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  1. Five key players in Europe's top five leagues this season

    29th November 2017.
    There has been four months of domestic football already played this season, which is a good barometer to understand and analyse Europe's standout players.

    Of course, there will always be Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the list, but there have also been some superb players the average fan might not know in detail.

    Here are five of Europe's best players, one picked from each of Europe's top five leagues:


          • England Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City, midfielder

             

    Under Pep Guardiola, the former Chelsea starlet has enjoyed unprecedented success in his career so far. While he has not won the title with the Citizens yet, De Bruyne has played the best football in his career and is consistently placing himself in the world-class bracket each

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  2. Serie A is at long last rejuvenated - we have a proper title race on our hands now

    10th November 2017.
    Over the course of the last six years, Serie A's title race has been something of a formality. Juventus, under Antonio Conte and now Massimiliano Allegri, have cruised to the Scudetto year after year without any serious competition. However, in the famous words of Bob Dylan, for the times, they are a-changin'.

    Competition in 2017/18 Serie A


    We are finally immersed in the wonderful spectacle that is a competitive Italian league. After 12 games - AS Roma and Lazio have only played 11 - Napoli sit at the summit, one point ahead of reigning champions Juventus and two in front of Luciano Spalletti's Inter.

    Just behind the top three is Lazio, 28, and Roma, 27, with a game-in-hand to catch up the three teams ahead of them on 30, 31 and 32 points.

    Milan were supposed to be in the mix, but problems with Vincenzo Montella's selection policy and the overhaul of the squad has prohibited them kicking on and competing for a Champions League

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  3. Can Luciano Spalletti Restore Success at Inter Milan?

    26th June 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    Prior to the 2016/2017 season, Inter Milan were full of optimism for what loomed as a successful campaign ahead.

    Having spent over €150 million acquiring some genuinely exceptional players in the summer, including Antonio Candreva, Joao Mario, Miranda, Ever Banega, Marcelo Brozovic and Gabriel Barbosa, expectations were indeed predictably high. But the Nerazzurri unfortunately fell well short, enduring a largely forgettable season that was littered with disappointment.

    The writing was on the wall early as the club sacked manager Roberto Mancini two weeks before the season began and entrusted former Ajax manager, Frank de Boer, with the arduous task of recovering the situation. Even though the Dutchman masterminded a dogged win over Juventus, he was sacked just 85 days into his tenure. He just couldn't get the team moving in the same direction and the lows definitely outweighed the highs. Losing seven of his 14 matches in charge, i

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  4. Ronaldo Fenomeno' - Football's Greatest Could've Been'

    9th November 2016. By Ryan Baldi.
    It seems strange to consider a player's potential unrealised when they finished their career with two World Cup winners' medals, 15 Wold Cup goals, a UEFA Cup, a Cup Winners' Cup, two domestic titles and over 350 career goals.

    If it was ever possible for a player who represented Barcelona, Internazionale, Real Madrid and AC Milan to have never reached the heights of their early promise, then it was Ronaldo.

    The buck-toothed Brazilian superstar burst onto the scene in the mid-1990s by scoring goals and shredding defences in a manner that would have made such all-time greats as Pelé and Diego Maradona raise their eyebrows in disbelief.

    Having moved to Europe to join PSV Eindhoven as a teenager in the summer of 1994, Ronaldo appeared to possess a combination of athleticism, speed, finesse and skill that was unlike anything the football world had ever seen. He'd come to take over.

    In recognition of his burgeoning potential, C

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  5. Mauro Icardi Leading Internazionale's Resurrection

    21st September 2016. By Ryan Baldi.
    It was shaping up to be a difficult week for Internazionale. A stumbling start to the Serie A season, which had seen them record just one win from their opening three games, was followed up by a humiliating 2-0 defeat at home to Hapoel Beer-Sheva in the Europa League last Thursday (15 September).

    So Sunday's encounter with reigning champions Juventus at the San Siro the Derby d'Italia was a cause of trepidation among Inter fans, who would be watching the game through their fingers.

    There were even rumours that, should the Nerazzurri fail to beat the Old Lady, Frank de Boer would be facing the sack, little more than a month after taking over from Roberto Mancini in charge of the eighteen-time champions of Italy.

