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Tournament Focus: Champions League Team of the Group Stage

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Tournament Focus: Champions League Team of the Group Stage   Wins for Arsenal and Chelsea on Wednesday night meant only one of the four Premier League sides - Manchester United - dropped out of the Champions League. Given the London pairing’s questionable start to the competition and Manchester City’s indifferent form it’s a commenda...

Tournament Focus: Stats in Brief - The Champions League Group Stages So Far

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Tournament Focus: Stats in Brief - The Champions League Group Stages So Far   At the midway point in the Champions League group stages it's fair to say most of the tables are shaping up as the 32 teams vie for a place in the knockout phase. That said, with Andre Villas-Boas' Zenit St. Petersburg the only side to maintain a 100% record so far there is still all to play...

Player Focus: Hulk – Brazil Asset or Flat-Track Bully?

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Player Focus: Hulk – Brazil Asset or Flat-Track Bully?   When Hulk pulled up in Brazil’s training session on Sunday, holding the back of his left thigh, there was none of the dread that accompanied Neymar’s scare in the warm-up before their opening World Cup match, against Croatia. If the Zenit Saint Petersburg forward were to miss out...

Match Focus: Lessons Learned From Brazil's Win Over Croatia

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Match Focus: Lessons Learned From Brazil's Win Over Croatia   After years of planning, the 2014 World Cup kicked off in dramatic fashion on Thursday night as hosts Brazil overcame Group A rivals Croatia 3-1. A Neymar brace and late Oscar strike was enough for A Seleção to secure three points, after Marcelo had inadvertently turned into hi...

Team Focus: Zenit's New Dawn Starting Brightly Under Villas-Boas

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Team Focus: Zenit's New Dawn Starting Brightly Under Villas-Boas   A new dawn is upon Zenit St Petersburg as the club seeks to reaffirm its wavering position at the fore of Russian football. The demise of Luciano Spalletti’s tenure at Zenit can be attributed to many differing factors, having initially begun in the summer of 2012 with the seemingly ind...

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