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Antony dos Santos: The Story of Brazil and Ajax’s Brightest Young Talent

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Despite being 1-0 up, as the teams entered the tunnel at half-time Erik Ten Hag would have been worried. Midfielder Edson Alvarez had been sent off just a few minutes before the break. Yet, as Ajax and Vitesse returned to the second half of their Eredivisie clash, the youngest and

Iván de la Peña – The misunderstood genius with a revered status in Barcelona

By Enzo Del Llano | This article was first published on Football Chronicle in December, 2019. It was the end of the 1994-5 season, and in Barcelona, there were heated discussions about the team’s direction. Johan Cruyff was still the manager, but it seemed as though the glory days of the

Looking back at the career & life of one Africa’s most divisive players – Emmanuel Adebayor

Looking back at the career & life of one Africa’s most divisive players - Emmanuel Adebayor

For many, Emmanuel Adebayor represents the epitome of a modern-day mercenary in the world of football. And maybe that is understandable, considering the Togolese 36-year old has represented 11 different clubs since the beginning of the 2000s, three of them alone within the borders of London. Always with an exceptionally

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Le Professeur’s last impactful signing

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The human brain is designed to work in a way where we associate certain people with certain words, based on our exposure and experience with the person in a specific context. When football enthusiasts hear the name ‘Aubameyang’, they think of the word ‘goals’. The Arsenal superstar is best known

Ronaldo – The story of a starry-eyed boy from Madeira

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In 2004, a devastating Tsunami destroyed millions of homes and killed innumerable people all-over South-East Asia. World Television footage of the tsunami focused on the image of a seven-year-old survivor named Martunis wearing 'Rui Costa' 'Number 10' Portuguese football jersey. He had been stranded for 19 days after watching his

An overview of Karim Benzema’s most impactful season with Madrid

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Real Madrid have done it. After two years of settling for second best in La Liga, Los Blancos have finally restored their position as Champions of Spain, following a scintillating title race with their perennial rivals Barcelona. After the loss of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best player in the

The making of Ronaldo – Leaving School, Impressing in Portugal and the 1994 World Cup

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By Karan Tejwani | This article was first published on Football Chronicle on January 28, 2020 When you think of Brazil’s Ronaldo, you think of the goals, the greatness of the UEFA Cup final in 1998 and the World Cup disappointment of the same year, the resurgence of 2002, the storm

The unfullfilled potential of Rodrigo Possebon

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By James Young | This article was first published on Football Chronicle on February 20, 2020 Manchester United’s Brazil-based scout, John Calvert-Toulmin is best known for bringing Fábio and Rafael da Silva to Old Trafford. The twins made a combined total of 131 appearances for United and have both gone on

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

Dani Olmo – Following the footsteps of great Spanish playmakers

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In the modern-day football world, teenagers and youth players seeking to deviate from their academies to foreign leagues for first-team chances seem to be the path trodden, as opposed to breaking into the home-grown club's first team. Although Jadon Sancho is the first name that comes to mind seeing that

Bastian Schweinsteiger – A career drenched in glory

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By Karan Tejwani | This article was first published on Football Chronicle on November 7, 2019. 19 May 2012. Munich, Germany. Bayern Munich, playing at their prestigious home, the Allianz Arena, were aiming to beat Chelsea and win the Champions League for the first time since 2001. After a one-sided affair that

[EADF Shorts] Michael Owen – English Football’s Most Underappreciated Superstar?

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Contrary to belief, at the peak of his career, Owen was a once-in-a-lifetime player. Moreover, throughout the modern era of English football, few players have been able to generate as much excitement as the Chester-born striker. So, why is he underappreciated by English football fans? The Prolific Poacher Reached the Very

Aritz Aduriz – The lion retires without the swansong he deserved

At the beginning of the 2019-20 La Liga campaign, veteran striker Aritz Aduriz announced that he would hang up his boots come the end of the season. An announcement, followed by a stunning overhead kick that inflicted defeat on FC Barcelona in the very first matchday of the season. Aritz

Michael Ballack – The unluckiest player to ever grace the field?

