Breaking down England’s 11-minute masterclass of time-wasting that won Euro 2022

Taking it to the corner is time-wasting at its best, and this was an absolute masterclass from Sarina Wiegman’s side — particularly Chloe Kelly and Ella Toone. And they only took it to the right-hand corner. But it wasn’t just those two who helped England wind down the clock after Kelly gave them a 2-1 … Read more

England hero Chloe Kelly: An iconic celebration and the perfect blend of fire and ice

“It is one of the only times in the women’s game I’ve seen a training-ground bust-up,” Willie Kirk, who coached Chloe Kelly at Everton, tells The Athletic after the 2022 European Championship final. “It was two players just desperate to win, going hard into a real meaty challenge and a little bit of afters. Chloe … Read more

Sarina Wiegman proved herself a great football manager in the way she won Euro 2022

Sarina Wiegman now belongs in the pantheon of great football managers. If that sounds like a knee-jerk reaction after England’s victory last night, it’s worth considering that no one has ever won two European Championships — or World Cups, for that matter — with different nations in either the women’s or men’s game. Wiegman was … Read more

Stalled Marc Cucurella pursuit leaves Man City’s attack at risk of being undermined

Liverpool showed Manchester City they are ready to go toe-to-toe again this season. And City, for now, will have to face it with only two first-team natural full-backs. Jurgen Klopp’s side clinched the Community Shield title with three goals created from their devastating right flank — with Mohamed Salah starring on it. It took three … Read more

Euro 2022 vs Euro 2017 is a different ball game: England pass completion is up 20%

Across almost every aspect of Euro 2022, the numbers are up dramatically from Euro 2017: higher prize money, higher attendances and higher viewing figures. But what has perhaps been overlooked so far is the rise in the quality of football. Over the last half-decade, the women’s game has improved considerably – and England has represented … Read more

Lisandro Martinez: Why Manchester United pushed hard to beat Arsenal to £55m deal

Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Lisandro Martinez, beating Arsenal to the Argentine centre-back. Arsenal hit first but United struck harder and agreed a deal with Ajax that the player readily accepted. United have agreed to pay about £47million (€55m) for Martinez, plus another £8.5m (€10m) in potential add-ons, with the 24-year-old signing … Read more

Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona: Bayern will miss the goals but not the drama

In May 2019, the Allianz Arena crowd was awash with emotion as joy and sadness pulled at opposite ends of the heartstrings. Club legends Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery starred in their last home game for Bayern Munich, a 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt that secured their seventh championship in a row. Club president Uli … Read more