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Petr Cech – The Czech with gloves of gold

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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

Borussia Dortmund Season Report | 2018/19

The 2018/19 Bundesliga season provided a title-race many in world football were yearning for since the days of Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund being pit against Heynckes and Guardiola at Bayern. Borussia Dortmund, whose last league title came 7 years ago, have been a shadow of the “giant killer” side Klopp had so

Manchester United Season Report | 2018/2019

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Season Summary In one of the most forgettable FA Cup Finals in recent years, Antonio Conte parted ways with Chelsea. He delivered them a trophy, courtesy of poor defending from Phil Jones, and a lack of any cutting edge up front. United fans left frustrated, angry and vexed. They had just

Biggest ever Champions League final wins

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This season’s Champions League has been nothing short of sensational, with plenty of shock results, breath-taking goals and individual moments of brilliance. As the competition comes to a close for another year, with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool battling it out in an all-English final at the Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid,

The Romance of Football: Ajax Amsterdam

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As they sit, singing Three Little Birds, the heart of every AFC Ajax supporter swells with pride. Not since the great van Gaal team of the 90’s, have they had such a talented crop of players, doing the club proud on the biggest stage in Europe. Johan Cruyff, the founding

Ajax vs Juventus – Preview, team news & predicted lineups

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Ajax vs Juventus Competition: Champions League, Quarter Finals (Leg 1) Venue: Johan Cruijff ArenA Timings: Wednesday, 10th January 2019, 19:45 pm BST/WAT (UK and Nigeria), 13:45 pm EST, 11:45 am PT (USA), 12:15 am IST Ajax are set to host the first of the two legs of the quarterfinals in the Champions League against

The ride ahead, with Ole at the wheel

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It has been some six years since Sir Alex bid adieu to Manchester United. He left a winner, with a project spanning two and a half decades culminating at the top of British football. In the six years since, United have fumbled like a man in the dark, experimenting with

Revisiting the greatest knockout round Champions League comebacks

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Manchester United and Juventus are staring down the barrel of Round of 16 exits in the Champions League following their 2-0 defeats in the first leg. United look like a team reborn under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, the damaging first leg home defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain - the

Young Lions – Phil Foden

We are kick off our first series -'Young Lions - The Future of English Football' with an in-depth look into Manchester City's Phil Foden, one of England 's brightest midfield talents. Resident writer Udhav Arora gives us a lowdown on the "Stockport Iniesta". “Balance and a left foot you can’t believe” is

Frenkie de Jong – An in depth tactical profile

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The Dutch Eredivisie has always been renowned for producing highly talented individuals over the years. It has acted as a feeder league for most of the other big European heavyweights. However, not all the promising young talents that come out of the Eredivisie have fulfilled their potential. In recent years,

United vs Juventus – Old Trafford Awaits The Return Of Ronaldo

(AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo will always be fondly remembered at Old Trafford, but as the five-time Ballon d'Or winner rolls back into town this week, this former hero may be the last sight Manchester United want to see. Ronaldo made his name in Manchester, scoring 118 goals, winning three Premier League titles and

Andy Robertson – To Hull And Back

Hatem Ben Arfa will be remembered by the beautiful game as another one of its prodigious talents that fell by the wayside. Those who have trouble remembering his one-off season with Hull City in the 2014/15 season can be forgiven, as the side were ultimately relegated and he barely featured.

Michael Ballack — Perennially Second

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 Feature Image vector designed by sologfx on Deviantart | Michael Ballack has won 4 Bundesliga titles, 3 German Cups, a Premier League title and 3 FA Cups. That is a collection which describes an illustrious career, yet Ballack’s legacy will read that he could and should have been so much more.

On Gareth Bale and His Love Story With Finals

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When Gareth Bale leapt higher than most to attempt a bicycle kick against Liverpool in possibly the biggest match in club football, every football fan watching the game felt their heart skip a beat for a moment as Karius was left rooted to his spot. Time stopped in a similar

Monaco Welcome Atletico In What Promises To Be An Intriguing Battle

Champions League – Group A – Monaco vs Atletico Madrid 8:00 pm BST  (00:30 am IST) Wednesday 18th September ( Early 19th morning India) Venue: Stade Louis II The Champions League is a competition which draws the attention of millions of football fans from all around the world with it’s sheer splendor, glorious history and

Everything You Need To Know About City’s UCL Opener Against Lyon

Champions League – Group F – Man City vs Lyon 8:00 pm BST  (00:30 am IST) Wednesday 19th September ( Early 20th morning India) Venue: Etihad Stadium    Pep Guardiola’s outfit has enjoyed a strong start to the Premier League this season with the absence of Belgian ace midfielder Kevin De Bruyne hardly an area

Valencia Prepare For Monumental Juventus Challenge

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Champions League - Group H - Valencia vs Juventus 8:00 pm BST  (00:30 am IST) Wednesday 19th September Venue: Mestalla   Valencia manager Marcelino cut a frustrated figure during the post-match conference conducted following a disappointing 0-0 draw at home against Real Betis. Valencia are currently placed 17th on the table with only 3 points in

Hunt For The European Cup: Atletico Diaries

Since losing the 2016 Champions League final to eternal rivals Real Madrid, Diego Simeone and Atletico have been putting the pieces together for their next assault on the competition. They return to the competition after winning the Europa League and with a squad strong enough to once again compete with

Champions League Group Stage Draw : How Are The Pots Shaping up?

