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Graham Ruthven

Graham Ruthven is a freelance football writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has written for the New York Times, Guardian, ESPN, Eurosport, Grantland, The Scotsman, Bleacher Report, Four Four Two, Vice, Al Arabiya, Sports on Earth and Scottish TV among many other publications and outlets.

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    Spain have the quality to go the distance this summer

    Of all the teams to have played at Euro 2024 so far, Spain put down the biggest marker. Germany might have racked up the goals against Scotland on opening night, but Luis de la Fuente’s team faced higher calibre opposition in Croatia and made them look ordinary.

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    Is England’s depleted defence strong enough to win Euro 2024?

    It could be strongly argued that three of the best four players at Euro 2024 will be English. Indeed, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden and Harry Kane are all proven at the elite level for club and country and could use this summer’s tournament in Germany to stake their claim as a potential Ballon d’Or winner.

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    Scotland relishing opportunity to crash Germany’s party in Euro 2024 opener

    26 years have passed since Scotland last opened a major tournament. That was at the 1998 World Cup when Craig Brown’s team faced defending world champions Brazil. While Scotland held their own for much of the match, they ultimately suffered a 2-1 defeat and exited the tournament at the group stage.

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    A new era at Chelsea: on-field success or off-field profit?

    Chelsea could have used a tranquil summer for once. Instead, they hired their fourth manager in two seasons by confirming the appointment of Enzo Maresca on Monday and look set for yet another frantic transfer window with several homegrown players, including Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah, believed to be up for sale.

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    Mbappe will make Real Madrid better.

    Weekends don’t come much better than the one just enjoyed by Real Madrid. Not content with winning their 15th Champions League title on Saturday, news broke on Sunday that Los Blancos had finally concluded the signing of Kylian Mbappe.

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    Sancho could be Dortmund’s match-winner in UCL final

    Few would have predicted that Borussia Dortmund would make a run to this season’s Champions League final – and even fewer would have called that Jadon Sancho would be an important part of their team.

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    McKenna staying at Ipswich would be good news for his development

    Kieran McKenna might have anticipated some time to rest and recuperate after guiding Ipswich Town to the Premier League. Instead, the 38-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation about his future with Brighton, Chelsea and Manchester United believed to be particularly keen in the Tractor Boys boss.

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    Leverkusen are on the brink of European glory.

    Bayer Leverkusen are just two wins away from something most would have thought impossible before the start of the season. With victory over Atalanta in Wednesday’s Europa League final and Kaiserslautern in Saturday’s DFB Pokal final, Xabi Alonso’s team will complete an unbeaten campaign in all competitions.

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    Ten Hag has only added to the problems at ‘United’.

    Eight years ago, Manchester United were in a similar position to the one they find themselves in now. While they were preparing for an FA Cup final, the season as a whole had been disappointing. United had fallen out of the top four and cup glory wasn’t enough for Louis van Gaal to keep his job.

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    Saliba is now the Premier League’s dominant centre back

    There couldn’t have been a greater contrast between the performances of Manchester United and Arsenal’s centre backs at Old Trafford on Sunday. While Casemiro produced another performance to suggest his days at football’s elite level are over, William Saliba was a brick wall as the Gunners kept it tight at the back in a 1-0 victory.

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    Chelsea are finally heading in the right direction.

    Chelsea finished in the bottom half of the Premier League table last season and for much of this season it appeared unlikely they would improve on that by much, if at all. As recently as early March, Mauricio Pochettino’s team was slumped in 11th place with the Argentine under pressure from his own fans.

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