In search of how the club got to
JEEPERS KEEPERS Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius? Yeah, those two… A safe pair of hands. That’s all Liverpool have asked for since Pepe Reina’s heyday. In Alisson they finally have their man, with the Brazilian shot stopper a vital reason why the Reds currently top the table with the best defensive statistics in the league.
goats Can Ronaldo and Messi outshine the likes of Pele and Maradona? Who is better, Pele or Lionel Messi? Diego Maradona or Cristiano Ronaldo? Well, YouTuber Rich Leigh decided to find out – using FIFA 19. He created two teams – one full of the best players in the world, and the other featuring stars
D’OH! The Everton full-back was unfortunate enough to be involved in both of their conceded goals We’ve got nothing but love for Everton full-back Seamus Coleman. After all, the Irishman is one of the finest right-backs in the Premier League, but he had a rather horrible couple of minutes against Watford this evening. Reuters Unlucky
MAIN MAN The former Liverpool defender was speaking on Monday Night Football when he made the observation He’s no one season wonder. The eyes of the footballing world have been psychoanalysing Mo Salah’s every move this season. Pundits and keyboard warriors alike have been pontificating over the Egyptian with more scrutiny than ever, waiting with
HARSH? The pundit was discussing the impact that Alisson has had on Liverpool’s defensive record when he made the claim Get over it. It’s been well over four years so it’s now alright to discuss *that* Steven Gerrard slip again, right? Well, according to Gary Neville it certainly is. Hardly surprising that a former Man
A handful of Dream Team gaffers have been left feeling very smug after taking a punt on the bargain of the season. Matt Doherty has proved to be an inspired choice by those who backed the Premier League newbie and they are now reaping the rewards of their faith. SIGN UP – WIN £5k BY PLAYING
SMASH Waluigi? No, but there is plenty more to get excited about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is finally out on the Nintendo Switch. Fans all over the world have been clamouring to play the game for months, with teaser announcements, new characters and dozens of features being announced periodically in the run-up to the launch building hype.