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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

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Why “The Ox” could be crucial in Liverpool’s title run-in

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A first exclusive by Adibir Singh Pressure. Nerves. Precautionary Football. These are the words ringing around Anfield in recent weeks, in the midst of a faltering title charge against one of the best teams in the country in Manchester City. Recent signs of Jürgen Klopp’s team falling flat in games, even against

Chelsea need to buck the trend and back Maurizio Sarri for long term stability

It is imperative that Maurizio Sarri is given full backing at Chelsea - Letting go of the Italian will change nothing at a club in dire need of managerial stability. Aman Sridhar shares his thoughts on the current state of affairs at the club. In the Roman Abramovich era, Chelsea have

Should Tottenham cash in on Eriksen in the manner Liverpool leveraged Coutinho?

Mauricio Pochettino has not been provided with any funds to delve into the transfer market. With that in mind, would it be the right move to sell Christian Eriksen and utilize those funds to bring in a new brand of young and talented footballers from Europe? The Taylor brothers discuss

The Marcelo Bielsa Conundrum – Reminiscent of the ‘Last Envoy’

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Marcelo Bielsa was moving his hands furiously, not in anger or nervousness - he was explaining a power point presentation showing hours of analysis on Leeds United's opponents. He had admitted sending a club employee to spy over Derby County and made a presentation of his analysis of rival teams.

Racism in football – An on going problem that needs to be dealt with a zero tolerance approach

27th December 2018, the Serie A clash between Internazionale and Napoli at the San Siro finished with the hosts grabbing a late winner for a 1-0 victory. However, the high profile matchup between two Serie A contenders made news for all the wrong reasons. The game was marred with racist

Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjær – A breath of fresh air

Six wins in six and Manchester United have sprung into life under Ole Gunnar Solskjær. José Mourinho’s sacking took place a bit too late if anything, but it was absolutely the right decision. In fact, irrespective of how United do this season under Solskjær, the call to bring him in

The Premier League’s brain drain

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As interest in the Premier League’s brightest starlets intensifies from across the Channel, more British prodigies appear open to moving abroad. Managers, players and fans alike are all asking the same question. Why? Why would they go? As any 18 year old will attest to, it’s hard to know which step to

The tragic but inspiring tale of Santi Cazorla – Romance in football isn’t dead yet

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Santiago Cazorla González or “Santi” completed his comeback into the world of football by scoring a brace for his club, Villarreal, against Club World Cup Champions Real Madrid. It bookended a happy few months for Santi at his boyhood club after a horrific two years plagued by surgeries, injuries, and

Drained by the new stadium deal can Madrid compete with the world’s richest in the post Ronaldo era?

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31 May 2018, Zinedine Zidane’s call for a surprise press conference that evening sent alarm bells ringing through the Spanish capital. A few hours later, the Los Merengues’ fan's worst fears were confirmed. After almost 3 seasons at the helm of the European champions, Zizou had decided to step down

Lucien Favre and Michael Zorc leading Dortmund’s youthful charge

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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

Spurs’ quartet of ‘the fab four’ should not be underestimated

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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

Mourinho at Manchester United – Where did it all go wrong for the Special One?

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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 men in contention to replace Mourinho – Howe, Zidane, Jardim & Pochettino

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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,

Manchester United need change – both on and off the pitch

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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

The transformation of Liverpool’s Defence

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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

Premier League Wonderkids Needing a Loan Move

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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

Klopp’s Midfield Conundrum

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’s Transfer Quandary – When Will The Bavarians Spend Big Again?

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

Arsenal’s Unbeaten Streak decoded – What Has Emery Done Right This Season?

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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

Why Manchester United Should Part Ways With Jose Mourinho

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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

Arthur Melo – The Solution to Barcelona’s Identity Crisis?

Feature Image Designed by MhmdAo 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,

The Impact of Nutrition and Medical Intervention In Modern Football

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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

Players Who Could Replicate Mo Salah’s Phenomenal 17/18 Season

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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

Can Sarri Inspire Chelsea To Challenge For The Title?

