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
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
This article was first published on www.journeymanstories.com, written by Emin Urcan
We begin our long journey in Europe with Albania. What is Albania known for? Not for its football, that is for sure, although football is Albania’s most beloved sport. It was very hard to find an obscure story about Albanian
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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
Written by Varun Kumar
The atmosphere around West Ham is one that any football club in the world would pay to avoid. The club’s position in the league table coupled with off-field protests by the club faithful has led to dark and gloomy days in East London. The fans turn up
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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
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
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
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 January transfer window gives clubs a chance to strengthen positions that need reinforcing due to a variety of reasons. Some clubs have injury issues, others lack quality and some just need more legs in their squad to deal with a fixture overload. This year a few Premier League clubs
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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
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
Barcelona’s decision to sack Ernesto Valverde may have come as a surprise to some. After all, the club sit top of La Liga and safely secured their passage to the Champions League last 16 from a group that included Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan.
Some may roll their eyes and lament
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.
Once the computer at the Premier League’s Paddington HQ has run its permutations and algorithms, it churns out a fixture list. Fans of Manchester United are all too eager to look for two fixtures, and two fixtures alone - the ones against Liverpool. These games are rituals of passion amid
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
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
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
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
There has been a renewed sense of optimism among a notorious fanbase from North London. On paper, not a lot has changed as the side have only won 1 league game, however significant, out of the 4 that their new head coach has been charge of. But the mood has
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
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
We are bang in the middle of the winter transfer window, and there have already been some interesting transfer rumors making the rounds and giving fans hope or despair depending on which side of the transfer story they are in. The likes of Zlatan and have already made their blockbuster
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The Mediterranean country of Italy is the cultural powerhouse of Europe. From the inception of the Roman civilization to modern-day art and culture, the land unified in 1861 has been shaped by a multitude of regional customs that transcend into the footballing philosophy and heritage of the
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
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
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
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,
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola has made it clear that he wants three important signings in the next transfer window before extending his contract with the club. He wanted some fresh faces during the last summer as well, however, there were only two players brought into the squad. The widely known
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
Association football is, without a doubt, the most popular sport in the world. And as such, it is also one of the most lucrative. The most valuable football club in the world - Real Madrid, according to Forbes Magazine's list for 2019 - is worth more than $4.2 billion, with
Which national football teams are the "strongest" today? The nations with the most trophies won at major international competitions show a pretty clear picture: Spain, England, and Italy have the strongest clubs in Europe (by trophies won in the Champions League), and Brazil, Germany, and Italy are the strongest in
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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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.
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