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
Having taken the reigns at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri had a lot of expectations from the Blues’ fans and Premier League audience alike. The repute of his attacking style of play, or “Sarri-ball” as they call it preceded him well before he arrived in the English capital. We’ve all had a
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
2017/2018 - A false dawn
The rapid ascent of Nicolas Pépé from relative anonymity to Ligue 1’s most sought-after prospect is a reality that even the most ardent of Lille supporters would have failed to fathom. Their skepticism towards a new dawn for the French-born Ivorian forward and moreover, their club
There is a long, long list of successful Portuguese players to have hit the highs of the Premier League throughout the years. The names of Nani, Ricardo Carvalho, Deco and Paulo Ferreira spring to mind, with a youthful yet precocious Cristiano Ronaldo not to be forgotten about. Manchester City’s Bernardo
What more can be said about Liverpool right now? They go into their Friday night match against Wolves just one win away from spending Christmas Day at the top of the table. In a great omen for Reds fans across the world, each of the last four seasons has seen
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
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.
Expected goals is a statistical metric which ranks how good a shot on goal was.
The Premier League race just started getting hotter, with Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal all moving on up to challenge the leaders at the top end of the table. Liverpool have taken the lead after beating United,
The Dutch Eredivisie has always been renowned for producing highly talented individuals over the years. It has acted as a feeder league for most of the other big European heavyweights. However, not all the promising young talents that come out of the Eredivisie have fulfilled their potential. In recent years,
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
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
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
There comes a time when one must move on from something or someone to enable themselves to progress and continue to grow in life. No, I’m not talking about your childhood crush or the memories of your recent ex. I’m talking about Chelsea’s #22, Willian. All through the summer, Barcelona
Written by Aman Sridhar
How did Sevilla, one of the lesser known Spanish sides win 3 Europa Leagues in a row, and in the process not only establish themselves as a top-tier side but also create a pool of superstars who have moved on to more success around the world?
Last year, Manchester City cruised at a canter to the summit of English football, racking up a century of points and finishing 19 points above their neighbors, Manchester United, the second place team. Scoring an astonishing 106 goals, City were from another planet and it seemed very likely that this
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,
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
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
Written by Utsav Yogya
With the top clubs being involved in multiple competitions throughout the season, chances of player burnouts increase. Squad depth plays a major role in the healthy functioning of a club and is a big reason why the best clubs stay on top for as long as they
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
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
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
Why do some promising young players not proportionally evolve at the same rate as they do when making the step jump from their junior teams to the senior teams? It is a question which never has had a simple and concrete answer. After all, footballing development of a professional is
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
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. 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 -
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
“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
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 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
For years, this fixture passed reasonably inconspicuously past the calendar of any Manchester United fan. After all, what would a club competing for the league with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool have to worry about a fixture against their less fortunate neighbors across town? The man who kept United head and
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 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
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
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
Roberto Firmino’s role in Liverpool’s offence is well-documented, he’s been heralded as the ‘Modern Day False 9’ and rightfully so. Arguably, the most complex role in football is the False 9. It is easy to claim that it’s all about dropping deep and playing more as a midfielder, but in
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
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
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
If Krzysztof Piątek’s story was pitched to Hollywood executives, they would turn their noses up at this notion and fling the script onto the pile of monotonous ideas for sports films at their disposal. However, the Pole’s blockbuster start to life at Genoa is anything but predictable. From plying his
(AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo will always be fondly remembered at Old Trafford, but as the five-time Ballon d'Or winner rolls back into town this week, this former hero may be the last sight Manchester United want to see.
Ronaldo made his name in Manchester, scoring 118 goals, winning three Premier League titles and
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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 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
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
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
Hatem Ben Arfa will be remembered by the beautiful game as another one of its prodigious talents that fell by the wayside. Those who have trouble remembering his one-off season with Hull City in the 2014/15 season can be forgiven, as the side were ultimately relegated and he barely featured.
