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The Everton hierarchy made extensive changes to the structure of the club. Last summer many Toffees fans had expected that the club would challenge for a top four spot after they spent heavily and brought the likes of Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez, Davy Klaassen,Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michael Keane to Goodisan Park whilst having Steve Walsh as their director of football and Ronald Koeman as their manager.
After having helped Ajax reach the final of the Europa League the season before during which they lost to Manchester United, big things were expected …

So now at the completion of the group stage, we were down to the last 16 teams. There was a one day rest between the final group game in Group G, and the start of the knockout stage. After having two weeks of relentless football, the intermission seemed to take a lifetime.
 
Last 16
Saturday June 30th – Day 16
The first last 16 game, saw Group C winners France, play Group D runners up Argentina. France’s Antoine Griezmann slammed the crossbar with an early free kick. France were then awarded a penalty. …

Many World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar faces a race to be fit in time for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the Brazilian international still recovering from a serious foot injury. The 26-year-old has been out of action since breaking a bone in February and spent the remainder of the season sidelined.
Neymar made the Brazil squad for the World Cup and is reportedly training every day to ensure he’s back in time to help his country. Brazil are 5/1 favourites to win the 2018 World Cup, while second-favourite Neymar is 11/1 …

This is the 5th in a series of 6 articles about the 60 greatest players in the world with this one looking at those most undefinable of roles – the attacking midfielder and the winger. Gone are the days when flying wingers and box-to-box central midfielders are the order of the day in a 4-4-2 formation universally used. A modern day attacking midfielder has to be so much more than your old school south american ‘no.10’ and now incorporates many more types of players into the one label. Meanwhile for wingers, the …

The third in a series of six articles looking at the best 60 players in the world at the moment, we are now onto full-back having done golkeepers and centre-backs. Please enjoy, comment, discuss and read the next article; the top 10 central midfielders.
Full-backs
Honourable mentions:

Fabio Coentrao – A frustrating year for the 26 year old former Benfica man, playing second fiddle to Marcelo for club and having a disappointing World Cup for country. However, he is still an intelligent player, who is technically skilful and tactically versatile. Young enough to still …

Leading on from the top 10 goalkeepers in the world; I now present you the top 10 Centre-backs in the world. Remember, this is partly judged on recent performances and partly on permanent class. Enjoy, comment and discuss and remember to look out for the remaining four articles in this series of 6, the next one being the top 10 full-backs.
Centre-backs
Honourable mentions:

Diego Godin – An old school centre-half who bought into the ‘Simeone way’ from the very beginning to great effect. His dogged style and aerial prowess means he is now crucial …

The dust will never be allowed to settle on Germany 7-1 Brazil. Even in this most storied of sporting tournaments, that scoreline will be mentioned every four years and every time Germany or Brazil play a big game. The match itself, Germany’s excellence and Brazil’s refusal to either protect their goal or threaten their opponent’s is being picked apart at great length. Instead, I would like to focus on Brazil’s impressive achievement in reaching the 2014 World Cup semi finals.
In doing so permit me to briefly take a step back …

World Cup Squad:
Goalkeepers: Jefferson, Julio Cesar, Victor
Defenders: Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo, Dante, Maxwell, Maicon, Henrique
Midfielders: Fernandinho, Ramires, Hernanes, Oscar, Willian, Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Bernard
Forwards: Fred, Neymar, Hulk, Jo
Brazil have picked a very strong team on paper and it would be hard to argue that they are heavy favourites to lift the World Cup on their own soil. The obvious choice for goalkeeper is Julio Cesar, who although plays in the MLS for Toronto, is hugely experienced, playing for Inter Milan for a number of years before moving to QPR in England. …

Fred, no not Fred Flinstone or Freddie Flintoff, Fred the player who won the golden boot award at the 2013 Confederations Cup including a brace in the final for Brazil has been linked with a big money move to English club Manchester City according to The Gulf Today. New City manager Manuel Pellegrini was also linked to sign Paraguayan starlet Oscar Cardozo in an attempt to bolster the attack after the departure of Carlos Tevez to Juventus.
At age 29 you would say that his career is almost over, think …