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Author Archive for Eni Aluko

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Ada Hegerberg’s Ballon d’Or reactions echoed class she shows on pitch | Eni Aluko

The Norwegian’s powerful, inspiring speech gave me goose bumps and the award’s worthy winner dealt with Martin Solveig’s casual sexism magnificentlyWhen I was a young girl I had to deal with people calling me weird and strange because I spent so much t…

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Mourinho has a point about young players – but he should trust them more | Eni Aluko

Youngsters today are not as ready for first-team action as they used to be. However José Mourinho should treat those who do break through, such as Marcus Rashford, with more respectThere’s been a lot of debate this week about the difference between you…

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Jadon Sancho should play for under-21s not England seniors next summer | Eni Aluko

When you consider playing time and impact, the 18-year-old would gain more from the European Under-21 Championship in Italy than the Nations League finals in PortugalThe Nations League groups came to a close this week and it was fantastic to see Englan…

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Slavisa Jokanovic deserved more time to transform Fulham’s fortunes | Eni Aluko

All too often the very manager who brought success is the one who makes way at the first bump in the roadThe fact we had entered November and not seen a single manager sacked in the Premier League made for a refreshing change. All too often, dismissals…

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Manchester United’s Turin win could be turning point for José Mourinho | Eni Aluko

United’s Champions League thriller at Juventus was memorable and not just for another Cristiano Ronaldo specialA definite perk of living in Turin and playing for Juventus is being able to go and watch games at the Allianz Stadium. Champions League nigh…

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Hats off to Arsenal’s manager – not just Emery but Montemurro too | Eni Aluko

Unai Emery’s mix of grit and total football has rejuvenated Arsenal but his start to the season does not match that overseen by Joe Montemurro with the women’s teamHaving lived in London for a long time I have a lot of friends who are Arsenal fans and,…

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Social media abuse of Karen Carney shows companies have to get serious | Eni Aluko

The sort of abuse thrown at Karen Carney needs to be tackled by Instagram and co in the way that racist abuse at a game leads to a lifetime ban or a game behind closed doorsI was really disappointed to see the abuse directed at Karen Carney last week b…

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Raheem Sterling and England show value of fearlessness in Spain | Eni Aluko

Raheem Sterling looked almost carefree in Spain and the team need to keep this upEngland delivered an impressive display against Spain on Monday and it was kickstarted by an impressive opening goal from Raheem Sterling. I was delighted for him. Few, if…

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Jadon Sancho has followed a path that more English talents should take | Eni Aluko

Borussia Dortmund’s brilliant 18-year-old winger has sent a message to players such as Marcus Rashford that going overseas does not mean being overlooked by Gareth SouthgateEngland return to Nations League action on Friday and there is one player I am …

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Neville’s pet project amuses but England Women need goals for glory | Eni Aluko

Phil Neville knows the names of his players’ pet dogs, but with the World Cup looming his squad need to be more clinical on the field – and to have space for themselves off itEngland face two big tests in their preparations for the World Cup when they …

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Fifa must do more to highlight the quality in the women’s game | Eni Aluko

Fifa got the Luka Modric decision right at the Best awards but naming Marta as the women’s best sends the wrong signalsFifa’s annual Best awards were held in London on Monday and it is fair to say they have created much debate. I can see why and no mor…

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Liverpool sparkle again but don’t forget the toilers behind front three | Eni Aluko

James Milner, Naby Keïta and Georginio Wijnaldum are as important to Liverpool as their attack as Klopp’s team prove again they are Manchester City’s most potent challengersThe Champions League was back this week and what a start to the competition it …

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Time for the Women’s Champions League to spread its wings | Eni Aluko

Juventus had a tough baptism in Europe’s elite competition this week but with more interest than ever in women’s football, Uefa must seize the initiative to ensure it continues to growWednesday was a historic occasion for Juventus Women. Everyone knows…

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Charming one day, insecure the next: the José Mourinho I knew at Chelsea | Eni Aluko

Mourinho’s Jekyll and Hyde behaviour can be entertaining but also damaging and tedious. He must show at Manchester United that he can withstand a stormFootball is full of different characters but there are perhaps none who have a split personality quit…