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FIFA 18 Review, Gameplay Videos, Features and Impressions

After a strong effort last year, FIFA 18 looked to top its predecessor when it hit the shelves Friday, September 29.<p>For the latest instalment of their flagship series, EA Sports has eschewed the addition of new modes in favour of tweaks to the gameplay and visuals.<p>Indeed, the developers have …

Bayer Leverkusen: Player tech analysis catapults club into future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Walking through the corridors of Bayer Leverkusen's BayArena, you get the sense this is a club proud of its past.<p>Trophies take pride of place in glass cabinets, framed shirts of club legends adorn the walls and artistic graffiti depicts famous nights in the club's history.<p>But it's something …

End-to-end stuff: Real Madrid

Real Madrid are the best team in the world and also kind of a drag. That first part doesn’t need justifying. Back-to-back Champions Leagues — one …

The tactics Zinedine Zidane has used at Real Madrid to reach Champions League final against Juventus

Zinedine Zidane stands on the brink of greatness. The Frenchman, a star of both Juventus and Real Madrid in his playing days, could become the first manager to win back to back Champions League titles. Yet it doesn't feel like he's masterminded anything at all.<p>Real Madrid are quite good, you see, …

Why is Ross Barkley struggling to reach the next level and win over Ronald Koeman?

Ross Barkley was fortunate to remain on the pitch in Everton's 1-0 derby defeat to Liverpool, and he might have to ride his luck again in the coming weeks to retain Ronald Koeman's trust. Monday's game was not the ideal stage on which to judge a ball-playing talent, such was the scarity of time and …

The return of 4-4-2, non-striking strikers and keepers who can play: The tactical trends of 2016

In a year in which lots of... not amazing things have happened, football has offered us a glimmer of light.<p>The magic of Leicester, Welsh wonders at Euro 2016, three central defenders on the pitch at the same time! What a world.<p>Retro formations, inverted-false-wide-forwards, three central defenders …

Fifa: the video game that changed football | Simon Parkin

Fifa belongs to a select group of titles familiar to people who have no interest in gaming – or even real football. What’s the secret of its success?<p>Jan Tian stood in nervous silence in the departure hall of Beijing Capital International Airport. Beside him, his sister held an envelope containing a …

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La Liga's Continued Domination of European Competition Is No Surprise

This time, it’s a full house. Real Madrid and Barcelona will always be Spain’s headliners, but as draws were made, the Ballon d’Or was awarded (with the podium composed exclusively of Spain-based players) and European football’s 2016 drew to a close, few could be in any doubt over La Liga’s …

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Would a Red Bull-Owned Team, Like RB Leipzig, Work in England?

The Bundesliga, for so long the epitome of footballing self-assurance and sometimes self-righteousness, isn't so comfortable in its own skin right now.<p>Supporters still swill beer while swaying in masses of choreographed unity, having paid less for their tickets than most Premier League fans pay to …

Atletico Madrid's 10 Greatest Players of the 21st Century: Nos. 5-1

<i>Atletico Madrid have had some wonderful players in the 21st century, but who are the best?</i><p><i>We’ve taken a look at the top 10, and after starting with Nos. 10-6 on Monday, we conclude here with the final five.</i><p><b>5. Sergio Aguero</b><p>Given just how young he was when he played for Atletico Madrid, Sergio …

The key tactical trends in the Premier League season so far | Michael Cox

False No9s are in; free roles, with the exception of Mesut Özil, are out; back threes are making a comeback; and pressing is en vogue<p>A few years ago possession was the most discussed concept in football. Since then there has been a shift from a possession-based approach and more attention paid to …

Cristiano Ronaldo named world's best attacker of 2016

Success in the Champions League and Euro 2016 - and a host of goals - earned the Portuguese star the distinction of being voted the world's premier forward over the past year<p><b>GOAL 50</b><p>Real Madrid hitman Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as the world’s best forward of 2016 after winning the Goal …

Hummels, Gundogan, Mkhitaryan: Which Former Star Do Borussia Dortmund Miss Most?

By and large, Borussia Dortmund have put together a decent start to the season.<p>Many predicted the Black and Yellows would stumble out of the gates a bit following a massive squad overhaul during the summer transfer window, and those auguries have proved correct.<p>Still, they are not far off their …

Howard Webb: the truth about Premier League referees

Top football referee Howard Webb, who took charge of the 2010 World Cup Final, opens up to <i>Telegraph Men</i> about the life of a professional referee, from pre-match rituals and angry dads to cheating players and managers’ mind games<p>All referees want to be footballers too<p>“As a kid I wanted to be a …

Why Sadio Mane is proving to be the Premier League's bargain of the summer

At first few of us could understand why Daniel Sturridge could not get a game for Liverpool. It is now starting to become clear why Jurgen Klopp was leaving him out: his team don’t need a centre-forward.<p>We’ve long known the qualities of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, and their performances …

The Question: Are Psychological Issues Holding AC Milan Back?

