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
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
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
After nearly two years since the infamous Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, both teams have gone from strength to strength in their bid to improve and evolve as teams at the highest stage. For Real Madrid, their 13th Champions League trophy provided a fitting swan song to
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
The Bundesliga is back and despite all of the changes, not least, games being played behind closed doors, it’s back with a bang! As the season hots up, with Bayern Munich in the driver’s seat for the title – for an eighth successive season – and understandably the favourites in
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
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
With the return of Serie A set for June 20th, we are set for perhaps one of Europe's tightest title races. Just a single point separates Simone Inzaghi's Lazio side from Maurizio Sarri's Juventus. With the Premier League, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1 sewn up, Europe's prying eyes will be drawn
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia had 3,031,768 fans in attendance to witness the epitome of the beautiful game, and the glory, heartbreak, despair, heroism, hope and belief that went with it. Over 3.03 billion people tuned in from all over the world to watch the action unfold between
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
For a season that has seen Marseille return to form, seal a return to European competition, the club on the south of France have predictably turned wine into water, again. The club itself admitted to it, lamenting in an official statement "For the last 20 years, Marseille is a club that has suffered
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
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
The biggest game in German football needs little introduction. Record winners Bayern are looking to for their 8th straight 'Meisterschale'- but the Bavarians have had their backs against the wall for a large part of the season.
Bayern made a sluggish start to the season with three draws and two losses
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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
For many players, competing in the Premier League is the ultimate ambition - but the path to the top isn’t always peaceful. While many players are on the books of top-level clubs for years or make the switch from one of Europe’s other elite competitions, for others it is truly
It has been two years since Arsene Wenger stepped down after two decades in charge of Arsenal. A shining light of longevity amongst Premier League's increasingly dwindling managerial tenures, Wenger's departure arguably signalled the end of an era for the Premier League. However, the Frenchman's departure was widely touted as
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
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
"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
It was a typical cold winter sunset in East London with a beautiful twilight over the Mile End Stadium, home of Sporting Bengal United FC. The home fans were bustling as their team was leading against a much higher rank team. After a while, in the dying minutes of the
Edson Arantes do Nascimento who is better known as ‘Pele’ is considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time. But his journey to becoming the greatest was not as easy as one would think. World-renowned players like Christiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi are in awe of
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
When we discuss card games in India, Indian rummy often tops the list among card players. If you didn’t know already, rummy card games are said to be originated in Mexico and Spain as early as the 1800s that subsequently sprawled across the globe and reached India early enough and
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 worldwide COVID-19 lockdown has proved to be a boon for online cash games like poker. We do not know when this global crisis is going to peter out or even hit the pause button, the only sure thing we know is we must continue exploring our best selves as
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
Liverpool are so close to basking in Premier League glory, and as it stands going into the final week of April, the Champions League winners are two wins away from the title.
Sadly for the reds of Merseyside, they may yet be denied a first title since 1990 due to extraordinary circumstances. They
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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
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
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
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.
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
February 21st 2012, Naples. Chelsea faced Napoli in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. Chelsea fans were surprised to see Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien on the bench. Many speculated that the tempers might be rising in the Chelsea camp after manager André
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
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
May 13, 2012, The Stadium of Light -
A rare and limited window of time when the English weather is pristine and beautiful. The sunshine and warmth are perfect for many of the nation's favourite sporting pastimes, including cricket and football. It is a special time in the football calendar. Emotions
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
"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
We know the COVID-19 lockdown has left us all cooped up in the four walls of our homes. Many among us are complaining about the prison-like confinement, however, the internet comes as a massive relief in such times and if you are fond of skill games likes poker, we say
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 today’s world, post-match press conferences are something all of us, as fans look forward to after a game. It is only natural that some of us might have some questions after watching the game, may it be about the performances of the players, or how the manager adapted as
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
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On December 20, 2019, Arsenal hired their third manager (two permanent and one on an interim basis) in 18 months since the departure of the legendary Arsene Wenger but this time it feels different, it feels that the long-suffering Gunners fans may have found
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
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
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
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
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
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,
Inter Milan will visit the Allianz Stadium on Sunday evening as Antonio Conte returns to the place where he won three league titles in a row. The usual questions would have been about what kind of welcome Conte would get from the home fans but this game will be played
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.
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
"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
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
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
Lionel Andrés Messi is a footballer whose career brings envy to whosoever hears his name. Who wouldn't want to have his ability to put defenders down, week in, week out, with just a drop of the shoulder? What striker wouldn't want to be so prolific that a season with less
If there is one Champions league game other than the Dortmund vs PSG tie that promises goals and exciting football, then it's Bayern Munich vs Chelsea. Both clubs have a different coach from last season but the two clubs are in very opposite phases at the moment. Bayern are looking
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
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
There is a very famous quote in the 2019 Todd Philips movie, Joker, it goes like this - "When I was a little kid and told people that I was going to be comedian, everyone laughed at me, well, no one is laughing now". Just like people had doubted the
Liverpool, the soon-to-be Premier League champions will travel to face Atlético, on a ground where they became Champions of Europe in the summer of 2019. Among all the headline draws in the Champions League, this tie is not seen as attractive as the PSG vs Dortmund or Bayern Munich vs
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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
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Manchester City and Liverpool are two of the best teams in the game right now. Aside from leading the Premier League this season, Liverpool currently hold the Champions League, Uefa Super Cup, and Club World Cup title, while City won the Carabao Cup, FA Cup, and the Premier
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
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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