Vavel

VAVEL is an international sporting newspaper that works as a social platform to connect authors, journalists and bloggers with readers. With 13 international editions available in 7 languages, the website currently one of the 250 most visited pages of Spain and the third-top digital sports newspaper across the country.

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Conor de Smith

Journalism student at De Montfort University. Editor for VAVEL, writer for FutbolPulse and contribute to JournoPortfolio's blog. Talk ...

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Matthew Niksa

I am a member of Boston University's Class of 2019, majoring in journalism and minoring in economics. I ...

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Ameé Ruszkai

Deputy editor-in-chief at VAVEL, heading the site's Sunderland, Swansea City and women's football sections.

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Charlie Malam

An 18-year-old long-time aspiring Sports Journalist, studying at Staffordshire University since September 2014. Worker for international sports newspaper ...

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Kane Brooker

Sports journalist and photographer. Press Officer for Walton Casuals Football Club. Featured on Sky Sports, Fulham FC and ...

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Latest Articles

Ambitious Doncaster Belles "want to compete with the best," Courtney Sweetman-Kirk tells UK

It's April 2013 and the FA have just announced the restructuring of the FAWSL, changing it from one eight team division to two tiers, the top - WSL 1 - consisting of eight teams and the second - WSL 2 - consisting of 10. It's a move that has been made to increase competition - coming at a time when Arsenal are in complete control of the game in England - and to generally improve the sport in the country. The Gunners will compete in the top tier alongside Birmingham City, Bristol Academy, Chelse
By Ameé Ruszkai
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Opinion: Kyle Naughton is not a Swansea super sub

Substitutes are always a key factor when assessing a manager's decision-making. They are also always hotly disputed in the aftermath of a result, particularly if that result was a defeat. On Saturday, with the scores still goalless between Swansea City and Southampton, Francesco Guidolin turned to his bench, looking for a game-changer. First up; Modou Barrow. The Gambian winger is introduced at the expense of Wayne Routledge with 29 minutes remaining. Next up? Guidolin sees Ki Sung-Yueng, Lero
By Ameé Ruszkai
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Attack, attack, attack: Why it's the perfect time for Sunderland to swap Jones for Yedlin

It's been the same old struggling season for Sunderland, which has led to many calling for a reshuffle in the squad in the summer. With so many players in the team simply not good enough to be playing at a level higher than a relegation dogfight in the Premier League, it is no wonder why the Black Cats find themselves down there come this time of every year. Jordi Gomez, Liam Bridcutt, Danny Graham and Will Buckley have all been shipped out on loan to Championship sides - a level which matches
By Ameé Ruszkai
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From a back three to the Christmas tree: The development of Sunderland's shape under Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has made a lot of changes since taking over on Wearside in November. One of his most significant and immediate alterations was one of formation. Whilst Dick Advocaat preferred and insisted on a 4-2-3-1 that, most of the time, simply did not work, Allardyce has taken into consideration the personnel at his disposal and tailored the shape to suit them. He gave the 4-2-3-1 a go to start, but soon found similar problems that Advocaat did not do much about - with the isolation of Steve
By Ameé Ruszkai
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La Liga round-up: Atleti and Real rampant, Barcelona labour and Athletic despondant

Atletico Madrid sent out a serious signal of intent to their rivals with an eye-opening 3-0 victory at Europa League holders Sevilla on Sunday night. Midfielder Koke gave his side the lead in the first half, poking home Antoine Griezmann’s pass after Daniel Carrico had bundled the Frenchman to the floor. Captain Gabi doubled Los Coloncheros’ lead with 12 minutes to go via a deflection from range, before summer signing Jackson Martinez got his first goal since his transfer from Porto. The impr
By Danny Maiorca
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Jordan Henderson hails "brilliance" of Philippe Coutinho after Blackburn winner

Jordan Henderson had high praise for Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho after they reached the FA Cup semi-final on Wednesday night. The mercurial Brazilian's 70th-minute strike found the bottom corner from an angle inside the box to lift the Reds to a 1-0 victory over Championship side Blackburn Rovers and secure a trip to Wembley in 10 days' time. In a game devoid of any other moments of real quality, Henderson insisted Coutinho's "great footballing brain" was pivotal as Brendan Rodgers'
By Charlie Malam
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Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Liverpool: Coutinho effort books place in FA Cup semi-finals

Liverpool sealed a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup after a moment of class from Philippe Coutinho in the 70th minute gave them victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Coutinho, the man who gave the Reds passage into the quarter-finals with a superb effort late on away at Bolton Wanderers in the previous round, popped up again to book Brendan Rodgers' men a visit to Wembley. After neat link-up play with Jordan Henderson inside the area, Coutinho drilled a fierce effort into the
By Charlie Malam
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Brendan Rodgers praises commitment of "real captain" Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson had a sleepless night prior to Liverpool's 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers after celebrating the birth of his second daughter, but was determined to play his part for the Reds - his manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed. The 24-year-old's partner gave birth to a baby girl in the early hours of the morning, which Henderson left his Liverpool teammates to attend, but the committed midfielder was back at the team hotel later that same day to ensure he contributed to the Reds' crucial
By Charlie Malam
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Rodgers post-Blackburn win: "It was an outstanding team performance"

Liverpool produced an "outstanding team performance" according to Brendan Rodgers, as they battled for a slim 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. Having drawn 0-0 at Anfield, Rovers were equally as determined to give the Reds' a good challenge at Ewood Park as they came close to scoring first on a number of occasions. But it was the Reds who prevailed winners, in front of 7,000 enthusiastic Liverpool supporters on east Lancashire, as Philippe Coutinho's moment of magic
By Charlie Malam
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FA Cup Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs Liverpool - Rovers looking for another Ewood shock

Blackburn Rovers will be hoping to produce yet another upset on home turf when they take on Liverpool in an FA Cup quarter-final replay on Wednesday night, looking to book a place in the semi-finals. The visitors have been dealt two huge blows in their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League after gut-wrenching back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal, which leave them seven points away from fourth with just seven games left of the season.
By Charlie Malam
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Has Liverpool's 2014-15 league campaign been held back by their poor summer business?

