The great Chinese exodus | Why are so many big name players & managers heading there?

Given the levels of pollution in China it’s fair to say that the challenge of playing in the Chinese Super League is not the breath of fresh air that players heading there would have hoped for. Instead, like the Asian powerhouse’s gas guzzling economy, it is all about the money.

China believe that a strong professional club competition featuring some of the best talent from around the world will drive interest in the sport domestically: a bit like America in the 1970’s when Galacticos like Pele, Johan Cruyff and George Best spearheaded a Stateside revolution to a mixed degree of success. Continue reading

Azzurri look for Euro revenge against Die Mannschaft as Video ref trials continue in Milan

Italy will be looking to avenge their Euro 2016 quarterfinal loss at the hands of Germany when they take on Die Mannschaft in Milan tonight. The game is the final fixture of the year for both sides and current England interim boss Gareth Southgate in particular will be looking at it with great interest, with Germany set to be the Three Lions’ first opponents next year if he gets the job on a permanent basis Continue reading