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Matthew Walsh

Matthew is a London-based writer who has been following soccer (or football) for most of his life. His memories of early games at Selhurst Park are often recalled with more enjoyment than the games themselves often were. Away from football, Matthew writes about film for national and international publications.

STORIES BY Matthew Walsh

Chelsea

/ 29 days ago

Owners, not managers, guilty of record Premier League sackings

When Leeds decided to part company with Javi Gracia and bring in Sam Allardyce it became the 15th managerial change of this Premier League season, a record for sackings of managers by owners. The previous high was in the 2017/18 season. But, why has the practice become so commonplace? Clubs constantly seek change to reverse […]

England

/ 175 days ago

England must focus on more than Kylian Mbappé to beat France

As soon as their quarterfinal clash with France was confirmed, there was one question that dominated the discussion in England: how do you stop Mbappé? The game against Senegal hadn’t even finished before the commentators had turned their thoughts. England gave away the ball against the Lions of Teranga, acted sloppy in possession and was […]

Cristiano Ronaldo

/ 179 days ago

Ronaldo exit from Man United is good for all

That’s all folks. It’s over. For the second time in his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has left Manchester United. Yet, unlike the first time, this won’t be for a record-breaking transfer fee. Nor does it come with the good will of the club, fans and teammates. Instead, this time, one of the greatest players of all […]

France

/ 181 days ago

France squad isn't as deep as the world first feared

The good news for France was that they were already through to the Round of 16. The less comforting news was that their much-fancied squad appeared to lack the depth that many had believed it possessed. In France's defeat to Tunisia, the reigning champions changed nine of their eleven players from the previous match, lining […]