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Roger Schmidt to PSV: The Next Chapter in the Ascension of Dutch Football

This season, we have seen Wout Weghorst tear up the Bundesliga with over 16 goals, Frenkie De Jong delight the Nou Camp, Kasper Dolberg lead Angel Di Maria for goals scored in France, and Steven Bergwijn score goals against Manchester City & United.  All these players have come from a league

‘Finished’ they said, Clueless.

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There are very few players in the world that generate a deluge of emotions from the fans and pundits quite like Wayne Rooney. Often considered as the 'guy who never fulfilled his potential' Wayne has gone through a lot. The top scorer for both United and England returned to Everton following a

Arthur at Barça: A Moment’s Beginning Ends in a Moment

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Sitting in the backseat of a car with an interviewer after signing for FC Barcelona, a starry-eyed Arthur Melo carries a beaming smile. Amid a long list of pre-prepared questions, came one that endeared the new boy to almost every cule around the world. The interviewer asks Arthur his biggest wish. He

[Interview] Thomas Gronnemark – The ‘Not-So-Normal’ One

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Thomas Gronnemark made waves in the world of football when he was hired by Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool in 2018. Pundits and journalists described it as the weirdest job in football- a throw-in coach - which was almost unheard of in the sport. Gronnemark made an immediate impact through his

In Focus – Evaluating Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s permanent signings

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has made four permanent first-team signings for Manchester United over the course of the last two transfer windows. In this article, we take a look at how each one of them has fared so far at United, what their strengths are, how their skills can be optimised and

A closer look at Monchi’s disappoitning stint at AS Roma

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The famed sporting director of Sevilla - Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, commonly known as Monchi, was one of the most in-demand figures in football a few years back. He had overseen transfers, youth promotion and managerial choices in Seville for 17 years, after being appointed as the Director of Football in

From Kirkby to Anfield – What’s going on at Liverpool’s academy?

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Liverpool FC. European Champions. World Champions. Premier League champions-elect. Over the last few seasons, the Reds have gone from strength to strength in all departments and are now challenging for trophies consistently. The first-team squad has settled very well, as is seen by the absence of any major signings over

Evaluating Liverpool’s options post the Werner saga

It has been a couple of days since Liverpool fans were greeted by the unwelcome news that one of their long-time targets, Timo Werner, will not be arriving at Anfield next season. To make matters worse, the RB Leipzig striker’s next destination has been revealed as Chelsea. Once the i’s

The race for Champions League Qualification spots in La Liga

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La Liga is well poised to resume action behind closed doors from the eleventh of June; with matches scheduled almost every day, the thirst of the fans for Spanish football will be quenched soon. Straying away from the usual template of the big three teams automatically qualifying for Champions League

The under-appreciated versatility of full-backs

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The Last Dance has, to put it simply, taken the world by storm. The Netflix docuseries which provides an enthralling account of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in their golden era has captured the attention of sports fans all over the world. The story of the Bulls is phenomenal,

FIFA’s stance on racism and politics

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When we talk about our society and culture, we cannot ignore the impact it has on the world of sports. Throughout history, sports have gone hand in hand with society and the sporting world often reflected the changes that were happening around them in society, be it the increasing number

Can England’s Young Lions lead them to victory at Euro 2021?

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The time is around 22:00 on Wednesday, July 11th 2018. England have just been defeated in the semi-finals of the World Cup to Croatia, after an extra-time goal from Mario Mandžukić. In the weeks prior, the nation had been swept by an incredible spirit which saw undying patriotism championed. It

Who will replace Leroy Sane?

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We have all read the news report from Sport Bild earlier this month where they claimed that Leroy Sane had reached an agreement over personal terms with Bayern Munich, ahead of a summer move that the two clubs are still finalising the transfer terms of.  This long going transfer saga that German and

Parachute payments – A necessary evil?

Parachute payments - A necessary evil?

With the Premier League season close to its return, fans will be eager to see their favourite teams back in action after months of being starved of top-flight football. The title race, however, seems pretty much over at this point; with Liverpool requiring only six points to end their twenty-eight-year

“Geisterspiel”…and all you need to know about the Bundesliga return

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It has been almost two months since world football came to a standstill amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Only in recent weeks have the National FA’s of major European nations shed some light on the outcomes of their respective leagues. Many associations like those in France and Belgium have voided the

Man United’s shambolic 2018-19 season from the transfer window till Mourinho’s exit

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This article was first published on Beyond The Score with Devavrat Bhotica Manchester United were knocked out by Sevilla in the Round of 16 of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League in embarrassing fashion. Despite that, there was a lot of hope and aspiration from many a Manchester United fan after the

