It's happened. It's real. Paulinho has moved to Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande for an entire €26m more than they paid Tottenham for him - and in the process, become only the seventh player a Chinese club has sold to Europe for a profit, rather than the modern trend of very much the reverse.
It seems odd to say that about a goalkeeper who has been in the top two in the league for save percentage in each of the last two seasons (first in 2015/16, second behind Hugo Lloris in 2016/17, via WhoScored) but Cech is one of Arsenal's few genuine weak links this season.
28/08/2017 20:28 BST
The 21-year-old has been all over the back pages this week for a pair of shit-hot long-range turbobangers against Barcelona, one in either leg of the Spanish Super Cup, and was compared favourably to Michael Laudrup and Isco while he was learning his trade at Mallorca.
25/08/2017 15:49 BST
There was no hat-trick in the end, as there had been in the semi- and quarter-final stages, but it mattered little enough. Ronaldo has his final. The last speck of unsightly dust on his legacy has been polished away. Hail to the king.
12/06/2017 16:21 BST
Anyway, we've done the whole standard end-of-season awards; best player, best goal, all that stuff, but a weird and wacky season deserves a look at some of the smaller details. The overlooked moments of brilliance. The... well, these bits!
26/05/2017 12:43 BST
It's easy, this. Jeff Stelling does his textbook <em>Soccer Saturday</em> link to his man at the ground, teasing the action and setting up Kamara for the perfect follow-up. Except when the shot cuts away to the man with the mic on the south coast, his head's spinning back and forward like a pinned-down cat watching a tennis match...
05/04/2017 12:16 BST
Why The People Complaining About Video Technology In Football Are Wrong, And Should Embrace The Future
These are the same - the exact same, search their timelines - people who rant and rave at 'disgraceful' referees for getting marginal decisions wrong. They fume at a touch-tight judgement call going against their team. Now, when there's a system to eradicate clear mistakes, it's the end of football as we know it?
29/03/2017 16:41 BST
If you've been fortunate enough to miss the story, here's a quick recap: Wayne Rooney went out and got drunk. That's it. Seriously, that's it. There was no 'on the eve of a match' angle, he didn't do anything illegal, he didn't get frisky with anyone, he just... got drunk. A week before his next match.
17/11/2016 12:13 GMT
In an age where military technology is getting increasingly high-tech, America's best line of defence may be in attack - baring their teeth at any country daring to challenge them. Teeth? Geddit? Also, racism.
09/11/2016 16:39 GMT
It's been the best part of two months since the summer transfer window closed and - frankly - it's the middle of the week and there's not much else to take away from the latest swathe of EFL Cup games.
27/10/2016 18:05 BST
Nothing about Ranieri's side would actually surprise, at this point. Lose 14 in a row and go down? Sure. Win every single game 1-0 from now until Christmas, with a different scorer each time? Why not - they won the league last season.
28/09/2016 16:45 BST
In part, Mourinho's reputation plays into how the situation looks from the outside. When fans were concerned about his youth policies months before he was even appointed manager, there was always going to be some extra scrutiny afforded to his decisions.
25/08/2016 16:49 BST
There's still time for Belgium's overhyped team to succeed in a way that England's never did. But the sand is running ever-faster through the hourglass - and Wilmots is not the man to flip it over.
15/06/2016 17:06 BST
For the first time in a long while - if ever - there's almost as much anticipation surrounding the battle between half a dozen different managers next season as there is around the players. It's... well, it's all gone a bit <em>Game of Thrones</em>, hasn't it? Fractured followings, disputed kings, all vying for one ultimate prize - which they all know they can't hold forever.
02/06/2016 16:36 BST
Manchester United's Premier League season is (finally) over, and there's only the FA Cup standing between the entire world and finding out whether Louis van Gaal is getting the boot this summer. Jose Mourinho insists he doesn't know. Van Gaal says he's staying, but... well, he would. Ed Woodward is busy trying to figure out how fax machines work, so we're not getting an answer out of him any time soon.
18/05/2016 17:48 BST
Unless there is a seismic change at the Emirates in the summer - and that looks unlikely as things stand - then Arsenal fans should probably gear up for another season or two of being good, but not quite good enough. Hardly an inspiring message, but maybe that's fitting. Arsenal haven't exactly been an inspiring team of late.
28/04/2016 17:14 BST
There'll be fanfare when The Decision is eventually made, but Zlatan's no peak-era LeBron. Who cares about where Zlatan moves? Perhaps not even the man himself. The journey, and the attention, may be more important than the destination.
30/03/2016 16:59 BST
It might chafe at Liverpool fans to hear it, but they could do a lot worse than to look to Spurs as a guiding light. The Reds have done the 'overhaul' part of the job over and over again, but they've never stuck around long enough to put in the 'patience' part of the equation.
23/03/2016 16:57 GMT
If Leicester win the Premier League this season - and it looks as though they will - it'll be because they've been the best team in almost every single aspect of the game, and they've adapted to each situation that's been thrown at them like a bunch of freaky human-chameleon hybrids.
17/03/2016 20:39 GMT
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