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Lucien Favre and Michael Zorc leading Dortmund’s youthful charge

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There’s a reason we cannot go more than a day without hearing the name-Jadon Sancho. And there is also a reason why the former Manchester City winger’s name is ever-present in the footballing world. The cause for both of these is undeniably Borussia Dortmund. Despite signing for the German club

Spurs’ quartet of ‘the fab four’ should not be underestimated

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Spurs’ quartet of ‘the fab four’ make them an emerging force and possible dark horse for the Premier League. Much of the talk around Tottenham at the start of the season had an air of negativity to it. After all, while all the clubs around them splashed the cash, Spurs made

FPL watch – Rotation free options & EADF picks of the week

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We're nearing the halfway mark and most of the players that we'd picked out over the past few weeks have returned well, including Fabianski, Kolasinac, Snodgrass, Lacazette, Mitrovic, and Trippier etc all providing returns. This has given us confidence to try and come out with more such reports. Hopefully, our

In defence of Marco Asensio

17th August 2017 The ball went up and down in a flash, rendering Marc Andre Ter Stegen helpless. It was an unstoppable strike that was exquisitely struck. The perfect way to kill Barcelona's hopes in Supercopa de España. The man behind that venomous strike was none other than Marco Asensio Willemsen. After

Mourinho at Manchester United – Where did it all go wrong for the Special One?

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Manchester United, a brand synonymous with winning. Jose Mourinho, the biggest winning coach in the sport. When the pair was combined, everyone in world football seemed to sit up and take notice. United, a club whose supporters proclaim proudly they're 'Not Arrogant, Just Better'. That seems like the title Mourinho

UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw analysed

The Round of 16 draw for the UEFA Champions League took place yesterday, with Europe’s elite teams hoping to take one step closer to reaching the final in Madrid. After six rounds of group-based matches, the winners and runners-up from each group advanced to the knock-out stages of the competition. From

Liverpool vs Manchester United – Showdown at Anfield

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This is a fixture with a passion born out of years of rivalry and mutual contempt. From the time when Manchester tradesmen built the Manchester Ship Canal, ensuring ship traffic could bypass the port of Liverpool, these two sets of people have disagreed on everything. Liverpool worships The Beatles while

The men in contention to replace Mourinho – Howe, Zidane, Jardim & Pochettino

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In May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson implored an emotional Stretford End to 'stand by your new manager'. United fans duly complied, roaring on David Moyes to make a good fist of world football's toughest job. 'The Chosen One', as a huge banner across the Stretford End proclaimed Moyes to be,

Manchester United need change – both on and off the pitch

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On the surface, Manchester United are considered to be in a crisis because they are 6th in the table with a poor goal difference and are 16 points off the top in December. But, when United are put under a microscope, the conclusion is that they are in a mess

FPL Watch: Must have, Differential & Budget Options for the festive period

GW 15 was one full of rotation and surprises with many of the usual big hitters missing including the likes of Andy Robertson, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane and players like Mohamed Salah and Alex Lacazette making impacts off the bench. Today, we look at players across the pitch who

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Big Match Preview & Team News

15 years ago, we would have looked at this game as a title decider. But how times change! Post-2005, Arsenal have never looked the same and gradually descended from title challengers to top 4 challengers. On the other hand, Manchester United, under Sir Alex went from strength to strength, winning 5

The transformation of Liverpool’s Defence

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Composure. Structure. Stability. Words that certainly haven’t been associated with Liverpool Football Club in recent seasons, never mind their defence. But, fortunately for the Anfield faithful, that has all changed, and what a transformation it has been. Jurgen Klopp arrived at the club in October 2015 and began his tenure

Dimitar Berbatov – A Touch of Perfection From Blagoevgrad

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Certain moments in football lend themselves to immortality on highlight reels when they occur. At Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, those instances were never too far away. Even so, this piece of play remains fresh in the head. In late October 2008, West Ham arrived at Old Trafford to

Premier League Wonderkids Needing a Loan Move

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In the English Premier League, there were high hopes of many young professionals at the start of the season. Pre-season involvement with the first team may have given players such as Phil Foden, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dominic Solanke and Andreas Pereira the belief that they would be involved in the first

How Can Chelsea Win the League?

