‘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

“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

Glass half full or empty – Through which lens should we see Solskjær’s time at United?

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In December 2018, an already under-pressure Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United travelled to Anfield to face their perennial rivals Liverpool, in what would prove to be his final game as the manager of the club. Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench in the second half to score a brace and deliver

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

Potential tactical tweaks Klopp can implement to beat Atlético Madrid

3 losses in 66. Followed by 3 losses in 5. From dreams of seeing their names etched amongst the game’s greatest sides just a couple of weeks ago, Liverpool have since had their dream of invincibility crushed, their quest for the treble shattered and the defence of their Champions League

[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

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,

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.

FPL Scout Report 22 – Players Watchlist And Captaincy Picks For Gameweek 28

We're back with another FPL preview ahead of Gameweek 28. It’s the second blank gameweek 28 of the season with four teams blanking – Manchester City, Arsenal, Sheffield United, and Aston Villa. Let’s take a look at three players who have impressed over the recent weeks with a view of

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

Manchester City’s Ban and Financial Fair Play – Is It As Fair As It Could Be?

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In the wake of the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City's ban, lots of eyebrows have been raised. There are quite a few big questions floating around. Most prominently: what they did, how did UEFA find out, are they really guilty, whether or not the punishment meted out to the

Battle at the Bernabéu – Real Madrid vs Manchester City tactical preview

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On 26th February, Manchester City will face the 13 times European champions in the most high profile tie of the last 16 of the Champions League. When this tie was originally announced, Manchester City were favorites because Real Madrid were struggling, but now, the Los Blancos are seen as slight

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

Getafe – A fascinating tale of a club punching above their weight

It has almost been 5 years since Leicester City, a team which barely survived relegation the season before, a team which had fewer odds of winning the Premier League than Mahatma Gandhi being alive, won the Premier League. It's been 4 years since a country with the same population as

Borussia Dortmund vs Paris Saint-Germain – Tactical preview and key battles

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Feature Image via Bundesliga   The champions of France will travel to Dortmund for a tie that promises entertainment, drama and plenty of goals. This tie has many intriguing storylines. What attacking combination will Thomas Tuchel field? Will Dortmund stick with their 5-2-3 or will Lucian Favre pack the midfield? How will

The game’s new boardroom masters – How directors of football are pulling the strings off the pitch  

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There is often a sense of mystique associated with the terms ‘Director of Football’, ‘Sporting Director’ or ‘Technical Director’. While it’s not easy to provide a definition for these roles, they tend to have a specific purpose - to bridge the gap between the footballing side and the business side

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

The Sleeping Giants Awaken – Conte’s Inter

Edited by Anaamaya Mishra Let’s rewind our memories by an entire decade. The year is 2010; the month is April. It’s time for the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with the clash of two historic clubs – FC Barcelona and Inter Milan. Barcelona, led by an array of world-class footballers like

[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

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

Quique Setién- Passion, Instruction, Rejuvenation

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The news of Ernesto Valverde's departure from the position of FC Barcelona head coach was received very positively by fans across the globe. It is no secret that the vast majority of the Barça faithful were desperate for a change in personnel. Barcelona were quick to announce the appointment of

The Neymar saga will drag on but does it make any sense for Barcelona?

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Written by Hammad | Edited by Kabir Ali With all the news that is floating around about Neymar's potential transfer to Barcelona for the past 6 months, let's discuss how this deal affects all the involved parties. We will take into consideration the transfer fee, the fans’ view on this transfer

Pulling it back against all odds – A Hasenhüttl inspired turnaround

Football never ceases to amuse us. The Premier League has always managed to throw up interesting stories in the seasons gone by, and this campaign is no exception to the rule. Whether it be Liverpool's mentality monsters going on a rampage or Chris Wilder's Sheffield drawing all the plaudits, there

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.

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

Julian Nagelsmann – The Managerial Wonderkid

As stated in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, Geology is mainly about pressure and time. Carbon crystallizes under intense heat and pressure over a period of time so a diamond is formed. Little grains of sand get into the oyster shells and due to, again, pressure and time, pearls are formed at

Marco Rose – A world-beater in the making

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The Bundesliga has been a hotbed of innovation in football for a long time. Be it the youth setup, tactics or sports technology, German clubs leave no stone unturned in pursuit of excellence. The famous mantra ‘Football as it’s meant to be’ is definitely put into practice by clubs in

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

Ranbhoomi 6.0 – Level up. Set. Game on!

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Blood, sweat, tears and a rush of adrenaline. The thrill of the moment. Glory, that elusive pleasure, just a few moments away from being elusive no longer. These are the words that come to mind when one thinks of Ranbhoomi, the largest sports fest in Central India. Organized by students

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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

Major Soccer Stars Not Satisfied with their FIFA 20 Ratings

EA Sports’ FIFA is one of the most successful video games in history. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, FIFA is the best-selling sports video game franchise ever, with more than 260 million copies sold since its launch in 1993. And the latest installment in the franchise, FIFA 20

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

FPL Scout Report 21 – Players Watchlist And Captaincy Picks for New Years GW21

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We're back with another FPL Scout report ahead of Gameweek 21 which will be the third gameweek in a span of 6 days. We will try providing you the best players to transfer in this particular gameweek along with the three best Captaincy shouts to start the New Year in

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,

Boxing Day Blockbuster – Leicester City vs Liverpool match preview

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Liverpool’s celebrations following the full-time whistle in Saturday’s Club World Cup final win over Flamengo were visibly muted, as the side rejoiced in adding a previously missing piece of silverware, but was also fully aware of the task that awaits them when they return home. Having put domestic competition on

FPL Scout Report 20 – Players to watch out for GW19 and Captaincy Picks

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We are back with the Preview ahead of gameweek 19. With matches flowing through thick and fast with the festive period on, and with hardly any breathing time between gameweeks 19, 20 and 21, we’ll try suggesting players with the best points potential whilst having enough game time, along with

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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Observation – Highlighting vulnerable PSG’s fleeting chance of a Champions League triumph

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After a convincing 5-0 victory for Paris Saint-Germain against Galatasaray in the Champions League, they will be looking to strengthen their foothold in the championship which has eluded them since the inception of the 'new' PSG - a club bankrolled and funded lavishly for the sole purpose of European domination. The

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

Leicester City – A Comparative study of the Ethos, 4 years apart

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5000 to 1. These were the odds that were being offered by online bookies for Leicester City lifting the Premier League trophy back in 2016. Very few people expected Leicester to even avoid the drop, given their heroics in the previous season. The Leicester City squad, however, had not read

Some of the best football cleats in the market

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Soccer players will often tell you that they only score goals when they’ve got their goal-scoring boots on, and while Jimmy Grimble managed to become the ‘Messi of the Manchester Schools Cup’ wearing a pair of 50-year-old cleats, unfortunately even he might struggle to hit the back of the net

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Have Real Madrid turned a corner?

Can Zidane bring glory back to the Bernabeu With all the recent talk of Real Madrid building an era with their rising stars, it’s time to take a closer look at their current form and whether or not they have turned a corner. Since the start of the season, Los Blancos

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What’s So Special about Betting on the Premier League?

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For most football fans, the Premier League is considered the best league in the world to watch due to its competitive nature. As a result of this, it is also the best league in the world to make use of top bookmaker sites to place bets on the action. For

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