Europe

Why Joe Hart's Torino Move Is Good For England

I have a theory as to one reason (of many) the England National Team tends to underperform in major tournaments: the players all play in the same league. Every England international plays in the Premier League. One might argue this breeds familiarity and is therefore good for the national team, but I think it leads to a lack of stylistic variety in the team and makes the payer pool stagnant. It's basically like inbreeding, is what I'm saying.

Brighton Is Playing About As Well As It Did Last Year, Which Is Bad News For The Rest Of The EPL

There has long been a dichotomy amidst the two schools of footballing thought. 

Between good and evil.

Light and dark.

All-out attack and defensive drudgery.

Brighton & Hove Albion has tried both methods during its previous four seasons in the Premier League, yet neither style of play has led the Gulls to a league finish higher than 15th.

Pochettino Did What No Manager Has Done In The Last Decade — He Substituted Lionel Messi Off

Mauricio Pochettino is in the headlines after he made the bold decision to substitute Lionel Messi during Paris Saint-Germain’s tight 2-1 victory against Lyon on Sunday. How many times has Messi been subbed you might ask? Almost never.

With the scored tied at 1-1 Pochettino felt that taking Messi out of the game would help his side. 

Italian Media Says Juventus Has Hit "Rock Bottom" As Club Sits In Relegation Zone

"Life goes on" was the message from coach Massimiliano Allegri after learning of Cristiano Ronaldo's desire to leave last month, but four Serie A games into a future without their former talisman, Juventus continue to go from one disaster to the next

The reaction in Turin to the Portuguese forward's departure for English Premier League side Manchester United was mixed.

Storming A Field To Throw Hands With Opposing Fans Results In Minimal Punishment

Ligue 1 club RC Lens will play two home games behind closed doors pending an investigation into the crowd trouble that marred Saturday's derby against Lille, the league's disciplinary committee said on Monday.

Lens will host Strasbourg on Wednesday and Stade de Reims on Oct. 1, with a decision on the incident to be rendered on Oct. 6, the statement added.

The kickoff to the second half of the Ligue 1 game, which Lens won 1-0, was delayed by about half an hour after crowd trouble erupted at halftime.

Haaland’s Latest Goal Is Proof That He Is Both The Present And Future Of The Game

DORTMUND, Germany - Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland scored twice, including a spectacular lob, to guide his side to a 4-2 home win over Union Berlin on Sunday which lifted them to within a point of leaders Bayern Munich and Vfl Wolfsburg.

Norwegian Haaland has now scored seven times in the league this season while taking his total tally to an impressive 68 goals in 67 games in all competitions for Dortmund.

Is Brighton The New Leicester? Seagulls Go Fourth With Win Over Foxes

BRIGHTON, England - Brighton & Hove Albion secured a 2-1 home win over Leicester City on Sunday thanks to a controversial penalty and a Danny Welbeck header that put them third in the Premier League despite Jamie Vardy's 150th goal in his 250th game for the Foxes.

The visitors will feel hard done by after a number of key decisions went against them, including the one to award Brighton the penalty that saw them open the scoring in the 35th minute.

Man United And West Ham Play Out The Most Batshit Crazy Game Of Football

What the hell was that?! Manchester United and West Ham produced a ludicrous script on Sunday, featuring a West Ham opener, a Cristiano Ronaldo response, an 89th-minute winner and a 90+4’ penalty save off a 90+3’ substitute. 

Let’s do the late dramatics first, beginning in the 89th minute with Jesse Lingard curling home United’s go-ahead goal after jinking inside. 

Edin Džeko’s Nutmeg Goal Was Cheekier Than A Cabbage Patch Kid

Inter Milan broke in its beautiful third kit with a 6-1 rout of Bologna on Saturday. Edin Džeko came off the bench to score twice, including a wonderfully cheeky nutmeg goal, allowing us to forgive his awful whiff on a cross that was later put away by Matías Vecino as Inter ran riot at the San Siro.

Lens Fans Invade Pitch, Start Brawl With Lille Fans During Rare Derby Win

LENS, France — A second-half goal from Przemyslaw Frankowski earned RC Lens their first victory over Lille in 15 years as they moved up to provisional second place in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win after a derby marred by crowd trouble on Saturday.

Frankowski's strike ended a 12-game winless streak for Lens against the French champions, who had beaten them 4-0 and 3-0 last season.

The result put the "Sang et Or" (Blood and Gold) on 12 points from six games, three behind Paris St Germain, who will play their match in hand at home against Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.

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