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Florentino Perez – The man behind Real Madrid’s ascent to the pinnacle of club football

By Hrishikesh Dabir | Edited by Anuli Vyas On March 6, 2019, Real Madrid suffered their most jarring home defeat in the club’s history that ended their 3-year long undisputed run as European champions. It marked the end of an era for that generation of players. Popular opinion dictates that fans

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,

Blackburn Rovers – The most under appreciated Champions of the Premier League era

On May 14, 1995, Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League title, which stands as arguably one of the most underrated achievements in modern-day English football. Most sporting fans were quick to credit this triumph to the then owner of the club- Jack Walker, whose deep pockets enabled their title-winning manager

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

[Opinion] | 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.

The Phenomenon called El Niño – Looking back at Fernando Torres’ memorable journey from Madrid to Tosu

By Bhargav Joglekar A couple of weeks ago, Fernando Torres announced that he would be retiring from football at a press conference he called in Tokyo. He had informed his fans about the press conference a couple of days in advance via an Instagram post. Immediately, speculation started circling about what

Intracacies of Zonal Defending – Staggering, Compactness, and Spacing

Football has evolved leaps and bounds over the years, especially in areas pertaining to collective defending. Over the years, teams have adopted different formations, structures, and tactics while defending. However, the basic principles of defending have rarely ever varied. It is based on these principles, that the art of zonal

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