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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.

Featured Writers

George Priestman

22 year old University of Bath student. Have written for @90min_Football, @thechelseaecho, All Things Chelsea @LastWordFC and Breaking …

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Skills: Feature Writer, Broadcaster, Blogger
Specialisms: Sports, Social Media, Journalism

Jason Button

Born and bred in Kent, I now live in Sunderland after graduating from my Sports Journalism BA Hons …

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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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Skills: Editor
Specialisms: Sports, News

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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Skills: Reporter, Proofreader, Editor
Specialisms: Sports, News, Journalism

Joe Citrone

Sports journalist. 22 years-old.

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Skills: Reporter, Feature Writer, Blogger
Specialisms: Sports

Harry Robinson

Sports Journalist currently working as Manchester United Editor and Colombia correspondent for VAVEL UK.

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Skills: Editor
Specialisms: Sports

Latest Articles

Opinion: Sky Sports' crowd noise is disrespectful to fan culture

As soon as it was announced the Premier League would be returning to see out the remainder of the 2019/20 season, fans looked to see how they would be able to support their teams while keeping to guidelines set by the UK Government. However, the idea agreed by Sky Sports and the Premier League is disrespectful to the fans who make an effort to get behind their teams across the country.
By Jason Button
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2019 Cricket World Cup: Finch century sends Australia top of table

Australia continued their impressive start to the Cricket World Cup (CWC) with a win over Sri Lanka. David Warner and Aaron Finch got The Aussies off to a great start putting on 80 runs before Warner was bowled by Dhananjaya de Silva. Dhananjaya struck again with the scoreboard on 100, picking up the wicket of Usman Khawaja. Finch and Steve Smith then put on a massive partnership of 173 runs, before Finch then went for 153, hitting 15 fours and five sixes in his innings. Smith went just five
By Adam Stenning
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Murray: We got our just rewards

Brighton striker and top goalscorer, Glenn Murray felt they got their just rewards after their 1-1 draw to Newcastle. Albion had gone behind after a early striker by Azoye Perez. Murray was then involved in the goal to head it across to Pascal Gross to equalise. Murray gave his verdict on the game: “Yeah going behind in the game, it felt as though in the circumstances that a lot of teams and groups may have given in and concede more and go under. “I felt as though at half-time we had a word w
By Adam Stenning
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Van Dijk saga not an issue, says Bednarek

Southampton defender Jan Bednarek has stated that the fiasco surrounding fellow Saints centre-back Virgil Van Dijk is having no effect on the rest of the squad. Van Dijk has rarely been out of the headlines throughout the summer, and could yet still move away from the South Coast after handing in an official transfer request earlier this week. After two highly impressive seasons at Southampton, Van Dijk was naturally linked with a move to bigger and better things, with Liverpool leading the ch
By Kit Shepard
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Southampton 2017-18 Season Preview: Another new manager looks to get the Saints back on track

There is no such thing as a quiet summer at Southampton Football Club anymore. Managerial signings, transfer requests, and never-ending rumours have become commonplace on the south coast from May through to August, and things have not been too different to the norm this time around. The Saints have a new manager, a couple of new signings, and go into their Premier League opener against Swansea this Saturday off the back of a generally solid pre-season. However, the ongoing Virgil Van Dijk saga
By Kit Shepard
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Transfers, near misses and a reluctance to splash out: Explaining Southampton's current predicament

How in the world did this happen? Little over a year ago, it seemed as if there was no better time to be a Southampton fan. After a sensational second half of the 2015-16 season, Saints supporters had enjoyed memorable victories, a record breaking finish, and now had Europa League football to look forward to. The club, despite losing no less than eight first-team players and a manager to bigger clubs in the last two summers, had still achieved constant progression, and the sky was the limit. Ho
By Kit Shepard
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Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier slams Virgil van Dijk

Matt Le Tissier is the latest ex-professional to have his say on the Virgil van Dijk saga, and he has not held back in his criticism of the Southampton centre-back. The 26-year-old is wanted by both Liverpool and now Chelsea after a fantastic couple of seasons on the South Coast, but Le Tissier has been unimpressed with the Dutch international's immaturity after he handed in a transfer request. Nevertheless, he is hopeful that van Dijk will still be a Saint come the end of the summer. The stor
By Kit Shepard
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Van Dijk to Liverpool still very much a possibility