The most illustrious club tournament in the world is back! The draw to determine the groups will take place tomorrow. Eight groups of four will be drawn, with the top two from each progressing to the knockout rounds and the third-placed falling into the Europa League knockout rounds. The teams will be divided into

Diego Simeone: Atlético Madrid’s Campeon

  Atlético Madrid are the fourth most successful club in Spain after Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Athletic Bilbao. However, the journey was never a bed of roses if we go down the memory lane and take a peek at various stages of their footballing history. Atletico Madrid nearly underwent a state

Zinedine Zidane quits Real Madrid post.

BREAKING NEWS: Zinedine Zidane has resigned as Real Madrid manager after winning 3 consecutive Champions League trophies. Zidane, 45, told a news conference at the Bernabeu Stadium he had "taken the decision not to continue next year". Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was seated alongside Zidane. Zidane will leave with his head held

Sink or swim: Can the Spanish Armada Triumph in Russia?

The Glory years 2008-2012 As Fernando Torres dinked an advancing Jens Lehmann to end a much awaited 44-year long trophy drought in an eventual 1-0 victory against Germany in the Euro 2008 final; the 14.6 million Spanish viewers across the globe welcomed the birth of a dynasty. Inarguably, Spanish supremacy had

From Benchwarmer to Title Winner: The Rise of Zinchenko

“Zinchenko is talented, but he must be realistic. He can only play for Manchester City on his PlayStation.” Andriy Voronin exhibited a ruthlessness in his early prognostication of the Ukrainian’s spell in the Premier League, one that was earlier reserved for some of the finest goalkeepers in the Bundesliga, during the

Marouane Fellaini: Is the tide finally turning?

Marouane Fellaini came on as a substitute for an injured Paul Pogba in United’s Champions League bow against FC Basel. At the end of the night, he had a headed goal and the man of the match award neatly tucked away. This marked a remarkable turn of events for Fellaini, who

The very best of Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal have produced some riveting games against each other in the Premier league era. Let us have a look at five of the best games these two London rivals have played against each other – Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (March 22nd 2014) Referee sends off Gibbs wrongly for mistaken identity despite

Barcelona 3-0 Juventus: Messi glitz as barca see off juv

Lionel Messi ended his long barren run against Gianluigi Buffon and then left many wondering why it took him so long as he added another in show of strength from Barcelona. The Serie A champions beat Barca by the same scoreline in the quarter-finals last season before holding out for a

Champions League Matchday 1 Preview

Rafael Hernández‏ @RafaelH117 44m44 minutes ago Dembélé gets his first start as a Barça player. Messi had his breakthrough match vs Juventus, will it be the same for him? Paul Pogba’s first CL game for @ManUtd. Played one Europa League game (v Athletic Bilbao) prior to return. Ashley Young started then

Champions League Group Analysis: Group H

Always leave the best for last and this year’s Group H is just that. The traditional ‘Group of Death’ features Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia. One can almost write off APOEL before the games have even started due to the ability of the other teams. The

Champions League Group Analysis: Group G

This Group promises to be one of the most entertaining groups of all. Even though one might say that none of them are elite clubs, they have a chance of qualifying. This is because all these teams are evenly matches. Besiktas, Leipzig, Porto and Monaco all are quite evenly matches.

Champions League Group Analysis: Group E

Liverpool are back in the Champions League! A sight that would bring a smile to any open minded football fan. They have been dealt an interesting group. It features Liverpool, Sevilla, Nk Maribor and Spartak Moscow. On paper, it might seem straight forward for Liverpool and Sevilla to qualify, but

Champions League Group Analysis: GROUP A

Well, there is only one favourite in this group and that is the high flying Man Utd Football club. While group A boasts the likes of Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow too, based on current form, it is highly likely that United will win this group. Jose Mourinho’s men have

Champions League Group Analysis: Group D

This Griup features Barcelona, Juventus, Olympiakos and Sporting CP. It features a rematch of the last year’s Quarter finals. It might seem to many that there are two battles going on here, one for top spot between Barcelona and Juventus and one for who gets into the Europa league between

Champions League Group Analysis: Group C

If not for Group H, this could have been considered the group of death. Featuring Chelsea, Athletico Madrid, AS Roma and Qarabag FK. Qarabag are new to the Champions League and will be shown what level Champions League clubs play at after being drawn to such a group. They were

Champions League Group Analysis: Group B

This group was always only going to be about two teams, Bayern Munich and PSG. All eyes are on PSG though(not only for FFP) as new signings Neymar and Mbappe will be seen playing together. Celtic and Anderlect are almost already competing for 3rd place even before the tournament has

Champions League Qualifiers.

One of the greatest competitions that there is, is back and rearing to go. The Champions League is not only one of the greatest in Europe but also followed across the globe with much enthusiasm. EADF Writer Varun Purty gives us a detailed explanation on how the Champions League qualifiers

Blue Blood Contention

The most prestigious club competition in Europe, the Champions League is followed across the globe with much zeal. It is accountable for pitting colossal teams of diverse leagues, and bringing world class players and stars of many nations to prove their mettle. Clubs which have tussled their way to the

Where does Zidane go from here?

Back to back Champions league titles, a La Liga, perhaps all that’s left for the French tactician is a treble, and he’d be amongst the elite few at the tender age of 45. He’s been in international management for a year and a half at the biggest stage and has

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