Club of the Month: Atlético Madrid – firmly among the elite

IF YOU’VE visited Madrid recently, you’ve no doubt flown over the gleaming new home of Atlético Madrid, the Wanda Metropolitano. It’s an impressive site, fashioned out of a stadium built in anticipation of the Spanish capital being awarded the Olympic Games. If Atléti play their cards right, they could be playing at home in the final of the UEFA Champions League in the first week … Continue reading Club of the Month: Atlético Madrid – firmly among the elite

Club of the Month: Kilmarnock – the Clarke revolution

IT HAS been a long time since anyone south of the border thought about Kilmarnock Football Club. It has been more than 50 years since they won their only Scottish title and nearly as long since they made their impact on Europe when they reached the last four of the Inter-Cities Fairs’ Cup. But in the first half of the 2018-19 season, Kilmarnock became one … Continue reading Club of the Month: Kilmarnock – the Clarke revolution

Club of the Month: Borussia Dortmund – back in contention

ANYONE who has become tired of the Bayern Munich monopoly in the Bundesliga over the past six years will find the resurgence of Borussia Dortmund somewhat heartwarming, particulary as the Bavarians have, in the past, made a habit of cherry-picking the best players from their rivals. BVB are seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, while Bayern are getting to grips with a … Continue reading Club of the Month: Borussia Dortmund – back in contention

Blades running strong

NOBODY really expected Sheffield United to mount a serious challenge for promotion to the Premier League this season, but the Blades are sitting at the top of the Championship table and have confounded the tipsters’ predictions in the opening months of the season. When the bookmakers’ priced their odds for the 2018-19 campaign, United were 8-1 to win the title, which placed them roughly in … Continue reading Blades running strong

The parachute men

IT’S  a gleaming white stadium is the Liberty, you see it very clearly as the train snakes its way into Swansea station, and it still looks clean enough to feature on a TV advertisement for white emulsion paint. These are hopeful days in this corner of Wales. Hopeful because last season, the club was relegated after seven years in the Premier League, a period that … Continue reading The parachute men