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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,
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
Born in Ballymena in 1985, it wasn’t until 2002 that the world of football was first introduced to the talents of Steven Davis. After making the brave journey from St Andrews Boys Club to Premier League outfit Aston Villa, the 17-year-old midfielder hit immediate success, lifting the FA Youth Cup
We live in the age of the “high press”. In the last decade, this defensive tactic has spread through world football, constantly being tweaked and retooled by the game’s best coaches. From its modern prophet in Marcelo Bielsa to the visionary who conquered the footballing world by combining the press
Competition: La Liga, Matchday 8, Venue: Mestalla
Timings: Sunday, 7th October 2018, 20:45 PM BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 14:45 AM EST, 11:45 AM PT (USA), 00:15 AM IST (India)
Gameweek 8 in the La Liga brings to us a very special game before we're struck down by the international break. This intriguing match
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
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
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
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
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
Four league games played; zero wins, zero draws, four losses. Two goals scored, ten conceded. Rock bottom of the table. Safe to say it wasn’t going well for West Ham United at the beginning of the season.
Much like it is unfair to judge those teams at the top of the
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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.
With Liverpool and Chelsea playing each other, some of the league's big hitters might be up against a stern challenge and might make us look elsewhere for captain options. Eden Hazard did score in the week against Liverpool, and Mohammad Salah and Sadio Mane will fancy their chances against a
For all the chaos that Chelsea Football Club go through year in and year out, there is only one thing that all supporters can be certain about — Dave is going to be Dave, swinging in perfect crosses and putting in crucial tackles, week-in-week-out as he gets moved across all
When Gareth Bale leapt higher than most to attempt a bicycle kick against Liverpool in possibly the biggest match in club football, every football fan watching the game felt their heart skip a beat for a moment as Karius was left rooted to his spot. Time stopped in a similar
Going into GW6, most FPL teams appear to have a set template, whether it be Sadio Mane in midfield, Sergio Aguero leading the line or Marcos Alonso in defense. So today, we look at the differentials, the players that can help you move up the leaderboard in your mini-leagues.
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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
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
Champions League – Group G – Real Madrid v Roma
8:00 pm BST (00:30 am IST)
Wednesday 19th September (Early 20th morning India)
Venue: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
The Champions League is back with a bang this season with Real Madrid and Roma- two of the most exciting outfits last season battling it out in
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
Champions League - Group H - Valencia vs Juventus
8:00 pm BST (00:30 am IST)
Wednesday 19th September
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
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
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
It is the dream of every player to stand in the tunnel of their home stadium and listen to an atmosphere steadily reaching fever pitch, to walk out onto the pitch, and feel the support of their fans with every tackle, sprint, pass and goal. Football is a working-class sport;
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Bernardo Silva confirms he was replaced during in the 1-1 draw with Croatia as a precaution. “I came off at half time because I have been having a little discomfort in the groin area, and with Mr. Fernando Santos we thought it was better
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
After the bitter disappointment of last season, Liverpool have got their current campaign off to a flyer. Winning their opening four games for the first time in 28 years heading into the international break, it's out of the frying pan and into the fire for the Reds as their upcoming
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
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
ALONG with the arrival of new chief tactician Maurizio Sarri at West London, one of his more extraordinary pupils, Jorginho has brought an enticingly unique brand of football to England. It's not even been 2 months and Jorginho is already enhancing his reputation as one of the best passers in
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
Well, that was a game and a half!
The Premier League produced yet another classic as Arsenal defeated Cardiff 3-2 at the Cardiff City stadium. On paper many expected Arsenal to win. Cardiff are new comers in the league and they had not scored a league goal until this match.
"30th August 2018, MONACO — Croatia captain Luka Modric has been voted the best player in Europe last season, edging former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah for the UEFA award"
A usual smile was painted on the Cruyffesque face as he stood with the award in