Having endured the club's worst start in 50 years, most Liverpool fans could barely believe their eyes as the Reds approached a mouthwatering fixture against Manchester United. 13-games unbeaten since their last meeting, the Reds were primed to not only avenge their last loss - but also deal a blow to their arch-rival's top-four hopes as the season entered it's final stretch. Brendan Rodgers' side were in a fine position to control their own destiny despite a wretched opening few months to the
By Charlie Malam
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Roberto Firmino set for Manchester United move

Manchester United have agreed a deal to bring Hoffenheim attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino to the club this summer according to the Daily Star. The Reds have been consistently linked with the Brazilian, who scored against Chile in a friendly on Sunday, and scouts have been seen at Hoffenheim matches for the past few weeks. The Daily Star reports that the 23-year-old will sign for United in the summer with terms agreed between him, Hoffenheim and United.
By Harry Robinson
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Italy 1-1 England - As It Happened

21:55. As Wayne Rooney has spoken, it's time for VAVEL to leave you to drink your tea and realise that you've probably wasted the past 2 hours watching England. It's been a pleasure, not a joy, covering England's draw with Italy tonight for VAVEL UK and I hope that, despite the lack of action, you enjoyed it too. England play the Republic of Ireland in their next game on June 7th in another international friendly. This was their first real test and it took them till 50 minutes to really get into the game.
By Harry Robinson
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Kuwait 1-3 Colombia: Falcao scores as Pekerman's Tricolor avoid upset

Colombia secured another win on the road in Asia as goals from Abel Aguilar, Edwin Cardona and Radamel Falcao ensured they avoided upset against Kuwait and won their 6th match in a row. Abel Aguilar got the traveling Tricolor fans going with a stunning free kick that left Youssef in goal with very little chance. The Toulouse midfielder struck it beautifully over the wall before it dipped to nestle in the back of the net. Colombia continued to dominate attacking proceedings as they powered forward.
By Harry Robinson
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Kuwait vs Colombia: Pekerman's Tricolor face final test ahead of Copa America

Colombia head into their final game before this summer's Copa America off the back of an excellent 6-0 demolition of Bahrain last Thursday. Jose Pekerman's side head into Chile's Copa America as one of the strong favourites. They dismissed any challenge of a poor Bahrain team with ease on Thursday, Radamel Falcao scoring a brace. In search of reinforcing the statement they have made strongly since their impressive World Cup quarter-final exit, they face Kuwait in the Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium
By Harry Robinson
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England U21s vs Germany U21s: Young Lions face favourites for Euros in big name clash

After a second-half goal from Tom Carroll that saw England beat Czech Republic U21s who will host the European Championships this summer, Gareth Southgate's young lions face a huge challenge in overcoming the favourites for the competition, Germany. One of the oldest rivalries in football always stretches the tense feel about the fixture down to youth level and with the two sides looking to make an impression ahead of the U21 European Championships in the summer, there's no doubt it will a fierce encounter
By Harry Robinson
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Georgia vs Germany: Minnows face faltering Giants in Tbilsi

Joachim Low may be the least comfortable World Cup winning manager ever seen. Since he guided Germany to an expected but brilliant success in Brazil last summer, his side have deteriorated in form. An entirely unexpected loss to Poland and a draw to Iceland in the European qualifiers doesn't bode well for their encounter with Georgia on Sunday, even if it the odds are in their favour. Australia couldn't take points off Germany but certainly took some pride away from the World Champions, drawing to...
By Harry Robinson
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Manchester United ace amongst numerous pros to show support to former footballer's charity match

Premier League duo Luke Shaw and Steven Reid are just two of a number of names who have shown their support for a former Chelsea youth star, diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Neil Hams had enjoyed a career that started with the Premier League giants, before representing a variety of non-league teams as a player and in management. Hams held a position as assistant manager in the eighth tier of the football league system just last season, but now since been diagnosed with condition – a very r
By Kane Brooker
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Reece James joins Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the season

Manchester United defender Reece James has joined Huddersfield Town on an emergency loan for the remainder of the season. The 21-year-old recently put pen-to-paper on a new contract with the Red Devils, and could look to push for a place in the first team next season. Having impressed first team manager Louis van Gaal already this season, an opportunity to feature regularly in the Championship with Huddersfield could prove the difference for the youngster. Having initially joined Rotherham Uni
By Kane Brooker
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Louis van Gaal explains his preferred Manchester United system and formation

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested he will stick with a 4-3-3 formation for the remainder of the season, because it allows his side to make the “triangles” needed to win matches. The Dutchman has faced hefty criticism throughout the season before his inconsistency in formation changes this season, and has employed a 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 throughout the campaign. However, the 63-year-old seems to have finally found his feet with his new club, and looks set to remain
By Kane Brooker
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Robin van Persie eyes prolonged return from injury for Manchester derby

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie believes he will return to action for the Red Devils in time to face local rivals Manchester City on 12th April. The 31-year-old has been out of action since suffering an ankle injury during a 2-1 defeat to Swansea in February, and will be hoping to return to the squad as soon as possible with Louis van Gaal’s men enjoying impressive form in the Premier League. Imposing victories over top-four contenders Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have seen the R
By Kane Brooker
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