Solving the Pogba and Fernandes puzzle – A welcome headache for Solskjær

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There is much to look forward to when the Premier League returns. On the 19th of June, Tottenham Hotspur will be facing Manchester United in one of the highly-anticipated ties. Champions League places will determine much of what the future holds for both sides, two managers who seem perenially confined

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

[EADF Shorts] Catenaccio – Rappan, Herrera and the birth of a revolutionary philosophy

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Only on rare occasions do managers get more famous than their players. Pep Guardiola is recognised globally for his use of positional play or Juego de Posición at Barcelona but the recognition his players received was consistent with the attention he garnered. On the other hand, the famous 'Catenaccio' defensive style of

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

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

Nobby Stiles vs Eusébio – One of football’s underrated tale

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27th July 1966: Eusebio of Portugal (left) and Nobby Stiles of England in a duel for the ball during their World Cup semi-final match at Wembley, which England won 2-1. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images) Living in the Messi-Ronaldo era, we have gifted our eyes to a decade of stunning performances.

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

Joga Bonito – The Brazilian foundations of ‘The Beautiful game’

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Over the years football has come to be known as the ‘The Beautiful Game’.How did this phrase stick? It got its relevance from the Portuguese form of the word -‘Joga Bonito’. So then the questions beckon - When did this phrase become popularized in football folklore? What exactly is Joga

The cost of winning – Athletes as role models

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With the world of professional sports teetering on the edge due to the coronavirus crisis, Netflix's 10-part documentary series-The Last Dance, chronicling sporting icon Michael Jordan's emergence in the NBA until his final days in the empire that he built with the Chicago Bulls, has been a welcome consolation during

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

How football became the biggest betting sport in the world

The most popular sport to bet on in the world is football. Millions of people from all over the globe place football bets every week of the season. Some will bet on leagues local to them, so UK fans will bet on the Premier League and so forth. However, others will

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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

Tracing the roots of Women’s football in England and India

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Football has existed in our world for centuries. Its first existence is traced back to the 3rd and 2nd century BC in China, where the game was called Cuju. However, women, who throughout history have been the oppressed sex, were given little importance when it came to their participation and

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

“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

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

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 importance of sport management

It can be observed in every sports structure in force, that in the sports management model presented, there are several flaws that prevent the huge potential of the sports consumer market that we face being exploited. The causes that explain the question presented are numerous, such as the lack of

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Free Spins Wagering Guide

These days, there must be thousands of online slot games and each house tries to stand out in a different way. Of course, casinos offer games from most renowned provides, slots that are inspired by famous video games or movies etc. However, the best way to attract new players is

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Change for Newcastle United – The Beautiful Game off; The ugly criminals on

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 April 29, 2020: Thanks to Saudi Arabia’s poor track record of preserving human rights, multiple influential parties including Amnesty International-UK, PSG’s Qatari owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, have appealed to the Premier League to stop Mohammed bin Salman taking over Newcastle United Football Club.  It seems

Not for the faint hearted – Growing up as a Liverpool fan in the 2010s

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For Liverpool FC, this past decade has been nothing short of a frantic roller-coaster ride full of ups and downs. But as a fan, I can gladly say that it ended on a high note, something none of us would have even thought a few seasons ago. The 2010s began with

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

What Can you Learn from the Glorious Sport of Football

Arguably, Football is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is not hard to understand what is going on the ground when the players are going after the ball. We see that there are two goal posts on both the sides. There are 22 players together, 11

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‘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

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