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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

Future Foundations: Defenders Arsenal Should Target To Replace Their Old Guard 

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Arsenal have begun their first season under Unai Emery showing the same defensive frailties that plagued them during Arsene Wenger’s final campaign. They attempted to address this issue with the summer signing of Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund and while the Greek international has so far looked a marginal upgrade

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

Chelsea FC Loan Army

Leave me alone scream all the youngsters who are nowadays being linked with Chelsea Football Club. How often would you hear that from players being linked with a club of Chelsea’s pedigree? Unfortunately, that’s the sad reality in football today at Chelsea. The club is known to be a serial

The Curious Case of Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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Sociologist Robert K Merton defines self-fulfilling prophecy as, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behaviour which makes the original false conception come true. This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of

Financial Boon Over Sustainable Success: Can The Real Manchester United Please Stand Up?

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Money making model? Check. An inclination to be competitive again? Miles away. Here is a damning verdict on United's Corporate governance post the Ferguson Era by ardent United fan Utkarsh Gokhale. Manchester United, the most famous club in the world with an enormous fan following have not won the Premier League

Is Mourinho Trying to Recreate His Pragmatic Approach From The Inter Days at United?

Written by Supermanunited Manchester United have had a decent pre-season in the United States by drawing their first two games, winning the International Champions Cup opener against AC Milan on a long-lasting penalty shoot-out and being humbled by Liverpool last night. The tour has given fans some positives and an insight

Going, Gazidis, Gone?

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  The Taylor Take Over  At the time of publishing this article, rumours are rife that Ivan Gazidis will be joining AC Milan as CEO. The Taylor Take Over looks at the structure Gazidis has started to implement at Arsenal. Will it continue with him or without him? “You either die a hero

Sacrificing Long-Term Stability For Short-Term Success, a Sought Out Plan or Just a Knee Jerk Reaction?

A second exclusive by Utkarsh “West Ham have done a fabulous job in the last 3 years, staying in the premier league and breaking into the top 10”. These words would only be imagined by someone who doesn’t have much knowledge of the league or has just started watching. The rate

Turning Spurs into Title Challengers

For over 3 seasons now, Spurs have easily been the most consistent side in the Premier League across the board. Whether it be Kane scoring goals, Eriksen setting them up, Alderweireld-Vertonghen being a very able Centre-Half pairing or Pochettino securing some very bright talent. But for some reason, they've always fallen

The Monaco Conveyor Belt

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The Taylor Takeover looks at the amazing work done by Luis Campos and asks whether Michael Emenalo's signings will be as successful Over the last 4 seasons, Monaco have significantly cut back on the frivolous spending that saw them thrust into the limelight upon regaining promotion to Ligue 1 in 2013. Financial

The case against the Defence : Arsenal

The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for Arsenal fans. Arsene Wenger is finally leaving. Depending on which side of the "#WengerOut" debate you are on, that could either make you feel wretched or relieved. Regardless of what people might think of Arsene Wenger, there is one

Arsene Wenger – Lights Will Guide You Home

He did not seem at ease accepting a bespoke gong from his erstwhile nemesis. Nor was he comfortable in receiving kindness and what seemed like genuine ‘respect’ from Jose. There was more than a hint of hesitancy in his smile and it took addition countenance from Sir Alex for him

What next for Eden Hazard?

As summer draws closer, the rumours have yet again begun to reemerge about Hazard’s future. Over the years, Hazard has been continuously linked to PSG and Real Madrid, with links to Madrid becoming stronger since Zidane became their manager. Hazard has shied away from flirting with these transfer rumours, but

Burnley and the power of synergy.

Football is a funny game, they say. Going into the season, Burnley had lost two of their key players from last season (who contributed majorly to them avoiding relegation) in Michael Keane and Andre Gray to Everton and Watford, respectively. They were installed as the second most favourites to be

The commercialisation of Football : Money Madness

Commercialisation. A term used at some point in time in every sport across the globe. For football, the 21st century has been the era of commercialisation for the sport. But what exactly does commercialisation entail? When a sport reaches a global audience, a material audience which will attract people in

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