    But Inter came up trumps, producing a stellar performance to beat Juventus 2-1. De Boer, with his cast of summer signings, struck the perfect balance between potent attack and resolute defence; the home side

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  6. Mario Balotelli: Rebuilding in Ligue 1

    14th September 2016. By Ryan Baldi.
    To many observers, joining Nice may have been seen as a step down in the career of Mario Balotelli. After all, the list of clubs on the Italian striker's CV is an impressive one; Internazionale, Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool are all teams associated with the top end of their respective leagues, and all regulars on the European stage.

    Nice, whose four Ligue 1 championships are all more than 50 years in the past, don't have the history of the Milanese giants or Liverpool, and haven't experienced anything like the recent success of City. But the Côte d'Azur club might be the perfect place for Balotelli to get his career back on track.

    In fact, just last year, Hatem Ben Arfa found himself in a similar predicament to the Italian international. Released by Newcastle after a disastrous couple of seasons in the Premier League, including a disappointing loan spell at Hull City, Ben Arfa's stock was at an all-time low.

    As a

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  7. The Downfall of Inter Milan: Second Half of the 2015/16 Serie A

    By Greg Lea.

    If any further proof was needed of how quickly things can change in the world of football, Inter's downturn in fortunes in the last couple of months provides a perfect case study.

    When Serie A resumed in early January after a two-week winter break, Roberto Mancini's men found themselves a point clear at the top of the table, with their first 17 matches yielding 11 wins, three draws and only three losses. A few short weeks later, Inter have fallen below Juventus, Napoli, Roma and Fiorentina and into fifth place, with a hefty margin of 13 points now separating them from the summit of the standings.

    They have won only two of their last nine outings a run that has featured draws with Carpi, Atalanta and Hellas Verona and defeats to Sassuolo and dreaded rivals Milan with Sunday night's 2-0 reverse at the hands of Juventus in Turin meaning there has been a 21-point swing away from Inter and towards the Bianconeri in just 19 Serie A games. All of a sudden, Champions

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  8. Nike Versus Adidas: Who Made the Better 2015/16 Football Kits?

    There may be a few other kit manufacturers on the battlefield-like Puma or the newly involved New Balance-but for the most part, Adidas and Nike are the rulers of the football kit market. Ahead of the 2015/16 season, these two sporting gear companies held nine of the 11 most valuable kit manufacturing contracts in all of soccer. Judging just on contract price, Adidas was winning the battle at the start of the season, holding all four of the most valuable kit deals (Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Real Madrid). Nike's top soccer properties, meanwhile-Barcelona, Manchester City, and Paris Saint Germain-aren't quite as high-grossing, since those deals were all signed two or more years ago.

    But what about aesthetic and performance? Whose jerseys look better this season and whose kits have been worn by the better-performing football clubs? Read on for Soccer Box's rundown of who made the better football kits for the 2015/16 campaign.

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  9. Serie A 2016 Week 21: Juventus Almost Back on Top With Win Against Roma

    There was a month or two earlier this season where it looked like Juventus might stumble in their pursuit of a fifth consecutive Serie A title. Now, after 21 weeks of play in Italy's top-flight football league, the Zebras are just two points off the lead. Furthermore, Juventus have now won 11 Serie A matches in a row, and 13 of their last 14 games across all competitions.

    Even last season, when Juve never left the top Serie A spot after taking up residence there in week four, the soccer club never managed an 11-game winning streak. In fact, the last time Juventus was in this kind of undefeated mode was in the middle of the 2013/14 Serie A campaign, when they won 12 games in a row from late October to late January. The Zebras, of course, won that league campaign with a record 102 points-17 points more than their nearest competitors, AS Roma.

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  10. Is Serie A the League to Watch in 2016?

    In the Spanish La Liga, five points currently separate the top four clubs on the standings table. In the English Premier League, the top-four spread is six points. In the German Bundesliga, it's 17 points. In the French Ligue 1, it's 24. Compare those figure to the Serie A, where just three points separate the top four soccer clubs on the league standings table, and it's clear to see that Italy's top-flight division is the fiercest competition in all of European football this season.

    Indeed, fueled by the early season struggles of Juventus and the comeback of Inter Milan, the Italian Serie A has been an unpredictable battle this season. As of the matches played during the weekend of January 9th, Napoli are leading the way in the league with a tally of 41 points. Juventus and Inter Milan are two points back, with Juve enjoying the advantage thanks to superior goal difference. Fiorentina round out the top four, with a point tally of 38.

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