Ballon d'Or awards: What's the point?
Cristiano Ronaldo was named world player of the year for the second time, following his initial 2008 success.
January 13th, 2014
07:27 PM ET

Ballon d'Or awards: What's the point?

By James Masters

The two greatest players in a generation – a host of conspiracy theories and an award ceremony which will lead to yet more debate over which man really rules the world.

As the football world converged on the Swiss city of Zurich on Monday, the cynical could be excused for rolling their eyes at another mind-numbingly dull FIFA ceremony – sorry “gala” - which appeared to last half a lifetime.

The awkward interviews, the pre-rehearsed throwaway lines and the pictures of delegates fighting furiously to stay awake are all part of the production. FULL POST

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January 10th, 2014
01:38 PM ET

Does football take homophobia seriously?

The chanting in the stand starts: “Does your boyfriend know you’re here?”

There are a few laughs, not much else. It’s all been heard before.

“Stand up, ‘cos you can’t sit down.”

Yes, we’ve heard that one too. FULL POST

June 11th, 2013
03:28 PM ET

Who are Europe's next young soccer stars?

Lorenzo Insigne, Kevin Strootman and Isco have all made an impression in Israel (Getty Images).
Lorenzo Insigne, Kevin Strootman and Isco have all made an impression in Israel (Getty Images).

Yalla! The football stars of the future are on display in Israel - and they’re lighting up the UEFA Under-21 Championship in style.

Having spent the past week in Tel Aviv covering the tournament for CNN, it’s given me a great opportunity to take a look at some of the top prospects coming through onto the international stage.

Some of the biggest names in the game have forged their reputations at this tournament and I’ve picked out a few “ones to watch” following the opening week’s action. FULL POST