Ligue 1 is rarely a place for excitement at the top of the table, as PSG have been consistently dominant. It is unusual to find themselves tied top of the league, especially 8 games in. Yet that is where they find themselves, as Lille OSC are behind just on goals
Every year when UEFA run the draw for the Champions League Group Stage, we try to pinpoint the ‘dark horses. Infact, we generally categorise teams into the ‘Favourites’, ‘Dark Horses’, ‘Underdogs’, and then, more loosely, the ‘write offs’. The teams that consider being in the prestigious competition an achievement on
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Plenty of Football Index players have been rebuilding their portfolios after selling up earlier this year. While there are plenty of intelligent strategies to make the most out of media and performance dividends, the desire to find the next Bruno Fernandes or Jude Bellingham is
The atmosphere surrounding East London has often been poisonous and has continuously spilt over to the football pitch of West Ham United Football Club. But now, just a few days before their league opener vs Newcastle United, there is venomous despair already circling the London stadium like a toxic tornado.
Cutting an exhausted figure after Untied's 2-1 loss to Sevilla, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bookended the longest season in the club's history with a facile and tired sigh. Three semi-final appearances and a 3rd place league finish have, in all honesty, proved to be an overperformance from the Norwegian. From being
With Liverpool's stunning runaway victory of the Premier League title last season, some pundits and fans wondered if England had become more like France or Germany. Were we now seeing a separation between the league's best teams and those around them?
The gap between 2nd placed Manchester City, and 6th placed
In an October 2019 interview with Money Heist actor Jaime Lorente, who played Denver, Neymar Jr. ended their conversation with the following words: “Choosing is difficult, but in life you have to choose, otherwise you’ll never be happy.”
Moments before, he ruminated on his career and how he had evolved as
There is new hope, enthusiasm and anticipation about proceedings at Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues over-achieved in Frank Lampard's first season and their new signings make Chelsea hot property for next season. The Gunners believe that they have a tactical genius in Mikel Arteta, who has also impressed
The grand return of UEFA’s Champions League is now less than a month away, with the remaining legs from the round of sixteen being played on the 7th & 8th of August. While Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Juventus will finish their League seasons by mid-late July, teams from
The next Premier League season will likely begin around the 12th of September this year, and it could be a time for the two teams who have won the competition the most to rise once more.
Liverpool are bound to drop off a little from this season’s incredible yet unsustainable points
Doomsday. The day it ends—the day when the little man hangs up his boots. The day no one wants to see. For the past decade and more, Lionel Messi has been on top alongside Cristiano Ronaldo as world football's best. For some, he has been their only hope at Barça.
Take a deep breath Arsenal fans; it's panning out just like it was supposed to. And it could get even worse.
Any last hope of Champions League qualification for Arsenal was snuffed out by Neal Maupay's injury-time winner for Brighton and Hove Albion, as Mikel Arteta's side lost their second match
By Jake Sandy | This article was published on Football Chronicle on December 19, 2019
Whether it’s looking back at an old matchday program to remind you of your first Saturday spent on the terraces at your local club, or putting on an album by The Smiths as a throwback to
The lockdown, due to the pandemic, has brought about the true sentiment behind the well-known axiom, 'you don't know what you have until it's gone'. While people are subconsciously aware of life and its sudden and frail nature, the virus has seemingly brought these feelings of trepidation to reality. People from
There is much to look forward to when the Premier League returns. On the 19th of June, Tottenham Hotspur will be facing Manchester United in one of the highly-anticipated ties. Champions League places will determine much of what the future holds for both sides, two managers who seem perenially confined
With the return of Serie A set for June 20th, we are set for perhaps one of Europe's tightest title races. Just a single point separates Simone Inzaghi's Lazio side from Maurizio Sarri's Juventus. With the Premier League, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1 sewn up, Europe's prying eyes will be drawn
With the world of professional sports teetering on the edge due to the coronavirus crisis, Netflix's 10-part documentary series-The Last Dance, chronicling sporting icon Michael Jordan's emergence in the NBA until his final days in the empire that he built with the Chicago Bulls, has been a welcome consolation during
It was a typical cold winter sunset in East London with a beautiful twilight over the Mile End Stadium, home of Sporting Bengal United FC. The home fans were bustling as their team was leading against a much higher rank team. After a while, in the dying minutes of the
April 29, 2020: Thanks to Saudi Arabia’s poor track record of preserving human rights, multiple influential parties including Amnesty International-UK, PSG’s Qatari owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, have appealed to the Premier League to stop Mohammed bin Salman taking over Newcastle United Football Club.