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Written by Yuri Vasilyev As the Bundesliga returned to action this past weekend, it seems only suitable to remember one of the best players in the history of the German flight. Probably not the best because of some bad luck, Michael Ballack was not only one of the best players in

Wes Brown – More Than A Mere Passenger

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Role players who feature for perennial contenders often do not receive their just due. Our obsession with superstars has conditioned us to think of these players as mere passengers who were launched to the promised land by the "big names". Wesley Brown is one amongst many Red Devils from their

Eden Hazard – The journey so far

These days the term 'generational' is bandied about a bit too often. There are several players, who with all due respect, on the basis of a few performances get anointed with this term when they are probably not exactly of that level. However, when it comes to Eden Hazard, there

The making of Leroy Sané – The German speedster coming of age

"I don't have any problem with criticism. It's an incentive to refine myself." - Leroy Sané. One of Europe's most talented wingers, 'The Wattenscheider Robben', has been ripping apart defences with his blistering pace and a wand of a left foot for quite a while now. Still only 24, Leroy Sané

Christopher Nkunku – Encouraging signs for RB Leipzig’s rising star

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In the Bundesliga, Jadon Sancho, Erling Håland, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are the most talked about youngsters. However, another French youngster is quietly making a name for himself - Christopher Nkunku, a French midfielder of Congolese descent, who plays for RB Leipzig. He has registered 12 assists in the

The rise and rise of Sheffield United’s cult icon John Lundstram

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If you are in England, have gone to a game and are watching a team in the Premier League with a staunch defence and clinical attack, operating on a shoestring budget and actively engaging with the fans honouring their family-like traditions, chances are you are watching Sheffield United. They are

Odsonne Edouard – A prodigious talent at just 22

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As ever, it’s an exciting time in Scottish football. Despite a lack of action on the pitch, there is plenty going on off it, and the controversy looks set to continue in the coming weeks. The current situation in Scotland perhaps epitomises another topsy-turvy campaign, one with the customary ups

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” – How Adama Traoré finally made it

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"Here's Traoré - look at the strength… Traoré! A star is born!" Adama Traoré's first senior goal, the 11th in a 12-1 aggregate annihilation of Huesca at the hands of Barcelona in the 2014/15 Copa del Rey, was the exciting youngster in a microcosm. A sprinkling of speed and dancing feet

Lautaro Martínez – The Argentine Predator Wanted by Europe’s Elite

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"Lautaro Martínez is already a champion. He scores in all sorts of ways and helps out his teammates" - Gabriel Batistuta. One of Europe's hottest striking prospects, 'El Toro' (The Bull) has been devastating for Inter Milan this season, living up to his nickname by rampaging and ripping apart defenses, forming

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Laying the foundations for a special future

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When Romelu Lukaku made the switch from Merseyside to Manchester in the summer of 2017, Everton were left with a big hole in their squad up top. The Belgian was one of Everton’s key players, and his departure left a considerable goalscoring void at the club. Massive recruitment followed. Everton

Riding a timeless wave- Looking back at Daniel Sturridge’s extraordinary 13/14 season’

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Over the last few years, Liverpool have twice come close to lifting the Premier League title only to fall short by the finest of margins. They lost out to Manchester City on both occasions-and while the 18/19 season was decided by City’s brilliance, the same can’t be said of the

From a mining village in Chile to conquering South America and beyond – The Alexis Sánchez story

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Alexis Sánchez is a creative player, capable of producing moments of magic, he has scored goals for five different clubs in Europe but it is the energy, work-rate and never-give-up attitude of the Chilean that has won the hearts of millions around the world. His career trajectory has gone down

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

Brandon Williams – A lion rising through the ranks

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United. A marriage that came together in unceremonious circumstances last season is still facing a test of its longevity. It has been over a year now, and yet, there are doubts over whether the Norwegian can keep the Red Devils going in the right direction,

Martin Ødegaard- Proving his doubters wrong one through ball at a time

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"It's not possible to predict anything in football, you just have to work hard and develop and in the end you see.” - Martin Ødegaard Catapulted into global stardom as a 16-year-old prodigy signed by Real Madrid in 2015, Martin Ødegaard seems to have been around forever. The Norwegian attacking-midfielder, who

