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Fantastic Forlan

12 Jul 2012

For any striker, winning the European Golden Shoe is an achievement in itself. Win it twice, and your name will be forever immersed in footballing history. Diego Forlan (pictured) has obtained numerous awards for personal attacking...

Diego Maradona's managerial career may now be at an end

11 Jul 2012

Diego Maradona: FIFA Player of the Century, World Cup icon, golden boot winner and proud scorer of the Goal of the Century. His playing career spanned 21 years, appearing for club and country 583 times and scoring 292 times. Yet, ‘The...

Total Football Scout - Fabio Borini, AS Roma

11 Jul 2012

Liverpool fans were given a glimmer of hope this week that a striker could be brought to Anfield. Fabio Borini (pictured) has been touted as a transfer target for Brendan Rodgers, who has worked with him at Swansea and Chelsea. Borini...

Didier Drogba: Premier League's loss should be China's gain

11 Jul 2012

Didier Drogba’s arrival in China can’t come soon enough for Nicolas Anelka. The Frenchman, who spent four seasons with Drogba (pictured) at Chelsea, joined Shanghai Shenhua in January. However, his influence has been...

Ex-Premier League global travellers

10 Jul 2012

The glitz and the glamour of playing in the Premier League, the pinnacle of league football worldwide, is enough to make most footballers weak at the knees. For others however, the journey to the Premier League is but a stepping stone...

Total Football Scout - Jano Ananidze, Spartak Moscow

7 Jul 2012

Jano Ananidze is one bright star emerging from the Russian Premier League. Ananidze has been scouted by Arsenal and Liverpool but his club, Spartak Moscow, are unwilling to let their starlet leave before he is 20 years old. However will the two...

AC Milan's 14-year-old trequartista, Hachim Mastour

6 Jul 2012

It took a reported £500,000 to prise 14-year-old wonderkid Hachim Mastour from his club Reggiana to the green grasses of the San Siro. Inter Milan had been monitoring the youngster since he was 10 but it was their bitter rivals AC Milan who...

Which is the greatest team of all time?

3 Jul 2012

Spain’s spectacular and masterful performance at the Euro 2012 final in Kiev has opened up a debate over which side; either club or international based is the greatest. Total Football’s Simon Wright has decided to give his view on...

The top five players in the world today

3 Jul 2012

No better time to compile a list of the world’s best players than straight after a major tournament, though it being the Euros, not all of the contenders were on display. Some of the names below pick themselves, while the exclusion...

Summer transfer window: Who is going where?

1 Jul 2012

As Europe continues to drown in an economic recession that shows no sign of abating, the football transfer market is set to defy the trend again, as major clubs look to reshape their squads for new domestic and continental challenges. ...

Mario Gomez: Germany or Spain?

11 Jun 2012

Despite losing out to Chelsea in the Champions League final and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, Mario Gomez enjoyed a highly impressive season and is one of the leading contenders for the Euro 2012 Golden Boot award. Here, he...

Euro 2012 most wanted: Yann M'Vila

11 Jun 2012

Arsenal’s pursuit of long term target Yann M’Vila has been dealt a huge blow, as Barcelona attempt to bring him to the Nou Camp. Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of the French midfielder, but he will not get to see him in action...

Klinsmann’s USA progressing, but more work needs to be done

6 Jun 2012

While all the eyes of the football world will be on Euro 2012 for the rest of the month, the U.S men’s national team is preparing for its World Cup qualifying campaign, which starts on Friday at home against...Antigua & Barbuda. ...

Icelandic football far from crisis

1 Jun 2012

With a population smaller than Leicester, one can acknowledge with respect why Iceland have never featured in a major international tournament. Since their first official international match in 1946 against Denmark (a 3-0 victory), the minnows have reached a high of 37 in the FIFA world rankings in 1994 and have produced some impressive players over the years.

Is Ronaldinho’s Flamengo exit the final act in an intriguing career?

1 Jun 2012

Six years is a long time in football. In 2006, Ronaldinho had the world at his feet after a string of virtuoso displays for Barcelona and Brazil. This week, it has emerged that the Brazilian, now 32, has had his contract at Flamengo terminated via a court case.

What next for Italian football?

30 May 2012

The news that Antonio Conte and a number of Italian players and backroom staff from Serie A have been arrested on suspicion of match fixing came as quite a shock to many football fans around the world. Most would assume Juventus in...

The world’s top 5 strikers

23 May 2012

Since the construction of the first ever football, we have been spoilt with an array of fine goal-scoring machine like strikers. From Pele to Maradona, the role of striker is arguably the most important on the pitch. Although...

The world's top 5 managers

23 May 2012

When Liverpool’s owners FSG recently revealed their managerial shortlist to replace Kenny Dalglish, they were roundly ridiculed for including the likes of Pep Guardiola, Marseille's Didier Deschamps, Borussia Dortmund’s Jürgen Klopp and...

Europe – A new season to look forward to with anticipation

23 May 2012

Whilst transfer speculation is higher than ever after a memorable season of football across Europe, there is a lot you can already start preparing for next season. Paris Saint Germain and Malaga have both succeeded where Manchester City...

Mourinho and Madrid: The story so far

20 May 2012

Since Jose Mourinho took over at Real Madrid there has only ever been one objective - to end Barcelona’s golden era. Mourinho was starting yet again with a new team, and settling back into Spain, with the aim to be the best. But could...