‘The English Game’: How Football Became a Game For All

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A World Without Football The world is going through an unprecedented crisis. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the globe to an absolute standstill. Football has come to an abrupt halt. Almost everyone in the world is within the confines of their homes. There seems to be no end

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

The psychological challenges of recovering from long term injuries

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Sport is a canvas for mankind’s imagination. A most beautiful painting where we see mental thought and creativity combine with wonderful, mind-bending feats of physical prowess. Different sports provide different things for fans to enjoy. Yet football stirs up intense passions, often far more powerful and emotive than any other

[Interview] Amy Laurence – Riding the wave of Women’s football

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She might not have the same global presence of female athletes such as Alex Morgan or Lieke Martens- but 20- year-old Amy Laurence is an equally important torch-bearer for the advancement of the women’s game. Amy Laurence, with her co-host Lauren, launched ‘The Redmen TV Women’s Podcast' back in 2018. Her

Transfer Column | Manchester United | Looking at potential summer recruitment options

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For Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Manchester United, it has not been an easy season by any stretch of the imagination. As things stand, they are in the FA Cup, have reached the last-16 of the Europa League, and are still competing for a Top 4 (Or Top 5) slot to

The key battles that could determine the outcome of the Clásico

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The second El Clasico of the current La Liga season is upon us as Barcelona travel to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday evening. Today we'll be doing something slightly different from our usual tactical previews as we discuss the key battles that will define the outcome of this much-anticipated clash.

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

Predestined – Erling Braut Håland’s sensational debut for Dortmund

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It took only 22 minutes for the Norwegian wonderkid to make a decisive impact  on proceedings for Borussia Dortmund. 19-year-old Erling Haaland signed with the German club after conquering Europe by scoring goals in the current Champions League edition, wearing the Salzburg shirt. It was September 17, 2019, when he made his

From the archive – A few memorable Champions League comebacks

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The Champions League is Europe’s best competition. It involves the best clubs from each league, playing for possibly the most wanted trophy. Throughout the years, there were many legendary matches that will stay embedded in the fans’ memory without a doubt. These matches proved that the impossible is possible and that

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More Premier League teams should consider scouting the EFL Championship for talent

Written by Varun Kumar Given the modern-day football market, where prospective players are primarily picked and transferred only between the top leagues of Europe, often, is the Championship not given enough attention? Is the league that once continuously churned out players of Premier League quality now being overlooked due to the shine

Let’s talk about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-game management against Wolves

[Opinion] - Let's talk about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's in-game management against Wolves

Devesh Arora analyses Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's in-game management against Wolves – "Ole won’t throw in Mason in the wrong situation to just earn some brownie points" A few days back Manchester United came away with a point against a Wolves unit tough to break down at the Molineux. They had got

Like a glove – Transfers that would benefit players and clubs alike

Written by Udhav Arora The days of the summer transfer window of 2019 are winding down and there's a lot that can and should happen. El Arte del Futbol takes a closer look at the transfers that are sensible for all parties involved and should go through before the window shuts.

Squad depth supreme – Manchester City and their staggering bench strength

Written by Peter Lynch It’s a well-known fact that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City boast the strongest squad in the Premier League, with perhaps only Real Madrid and Barcelona only slightly ahead of them in the entirety of European football. The Spanish giants both invested heavily in a busy summer of restructuring,

Tottenham have finally splashed the cash to bolster their troops, is this their year for glory?

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Written by Adibir Singh Tottenham have just come off the back of one of their most successful seasons in recent history. Albeit without any silverware, Mauricio Pochettino’s side has made innumerable progress from when the Argentinian first took over in May 2014. A hard-fought 4th place finish and a memorable Champions League

Making Moves – The 10 most promising transfers of the Premier League this summer

Making Moves – The 10 Most Promising Transfers Of The Premier League This Summer

Written by Shaurya Singhi As the English window comes to a close, we take a look at the most promising transfers of the summer. This list includes incredibly talented players who we believe have the potential to change the course of the season - from causing upsets to winning titles. From

The understated value of the modern winger

Written by Tiki Taka Style Unpredictable forces, wizards of the dribble, electricity personified. Wingers have traditionally been seen as a lovable commodity and the primary source of entertainment for football romantics. A museum piece. Capable of lifting thousands of fans from their seats and making the whole crowd roar with a

A deep dive into football’s affinity with versatility

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Written by Srinivas Sadhanand Not many would be better attested to paying an ode to the power of versatility in football than Ryan Bertrand. In the wake of the seasoned Florent Malouda’s hamstring strain against Blackburn Rovers, the then Chelsea sensation was thrown in at the deep end of debuting in

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