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Author Archives: Cronan Yu

About Cronan Yu

Cronan is a football journalist who currently writes for FourFourTwo UK and Australia, Bleacher Report, Talksport, Press Association Sport and Football Espana. He has previously featured on and Squawka. Follow Cronan on Twitter @Cronan_Yu

How Bartomeu beat Laporta to the Barcelona presidential hot-seat

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When Joan Laporta came to power back in 2003, Barcelona was a club in turmoil. It had been four years since since the Blaugrana had won a major trophy and the Catalan club could barely cope with the immense dominance … Continue reading

Neymar’s suspension is a blessing in disguise for Brazil

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It was approximately one year ago when Luiz Felipe Scolari’s managerial tenure as Brazil’s head coach looked in tatters. Some would argue that partially through no fault of his own, Scolari’s stint was left in a sorry state. Neymar’s campaign … Continue reading

Australia’s historic win against Brazil breeds confidence and self belief

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The caption of a graphic that Nike Soccer uploaded onto their social media channels recently read: Strong Alone. Unstoppable together. If anything, Australia’s history-making quarter-finals berth into the Women’s World Cup was the manifestation of exactly that. While the Matildas cannot exactly … Continue reading

Why Suarez’s Ballon d’Or Omission Is Making The Award And FIFA Less Relevant

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Nowadays, FIFA, world football’s governing body, has little to no credibility. With the organisation, under the leadership of Sepp Blatter, seemingly in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, FIFA has been under damage control for some time now. And … Continue reading

Jerome Champagne To Run For FIFA Presidency Next Year

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Jerome Champagne

Former French diplomat Jerome Champagne has announced his intention of challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency at next year’s elections. Last week, Blatter announced that he would seek a fifth term in office as the head of world football’s … Continue reading

Champions League Re-Cap All The Winners And Losers From Day 1

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Champions League football once again made a glorious return and it was last season’s victors, Real Madrid, who provided the biggest win of match day 1, defeating Basel 5-1. Elsewhere, Liverpool made a triumphant return to Europe’s premier club competition … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League Preview – Chelsea vs Schalke 04

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Jose Mourinho will be hoping that his charges can maintain their incredible run of form against Schalke on Wednesday evening having enjoyed a blistering start to the season. The Londoners have four wins from four matches to their name in … Continue reading

El Classico Predictions; Both Teams Hungry For Three Points

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Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

For the third time in less than a month, cross-town rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are set to meet at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening. On the outset, it may seem like a derby of little value – … Continue reading

Talks Under Away to Expand International Champions Cup to Australia in 2015

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As we reported last week, the 2015 International Champions Cup will be expanding to Asia next summer. And now reports confirm today that talks are under away to have some of the games hosted in Australia in July, 2015 (as … Continue reading

Liverpool Interested In Signing Cameroon Striker Samuel Eto’o

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Premier League club Liverpool is reportedly weighing up a transfer for free-agent Samuel Eto’o in a bid to bolster their depleted attack, reports The Guardian. The 33-year-old enjoyed a relatively successful Premier League season, scoring on nine occasions from 21 … Continue reading

Germany Striker Miroslav Klose Announces Retirement From International Soccer

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Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from international soccer less than one month after winning the World Cup with Germany in Brazil and becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in World Cup history. The 36-year-old enjoyed a largely successful international career … Continue reading

Barcelona New Signing Thomas Vermaelen Suffers Hamstring Injury And is Out Indefinitely

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Barcelona has revealed that new signing Thomas Vermaelen has been sidelined indefinitely with a right hamstring injury. The 28-year-old passed a vigorous medical on Saturday before signing a five year contract with the Camp Nou outfit. However, the club has … Continue reading

Galatasaray In Talks to Hire David Moyes As Manager

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Former Manchester United boss David Moyes could be set for a swift return to club management with reports suggesting that he is set to take over the helm of Turkish club Galatasaray. The 51-year-old tactician was sacked by the Red … Continue reading

A Bright Future Awaits for Valiant Socceroos

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The pride of a nation. Australia’s 2-3 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands was arguably their greatest result on the international stage, so much so that, for many fans, regardless of what the score line suggested, it felt like … Continue reading

Mesut Ozil is the Game Changer Arsenal Needed to Achieve Greater Success

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After signing Gareth Bale for a world-record transfer fee, Real Madrid’s pain of losing Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s gain. Once Bale was signed, Ozil’s departure was seemingly inevitable. Despite Los Blancos’ varying fortunes on the pitch, a direct result of … Continue reading

Why Carlo Ancelotti is the Man For the Future at Real Madrid

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His appointment was inevitable and unavoidable. Last week saw by far the worst kept secret in soccer become reality as Carlo Ancelotti signed a three year contract with Real Madrid, signaling the end of a long term pursuit by Florentino … Continue reading

Why Manuel Pellegrini is a Worthy Replacement to Roberto Mancini

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After three successful years in charge at Malaga, and months of speculation regarding his managerial future, Manchester City finally announced the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as manager, coming a month after the the sacking of Roberto Mancini. And according to … Continue reading

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Preview: Everything You Need To Know

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While we’re less one than year away from the first match of FIFA World Cup 2014, the FIFA Confederations Cup starts tomorrow. The tournament, which is a dry-run for the World Cup, features eight teams from around the world competing … Continue reading