Time to act on football's floppers?
Oscar's dive against Southampton prompted widespread criticism in the British media.
January 3rd, 2014
04:40 PM ET

Time to act on football's floppers?

It’s the bugbear of every football fan.

A player hits the turf after a collision with an opponent, rolling around in apparent agony before the referee brings the game to a halt.

The stricken “victim” is eventually led from the field, either limping alongside his team’s physio or lying prostrate on a stretcher.

When the player leaves the pitch and the action eventually resumes, something miraculous happens. FULL POST

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June 4th, 2013
10:54 AM ET

Can Chelsea go 'Back to the Future?'

Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Chelsea in 2007, but has now returned.
Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Chelsea in 2007, but has now returned.

“Getting back was only the beginning.” Not only the strapline for Hollywood sequel Back to the Future II but also a fitting description of Chelsea’s decision to reappoint Jose Mourinho on a four-year contract.

The return of the self-dubbed “Special One” after a six-year absence has prompted a euphoric response from the Premier League club’s fans, who are delighted owner Roman Abramovich has decided to go “Back to the Future."

Between 2004 and 2007, Mourinho’s Chelsea, for a time, dominated English football. The Portuguese coach guided the west London team to a first league title in 50 years as well as four other major trophies.

But his return is being greeted with caution by some who warn it is never wise to return to the scene of former glories. FULL POST

May 1st, 2013
02:56 PM ET

CNN Football Club: Owen Hargreaves answers your questions!

Owen Hargreaves played for Bayern Munich before moving to Manchester United in 2007. (Getty Images).
Owen Hargreaves played for Bayern Munich before moving to Manchester United in 2007. (Getty Images).

Owen Hargreaves is a former England midfielder who lifted the Champions League trophy twice during a glittering career.

On Thursday, the former Bayern Munich and Manchester United star made his debut for the CNN Football Club. FULL POST

April 23rd, 2013
04:56 PM ET

CNN Football Club: Brad Friedel answers your questions!

Brad Friedel has spent 16 years playing in England's top division. (Getty Images).
Brad Friedel has spent 16 years playing in England's top division. (Getty Images).

Brad Friedel has become part of the furniture in the English Premier League, spending 16 years in the division with a host of top clubs.

On Thursday, the formidable Tottenham Hotspur shotstopper made his debut for the CNN Football Club. FULL POST

April 17th, 2013
11:12 AM ET

CNN Football Club: Stan Collymore answers your questions!

Stan Collymore played for Liverpool and England during his career. (Getty Images).
Stan Collymore played for Liverpool and England during his career. (Getty Images).

Stan Collymore forged a reputation as a formidable English Premier League striker before building a career as one of Britain’s most recognizable football broadcasters.

On Thursday, the former Liverpool and England goalscorer made his debut for the CNN Football Club. FULL POST

April 9th, 2013
05:53 PM ET

CNN Football Club: Albert Ferrer answers your questions!

Albert Ferrer played for Spain, Barcelona and Chelsea. (Getty Images).
Albert Ferrer played for Spain, Barcelona and Chelsea. (Getty Images).

After taking to the pitch for both Spain and Barcelona, Albert Ferrer knows about performing under pressure.

But how did the former full back fare when he made his debut for the CNN Football Club?  FULL POST

April 2nd, 2013
05:30 PM ET

CNN Football Club: Ruud Gullit answers your questions!

Ruud Gullit (right), this week's guest on CNN FC, won back-to-back European titles with AC Milan. (Getty Images).
Ruud Gullit (right), this week's guest on CNN FC, won back-to-back European titles with AC Milan. (Getty Images).

A European champion with club and country who was once crowned the continent’s finest player, Ruud Gullit’s pedigree in unquestionable.

Now the midfielder is adding the CNN Football Club to a CV which already boasts AC Milan, Sampdoria and Chelsea.

The mercurial Dutchman was in the studio to assess this week’s European Champions League quarterfinal ties, a competition he won twice as a player. FULL POST

March 27th, 2013
04:53 PM ET

CNN Football Club: David Ginola answers your questions!

Former France, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur star David Ginola was a special guest on CNN FC. (Getty Images).
Former France, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur star David Ginola was a special guest on CNN FC. (Getty Images).

He is the former France winger who made himself a hero in Newcastle and north London. Now David Ginola will be answering your questions as he makes his debut for the CNN Football Club.

A flamboyant attacker who dazzled Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur fans with his gallic flair, Ginola was named the best player in England in 1999. FULL POST

March 11th, 2013
06:22 PM ET

CNN Football Club: Boris Becker answers your questions!

Boris Becker will be swapping the tennis court for the CNN FC studio (Getty Images).
Boris Becker will be swapping the tennis court for the CNN FC studio (Getty Images).

He is the youngest men’s Wimbledon singles champion of all time and a German tennis icon. But this week, Boris Becker is switching his attention from the court to the football pitch.

The Bayern Munich fanatic was Thursday’s guest on the CNN Football Club. The former world No. 1 was in the studio to discuss the week’s Champions League action, including his beloved Bayern’s last-16 second-leg match against Arsenal. FULL POST

March 4th, 2013
05:25 PM ET

CNN Football Club: Dietmar Hamann answers your questions!

Former Liverpool and Germany star Dietmar Hamann answers your questions for CNN FC (Getty Images).
Former Liverpool and Germany star Dietmar Hamann answers your questions for CNN FC (Getty Images).

His introduction at halftime in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan sparked one of the greatest comebacks sport has ever seen. Now former Liverpool and Germany stalwart Dietmar Hamann has answered your questions after appearing on CNN Football Club.

A holding midfielder who played for Bayern Munich and Newcastle United before spending seven trophy-laden years at Anfield, Hamann knows what it takes to win European club football’s biggest prize.

Hamann, who collected 59 caps for Germany between 1997 and 2005, was live in the studio to assess the week’s Champions League last-16 ties, including the second leg of the colossal clash between Real Madrid and Manchester United. FULL POST

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