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Is Zidane’s counter-pressing finally taking shape?

Zinedine Zidane’s version of positional play might finally be complemented with a counter-pressing scheme of its own.


Finlay’s Report: Relive all of the action from Sunderland’s impressive win at Wimbledon

“Could this be the turning point in Sunderland’s 2020/2021 season?” asks Roker Report’s Junior Reporter Finlay Anderson.


Leicester City to Face Brentford in Fourth Round of FA Cup

Get your Oprah gifs ready for this one.


Inter make Serie A title statement as Barella downs Juventus

Inter make Serie A title statement as Barella downs Juventus


Schalke close on unwanted record, Atletico defend Liga lead - what to watch in Europe this weekend

Struggling German giants Schalke have to win to avoid equalling an unwanted record, while a chastened Atletico Madrid return to their La Liga title quest and there are big games at the top of the table in Italy and Holland. However, in La Liga they are two points clear at the top from Real Madrid, and have two games in hand.


Ndombele stunner helps Tottenham win at Sheff United

Ndombele stunner helps Tottenham win at Sheff United


Oh, Hull! Another SOL stalemate for Sunderland

A draw at home to Hull left Lee Johnson waiting for his first home victory in three attempts – and the performance only served to illustrate the issues facing the new head coach.


Tactical Analysis: RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Dortmund

After a cagey first half stalemate, both Leipzig and Dortmund changed tactics and BVB got the better of the Red Bulls


Mason Mount digs Frank Lampard out of hole as he proves his worth to Chelsea yet again

FULHAM 0-1 CHELSEA: As expensive signings toiled - and failed - to produce an instance of game-winning genius, Mason Mount was on hand again to earn the Blues three points


Raphael Guerreiro Almost Signed for PSG in 2019

Our beloved Raphael Guerreiro nearly left the club for a reunion with Thomas Tuchel


Celtic and Rangers players unite in touching tribute to victims of the Ibrox disaster

Both sides of the Old Firm fell silent ahead of their crunch Premiership tie on the 50th anniversary of the stadium tragedy.


Everton at Wolverhampton Wanderers match preview - key players missing as Toffees head to Molineux

Injuries are once again hampering Ancelotti’s team selection


Double for Stones as Man City crush Palace to go second

Double for Stones as Man City crush Palace to go second


Boca beat Banfield in shootout to win inaugural Maradona Cup

Boca beat Banfield in shootout to win inaugural Maradona Cup


Scottish Cup draw: Motherwell handed away tie as Hamilton host familiar foes

Airdrie and Clyde were also in the hat for the third round draw


Barca's Messi sees red as Bilbao claim Super Cup glory

Barca's Messi sees red as Bilbao claim Super Cup glory


Luis Alberto double inspires Lazio to Rome derby win

Luis Alberto double inspires Lazio to Rome derby win


Bayern Munich turn to Eder Militao as possible David Alaba replacement

Bayern Munich have identified Real Madrid's Eder Militao as a replacement for David Alaba


Messi on form, a new American star and Bayern beaten: Talking points from around Europe

Lionel Messi is bang in form in the new year, Schalke avoided matching the Bundesliga record for the most consecutive games without a win and there was a very rare defeat for Bayern Munich. AFP Sport rounds up some of the main talking points from across the continent: - Messi means business - Lionel Messi looks like a man on a mission at the start of 2021 and what could be his final six months as a Barcelona player. On Saturday he scored twice...


How England's golden generation have fared as managers & coaches

Wayne Rooney is the latest of England golden generation from the mid-2000s to become a manager after landing the Derby job - but how have the others fared?


Inter 2-0 Juventus: Player ratings as Nerazzurri ease to Derby d'Italia win to top Serie A

Inter came out on top in the Derby d'Italia with goals from Arturo Vidal and Nicolo Barella giving them a comfortable 2-0 win over Juventus.


Who is Manor Solomon? Things to know about the coveted Israeli star

Manor Solomon is attracting interest from across Europe, including Arsenal. Here is everything to now about the Shakhtar Donetsk star.


West Ham vs Burnley preview: How to watch on TV, live stream, kick off time & prediction

Previewing West Ham's Premier League game with Burnley at the London Stadium


Last-gasp David strike earns Lille 2-1 win against Reims

Last-gasp David strike earns Lille 2-1 win against Reims


Barca miss perfect opportunity to exorcise the ghosts

Not good enough on the night


Jaded Liverpool lack guile to open up solid United

Jaded Liverpool lack guile to open up solid United


Fernando Torres is coaching Diego Simeone's other son in Atletico Madrid B

Fernando Torres promoted to coaching Atletico Madrid B team


8 next Motherwell manager candidates as Steelmen search for quick-fire Stephen Robinson replacement

The Steelmen are an ambitious club who haven't been shy to try new things on and off the pitch and get the chance to do so again.