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Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea are a little behind Manchester City and Liverpool in terms of quality but can make up for that by relying on team spirit, good atmosphere in the dressing room, Sarri’s tactical genius and Eden Hazard. Many people following Chelsea would have considered finishing in the Champions League

Virgil van Dijk – The colossus at the heart of Liverpool’s title challenge

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🗣 "Virgil van Dijk. Too big. Too fast. Loves fighting. Smells nice. He runs past you and you're like 'ooh' smelling him.” - Troy Deeney, Circa 2018 He might have only been with Liverpool for the better part of a year, but both fans and critics describe Virgil van Dijk using superlatives -

Premier League Recap – October 20th – November 11th

EADF is back with another monthly recap of the English Premier League. Club supporters can put the final international break of 2018 behind them, and turn the footballing world’s attention back onto domestic football and the leagues they follow. Due to the interruption of the recent UEFA Nations League and

Breaking Down The Brand: A Tactical Analysis of Sarri-Ball

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“I’ve come to realize that there’s a child in every footballer, a child who is playing a game. That’s where the fun part is. And when players are having fun, they are more productive." - Maurizio Sarri  Chelsea Football Club have been having a lot of fun in the past four

Klopp’s Midfield Conundrum

Resident Liverpool FC contributor for EADF Kabir Ali weighs in on the selection dilemma Jurgen Klopp faces with respect to his midfield ahead of a tight festive period. It has been a strange start to the season at Liverpool, to stay the least. The blistering beginning to the Premier League campaign,

Bayern Munich’s Transfer Quandary – When Will The Bavarians Spend Big Again?

Bayern Munich are part of Europe’s footballing elite; 28 Bundesliga titles, 18 DFB German’s Cups, 5 Champions League Titles, 1 UEFA Cup & 1 Cup Winners Cup. Their pedigree cannot be disputed. They have won the last 6 Bundesliga titles in a row; Dortmund were the last team to win

City Firm Favourites – Manchester Derby Preview Part 1

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Ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk’s testing Champions League tie at the Etihad, Portuguese tactician Paolo Fonseca boldly proclaimed that “Manchester City have no weaknesses.” Inarguable invincibility has expectedly evaded even the greatest of the sides the beautiful game has ever seen, but it was hard to refute the 45-year old’s manifestation

Patrick McEleney – From humble Beginnings to League of Ireland Stardom

Patrick McEleney may not be a name known to many outside the proud island of Ireland, but those who are familiar with the Derry-born playmaker are fully aware of just how special he is. Born in the heart of Derry city, McEleney followed any young player’s dream by representing his local

Preparing For FPL GW12 Fixtures: The Differentials

With GW12 on the horizon, most FPL teams have Patricio in goal, Alonso in defense, Hazard in midfield and Kun Aguero leading the line, so today we look at the differentials we could pick for the upcoming fixtures to get ahead in the mini-leagues. Trusted differentials in the EADF community and

Anthony Martial – The French Sensation On A Roller-Coaster Ride

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There seemed an air of unease around Old Trafford. Christian Benteke had just crashed Liverpool back into contention at Old Trafford with a superb bicycle kick. With the score at 2-1, United manager Louis van Gaal brought on new signing Anthony Martial, whom the English media had welcomed with their

Arsenal’s Unbeaten Streak decoded – What Has Emery Done Right This Season?

