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Neymar and the power of choice – Deconstructing the PSG star’s psyche (and career) in an interview with Money Heist’s Denver

Neymar and the power of choice

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

Analysing what the future could hold for the big three London clubs

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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

Could COVID-19 Jeopardise Bayern Munich & PSG’s UCL Chances?

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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

Embracing the ‘new normal’ will take time

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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

Solving the Pogba and Fernandes puzzle – A welcome headache for Solskjær

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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

The cost of winning – Athletes as role models

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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

Change for Newcastle United – The Beautiful Game off; The ugly criminals on

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 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.  It seems

Not for the faint hearted – Growing up as a Liverpool fan in the 2010s

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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

Bruno Fernandes’ discernible impact on United hinges on more than just direct goal contributions

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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

Glass half full or empty – Through which lens should we see Solskjær’s time at United?

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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

Potential tactical tweaks Klopp can implement to beat Atlético Madrid

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

Manchester City’s Ban and Financial Fair Play – Is It As Fair As It Could Be?

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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

Can Dean Henderson push his way into becoming England’s Number 1 stopper ahead of the Euros?

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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

Emre Can – Turning his blues to Black and Yellow

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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

Barcelona youngsters to watch out for in the future

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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

The FPL revolution which changed perspective all around

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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

Quique Setién- Passion, Instruction, Rejuvenation

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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

The Neymar saga will drag on but does it make any sense for Barcelona?

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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

Observation – Highlighting vulnerable PSG’s fleeting chance of a Champions League triumph

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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. The

Leicester City – A Comparative study of the Ethos, 4 years apart

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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

The most scrutinized footballer in the World – Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

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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

Ukraine – Flying under the radar on Europe’s biggest stage

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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

Can Liverpool’s flying full-backs carry the Reds to the title?

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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

An on-going problem faced by footballers – Abuse on social media

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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

Replacing Solskjær will not solve any issues at Manchester United

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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

City’s transfer approach and the effect it had on its overplayed defensive woes

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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

The curse of the high wage

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(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

Are England’s Jewels gleaming ahead of the 2020 Euros?

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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

Antonio Conte and Inter’s next step

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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,

Who is Liverpool’s best player at the moment?

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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

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

Penny pinching or thinking ahead? Analysing Liverpool’s unusual transfer window

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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

Newcastle United 2019/20 Season Preview – Steve Bruce has a challenge on his hands

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

Manuel Pellegrini has steadied the ship at West Ham, can he take them one step further?

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

Pogba, Lingard And How Media Played A Part In Manchester United’s Global Image

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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

Knocking on the door – Potential challengers to the Big 6

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.

Boom! – How Jürgen Klopp revolutionised what we think of football

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

Fitting the Griezmann piece into the Barca Puzzle

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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,

A brief history of the number 10 role and why its fading away

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

What’s happening to Barcelona’s renowned academy La Masia?

La Masia Carles Alena

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

Manchester United are in a bigger mess than they think

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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

How PSG can turn the tide with sensible transfers and a pragmatic approach

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,

A Cocktail of Color, a Potpourri of Persona: The Modern Football Manager

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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.

Daniel James to United was a smart deal, but an out and out right-winger should be on their radar next

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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

Why Brighton’s sacking of Chris Hughton sets a precedent for the rest of the Premier League

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“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

The blue moon shines bright over Manchester – Can City pass the final hurdle?

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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

Romelu Lukaku and his unending battle against public perception

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“Mum, it’s gonna change. You’ll see. I’m going to play football for Anderlecht, and it’s going to happen soon. We’ll be good. You won’t have to worry anymore. It was going to happen. Period." From signing for Manchester United for an astronomical fee of £75 million to facing the sidelines for a

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