Emanuel Rosu

Emanuel Rosu

Global football analyst  |  BUCHAREST

Football journalist. Has written about soccer for the BBC, Guardian, FourFourTwo, World Soccer, and The Blizzard. Serves on the "Ballon d'Or" jury, representing Romania.

Lionel Messi is congratulated by Barcelona president Joan Laporta after winning the Spanish Cup. (Image: Twitter / @JoanLaportaFCB )

Messi Shines as Barcelona Wins the Spanish Cup

FC Barcelona won their first trophy in two years after beating Athletic Bilbao 4-0 in the final of the Spanish Cup. Lionel Messi stole the show thanks to his fantastic performance at “La Cartuja” stadium in Sevilla, where the final was hosted. Barcelona scored all of their goals in the […]

Aubayemang celebrates scoring a goal for Arsenal with his teammates. (Image: Arsenal.com)

Arsenal Superstar Aubameyang Hospitalized With Malaria

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly contracted malaria while on international duty with Gabon’s national team at the end of March. According to club sources, the forward spent two days in the hospital this week to be kept under observation and given the best possible care. Aubameyang didn’t play last weekend […]

Mbaye Diagne is disallowed a correct goal by the VAR in WBA's 3-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League. Photo SkySports

VAR Outrage in the Premier League as WBA is Denied a Perfectly Correct Goal

The video assistant referee (VAR) system has created more controversy in the Premier League after disallowing a perfectly valid goal from West Bromwich Albion’s Mbaye Diagne just four minutes into the game against Southampton. WBA eventually won the match 3-0. The assistant referee raised his flag for offside, then the […]

Leo Messi leaving the pitch in sadness on what could be his final appearance in a Barcelona shirt in El Clasico. Image: ESPN FC / Twitter

El Clásico: Real Madrid Beats Barcelona for Top Spot in La Liga

Real Madrid won the big derby game against arch-rivals Barcelona, 2-1, and hope to defend their La Liga title. Benzema opened the scoring after 13 minutes, with a fantastic backheel that paralyzed Barcelona’s defense and German keeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen. Kroos made it 2-0 with the help of a […]

Match action from Manchester City's 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg (Photo: @BVB / Twitter)

Champions League Referees, VAR Steal Spotlight from Guardiola-Haaland Meet-up

Manchester City won the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Borussia Dortmund after a highly eventful game. It finished 2-1, with the referees taking center stage. The game was supposed to be all about Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s chase of the Quadruple (winning all available trophies during […]

Erling Haaland in training with Norway (Photo: Fotballandslaget)

The Astronomical Demands for Erling Haaland’s Transfer to Barcelona

Erling Haaland, the 20-year-old Norwegian super striker, is being pursued by Europe’s top clubs, who all seem desperate to seal a deal this summer. With six of the most powerful teams in the world making a play for this football wunderkind, his legendary agent and father already seem to have […]

Valencia's players walked off the pitch in their game vs Cadiz after Mouctar Diakhaby was allegedly racially abused by Juan Cala (Photo: valenciacf.com)

Racism in La Liga? Valencia Walks Off the Pitch After Diakhaby Booking

At just 29 minutes into the game between Cadiz and Valencia, all eyes went to the middle of the pitch, despite the ball not being anywhere near that area. French defender Mouctar Diakhaby was showing his anger, suggesting he’d been subject to racist abuse from Juan Cala of Cadiz. Diakhaby […]