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

Kalidou Koulibaly – Profiling the most sought after central defender in the world

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Written by Hammad Kalidou Koulibaly has built an incredible reputation as one of the most complete defenders in the game. There are a host of reasons why he is one of the most in-demand centre-backs in Europe right now. The man nicknamed "K2" will bring solidity, enthusiasm and defensive stability to whichever clubs he

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

[Interview] – “A football career is a marathon and not a sprint.” – 17 year old teen sensation Marco John is geared up for the challenges ahead

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Ah, Germany! Forever, a hotbed for talented youngsters from across Europe to make a mark. Today, we speak to a 17-year-old Marco John. A forward-thinking midfielder who loves to operate in tight spaces and play those killers through balls, the German is fast making waves on Hoffenheim's youth scene.  Marco started

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

Ciro Immobile – Ripping apart Serie A like its nobody’s business

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Today, we dig deeper into the career of a Lazio striker who is ripping apart Serie A. We will analyze Ciro Immobile's playing style, highlight his strengths while also looking at the possibility of a big transfer for the Italian. Introduction Ciro Immobile is a 29-year-old striker, currently playing in Serie A.

Life after Luis – Potential replacements for Suárez at the Camp Nou

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Stunning goals, superb volleys, and spectacular finishing. These traits have made Luis Suárez one of, if not the best striker in Europe over the last decade. After successful stints at Liverpool and Ajax, the Uruguayan joined FC Barcelona in 2014 and the rest, as they say, is history. Suárez has

Mason Mount – Finding his feet in the big league

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The appointment of Frank Lampard in the summer did not only bring Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer back to the Bridge but also Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount to their parent club - both of whom were regular starters for Derby County in the Championship under Lampard. The addition of Mount

Patrick Roberts – Still hope for a player once lost in the ruthless loan system

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Loan deals certainly don’t always work out the way they are supposed to in football. When they do come off, it not only benefits the parent club, who are comforted in the knowledge that one of their young talents is out playing regular football and gaining valuable experience, but also

Zlatan Ibrahimović- Hard work pays off, dreams come true, bad times don’t last, but bad guys do

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Every sport needs a bad guy, Someone you love to hate. A figure that embodies the antithesis of the beautiful game. That man was Zlatan Ibrahimović.  For the better part of the last twenty years, the Swede’s nefarious attitude, narcissism, and moxie were justified by his performance on the pitch. With

Evaluating Jadon Sancho’s Potential Destinations

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When it come s to the best young attacking talents in the world, there is no question that Jadon Sancho is right there up amongst them. Having moved to a foreign country in Germany at the age of 17 from the comforts of Manchester City and working under Pep Guardiola,

Takumi Minamino – Where does the new signing fit in at Liverpool?

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When the dust settled on Liverpool’s crazy seven-goal thriller, in which they just about emerged unscathed, against Red Bull Salzburg in October, their fans were able to appreciate the fight brought to Anfield by their opposition that night, led by a diminutive Japanese in attack - Takumi Minamino. A man

Caglar Söyüncü – The Meteoric Rise of Leicester’s New Backline Marshal

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The mention of Leicester City FC indubitably brings vivid memories to mind. Particularly those of the 2015-16 Premier League season. A fairytale run for the Foxes who played their hearts out throughout the season, creating a rainbow and finding the fabled pot of gold at its end as they lifted

Billy Sharp – The Blades’ own Forged Talisman

Written by Varun Kumar The story of the 33-year old Sheffield born striker is one in a million. From being called “The Fat Boy from Sheffield” to carrying his team through the lower divisions of English football and now finally playing in the best league in the world, his journey is

Bits and pieces of sheer brilliance – The Robert Lewandowski story

Robert Lewandowski’s name is synonymous with the Bavarian giants. The moment you think of Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski’s name is bound to pop up. He has been the heart, soul, and blood of the German club's forward line for quite some time now. Since being roped in by Bayern Munich,

Kieran Tierney – Worth the wait

Several summer signings have already made an impact at their new clubs, with the likes of Sebastian Haller, Daniel James, and Tyrone Mings already more than proving their worth in the Premier League this season, while Chelsea’s returning youngster Mason Mount almost represents a brand new recruit for the Blues.