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After two successive defeats to begin their season, Arsenal have well and truly found their feet and turned things around. The 13 games following their defeat at the hands of Chelsea have given the footballing community a glimpse of what can be expected from Emery-ball. There has been no looking

Kepa Arrizabalaga – From Bilbao To The Bridge

WHEN World Cup Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois went AWOL from training, hell-bent on securing a move to Real Madrid after the showpiece event in Russia this summer, the Chelsea board wanted an ideal replacement before they could sell the Belgian. With only three days to go before the transfer

Baichung Bhutia – The Man Who Revolutionised Indian Football In The 21st Century

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The Beautiful Game – A reoccurring exclusive where fans talk about their fondest/most unforgettable memories relating to football. Today, EADF writer Sivan John recollects his first memory of India's original football superstar Baichung Bhutia and traces his glittering career. In his book Barefoot to Boots, renowned journalist and commentator Novy Kapadia mentioned

Xavi – What Made The Barca Metronome So Unique?

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  Edited by Srinivas Sadhanand  This article was first published on Quora  Xavi’s greatness is well documented Amongst few he’s resented Amongst many he’s respected His departure could have been extended The board’s antics could have been prevented A lack of his successor has left the fans disoriented He wasn't the Jack of all trades He was the master of

A Detailed Look Into The Recent Loopholes In Real Madrid’s Attacking Phases

A series of four winless matches in conjunction with an abysmally low chance creation stat have clearly blown up the air around this present Real Madrid side under Julen Lopetegui. General attacking stagnancy against low block teams and their inability to break them down despite possessing some excellent players has

Premier League Recap: 1st September – 7th October

The international break is over! What many football fans see as a nuisance during domestic seasons, due to its disruptive nature and risk of injury to players is now behind us and we can once again relish the best that the Premier League has to offer. A break from club

Why Manchester United Should Part Ways With Jose Mourinho

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The international break is on and frankly, excluding some interesting games, it is a tad tedious for most of us and I think we can consensually agree with that. But let us not forget Manchester United and the mess they are in right now. Languishing in 8th in the Premier

Arthur Melo – The Solution to Barcelona’s Identity Crisis?

Feature Image Designed by MhmdAo 6th June 2015 - The day we all saw arguably one of the finest Spanish footballers of our generation, Xavi Hernandez play his final competitive game for Barcelona. It was the Champions League final. In the 78th minute, when the score was 2-1 in favour of the Catalan club,

GW9: Optimising Your Wildcard, Differentials and Players To Avoid.

Leads are getting bigger in the mini-leagues and playing catchup is getting ever so hard. After consulting a few FPL players in our private league, we decided to approach this gameweek in a slightly different manner. With a quarter of the season almost done, it is our opinion that using

Never Too Late To Have Fun – Maurizio Sarri’s Journey To The Top

  Maurizio Sarri writes really well. He can almost always be seen scribbling away on his pad, writing notes, mostly when he's not chewing cigarette filters on the touchline. His slanted, well-spaced writing comes from his years of experience working in finance after failing as a professional footballer. He loved art

Liverpool vs Manchester City: Match Preview

City look to break Anfield hoodoo Competition: Premier League, Matchday 8, Venue: Anfield Referee: Martin Atkinson Timings: Sunday, 7th October 2018, 4:30 PM BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 11:30 AM EST, 8.30AM PT (USA), 9 PM IST (India), Telecast: Star Sports Select 1 The Premier League serves up an early season title six-pointer right before the international break

Alavés vs Real Madrid : Match Preview, Team News, Predicted Line ups

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Competition: La Liga, Matchday 8 Venue: Estadio de Mendizorroza Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre Timings: Saturday, 6th October, 2018, 5:30PM CET (Madrid), 5:30PM BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 12:30PM EST, 9.30AM PT (USA), 10 pm IST (India) Real Madrid enter the weekend clash against Deportivo Alavés after a disappointing game in midweek, losing to CSKA Moscow

A Schematic Representation of Real Madrid’s Problems Under Julen Lopetegui

After a trophy-laden era under the mystical Zinedine Zidane and with the superhuman Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid have transcended into a new era under the leadership of Julen Lopetegui,  who looks to manufacture a new Real Madrid in his image. So far the eye test has been clearly good with

The Impact of Nutrition and Medical Intervention In Modern Football

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Football is a sport defined by enthralling moments of spontaneous magic. But beyond the cloak of stellar play and drama, lies extensive and thorough preparation. Football at the highest level is as much a game in the head as with the feet. Hours of training, gym work, video analysis, simulated

Michael Ballack — Perennially Second

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 Feature Image vector designed by sologfx on Deviantart | Michael Ballack has won 4 Bundesliga titles, 3 German Cups, a Premier League title and 3 FA Cups. That is a collection which describes an illustrious career, yet Ballack’s legacy will read that he could and should have been so much more.