For Liverpool FC, this past decade has been nothing short of a frantic roller-coaster ride full of ups and downs. But as a fan, I can gladly say that it ended on a high note, something none of us would have even thought a few seasons ago.
The 2010s began with
The ball’s gone out for a corner and there’s 75,000 thousand fans in OT eagerly awaiting for some magic in anticipation. They are in ruptures and the stadium is reverberating to his tune. He doesn’t even take them that often because he’d rather wait at the edge of the box
In today’s world, post-match press conferences are something all of us, as fans look forward to after a game. It is only natural that some of us might have some questions after watching the game, may it be about the performances of the players, or how the manager adapted as
In December 2018, an already under-pressure Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United travelled to Anfield to face their perennial rivals Liverpool, in what would prove to be his final game as the manager of the club. Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench in the second half to score a brace and deliver
3 losses in 66. Followed by 3 losses in 5. From dreams of seeing their names etched amongst the game’s greatest sides just a couple of weeks ago, Liverpool have since had their dream of invincibility crushed, their quest for the treble shattered and the defence of their Champions League
In the wake of the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City's ban, lots of eyebrows have been raised. There are quite a few big questions floating around. Most prominently: what they did, how did UEFA find out, are they really guilty, whether or not the punishment meted out to the
Lionel Andrés Messi is a footballer whose career brings envy to whosoever hears his name. Who wouldn't want to have his ability to put defenders down, week in, week out, with just a drop of the shoulder? What striker wouldn't want to be so prolific that a season with less
When Dean Henderson made his Premier League debut with Sheffield United, nobody could have envisaged the heights he’d reach in such a short space of time. While his heroics in the Championship were well accounted for, a clear disparity among the top-two tiers of English football meant everyone presumed his
Written by Adibir Singh
Many fans around Europe seem to have forgotten the name ‘Emre Can’ in the last few seasons.
From being one of the top upcoming talents in Germany to becoming a fringe player amongst a star-studded Juventus side- Can’s decline since leaving Liverpool in the summer of 2018 has
Written by Varun Kumar
The atmosphere around West Ham is one that any football club in the world would pay to avoid. The club’s position in the league table coupled with off-field protests by the club faithful has led to dark and gloomy days in East London. The fans turn up
Despite being criticised in recent times, FC Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia is responsible for producing some of football’s greatest talents including the likes of Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pique and Thiago Alcantara. The list just goes on and on. Even though the talents produced in recent years are not
Oh, Fantasy Premier League! You can’t bear the stress it brings every week. But you can’t live without it! Ever since coming into prominence, the FPL frenzie has collided with the social media boom to result in an addictive combination.
Currently, more than 2 million users are registered, including certain Premier
The news of Ernesto Valverde's departure from the position of FC Barcelona head coach was received very positively by fans across the globe. It is no secret that the vast majority of the Barça faithful were desperate for a change in personnel. Barcelona were quick to announce the appointment of
Written by Hammad | Edited by Kabir Ali
With all the news that is floating around about Neymar's potential transfer to Barcelona for the past 6 months, let's discuss how this deal affects all the involved parties. We will take into consideration the transfer fee, the fans’ view on this transfer
After a convincing 5-0 victory for Paris Saint-Germain against Galatasaray in the Champions League, they will be looking to strengthen their foothold in the championship which has eluded them since the inception of the 'new' PSG - a club bankrolled and funded lavishly for the sole purpose of European domination.
5000 to 1. These were the odds that were being offered by online bookies for Leicester City lifting the Premier League trophy back in 2016. Very few people expected Leicester to even avoid the drop, given their heroics in the previous season. The Leicester City squad, however, had not read
There are only a select number of sports teams, whose influence and recognition go beyond the sports that they inhabit. They become institutions. We’re talking about the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Dallas Cowboys. In the world of football, we have 3 in Real Madrid, F.C
Let me take you back to 2015.
A day prior to the Carabao Cup - then Capital One Cup - Final against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sat down for his presser. A Mourinho press interview is always entertaining. When asked whether he was offered the Spurs job in 2007
Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia hosted two of the most passionate footballing nations in Argentina and Brazil. Both sides were a shadow of what they’re meant to represent in International football and it has been the case for decades now so we shouldn’t be surprised.
On the night, Argentina were able
Not many nations made it through a long and drawn-out European Championship qualifying campaign unscathed, with only big-hitters Italy and Belgium easing through their respective groups with ten wins from their ten games. Tournament regulars Spain and Denmark also qualified for Euro 2020 without any major hiccups, but it was
The red juggernaut keeps ongoing. Much like they did in the Champions League, Jürgen Klopp’s side are channeling their disappointment from last season, when they came excruciatingly close to the title and using it to fuel their bid to go one better this time around. As they passed the acid
Two heavyweights of English football face-off in what promises to be a titanic match at Anfield. Here is Srivaths with the Big Match Preview.
