How different are matchday experiences across Europe?

From getting black-out drunk and starting fights to sitting back and consuming sunflower seeds and a half-time sandwich, the matchday experience across footballing Europe is polarising. Allow me to take my broadest brush and paint a picture of the countries I have visited so far.

Five years later: The biggest goal in Real Madrid history

The day is May 24th, 2014, and time is running out for Real Madrid at the Estádio da Luz. Local rivals Atlético Madrid are about to pull off an incredible stunt. Real’s European curse seems to have struck again. Their elusive 10th Champions League, ‘La Décima’, which the club has been obsessively chasing for 12…

Adama Traoré, a unicorn in football

The unbelievable combination of speed, strength and take-on ability make him one of the most fun players to watch in football, but his lack of end-product makes him equally as frustrating to watch; Adama Traoré is one of a kind.

Life after Ronaldo: What’s next for Real Madrid?

The Di Stéfano era, the yé-yé team, the ‘Quinta del Buitre’, the Galácticos, and now the Cristiano Ronaldo-era has come to an end at Real Madrid; how do you replace the ultimate goal machine?

The Arsenal re-build: Midfield & attack recruitment

We’ve done the backline, we’ve discussed the tactics, and now it’s time to look at what Arsenal need in midfield and attack to make a push for the Champions League places again. Legs in midfield Granit Xhaka is an excellent passer and controller of tempo, but the Swiss international is very slow, which has caught him…

Betis come back to beat Malaga and ensure European spot

Real Betis have secured their spot in Europe for next season after coming from behind to beat Malaga 2-1 through a beautiful Fabián goal. The Sevillian side needed all three points in this small Andalusian derby to make sure they would qualify for at least Europa League football next season. Málaga had been plagued by…