Lautaro Martínez: Inter’s New Raging Bull

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Lautaro Martinez feature Image designed by AS Argentina - Diario AS Inter Milan’s ties with Argentine strikers are nothing short of inseverable. From Diego Milito’s masterful brace to sweep aside Bayern Munich in the 2009-10 Champions League final to current skipper Mauro Icardi notching up the highest goal tally (29) in a

Monaco Welcome Atletico In What Promises To Be An Intriguing Battle

Champions League – Group A – Monaco vs Atletico Madrid 8:00 pm BST  (00:30 am IST) Wednesday 18th September ( Early 19th morning India) Venue: Stade Louis II The Champions League is a competition which draws the attention of millions of football fans from all around the world with it’s sheer splendor, glorious history and

Everything You Need To Know About City’s UCL Opener Against Lyon

Champions League – Group F – Man City vs Lyon 8:00 pm BST  (00:30 am IST) Wednesday 19th September ( Early 20th morning India) Venue: Etihad Stadium    Pep Guardiola’s outfit has enjoyed a strong start to the Premier League this season with the absence of Belgian ace midfielder Kevin De Bruyne hardly an area

Valencia Prepare For Monumental Juventus Challenge

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Champions League - Group H - Valencia vs Juventus 8:00 pm BST  (00:30 am IST) Wednesday 19th September Venue: Mestalla   Valencia manager Marcelino cut a frustrated figure during the post-match conference conducted following a disappointing 0-0 draw at home against Real Betis. Valencia are currently placed 17th on the table with only 3 points in

Wobbly At Wembley: Spurs Caught Under The Blanket as They Go Down 2-1 to Liverpool Without a Fight

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A really under-par performance by Tottenham Hotspur keeps them floating outside the top 4, and deservedly so. Liverpool were not at their swashbuckling best either, but they did enough to sink the Spurs balloon. The Reds have now won 5 out of 5 games, only the third time they have

The New Anoeta: The start of a blessing or another curse?

Written by Udhav Arora. Competition: La Liga, Matchday 4. Venue: Estadio de Anoeta Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande Timings: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 4.15pm CET (Barcelona), 3.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 7.45pm IST (India) The International Break is over, celebrations are on. Maybe not so soon for Barcelona fans

Players Who Could Replicate Mo Salah’s Phenomenal 17/18 Season

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Mohamed Salah’s incredible first season at Liverpool rocked the Premier League. He came back a completely different player to the explosive yet erratic and inconsistent winger that left Chelsea for Fiorentina in 2015 having hardly featured for the blues. While nobody could have predicted his record-breaking 32 Premier League goals

Hunt For The European Cup: Atletico Diaries

Since losing the 2016 Champions League final to eternal rivals Real Madrid, Diego Simeone and Atletico have been putting the pieces together for their next assault on the competition. They return to the competition after winning the Europa League and with a squad strong enough to once again compete with

Bright Future For Young Stars From Ireland & Northern Ireland

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  Northern Ireland don’t just have to rely on their main men anymore, despite the fact that they really are on top form already this season. The national team forwards have simply been unstoppable just a few games into the season, whether it be in England or indeed north of the

Can Sarri Inspire Chelsea To Challenge For The Title?

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Four weeks after the start of the Premier League season, we’re heading into the first international break of the season and there have already been a number of surprises just as you have come to expect in the Premier League. Of course, there also have been some amazing games which

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