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A deep dive into football’s affinity with versatility

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Written by Srinivas Sadhanand Not many would be better attested to paying an ode to the power of versatility in football than Ryan Bertrand. In the wake of the seasoned Florent Malouda’s hamstring strain against Blackburn Rovers, the then Chelsea sensation was thrown in at the deep end of debuting in

In a summer of hits, was selling Abdou Diallo a miss?

Written by Srinivas Sadhanand Borussia Dortmund’s perennial underdog status has managed to soften even the most stone-hearted skeptics into falling head over heels for football’s resident hipster club. Be it their rise from the ashes of bankruptcy to ultimately reach a Champions League final or their unmatched atmosphere at the Westfalenstadion

Young Lions – Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho El Arte Del Futbol

History suggests that the notion of English footballers departing to greener pastures abroad in the pursuit of blossoming on the biggest stages is somewhat of an anomaly. While sizeable names such as Gary Lineker, Steve McManaman and David Beckham instantly spring to mind, it is important to note that each

Kevin De Bruyne shines in FA Cup triumph – Manchester City player ratings vs Burnley

Manchester City’s unbeaten start to 2019 has continued with a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Pep Guardiola’s sharp shooters extended their goal tally to 29 goals in their previous 8 outings since they last conceded a goal. Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De

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

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

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Can Pochettino Inspire His Men to End Old Trafford Hoodoo?

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As managerial stalwarts in Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino dust themselves off and marshal their troops after succumbing to torrid periods in the transfer market, there lies a blinding aura of chaotic uncertainty within both camps. Manchester United With executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Manchester United hierarchy prioritizing securing sponsorship deals

Manchester City Fire Early Title Warning Shots After Resounding Win Over Arsenal

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It was business as usual for Manchester City as they swatted away a lacklustre Arsenal side in a solid, if not spectacular 2-0 victory at the Emirates. While an acid test of the magnitude of facing the Premier League’s one and only centurions is daunting enough, the newly appointed Unai Emery’s

Belgium 3:2 Japan, An Anatomy of a World Cup Classic.

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71 days prior to the first kick of the ball at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital, managerial mayhem had circumscribed Japanese football as Vahid Halilhodzic was given marching orders on the back of uninspiring friendly displays against Mali and Ukraine respectively with JFA technical director Akira Nishino appointed

Sink or swim: Can the Spanish Armada Triumph in Russia?

The Glory years 2008-2012 As Fernando Torres dinked an advancing Jens Lehmann to end a much awaited 44-year long trophy drought in an eventual 1-0 victory against Germany in the Euro 2008 final; the 14.6 million Spanish viewers across the globe welcomed the birth of a dynasty. Inarguably, Spanish supremacy had

From Benchwarmer to Title Winner: The Rise of Zinchenko

“Zinchenko is talented, but he must be realistic. He can only play for Manchester City on his PlayStation.” Andriy Voronin exhibited a ruthlessness in his early prognostication of the Ukrainian’s spell in the Premier League, one that was earlier reserved for some of the finest goalkeepers in the Bundesliga, during the

Pietro Pellegri – Monaco’s freshest diamond in the rough

A first exclusive by Srinivas Sadhanand, If a sequel to British grime virtuoso, Skepta’s 2017 documentary “Greatness Only” lies in the realms of possibility, Pietro Pellegri is certainly a potential poster boy for it. The latest import to further piece together Monaco’s “Moneyball” transfer policy, the former-Genoa frontman became the youngest-ever

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