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Author Archive for Eni Aluko

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Tottenham’s time for significant action came and went last summer | Eni Aluko

Daniel Levy may judge success by the balance sheet but players want to win things and Mauricio Pochettino’s squad have not been given the best chance to do so at SpursMany people are looking at Tottenham’s results this season and saying something has t…

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Bernardo Silva charge is a token gesture when so much racism is not tackled | Eni Aluko

Action has to be taken over Silva’s tweet but the FA response to racism by fans suggests it has not grasped the big pictureLast Saturday, as the players came out before the home game against Manchester City, Everton’s fans unveiled an enormous flag bea…

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Legal action by players should be the next step for online abuse | Eni Aluko

If stadiums begin to be closed because of racist chanting then that could bring about the end of abuse for players in grounds at leastAt the end of last week the bookmaker Paddy Power published a tweet which contrasted the £10,000 fine given by the Foo…

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High-profile games and signings give new WSL season a perfect platform | Eni Aluko

Manchester United will stir things up at the top, although Birmingham and Yeovil have their work cut out to stay upThe Women’s Super League starts this weekend in explosive style, with a Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, a London derby at Stamfor…

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Frank Lampard’s youth policy at Chelsea should be tempered with realism | Eni Aluko

There were promising signs in the Super Cup defeat by Liverpool but the new man at Stamford Bridge has to start winning soonAfter losing badly to Manchester United on the opening day, Chelsea’s performance against Liverpool in the Super Cup, even if th…

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Gareth Bale saga is a spiteful tale in a window that has turned murky | Eni Aluko

The situation at Real Madrid is baffling and does no credit to Bale or Zinedine Zidane, while Neymar and Laurent Koscielny have not enhanced their reputations this summer eitherIt has been a transfer window full of the usual long-running sagas and occa…

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People have fallen for women’s football. We must ensure it’s a long-term relationship | Eni Aluko

The future of the women’s game has never looked brighter but keeping fans interested after the World Cup is vital to its growthThe Women’s World Cup has been a tournament we will look back on as the point when all of our longstanding expectation of wha…

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People have fallen for women’s football. We must ensure it’s a long-term relationship | Eni Aluko

The future of the women’s game has never looked brighter but keeping fans interested after the World Cup is vital to its growthThe Women’s World Cup has been a tournament we will look back on as the point when all of our longstanding expectation of wha…

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Phil Neville’s tactical mistakes led to England’s World Cup exit against USA | Eni Aluko

The England coach should not have changed a winning formation that put key players out of positionI have incredible admiration for USA and the determination they possess as a unit of 23 players and staff to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Win…

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England were brilliant against Norway but must be wary of overconfidence | Eni Aluko

England dismantled Norway with a high-calibre display but it is too early to be getting carried away given the quality of semi-final opposition that awaitsWhat an exceptional performance England produced in their quarter-final victory over Norway. It m…

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Women’s football cannot – and should not – be judged on one wild game

The Cameroon players deserve criticism but when male players behave despicably we seem to judge individuals rather than the whole sportSome of the behaviour we saw from Cameroon’s players and their coach in their game against England was shocking, but …

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VAR is penalising goalkeepers unfairly at the Women’s World Cup | Eni Aluko

Scotland and Nigeria have suffered from the strict enforcement at penalties which is doing the competition no favoursI can only imagine the emotions felt by the Scotland players when their dreams of qualification for the knockout rounds died on Wednesd…

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Tough World Cup start for England has set them up nicely for latter stages | Eni Aluko

Phil Neville has been making all the right decisions but it is important he brings Millie Bright back to face JapanThanks to a brilliant performance from Vanina Correa in the Argentina goal England’s task on Friday turned out to be more difficult than …

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It would have been a bigger disrespect if USA had not celebrated all 13 goals | Eni Aluko

Criticism of the World Cup defending champions has been widespread since they thumped lowly Thailand by a record score in Tuesday’s group gameI have to say I’ve been surprised to see some of the reaction to the USA team’s celebrations during the 13?0 w…

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Nikita Parris the outstanding performer in England’s assured start | Eni Aluko

Because of the rivalry, Scotland are probably the toughest test for Phil Neville’s side in the group stage so to start the World Cup with a 2-1 win represents a job well doneAs World Cup opening matches go, I thought it was a very assured and professio…

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If England can handle great expectations they can capture the country’s heart | Eni Aluko

This summer’s tournament is potentially the most open World Cup ever and England have every chance of going all the wayWorld Cup fever is almost here and I am very excited for the games to get started. It’s now almost 12 years since I played in my firs…

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If England can handle great expectations they can capture the country’s heart | Eni Aluko

This summer’s tournament is potentially the most open World Cup ever and England have every chance of going all the wayWorld Cup fever is almost here and I am very excited for the games to get started. It’s now almost 12 years since I played in my firs…

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Midfield can give Liverpool edge over Tottenham in final reckoning | Eni Aluko

The relentless pressure to win the ball high up the pitch gives Jürgen Klopp’s engine room a different kind of creativityWhat a Champions League final we have in store. I am in Madrid and visited the Wanda Metropolitano day and there was already an ant…

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Miracles, plot twists and last-day drama to come – what a week of football | Eni Aluko

Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs provided three remarkable nights – and the Premier League climax is next upThis week football has improvised the perfect movie script, full of fight, heart, desire, determination, tears of anguish, tears of joy, uns…

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Miracles, plot twists and last-day drama to come – what a week of football | Eni Aluko

Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs provided three remarkable nights – and the Premier League climax is next upThis week football has improvised the perfect movie script, full of fight, heart, desire, determination, tears of anguish, tears of joy, uns…