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The making of Ronaldo – Leaving School, Impressing in Portugal and the 1994 World Cup

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By Karan Tejwani | This article was first published on Football Chronicle on January 28, 2020 When you think of Brazil’s Ronaldo, you think of the goals, the greatness of the UEFA Cup final in 1998 and the World Cup disappointment of the same year, the resurgence of 2002, the storm

Nobby Stiles vs Eusébio – One of football’s underrated tale

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27th July 1966: Eusebio of Portugal (left) and Nobby Stiles of England in a duel for the ball during their World Cup semi-final match at Wembley, which England won 2-1. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images) Living in the Messi-Ronaldo era, we have gifted our eyes to a decade of stunning performances.

Joga Bonito – The Brazilian foundations of ‘The Beautiful game’

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Over the years football has come to be known as the ‘The Beautiful Game’.How did this phrase stick? It got its relevance from the Portuguese form of the word -‘Joga Bonito’. So then the questions beckon - When did this phrase become popularized in football folklore? What exactly is Joga

Wes Brown – More Than A Mere Passenger

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Role players who feature for perennial contenders often do not receive their just due. Our obsession with superstars has conditioned us to think of these players as mere passengers who were launched to the promised land by the "big names". Wesley Brown is one amongst many Red Devils from their

Tracing the roots of Women’s football in England and India

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Football has existed in our world for centuries. Its first existence is traced back to the 3rd and 2nd century BC in China, where the game was called Cuju. However, women, who throughout history have been the oppressed sex, were given little importance when it came to their participation and

Riding a timeless wave- Looking back at Daniel Sturridge’s extraordinary 13/14 season’

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Over the last few years, Liverpool have twice come close to lifting the Premier League title only to fall short by the finest of margins. They lost out to Manchester City on both occasions-and while the 18/19 season was decided by City’s brilliance, the same can’t be said of the

From a mining village in Chile to conquering South America and beyond – The Alexis Sánchez story

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Alexis Sánchez is a creative player, capable of producing moments of magic, he has scored goals for five different clubs in Europe but it is the energy, work-rate and never-give-up attitude of the Chilean that has won the hearts of millions around the world. His career trajectory has gone down

The Sleeping Giants Awaken – Conte’s Inter

Edited by Anaamaya Mishra Let’s rewind our memories by an entire decade. The year is 2010; the month is April. It’s time for the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with the clash of two historic clubs – FC Barcelona and Inter Milan. Barcelona, led by an array of world-class footballers like

Robben, Sneijder and van Persie – Netherlands’ iconic modern trio and their larger influence

Robben, Sneijder and van Persie - Netherlands' iconic modern trio and their larger influence

Written by Ninad Barbadkar Every sport is influenced by the methods and style of play of a certain country. These countries are usually titans of the sport and influence the game both on and off the pitch. In a larger sense, these countries impact the very philosophy and mindset with which

Big bomb outs and glorious promotions in the Championship

The Championship is known as one of the most competitive leagues in the English Football League. Whilst being promoted from League One can be glorious, the step up in quality is huge, making it difficult for newly-promoted clubs to adjust and stay up. A lot of teams have bounced back

Iconic Match Reviews: Barcelona vs Manchester United, Champions League Final, 2011

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When referee Massimo Busacca blew the final whistle on the 27th of May, 2009 in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, the Reds knew they were comprehensively outdone. The scoreline was 2-0 and a 170 cm tall magician had just scored a header to seal the victory. Two years later, this

Where Virgil van Dijk first made a real impression

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What a couple of seasons it’s been for Virgil van Dijk. The colossal center-back has been outstanding for Liverpool ever since his arrival from Southampton in January 2018 and, along with Alisson, is the main reason why the Reds have become a formidable defensive unit over the past year. Van

The feint that changed everything – Manchester City, Aguero and that Goal

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Written by Ayushnav Sarker Background In the complex and often murky world of financial markets, there are what is called ‘Black Swan’ events every few years. Events that change the relationship of the market with its participants, and drag the rest of the economy with them too. Right from the time of

Arsène Wenger’s Invincibles – One of the greatest stories in the Premier League era

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Written by Varun Shah Played 38, won 26, drawn 12, lost exactly none. Words that will echo in the ears of Arsenal fans for years to come. Arsenal’s last Premier League triumph is easily their most memorable and arguably the greatest achievement of the Premier League era. This league is one

