Dutch and Belgian football was once a place top teams would steer clear from. The quality of the leagues was considered too low to seriously evaluate a player’s true potential. In recent years though, those same top teams are now willing to make expensive gambles.
This Summer, OSC Lille broke their
Leeds United have impressed critics and fans alike with their fantastic performances on the pitch this season. Bielsa's men have entertained with their high tempo pressing football and sit 6th in the table after six matches played. The ease with which the Whites have transitioned to life in the Premier
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
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
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
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
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
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
By Andrea Agostinelli | This article was first published on Football Chronicle on January 23, 2020
It’s the summer of 2012 in Rome, Italy. Late one night, Roberto Mancini and Daniele De Rossi have discussed something that will send shockwaves in the footballing world. The Italian coach has convinced the midfielder
Liverpool have done it. After 30 long years, the Reds have finally won their maiden Premier League title with seven games left, outclassing the rest of the league on their way to glory. Though the title has been decided, there's still a lot to play for in the world's most-watched
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
A name that has glittered the articles and lists for the world’s next best players, 21-year-old Malang Sarr will leave the club he has been with since the age of 5 this Summer. OGC Nice are set to lose the centre-back who is valued by TransferMarkt at £14 million, for nothing. The
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
FC Barcelona have been known for having a plethora of quality midfielders over the years. Having produced elite players like Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets etc, quality and strength in the centre has never been an issue for the azulgranas. But since the departure of Xavi and Iniesta in
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
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
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
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
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
With the return of the first and second tiers of German football injecting a breath of fresh air in these extraordinary yet unprecedented circumstances, we take a look at a late-blooming yet dependable centre forward Florian Niederlechner who is commandeering the steer of a rattled ship in FC Augsburg away from
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
"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 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
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
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
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
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
In spite of their Europa League success, Chelsea’s 18/19 campaign under Maurizio Sarri was widely acknowledged to be below average amongst their fan base. After a good start to life under the then newly appointed Italian, Chelsea soon found themselves struggling to get results as teams had figured out how
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,
"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
The Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo debate will go on for eternity, and rightly so, but one player who has refused to sit back and watch the duo battle it out in Europe is Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich man has adopted the title of the world’s greatest striker for
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
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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
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
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"Timo Werner lives life in the fast lane. His rise through the ranks into German footballing stardom has been as rapid as his runs towards goal on the pitch. In keeping with this theme, it’s fitting that ‘Turbo Timo’ is ready to take the next big step of
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.
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
There are many things that Madrid fans should be grateful to Santiago Solari for accomplishing during his time at the Bernabeu. His youth-oriented management resulted in him giving hot Castilla prospects such as Fran Garcia, Sergio Reguilón, Franchu Feuillaser, Javi Sánchez and many more including whom we consider as one
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.
Ciro Immobile is a 29-year-old striker, currently playing in Serie A.
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
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
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
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
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,
From playing League One football with MK Dons one year, to lining up for Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League the next, it’s important to remember just how rapidly Dele Alli has risen to fame on the football pitch.
It was a crazy couple of months for the England youngster, whose
It is difficult to think of a rise to prominence and stardom as remarkable as Jamie Vardy's in recent years. Working his way up all the way down from the eighth tier of English football, Vardy has fast become arguably one of the Premier League's iconic strikers. Like most young
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
Written by Enzo Karema
18 years old and putting defenders down with his vertiginous skills on the ball. Watch him glide, running on the right-wing and cutting in from the left. Ah, a pure masterpiece. Proving his potential to all the doubters, and broadly making his name into the footballing world.
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
Andreas Pereira plays with a fire in his belly. He displays emotions, is very vocal, wants to win every tackle, presses high and most importantly, he wants to be a part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's restructuring of Manchester United. But what if I told you that despite all of those
When Barcelona visited Old Trafford to compete for a place in the Champions League semi-final on the 10th of April, all the headlines before the match were dominated by the stars headlining the clash. Every paper in town was talking about the superstars, the Paul Pogbas, the David de Geas,
You could be forgiven for not even knowing who he was just a couple of years ago, but it’s safe to say that John McGinn is now a household name in the world of football. And even if he isn’t quite there yet, he will be soon. It’s been a
“He’s pure anarchy when he plays, and you need to give these kinds of talents liberty, not hide them out wide – they need to do what’s natural to them. He’s the jewel of La Masia.” - Barcelona Juvenil-A coach Victor Valdes.
Anssumane Fati, the Guinean teenager has become a household name
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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
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,
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.
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.
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
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“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
Written by Aaryan Parasnis
FC Barcelona have a rich history of talented and accomplished fullbacks. Ever since the dawn of ‘Juego de posicion’, Barça’s fullbacks have had to shoulder a lot of load defensively as well as offensively. They’re key cogs in the wheels of the Blue and Claret outfit. In
"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
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
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
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
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
Written by Ayushnav Sarker
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
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
Juventus have pulled off the transfer coup of the summer by signing Dutch wunderkind Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax in a €75million deal. The 19-year-old was the hottest property in world football and they saw off ferocious competition from Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United to capture his signature. It came
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.
by Yusuf Rehman
Luis Alberto Suárez was born in the Uruguayan city of Salto. From a very young age, he was fixated with football. When Suárez was a kid, a car ran over his foot breaking the fifth metatarsal. In spite of the injury he kept on playing in the schoolyard,
By Peter Lynch
Utterly disrespectful or just the way it goes? Whatever side of the Gareth Bale divide you’re on, only he will know exactly what is going on behind the scenes in his rollercoaster ride in Madrid, and only he knows what will happen next.
His Real future looks bleaker by
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
Written by Sneha Das
When Ruud Gullit was appointed player-manager at the West London club, after a season-long of highs and lows with Glenn Hoddle, the hubbub had not been one about the Dutchman’s credibility. It was the first managerial venture for the Ballon d’Or winner. A year back he’d joined
By Peter Lynch
Another immensely talented footballer, another wasted career. Every now and then a maverick comes along and upsets the status quo. But instead of lighting up stadiums year after year, these wonderfully gifted players often fall short, and disappointingly fail to live up to expectations. Adel Taarabt is one