When one talks about the best football games in the world, there is a lot of emphasis on two aspects of the game - the players playing
This is a story of a football team that once was an absolute giant. AC Milan were the poster child in Serie A and UEFA Champions League. It is shocking to see how a prodigy of a team has been dethroned from the elite stage. Almost a decade ago the
Only a month into being assigned as the captain of Arsenal by manager Unai Emery, it appears that Granit Xhaka’s time at Arsenal will soon come to an end and for non-footballing reasons. As he was substituted for Bukayo Saka in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier
You could almost smell the gun powder in the air at the Emirates last Sunday, with the Arsenal faithful on the brink of an explosion, as they watched their team huff and puff against Crystal Palace. And as soon as Granit Xhaka’s number was displayed by the pitchside referee, the
The Premier League season in England has undoubtedly got off to a scintillating start, with Liverpool justifying much of buzz and hype surrounding them by setting the pace in style and leaving Manchester City with a major challenge on their hands.
Elsewhere, we have seen Leicester City once again emerge as
Written by Enzo Karema
The fortress which is home to 13 Champions League titles, 33 La Liga titles and several other titles won by the club used to frighten anyone who would come to play there to face Madrid. Whilst there have been a few underdogs coming and winning at the
Written by Anirudh Eswaran
In the week post the harrowing loss to West Ham and an uninspiring performance against Rochdale, the pressure has slowly ramped on Solskjær and while the prospect of him losing the job is not that close yet but a few more weeks or months of similar performances
Written by Anaamaya Mishra
Manchester City's modus operandi vis-a-vis their transfer business indicates that they have shot themselves in the foot, now more than ever. After losing Aymeric Laporte and John Stones to injury, the champions have been rattled, rather uncharacteristically for the first time in months.
They find themselves in a
Written by Abheek Dasgupta
While Video Assistant Referee, or VAR, has been introduced into the game in order to eliminate poor refereeing decisions when it comes to a game’s important talking points such as goals, penalties, and red cards, there are still a lot of ways in which referees can dictate
(Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images) | Written by Abheek Dasgupta
In the last decade, there has been massive inflation in the football market. A hundred million pounds, which was very recently considered exorbitant for any footballer, is now merely an erstwhile barrier that is broken every summer, even for wunderkinds who
There can be no denying that the 2018 World Cup saw a tremendous change in attitude from England after a disastrous Euro 2016. The atmosphere in and around the team was overwhelmingly positive, acting as a catalyst to England's best World Cup finish since 1990. The semi-final defeat to Croatia was hard
Written by Hrishikesh Dabir
Ever since Jose Mourinho led the blue half of Milan to European glory, the club has hit a stagnant point in their attempts to relive those glory days. 12 manager changes in 9 seasons with the league table positions in those seasons being, more often than not,
Liverpool have had a good start to the Premier League season. The only team within English football with a perfect record four games in, they sit 2 points clear of the favourites Manchester City. Resuming their stellar runs from the back end of last season, these two sides are far
When it comes to Spanish La Liga odds, it’s becoming all too predictable to wager who will win the division. The big three of Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid have been dominant and in recent years, have battled it out at the top in their own ‘mini-league’. In fact,
Written by Anaamaya Mishra
Since the conception of the Football League First Division in 1888, the clubs' major source of income was ticket sales. The method of raking in this kind of revenue was imperative for a club's sustenance, and this trend was carried out for nearly a hundred years. This
Written by Anirudh Shenoy
"Here's Pogba, support from Daniel James... whose dream comes true! Lap it up boy, lap it up, life does not get a whole lot better than that, on debut in front of the Stretford End, Daniel James is a red!"
Millions of Red Devils across the globe went
Written by Anaamaya Mishra
With less than a week to go for the reintroduction of the Premier League, fans and pundits alike have started dishing out their pre-season predictions. With 98 and 97 points in the league respectively for Manchester City and Liverpool last season, choosing between either of the two
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
Written by Kabir Ali
Exactly two months on from their Champions League win, Liverpool is gearing up for the new season. Along with hopes of defending their continental crown, the Reds will look to launch another assault at the Premier League title. While these two competitions will be their bread and
By Bhargav Joglekar
The 2018/19 season was Newcastle United’s second successive season in the top-flight after the drop in 2016 and the immediate promotion in the following season via winning the Championship. Veteran manager Rafa Benitez had steadied an unstable ship in Tyneside; bringing the historic club back to winning ways
The 2015/16 Premier League season was full of surprises. While it may be remembered as the season where Leicester City won the league and Chelsea were almost sucked into a relegation battle, it was also a season with fond memories for West Ham fans. The Hammers finished 7th, securing Europa
By Peter Lynch
Utterly disrespectful or just the way it goes? Whatever side of the Gareth Bale divide you’re on, only he will know exactly what is going on behind the scenes in his rollercoaster ride in Madrid, and only he knows what will happen next.
