Neville’s ‘blue billion-pound bottle jobs’ line will immortalise Chelsea’s pain

[ad_1] Not all losses are created equal — and no defeat in football is worse than a banter one. “In extra time, it’s been Klopp’s kids against the blue billion-pound bottle jobs,” said Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville, succinctly and indisputably establishing the dominant narrative of a surreal Carabao Cup final almost as soon as … Read more

Dani Alves – from 43 trophies to four years in prison

[ad_1] Dani Alves, who was this morning sentenced to four and a half years in prison in Spain after being found guilty of sexual assault, was, until very recently, one of global football’s golden boys. An exuberant, technical right-back, he was a major part of the Barcelona team that set new standards in the European … Read more

‘His legs have gone’: Unpicking the four words no footballer wants to hear

[ad_1] Last season, it was a Brazilian midfielder at Liverpool. This season, it’s been his international team-mate at Manchester United. “I think Casemiro’s legs have gone,” Jamie Carragher told the Covering Liverpool podcast in October. “I noticed it last season at Anfield and I didn’t like what I saw. It took me back to watching … Read more

Mbappe is leaving PSG: Thank god that’s finally over

[ad_1] Follow live coverage of Manchester City vs Chelsea in the Premier League today Ice ages haven’t lasted as long as this. Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid… it has been a thing for about a decade at least. The Athletic was not even in existence when the pair began courting each other. Twitter was still … Read more

Remembering the Zambia air disaster – ‘The boys would say: ‘This plane will kill us”

[ad_1] Follow live coverage of Senegal vs Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations today “The spirit of the 1993 team will always be there for Zambia.” Kalusha Bwalya, Zambia’s former football captain, is reflecting on the day that changed his life forever. On April 27, 1993, a military aircraft taking 18 of his team-mates … Read more

Christian Pulisic interview: ‘I want to show the world what the U.S. can do’

[ad_1] Christian Pulisic is perched on a bar stool in the old clubhouse overlooking the first-team training pitch at Milanello, AC Milan’s training ground. He makes a hand gesture, one he didn’t need the past six months living in Italy to learn. Pulisic is talking about himself as one of the “older guys” on the … Read more