After months of rumours, drama, and illegal promises, Virgil Van Dijk could still join Liverpool in the near future. The Southampton defender is ranked as one of Premier League's finest in his position, and has attracted the attention of numerous top clubs after a successful two years on the South Coast. Now, despite the move almost being thwarted, a transfer to Liverpool for Van Dijk is not out of the question. Not so long ago, it seemed that Southampton would be holding on to Van Dijk for th
By Kit Shepard
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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg enjoying Southampton's France trip

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg did not set the world alight in his first season in English football, but the Southampton midfielder is in high spirits ahead of his second year in the Premier League. The Saints are currently in France, training ahead of their friendly on Saturday against Ligue 1 outfit St-Etienne, and Hojbjerg believes this is ideal preparation for the upcoming campaign. On the pitch, Southampton's start to pre-season has been far from perfect. Admittedly, they are undefeated after frie
By Kit Shepard
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Saints in good spirits after Austria trip

It's not a week that will live long in the memory of even the most die-hard, fanatical Southampton supporter, but the last seven days could turn out to be pivotal in shaping the Saints' season. A pre-season trip to Austria, which culminated with the South Coast outfit playing out a goalless draw in their opening friendly, has been very much worthwhile, according to the boss and the skipper. Nothing to write home about Southampton fans' first glimpse of their side under Mauricio Pellegrino cam
By Kit Shepard
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Report: Southampton not interested in Luciano Vietto

The Southern Daily Echo claim that reports suggesting Luciano Vietto was set to become a Southampton player appear are incorrect; the club are in no hurry to sign new players, least of all strikers. The Atlético Madrid forward, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, was heavily linked with a move to the Saints, but the club believe that they do not need to strengthen up front, and could be set for an unusually quiet summer. Just 48 hours ago, it seemed as if Southampton would be making thei
By Kit Shepard
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Pellegrino keen to make Austria trip count

The hard work has begun for Southampton, as new boss Mauricio Pellegrino is determined to get the most out of their pre-season trip to Austria. With less than a month until the kick-off of the Premier League, the Argentine believes it is vital that the Saints are prepare for the ominous task ahead. Time to get away As is commonplace with Premier League teams in the modern game, Southampton will spend a large chunk of their pre-season abroad, as they seek be as prepared as possible for the upc
By Kit Shepard
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Pellegrino keen to make Austria trip count

The hard work has begun for Southampton, as new boss Mauricio Pellegrino is determined to get the most out of their pre-season trip to Austria. With less than a month until the kick-off of the Premier League, the Argentine believes it is vital that the Saints are prepare for the ominous task ahead. Time to get away As is commonplace with Premier League teams in the modern game, Southampton will spend a large chunk of their pre-season abroad, as they seek be as prepared as possible for the upc
By Kit Shepard
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New direction for Saints as Liebherr resigns

Southampton are no strangers to comings and goings at this time of year. Their first (and hopefully the last in the view of Saints fans) departure from the club in the off-season is that of now ex-owner Katharina Liebherr. Liebherr has overseen much of the Saints' remarkable rise up the English football ladder but her resignation marks the beginning of a new approach to the running of the club. Liebherr's decision to move on was undoubtedly a poignant one around St Mary's since it ends her fam
By Kit Shepard
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Puel future remains uncertain as situation drags on

With all games played, awards handed out and debriefs done, the future of Southampton manager Claude Puel is soon to become clear. While the Frenchman jets off to some exotic part of the world on holiday, his superiors at St Mary's will be considering his position after a deceptive and disappointing campaign. Although Southampton managed to reach the EFL Cup final and finish in a respectable eighth place in the Premier League, any notion that Puel's inaugural season in English football was a s
By Kit Shepard
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Southampton 2016-17 review: The over-achievers under-achieve at last

On the surface, 2016/17 was another solid season for Southampton. An-eighth place finish in the Premier League, a group stage debut in the Europa League and a cup final at Wembley all suggest that manager Claude Puel's inaugural nine months in English football were successful. However, if one digs a little deeper, then it will become clear that the Saints' campaign this time around was probably the most disappointing since the club were relegated to League One all the way back in 2009. Since t
By Kit Shepard
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Southampton vs Arsenal Preview: Saints looking to claim a big scalp at last

