Category: Italian

Barcelona stumble, PSG distracted: Europe’s winners & losers


Recently, it’s been the case that English football hits crisis point around this time every year. The club sides are given no hope of European glory and the national side is about to take to the field amid sighs or general low-level groaning about the make-up of the XI and its tactics.

Liverpool face Dortmund and Man City face PSG as they look to make the last stand for Britain in Europe. A full-on footballing Brexit looks the most likely option, and when Leicester win the league and Watford win the FA Cup, the humiliation of England’s footballing royalty will be complete. But we don’t usually do revolution, do we?

This week’s Euro roundup has a hangover that won’t be cured by pastry and rye bread alone and is longing for a fix of hash browns and real bacon. But it was worth it to celebrate England’s coefficient victory – because that’s all that matters.


Five transfer coups Benitez could secure for Newcastle this summer


Newcastle United fans probably aren’t even thinking about what might happen in the summer just yet as the club’s battle for Premier League survival continues, but the coming transfer window could be an incredibly exciting one with Rafa Benitez at the helm.

First of all, the Spaniard has reportedly taken the Toon job on the proviso that he’ll be given free reign in the transfer market, so there won’t be another Ligue 1 haul arriving courtesy of chief scout Graham Carr and controversial owner Mike Ashley won’t be flogging the club’s top talents to the highest bidder.

But secondly and perhaps more importantly, Benitez is one of the best in the business who boasts vast connections throughout European football, having worked in La Liga, Serie A and of course, the Premier League, and that combination could grant Newcastle access to a level of the transfer market that has repeatedly evaded them in recent years.

With that in mind and the Magpies starting to move in the right direction following a draw to Sunderland on Sunday, here are FIVE transfer coups Benitez could secure for his club during the coming transfer window – providing they stay in the top flight.