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 Goal.com and Squawka. Follow Cronan on Twitter @Cronan_Yu
How Bartomeu beat Laporta to the Barcelona presidential hot-seat
How Bartomeu beat Laporta to the Barcelona presidential hot-seat

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 of rivals Real Madrid and Valencia.  Not now, though. Just […]

Neymar’s suspension is a blessing in disguise for Brazil
Neymar’s suspension is a blessing in disguise for Brazil

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 was over after having his back broken in the latter […]

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

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 boast high-profile players the likes of five-time World Player of […]

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

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 the release of the 23-man Ballon d’Or shortlist will not […]

Jerome Champagne To Run For FIFA Presidency Next Year
Jerome Champagne To Run For FIFA Presidency Next Year

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 governing body, citing ‘unfinished business’ as the main reason to […]

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

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 after years dwelling in the abyss, managing to scrape through […]

UEFA Champions League Preview – Chelsea vs Schalke 04
UEFA Champions League Preview – Chelsea vs Schalke 04

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 the Premier League, establishing themselves as the favourites to take […]

El Classico Predictions; Both Teams Hungry For Three Points
El Classico Predictions; Both Teams Hungry For Three Points

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 – after all, the Spanish season is less than a month […]

Liverpool Interested In Signing Cameroon Striker Samuel Eto’o
Liverpool Interested In Signing Cameroon Striker Samuel Eto’o

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 league appearances for Chelsea. Despite this, Chelsea opted to release […]

Germany Striker Miroslav Klose Announces Retirement From International Soccer
Germany Striker Miroslav Klose Announces Retirement From International Soccer

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 spanning for over 13 years where he scored 71 goals […]

Galatasaray In Talks to Hire David Moyes As Manager
Galatasaray In Talks to Hire David Moyes As Manager

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 Devils earlier this year after ten woeful months at Old […]

A Bright Future Awaits for Valiant Socceroos
A Bright Future Awaits for Valiant Socceroos

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 a win. And if their previous 3-1 loss at the […]

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

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 the political battle waging between those that supported Mourinho and […]

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

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 Perez for the manager, dating back to 2009, and simultaneously […]

Why Manuel Pellegrini is a Worthy Replacement to Roberto Mancini
Why Manuel Pellegrini is a Worthy Replacement to Roberto Mancini

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 City’s official club website, the Chilean will officially take up […]

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Preview: Everything You Need To Know
2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Preview: Everything You Need To Know

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 over two weeks. The teams competing are Brazil, Spain, Nigeria, […]