The partnership we couldn’t get enough of – Roberto Carlos y Zinedine Zidane

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Written by Sayan Chatterjee Football at it’s purest is an art form - It parallels life in more ways than one. Mere professionalism would make it dull and judging an art form with only glories would not be fair. The 'Los Galacticos‘ project fulfilled an unspoken dream of most football fans

Florentino Perez – The man behind Real Madrid’s ascent to the pinnacle of club football

By Hrishikesh Dabir | Edited by Anuli Vyas On March 6, 2019, Real Madrid suffered their most jarring home defeat in the club’s history that ended their 3-year long undisputed run as European champions. It marked the end of an era for that generation of players. Popular opinion dictates that fans

Blackburn Rovers – The most under appreciated Champions of the Premier League era

On May 14, 1995, Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League title, which stands as arguably one of the most underrated achievements in modern-day English football. Most sporting fans were quick to credit this triumph to the then owner of the club- Jack Walker, whose deep pockets enabled their title-winning manager

The Phenomenon called El Niño – Looking back at Fernando Torres’ memorable journey from Madrid to Tosu

By Bhargav Joglekar A couple of weeks ago, Fernando Torres announced that he would be retiring from football at a press conference he called in Tokyo. He had informed his fans about the press conference a couple of days in advance via an Instagram post. Immediately, speculation started circling about what

Remembering Rafa Benitez’s Valencia side that took spain by storm

Written by Hrishikesh Dabir Rafa Benitez is renowned to be someone who believes in the ‘system’ of a football team. He does not shy away from changing roles of players or providing them with detailed instructions in order to fit the system of the team perfectly. His Valencia side won them

Looking back at some of Wayne Rooney’s most memorable European goals

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Wayne Rooney scored 39 European goals in his career which made him the top scoring Englishman in the Champions League. Rooney had made his debut against Fenerbahce, aged 18 and netted a hattrick on that memorable night. It's unlikely that we'll see him play in the Champions League again, but

Memorable FA Cup finals revisited

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Not only is it the oldest club competition in the world, but the FA Cup has also served up some of English football’s most iconic moments the game has ever seen. From third round giant killings to some  damn right outrageous scorelines, the FA Cup has witnessed it all and

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

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.

Luis Aragonés – The Architect of Spain’s Golden Generation

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A first exclusive by Elchino21201 The Ernst-Happel stadium saw Spanish players creating chance after chance with their short passes and attacking football. Russia were barely given a shot at the goal. This was followed by an impressive second half where Spain scored three goals and confirmed their spot in a major

Athletic Bilbao: The Pride Of The Basque Country

A first exclusive by Shubhodip Bhattacharya Spain is widely known for it’s Catholicism and Roman heritage. The roots of aristocracy, artistry and revolution are reflected in the country’s football as well. The footballing culture in Spain is one of pride, politics, nationalism and identity. This arises from cultural diversity and political

FC Kaiserslautern 1998 – How Otto Rehhgal Inspired Germany’s Cinderella Story

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Written by Abijeeth Background Miracles have always been a remarkable and welcome occurrence for men and women of every age all throughout history, regardless of development in the sciences and learning. People simply love to see a transgression in the laws of nature, well, at least as far as football is concerned.

Iconic Match Reviews – Arsenal vs Tottenham 2011-2012

Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur – 26th February 2012 The 2011-12 season was a roller-coaster ride for many an Arsenal fan. From the rock-bottom lows of the 4-0 defeat to AC Milan and the unforgettable 8-2 disaster at United to some pretty impressive wins away at Chelsea(5-3) and Liverpool(2-1), fans were kept

Five Iconic Premier League Games

The world’s most loved sporting league will return this weekend with a carnival like no other. The Premier League now has 20 mega wealthy football clubs, with players from 107 nations being represented. The league has evolved adapting tactical innovation throughout its history. Each year, gripping storylines and plot twists

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

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

Rugrats of the Riviera — The AS Monaco story

There’s a French side lighting up Europe this season, and it’s not the rich boys from the capital. The team closest to threatening Paris Saint-Germain’s stranglehold over Ligue 1 and beyond are challengers no more. As they get ready to take on Juventus in their return to the Champions League

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