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
We’re nervously edging towards the business end of another exciting campaign in the top division of Spanish football, where it is looking more and more likely that the La Liga trophy is heading back to Barcelona.
The Catalan club have quite simply stormed their way to the top of the table,
Juventus have been a European heavyweight for quite some time now. Their unmatched success in Serie A, in addition to their impressive campaigns in the Champions League in 2016 and 2018 clearly bear testament to that. With the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, they have clearly outlined their far-sighted
It has been some six years since Sir Alex bid adieu to Manchester United. He left a winner, with a project spanning two and a half decades culminating at the top of British football. In the six years since, United have fumbled like a man in the dark, experimenting with
Sadio Mané has been a man on a mission in 2019. Few players in the Premier League, or indeed Europe are going through as pronounced a purple patch as the Liverpool forward. Ice cool in front of goal amidst this red hot run of form, Mané has hit top gear
Miguel Almirón's recent £20 million record transfer from Atlanta United came as a shock to many in world football, given the fact that he was not an ‘ageing footballer’ joining the MLS, but rather moving the other way, heading from the MLS to the toughest league in the world- the
“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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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
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Much has been said about Philippe Coutinho's status at Barcelona since his high-profile departure from Merseyside, with the question that demands answering is why Coutinho is not performing as expected this season. A simple query such as this can only be dissected
Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Football Club was formed by railway workers from these counties in 1878. 140 years later, that idea to create a working-class club has grown into the club of the masses; a commercial and sporting force that would leave an indelible mark on the beautiful
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
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
As the 2016/17 Ligue 1 campaign draws to a close, it's the red and white of Monaco that has taken the country by storm. The champions lift the trophy high, winning their first title since 1999/2000 and their first since the 'Ligue 1' came into effect. Perhaps even more importantly,
Whilst it may be a competition that still has football fans around Europe scratching their heads, the UEFA Nations League has been nothing short of interesting, particularly after the opening group phase threw up plenty of tense games and quite a few surprises along the way.
In Group 1, which looked
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.
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
Blackpool Football Club, the perfect metaphor for “How low can you go?” Let’s go back a few years, back to when Chelsea acquired the services of Fernando Torres from rivals, Liverpool. It’s 2010, Blackpool find themselves in the top flight for the first time in 39 years, after a thrilling
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
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
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
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
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
Having taken the reigns at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri had a lot of expectations from the Blues’ fans and Premier League audience alike. The repute of his attacking style of play, or “Sarri-ball” as they call it preceded him well before he arrived in the English capital. We’ve all had a
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
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
There comes a time when one must move on from something or someone to enable themselves to progress and continue to grow in life. No, I’m not talking about your childhood crush or the memories of your recent ex. I’m talking about Chelsea’s #22, Willian. All through the summer, Barcelona
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How did Sevilla, one of the lesser known Spanish sides win 3 Europa Leagues in a row, and in the process not only establish themselves as a top-tier side but also create a pool of superstars who have moved on to more success around the world?
Last year, Manchester City cruised at a canter to the summit of English football, racking up a century of points and finishing 19 points above their neighbors, Manchester United, the second place team. Scoring an astonishing 106 goals, City were from another planet and it seemed very likely that this
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,
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
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With the top clubs being involved in multiple competitions throughout the season, chances of player burnouts increase. Squad depth plays a major role in the healthy functioning of a club and is a big reason why the best clubs stay on top for as long as they
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
Why do some promising young players not proportionally evolve at the same rate as they do when making the step jump from their junior teams to the senior teams? It is a question which never has had a simple and concrete answer. After all, footballing development of a professional is
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
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 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
Roberto Firmino’s role in Liverpool’s offence is well-documented, he’s been heralded as the ‘Modern Day False 9’ and rightfully so. Arguably, the most complex role in football is the False 9. It is easy to claim that it’s all about dropping deep and playing more as a midfielder, but in
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
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
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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,
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
Four league games played; zero wins, zero draws, four losses. Two goals scored, ten conceded. Rock bottom of the table. Safe to say it wasn’t going well for West Ham United at the beginning of the season.
Much like it is unfair to judge those teams at the top of the
It is the dream of every player to stand in the tunnel of their home stadium and listen to an atmosphere steadily reaching fever pitch, to walk out onto the pitch, and feel the support of their fans with every tackle, sprint, pass and goal. Football is a working-class sport;
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
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
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
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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
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
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
England's Midfield could potentially see them go one step further at Euro 2020.