Wesley Moraes – The latest Brazilian warrior to embrace the Premier League

Written by Uttiyo Sarkar The summer of 2019 in the Premier League will fondly be remembered as one in which Aston Villa truly proved their financial might. Following their memorable Championship playoff victory, they made over ten summer signings in preparation for life in the big leagues- twelve, to be exact.  Dean

Ebbs & Flows – The life and career of Mario Balotelli

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Written by Aaryan Parasnis Mario Balotelli: Or can we call him football’s very own Mr. Mischief? The Great Italian striker that never was? He has come a long way indeed. In doing so, Super Mario has also made quite a name for himself. Sometimes for the right reasons but more often

The American Wunderkind – Christian Pulisic’s rise to stardom

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Written by Aniket Kar  “He is a proper player. He can play football.” - Belgian winger Eden Hazard on Christian Pulisic.  Chelsea’s recent acquisition of Pulisic was hardly a surprise. The American winger had made his name in the seething cauldron that is the Signal Induna Park as one of the most

“A choice that came from the heart” – Why Radja Nainggolan chose to come back to Cagliari

"A choice that came from the heart." These were the words spoken by Radja Nainggolan when asked about his come back to his former team, Cagliari. The answer given by the 31 years old Belgian midfielder was not random, his heart, in fact, does have roots in the Sardinian city. Cagliari

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

Another Brick in the Wall – What will Harry Maguire bring to this United side?

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Written by Anirudh Madhavan Doom and gloom A swirling air of doom and gloom seemed to pervade the hallowed corridors of Old Trafford at the end of last season. A disastrous end to the season had just unfolded, with a feckless display against Cardiff City. The club's most successful player of the

From a defensive liability to United’s rock at the back – Victor Lindelof has matured leaps and bounds

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By Utkarsh Gokhale Heading into the 2017/2018 season, United were desperate to strengthen the backline with some quality additions. Their CEO, Ed Woodward had assured fans that he would be spending heavily to combat the growing dominance of the top teams in the country. The revenues were steady, sponsors were happy

Where Virgil van Dijk first made a real impression

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What a couple of seasons it’s been for Virgil van Dijk. The colossal center-back has been outstanding for Liverpool ever since his arrival from Southampton in January 2018 and, along with Alisson, is the main reason why the Reds have become a formidable defensive unit over the past year. Van

The feint that changed everything – Manchester City, Aguero and that Goal

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Written by Ayushnav Sarker Background In the complex and often murky world of financial markets, there are what is called ‘Black Swan’ events every few years. Events that change the relationship of the market with its participants, and drag the rest of the economy with them too. Right from the time of

Petr Cech – The Czech with gloves of gold

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By Ninad Barbadikar The Premier League is an ever-changing landscape and out of all the clubs, Chelsea is probably the one club that has enjoyed considerable success despite significant changes at the helm. Earlier this summer window, The Blues of London welcomed back an old favourite amidst their ranks in the

Jordan Henderson – Captain. Leader of Men. Liverpool Legend?

By Ganapathi Ramanathan | O,Captain! My Captain! | 2018 Jordan Henderson is by far the biggest paradox to have existed in Liverpool Football Club. Never in the past, has a single Liverpool player divided fans and critics alike - let alone the captain of one of the most exciting sides in Europe.

The partnership we couldn’t get enough of – Roberto Carlos y Zinedine Zidane

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Written by Sayan Chatterjee Football at it’s purest is an art form - It parallels life in more ways than one. Mere professionalism would make it dull and judging an art form with only glories would not be fair. The 'Los Galacticos‘ project fulfilled an unspoken dream of most football fans

The Wayne Rooney effect at DC United – Form is temporary, class is permanent

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By Yusuf Rehman Wayne Rooney. The name in itself unleashes a torrent of emotions both amongst fans and pundits. Over the years the top goalscorer for both Manchester United and England has received a fair amount of criticism from fans, pundits and keyboard warriors. Some say he never reached his full

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