There are two things that tend to happen when a discussion of AC Milan breaks out among neutrals these days. One is that there will be hearty amounts of recollection concerning the club’s glorious past, from their great players and outstanding teams to their innovative coaches.<p>Before the …

How Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern Munich Match Up to Pep Guardiola's

Carlo Ancelotti's start at Bayern Munich has been impressive. Since succeeding the Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola in July, the Italian tactician has won each of his eight competitive games so far, with an aggregate score of 27-1.<p>Under Guardiola, Bayern won a record 25th Bundesliga title—their …

Joshua Kimmich: From Stopgap Defender to Game-Changing Midfielder

Joshua Kimmich's late goal in Bayern Munich's 1-0 win over Hamburg was just the latest instalment in a story of a player who has gone from stopgap defender to game-changing midfielder in double-quick time.<p>"It was a difficult game, especially in the first half as Hamburg played with great …

Nani, Pato, Boateng, Arda and More: LaLiga's Year of the Resurgence Seekers

The crowds in attendance were of different sizes, but at each location, there was a similar feel. Excitement was evident, but more than that, in a way these felt like necessary fresh starts for the men at the centre of them.<p>At Mestalla, Nani was unveiled in front of around 10,000 Valencia fans in …

Romance, fireworks & upsets: Why the Copa Libertadores outshines the sterile Champions League

Both Atletico Nacional and Independiente del Valle had upset the odds to make the final, while Europe's biggest competition becomes ever more exclusive<p><b>COMMENT</b><p>It was a scene that no European player can ever dream of experiencing. Almost 40,000 Atletico Nacional were packed into the Estadio Atanasio …

Jurgen Klopp exclusive: From sleeping in hostels to building a home at Liverpool

The Reds manager visited England on a small budget during his youth, but he now has the sizable task of reinvigorating one of its most successful clubs.<p><b>EXCLUSIVE</b><p>There was a time when Jurgen Klopp, shaded from the searing California sun on the terrace of the palatial Four Seasons in East Palo Alto, …

Arrigo Sacchi Says Lionel Messi Isn't Argentina's Greatest Player of All Time

Lionel Messi isn't Argentina's greatest player, according to former AC Milan and Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi. Instead, the 70-year-old gave the nod to Alfredo Di Stefano and Diego Maradona, believing the Barcelona star lacks both the talent and the personality of the illustrious and controversial …

'Choker' Higuain a big risk for Champions League-chasing Juventus

The Serie A title holders expect the striker to fire them to European glory, but history suggests there's no guarantee of goals from the Argentine when it matters most<p><b>COMMENT</b><p>How has it come to pass that Juventus signed Gonzalo Higuain thinking that he’s the man to win them the Champions League? …

Mino Raiola: The controversial 'super-agent' behind Pogba's Manchester United move

Love him or loathe him, the Italian is adept at selling himself and his players, as evidenced by the fact that he has just masterminded the biggest transfer in football history.<p>Mino Raiola’s accountancy firm is called Maguire Tax & Legal, its name inspired by an Oscar-winning movie starring Tom …

Pogba will cost an extra £30m - How the Premier League will suffer after Brexit

On Thursday, the British electorate voted to leave the European Union, but how will that decision impact the English top-flight moving forward?<p><b>SPECIAL REPORT</b><p>Earlier this week, all 20 clubs in the Premier League expressed support for the United Kingdom remaining part of the European Union (EU).<p>Chief …

How Miralem Pjanic Fits the Tactics of Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri

Miralem Pjanic is a Juventus player. Announcing via their official website that they had sealed a deal for the AS Roma midfielder, the Bianconeri have already improved their squad and weakened a major rival before the transfer window has even opened.<p>The statement revealed the capital club will …

Mkhitaryan Contract Decision Will Mark Turning Point in Dortmund History

Borussia Dortmund have already lost two key players during the summer transfer window in Ilkay Gundogan and captain Mats Hummels. And now, they risk the departure of a third: Henrikh Mkhitaryan.<p>The 27-year-old's contract at Signal Iduna Park expires in 2017, and despite the club's best efforts, he …

Pele auctions off memorabilia collection

The legendary Brazilian star decided to sell over 2,000 items from his extraordinarylife online as he offers fans and collectors the chance to own a piece of history<p>Pele is auctioning off his entire collection of awards and memorabilia, with his winners medal from the 1962 World Cup final fetching …

A new era: Brazil begin Copa America without a single student from the class of 'the 7-1'

The Selecao will take to the field against Ecuador on Saturday without a single one of those who participated in the infamous World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany two years ago<p>A much-changed Brazil squad will finally make its debut at Copa America on Saturday when they meet Ecuador at the Rose …

'The Talent Factory': How Basel bred Xhaka and Rakitic for Europe's best

Circumstance has dictated that the Swiss have been forced to produce their own players, but they have reaped rich rewards selling their talent on while remaining successful<p><b>EXCLUSIVE</b><p>FC Basel’s conveyor belt of talent shows no signs of slowing down.<p><b>Griezmann’s final chance to challenge for Ballon d’Or</b><p>…