Southampton host an Arsenal side with plenty to play for in the Premier League tonight, as the Gunners look to stay in the hunt for a top four place. The Saints have struggled against the big teams this season and are yet to pick up three points against one of them but, considering their good record at home to Arsene Wenger's side, will be hopeful of causing an upset. With just a couple of weeks left in the Premier League season, it is crunch time for multiple teams, as they desperately attemp
By Kit Shepard
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Liverpool vs Southampton Preview: Saints look to foil Reds' top four push

Southampton travel up to Merseyside this Sunday for a tasty looking encounter with Liverpool in the Premier League. Following the Reds' luring of five players away from St Mary's in the past three years, an entertaining rivalry has developed between the two teams. Now, with Jurgen Klopp's men locked in a bloody battle for a Champions League place with Arsenal and the Manchester clubs, there is nothing that the Saints faithful would love more than to help ruin the season of the club that they ha
By Kit Shepard
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Long future in doubt

It's been far from an ideal year for Southampton striker Shane Long. Following a superb campaign last time around, the Irishman simply has not been able to get going this season, and it now looks as if his days with the Saints could be numbered. After a disappointing campaign, there is likely to be at least a few comings and goings this summer at St Mary's, and it will be up to manager Claude Puel to determine whether Long is part of the changes. When Shane Long signed a new four-year contract
By Kit Shepard
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Chinese takeover drawing closer on the South Coast

It looks like Southampton will be the latest club to be taken over by the investors from China; the country where football is being revolutionised. Although nothing is set in stone, the corporation Lander Holdings are optimistic of completing a lucrative deal for the club, with a crucial meeting with Saints owner Katharina Liebherr taking place today. After whispers of a Chinese takeover at St Mary's began to gain momentum as early as November of last year, the prospect of the purchase seemed
By Kit Shepard
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Good news for Saints with Austin and Targett recovery progressing

Southampton received welcome news from the treatment room today, as both Charlie Austin and Matt Targett returned to training. The pair have missed the majority of the campaign with their respective injuries but, while a first-team return is still a little way away for both, are at last nearing full fitness again. Both Targett and Austin's injuries could not have come at worse times, since both where progressing quite nicely on the South Coast. Targett enjoyed a breakthrough season last time
By Kit Shepard
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Romeu on Kante's level according to Puel

It has been quite a season for Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu. Following the high-profile departure of Victor Wanyama to Tottenham last summer, the 25-year-old was forced to take up the task of being the Saints' main man in the middle of the park in the coming campaign. Fast forward the end of April, and the impacts of the loss of the domineering Kenyan have been limited as much as possible, due to the fantastic performances of Romeu. Now, with the Spaniard set to do battle with opposite n
By Kit Shepard
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Puel: No better test than Chelsea

Southampton manager Claude Puel believes his side's visit to Stamford Bridge tonight is the perfect test for his players. Opponents Chelsea lead the Premier League and are looking to cement their position at the summit, but the Frenchman believes that the Saints have everything to gain from the encounter, as they look to end the season strongly. For Southampton, it has reached that tedious time of year. With both relegation and European qualification out of the question, Puel now faces the cha
By Kit Shepard
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Puel insists mass rotation has been a necessity this season

Southampton manager Claude Puel has maintained that his regular squad rotation, particularly in the first half of the season, was the right call. It took until February for the Frenchman to name an unchanged side in his first campaign on the South Coast but, when the unenviable fixture congestion the Saints had to cope with is taken into account, Puel believes that he would do the same again. From the moment that the summer transfer window of 2016 slammed shut in early September, it was clear
By Kit Shepard
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Pied back in contention as Saints prepare for City test

It's been a season to forget for Jeremy Pied, as a long-term knee injury just days after Southampton's opening Premier League game left him side-lined until very recently. However, things are at last looking up for the right-back, with manager Claude Puel set to reward Pied for his hard work on the road to recovery with some game time before the end of the season. There were undoubtedly one or two eyebrows raised when Pied followed manager Puel from Nice to Southampton in the summer. Far from
By Kit Shepard
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West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton Preview: Two top-half sides battle to be best of the rest

Southampton play their third game in a week this Saturday when they meet West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns hoping to further close the gap between the two teams. The Saints and the Baggies are right next to each other in the league table, meaning that a win for either would go a long way to securing their status as the best Premier League outfit outside of the traditionally big clubs further ahead of them. On the surface, this encounter seems more like a candidate for being last on Match o
By Kit Shepard
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