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Stopping the City charge: Derby edition

Ardent United fan Anirudh Shenoy has a crack on the tactical approach/approaches Jose Mourinho might deploy to try coming anywhere near stopping the unstoppable force that is Manchester City. 13 wins on the bounce and a mammoth 8 point gap in the league. It’s almost as if City are toying

Burnley and the power of synergy.

Football is a funny game, they say. Going into the season, Burnley had lost two of their key players from last season (who contributed majorly to them avoiding relegation) in Michael Keane and Andre Gray to Everton and Watford, respectively. They were installed as the second most favourites to be

10 things we learnt from Gameweek 14

Matchday 14 proved to be an exciting round of Premier League games, as City maintained a firm 8 point lead at the top after their dramatic stoppage time victory against a resilient Southampton. Tottenham dropped 3 points to move down to seventh, while an excellent 4-2 win against Watford ensured

The commercialisation of Football : Money Madness

Commercialisation. A term used at some point in time in every sport across the globe. For football, the 21st century has been the era of commercialisation for the sport. But what exactly does commercialisation entail? When a sport reaches a global audience, a material audience which will attract people in

The Beautiful Game~Turf Diaries~

The Beautiful Game – A monthly exclusive where fans talk about their fondest/most unforgettable memories with a ball on their feet. Today Resident EADF writer Ayush recollects a story that might not be his fondest, but one he will never forget. Its Friday evening and I can almost smell the weekend.

U-17 World Cup Final Preview.

A wounded lion is said to be more ferocious. However, the lion does not attack the person who inflicted the wound. Time to rewind the clock to where it all began. The u-17 Euros has five spots for qualification to the u-17 World Cup. However, the qualification part did not

Merseyside Blues – Decoding Everton’s poor start to the 2017/18 season

Often lingering in the shadow of English football’s giants in the northwest, this season was meant to represent a turning point for Everton. Heavy spending ushered in by billionaire Farhad Moshiri’s takeover in February 2016 saw parallels being drawn with Sheikh Mansour’s Manchester City acquisition in 2008. Moshiri’s project is

VfL Wolfsburg 08/09 : The Felix Factor.

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The 2008-09 season had a surprise in store for Bundesliga watchers. VfL Wolfsburg were managed by Felix Magath, a manager who knew his ways around the Bundesliga. Yet, no one imagined them to build on their previous 5th place finish to become Champions of Germany. How did Felix Magath manage

Brazil : CONMEBOL Review

The Brazilians aka Seleção Brasileira de Futebol) are known to be the most successful national team on this planet. After a horror exit from the last edition of the FIFA World Cup in 2014 which saw the favourites and host nation Brazil get knocked out in the semifinal against a

Pep v Pochettino:Analysing Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City, worth an initial 50 million Euros , made him the most expensive English player in history.However, he’s gone about operating at right full back, in a very different role at Manchester City as opposed to his time at Tottenham. This can primarily be explained

Consistency at the Roots: The Boys from Germany

It is true “Change is the only constant.” However, instances arise when such statements need to be revised. Ask any football follower their point of view on a certain topic, there will be a different conclusion every time. For instance, who the all time best goalkeeper is , the best

FIFA 18 Gameplay Review: Bold and Realistic

29th September2017. The day that many a football fan was waiting for. The day that FIFA 18 arrived. This game was supposed to be a huge improvement on the previous year’s work with a much anticipated continuation in the chapter of ‘The Journey’. There are many Positives and negatives to FIFA

Plans to expand Old Trafford capacity under way

Plans to expand Old Trafford are underway as officials in United are charting out a plan to increase the stadium capacity to 88,000 from 75,643 by adding an extra tier to the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand. The planned expansion will see Old Trafford become the third largest football stadium in Europe

Pep Guardiola – The Conductor

A detailed look into Pep Guardiola’s journey from a footballer to a genius manager empowering every team that was fortunate enough to be managed by him. It is difficult to quantify force. Sure, Mass times Acceleration, I know, I have received schooling (if not an education). But what about the force

SOUTHAMPTON 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 : Romelu Lukaku strikes again but United fans ignore pleas to stop singing offensive song

Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth Premier League goal of the season to give Manchester United a hard-fought victory at Southampton. Lukaku broke the deadlock on 20 minutes, converting the rebound after Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster parried his header from Ashley Young’s cross. The result maintains United’s unbeaten start to their league campaign,

THE RETURN OF THE INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE

An exclusive preview of the HERO Indian Super League by EADF Guest writer Ajay Franklin Skimmer. The HERO Indian Super League, India’s most popular football league is back for its fourth edition this 2017 and it is ready to provide some scintillating football action for the Indian fans. The introduction

Charly of House Musonda – First of his Kind

The day Charly Musonda shed a tear. There was an air of inevitability in Chelsea’s League cup opener against Forest last night. The Champions looked the part and completed a routine victory against a team, that had narrowly escaped relegation to League One in May. Antonio Conte, opted for Antonio Rudiger, Andreas

Liverpool 1-1 Burnley – Review

Liverpool’s frustrating week continued as Burnley battled hard for a well-deserved 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday despite the return of Philippe Coutinho to the starting XI. Sean Dyche’s side took the lead against the run of play in the 27th minute through Scott Arfield but the hosts responded three minutes

The very best of Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal have produced some riveting games against each other in the Premier league era. Let us have a look at five of the best games these two London rivals have played against each other – Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (March 22nd 2014) Referee sends off Gibbs wrongly for mistaken identity despite

Bengaluru FC hold April 25 SC to a goalless draw to set up inter-zone final tie with Istiklol

North Korea : Bengaluru Football Club will be delighted with their result earlier today which resulted in them qualifying to the Inter-zone final of the AFC Cup. They won 3-0 on aggregate. Bengaluru CF headed into today’s match with a 3-0 first leg advantage and their solid performance today ensured that

Champions League Matchday 1 Preview

Rafael Hernández‏ @RafaelH117 44m44 minutes ago Dembélé gets his first start as a Barça player. Messi had his breakthrough match vs Juventus, will it be the same for him? Paul Pogba’s first CL game for @ManUtd. Played one Europa League game (v Athletic Bilbao) prior to return. Ashley Young started then

Manchester City 5 – 0 Liverpool

MANCHESTER CITY demolished Liverpool at the Etihad after Sadio Mane was controversially sent off. It might be suggesting a little too much to argue this was the day that Manchester City’s title challenge fully ignited. After all, they were aided considerably by an awful error of judgement from Sadio Mane, whose

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The plethora of options in the South American continent gives them access to five spots of qualification. Automatically, the first four qualify. Consequently, the team sitting fifth plays a qualification playoff. The World Cup is round the corner, and the qualification spots are fairly booked. The winners of the group

LEICESTER CITY VS CHELSEA PREVIEW

The 2015-16 Champions host the 2016-17 Champions The Blues travel to Leicester this weekend, in an attempt to build on their run from before the international break. The first break of the year came at the wrong time for Chelsea. The Blues had begun to show glimpses of last year’s championship

Top U-20 talents to watch out for in the Premier League

A third exclusive by Anirudh Srinivasan Renato Sanches Renato Sanches will look to redeem himself in the Premier League this season In what can be considered as one of the biggest coups of the summer, Swansea City managed to pull off the signing of the 20-year old Golden Boy winner. Little more

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