The Taylor Take Over breaks down the stats from Russia 2018 and suggests 3 candidates that could boost the midfield.
The English football team went into Russia 2018 with a lower level of expectancy draped around their shoulders than
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
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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
“When I sit here in four years' time, I think we want at least one (Premier League) title."
Jurgen Klopp gave a statement of intent if ever there was one in his first ever press conference as Liverpool boss when he slipped this solemn promise in between all the witty one-liners.
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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
Incredible lessons from a football field in Russia and a flooded cave in Thailand. The French team lifted the world cup and 12 boys were miraculously found and rescued against all odds. Did coaching matter? This article is brought to you by Mansi Kapoor of Cult Altered.
“Everything you go through has
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“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
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 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
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It’s that time of the year, where we can forget about AI, Robots, Drones, and Walls! We witness the trials and tribulations of being human every day and across the world. The Beautiful Game indeed!
The eerie silence when the two teams line
Liverpool finalized the transfer of Fabinho on Monday evening and took everyone by surprise. The Monaco midfielder is due to move to Anfield on July 1 after the Reds struck a deal worth a guaranteed £39.3m, plus up to £4.4m in add-ons. He becomes Liverpool's second signing of the summer, joining Naby
This article was first shared on Quora as "The Iker Casillas Farewell controversy" written by Sushruta Nandy.
Iker Casillas was a legend at Real Madrid who represented the Los Blancos 725 times and won multiple trophies.It was indeed surprising that such a player had to say goodbye in a press-conference without
Arsene Wenger's departure from Arsenal FC brings the curtain down on one of the greatest managerial reigns in history. Arsenal fans will now see a new man at the helm of their beloved club, as Gooners will witness a new era starting with their opening match of the 2018-19 Premier
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
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With two games left to play, it’s pretty safe to say that Liverpool FC has had a pretty good season this year- in both Europe and England. A brilliant season, if you consider the net spend, and the (lack of) depth. If all goes well,
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
Mo Salah has been a revelation since joining Liverpool last summer. The Egypt international moved to Anfield from AS Roma for £34 million and he has exceeded all expectations in his first season with the club, scoring 40 goals in 46 appearances in the famous red shirt. Salah was recently
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
THE SEASON SO FAR
At the end of 30 gameweeks of the Premier League season, Manchester United have a tally of 65 points with 20 victories on board. Since Alex Ferguson retired, Manchester United would have been on first in one of the four seasons since and in every other season
It’s a sunny afternoon on the 27th of May, 2017. Your team has just outmuscled and outclassed the Premier League Champions. Your contract is up after this game. You know you have given your heart to the club and have seen that football has moved on from the days in
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
European football has been blessed by some of the greatest strikers to have graced the green fields across the continent, and this trend is ever so prominent today. From Suarez to Lewandowski to Kane, each of Europe’s top 5 leagues has deadly strikers lighting up the scoring charts. These big
November! The month that every Arsenal fan dreads. Arsenal have been historically poor in this month of the year, taking an average of 1.6 points per premier league game in this month under Arsene Wenger. This month in all competitions Arsenal won 3 games out of 6 and 3 out
Ah, the top 6. How they hog the limelight! At times, it is almost as if there are two completely different leagues going on. One being the top 6, and the other one right below it . This does not mean that the ones below aren’t quality teams. The Premier
On the 1st of October 2017, thousands took to the streets of Barcelona, capital of Spain’s most prosperous and wealthiest region, Catalonia. This time, however, it wasn’t a procession to watch the game against Las Palmas, which was played behind closed doors. This was a procession that would mark what
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
In an attempt to create something beautiful, one has to constantly supervise it. The final touches; the pinnacle of perfection can only be achieved by someone who is mad enough to pursue it no matter what. He has envisioned a dream, which he is willing to turn into reality. However,
So, eleven games into the Premier league season, the pace has been well and truly set by a rampant Manchester City side who are already 8 points clear at the top of the table. They have been nothing short of incredible to watch and their philosophy of staying true to
The Signing of Cristiano Ronaldo in June 2009 slowly paved way for Real Madrid to kill the role of the out and out striker.The primary responsibility of the striker at Real Madrid changed into a distributor. Here,we will look at how Karim Benzema evolved to play that role.
The Ultras: For centuries, sports has always been a source of entertainment for people. It has many forms, versions and varieties.However,in the past few decades, football has been the most popular sport in this world. The joy of watching 22 players battle it out on the field for supremacy is