His Real future looks bleaker by
By Anaamaya Mishra
Back in the noughties, Manchester United kicked off the millennium in grand fashion, on the back of an unprecedented English treble with a young and talented squad; a well-oiled machine built to demolish anything and everything that stood in their way. They carried this brilliant run all the
By Kabir Ali
Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League title win back in 2016 wasn’t just a footballing miracle, but a modern-day fairytale that transcends sport itself. The fact that at 5000/1, odds were shorter on Kim Kardashian becoming President and Elvis being spotted alive; showing the staggering scale of their success.
Neymar has come a long way since his Santos days. The thin, almost-gangly teenager who burst onto the scene in the Brazilian league around the turn of the last decade offered explosions of skill and flair. The young Neymar played football in a way that only Brazilians can, his pure
By Ganapathi Ramanathan
My first taste of the German manager goes back to when I was in 11th grade.
7 years ago, in 2012, I was woefully ignorant of the existence of one certain Jürgen Klopp. I had recently started following football, and I had a friend - a rare Borussia
By Udhav Arora
After what was a rather craggy and overstretched pursuit, FC Barcelona finally announced the transfer of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for €120 million. Griezmann had decided to stay in the capital last year after coming bizarrely close to a move. So much so, Barcelona's vice-captain, Gerard Pique,
By Srivaths Parasuraman
“You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you.” - Hendrik Johannes Cruijff
These iconic words will resonate forever within the footballing sphere. Much like an artist’s proficiency seldom depends on the tools he is given but much more so on his mind, similar is the
By Kabir Ali
Timo Werner lives life in the fast lane. His rise through the ranks into German footballing stardom has been as rapid as his runs towards goal on the pitch. In keeping with this theme, it's fitting that 'Turbo Timo' is ready to take the next big step of
Written by Tiki Taka Style
"The player who has passed through La Masia has something different to the rest, it's a plus that only comes from having competed in a Barcelona shirt from the time you were a child." — Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola
It was not long ago that Tito Vilanova
By Anirudh Eswaran
Just over a week ago, David Moyes’ initial contract as Manchester United manager, finally expired. Six long years after Moyes was announced as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement, it is fair to say United are currently as bad as they have ever been in the last 30 years. To
By Anaamaya Mishra
Since the Qatari takeover in 2011, Paris Saint-Germain had been synonymous with draining cash on disinterested athletes who carry the intention of earning huge sums of money, thus signifying the end of their careers - this statement must be taken with a caveat. This belief was, of course,
By Anirudh Madhavan
Our game continues to be one of the greatest forces to unite people on the planet. With fervor and frenzy the world over, fans spend hours and days discussing their team's fortunes. The players that don the jersey for their teams are subject to immense love and adulation.
By Gaurav Partap Singh | Edited by Kabir Ali
For Arsenal fans, the Europa League final at Baku was an all too familiar sight. Seeing their attractive football and determination push them for so long, only to fall short of the finish line. Serial Europa League winner Unai Emery was left
Sports as a field of art has been dominated mostly by heterosexual athletes across millennia. In the light of the stigma faced by the LGBT community, individuals affiliated with any and all sports more often than not choose to never come out as part of it. The same holds true
Last season, the Manchester United dressing room faced a meltdown under Jose Mourinho. The game against Liverpool was followed by the sacking of the 'Special One'. Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to ensure that the Portuguese manager does not hold his fort any longer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was called
“A man without ambition is like a beautiful worm; it can creep, but it cannot fly”.
Tony Bloom, owner of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, is a professional gambler who owns Starlizard, a full-time gambling syndicate making its money from dishing out betting advice based on complicated statistical models. To
May 13, 2012, at the Etihad Stadium. Emotions were running high as City chased an elusive winner that would crown them the champions of England for the first time in 44 years. There were many heroes of many kinds in this historic story, most were celebrated, some were left unsung,
The last few years have been a rather interesting era in the Premier League. We’ve had our fair share of drama, slip-ups and last minute winners. We’ve seen clubs lift the much-coveted trophy using philosophies as diverse as the managers themselves. We’ve witnessed an Italian manager who won the title
As they sit, singing Three Little Birds, the heart of every AFC Ajax supporter swells with pride. Not since the great van Gaal team of the 90’s, have they had such a talented crop of players, doing the club proud on the biggest stage in Europe. Johan Cruyff, the founding