Amad Diallo has already identified reference point in Man Utd first team

The 18-year-old officially joined from Atalanta in the January transfer window after Manchester United struck a deal for the winger last summer


5 bold Celtic transfer moves that could provide January spark to reignite 10 In A Row challenge

Neil Lennon is in a difficult spot but if he takes decisive action there is no reason why Celtic can't hit the ground running once again in the New Year.


Willian gives honest assessment of struggles at Arsenal so far

Willian has admitted that he hasn't been good enough since joining Arsenal from Chelsea last summer and insists he is working hard to change that.


'They all defend with all they have' - Jurgen Klopp aims dig at Man Utd tactics

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was unimpressed with Manchester United's defensive tactics in their 0-0 draw.


Joan Laporta insists Lionel Messi 'will do everything in his power' to stay at Barcelona

Lionel Messi wants to stay at Barcelona beyond 2021 according to Joan Laporta.


Hamilton v Motherwell: Lanarkshire rivals assessed ahead of crunch derby clash

A closer look at the two sides ahead of a mouthwatering clash to kick-off 2021


Cardiff star Sol Bamba speaks for first time since devastating cancer diagnosis

Bamba, who told his team-mates of his cancer diagnosis on Monday before the club released a public statement, wants to attend the training ground and Cardiff games as much as possible


Jamie Gillan hoping for minimal Cleveland Browns role as last Brit standing in NFL play-offs

Cleveland Browns have been the story of the NFL play-offs so far - and Scottish punter Jamie Gillan hopes they can pull off another upset against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend


Nigerian boy hopes for future in soccer after setting freestyle world record

Nigerian boy hopes for future in soccer after setting freestyle world record


Liverpool in seventh heaven as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah doubles see Reds top table at Christmas

As much as a performance of champions, it was different individual displays of Liverpool’s exacting quality, and a goal of the month competition all in one match. This 7-0 win over Crystal Palace was a victory as special and as era-defining as anything we’ve seen in Jurgen Klopp’s half-decade in charge. And that in a season when they have been someway off their highest level. It was that good, that ominous for everyone else. It was also a...


Celtic and Rangers' 6 box-office transfer options as forgotten stars search for redemption

Even the most of detailed signing plans can change when a big-name option becomes available.


Wayne Rooney's 10 defining matches: Best and worst moments as Man Utd and England legend retires

Rooney earned 120 caps for England, scoring 53 goals, and won five Premier League titles with Manchester United, plus the Champions League in 2008


Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd: Player Ratings as defenders stand out but strikers struggle at Anfield

LIVERPOOL 0-0 MANCHESTER UNITED: Neither side could find the breakthrough in their goalless draw at Anfield, in a result that will further emboldened Manchester City's title challenge.


Roker Roundup: Manager of St Johnstone left back linked to Sunderland wants him to stay

Whilst St Johnstone left back Scott Tanser has been linked with a move away - with Sunderland said to be interested in his services - their manager wants him to stay and sign a new deal.


Robbie Neilson's 7 vital Hearts challenges as third force Premiership ambitions dominate winter window thinking

The Jambos hold a five-point lead in the Championship despite a second league defeat in 10 games but there's work to do if they want to become a force to be reckoned with next season.


Timo Werner is struggling, but Chelsea fans can't give up on him just yet

Timo Werner still has time to justify his £47.5m transfer fee and Chelsea fans shouldn't give up on him just yet.


Mount strikes as Chelsea edge 10-man Fulham

Mount strikes as Chelsea edge 10-man Fulham


Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and pathway to England gives Hamilton kids hope, says Aaron Martin as he hails Scottish Premiership standard

The Accies defender raves about the standard of Scottish football and believes players can follow van Dijk pathway to top


Faf de Klerk: South Africa is the dream but I'll play anywhere to save Lions series

“Cancellation would be truly devastating. The Lions is a once in a lifetime opportunity"


Arsenal 0-0 Crystal Palace: 5 talking points as Gunners labour to Emirates bore draw

Arsenal could not break down Crystal Palace's stubborn resistance as Mikel Arteta's side failed to provide the spark required to see off the Eagles at the Emirates


Reader’s Corner: In defence of George Dobson

Welcome to Reader’s Corner, where we invite YOU, the good folk who skim these pages, to offer your own articles up for our website. Today, RR reader Jack Dodds explains why he believes George Dobson’s getting the rough end of the stick – and that if the midfielder leaves Sunderland it won’t be the last we see of him.


Angry Thomas Muller snaps during interview as Bayern Munich embarrassed in German Cup shock

Bayern Munich were dumped out of the German Cup by second division Holstein Kiel on Wednesday night, with Hansi Flick's side's penalty shootout defeat ensuring their earliest DFB Pokal exit since the 2000-01 season