How Ronald Koeman led Everton to their best start to a season for a decade

Roberto Martínez was sacked when his tactic of trying to outscore opponents failed. Ronald Koeman is succeeding by trying to build on solid foundations By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network As August draws to a close and the transfer deadline nears with each passing minute, Premier League managers will be […]
August 31, 2016 0

Premier League is draining talent from Spain but not catching the very best

Shkodran Mustafi became the 17th player to move from La Liga to the Premier League this summer when he joined Arsenal but English clubs, for all their financial muscle, are landing mainly second-tier talent There was a moment during the first half of last season when Lucas Pérez was asked what his parents made of […]
August 31, 2016 0

Noisy neighbours Leganés give Atlético blues to take back corner of Madrid

The tiny club from cucumber country south of the capital, where most people support Real or Atlético, are the only side in La Liga not to have let in a goal. Ever. Butarque was blue, just like their manager wanted and just like their captain’s hair. “I hope they wear Leganés shirts and only Leganés […]
August 29, 2016 0

Barcelona maintain perfect start as Ivan Rakitic goal beats Athletic Bilbao

Ivan Rakitic scored in the first half to help Barcelona win 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday for a second straight victory at the start of the La Liga season. The Croatia midfielder headed in a well-placed cross by Arda Turan to cap a quick attack that broke down Bilbao’s high defensive line in the […]
August 28, 2016 0

Álvaro Morata celebrates Real Madrid return in win over Celta Vigo

A late goal by Toni Kroos sealed victory as Real Madrid defeated an impressive Celta Vigo to win their first home La Liga game of the season. Álvaro Morata scored his first goal for the hosts since returning from Juventus to break the deadlock on the hour before Fabián Orellana equalised for Celta in the […]
August 27, 2016 0

Five outsiders Sam Allardyce should consider for his first England squad

Before picking his squad on Sunday, the new England manager should consider Curtis Davies, Jack Cork, Mark Noble, Nathan Redmond and Andros Townsend By Ben McAleer for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network At 31 years of age, time is not on Curtis Davies’ side as he strives for international recognition. Yet, the centre-back […]
August 23, 2016 0

Manu García realises boyhood dream at Atlético after leaping Alavés fence

The lifelong Alavés fan popped up to score a 95th-minute equaliser for his hometown club on their return to La Liga after a decade of heartbreak and chaos Deportivo Alavés’s resistance finally broke four minutes after midnight when the 27th shot of the match flew in, or so it seemed. Kévin Gameiro’s foot trembled and […]
August 22, 2016 0

Sunderland have that sinking feeling again – Football Weekly

The podders reflect on Middlesbrough’s victory in the Wear-Tees derby. Plus, Hull continue to shine, Burnley boss Liverpool, and Italy and Spain go goal crazy Max Rushden completes his three-show stint at the helm of Football Weekly, and he’s got Jonathan Wilson, Paul MacInnes and Jacob Steinberg for company. We begin by discussing the impressive […]
August 22, 2016 0