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Wales. Golf. Sleep. Madrid. In that order?

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Gareth Bale was spotted pretending to sleep on the sidelines in a match against Deportivo Alavés. The infamous image has been doing the rounds on the internet with many fans questioning his commitment to the team. If a person from the future were to come and tell you that Madrid's

Ronaldo – The story of a starry-eyed boy from Madeira

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In 2004, a devastating Tsunami destroyed millions of homes and killed innumerable people all-over South-East Asia. World Television footage of the tsunami focused on the image of a seven-year-old survivor named Martunis wearing 'Rui Costa' 'Number 10' Portuguese football jersey. He had been stranded for 19 days after watching his

Arthur at Barça: A Moment’s Beginning Ends in a Moment

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Sitting in the backseat of a car with an interviewer after signing for FC Barcelona, a starry-eyed Arthur Melo carries a beaming smile. Amid a long list of pre-prepared questions, came one that endeared the new boy to almost every cule around the world. The interviewer asks Arthur his biggest wish. He

Life after Leo

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Doomsday. The day it ends—the day when the little man hangs up his boots. The day no one wants to see. For the past decade and more, Lionel Messi has been on top alongside Cristiano Ronaldo as world football's best. For some, he has been their only hope at Barça.

Embracing the ‘new normal’ will take time

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The lockdown, due to the pandemic, has brought about the true sentiment behind the well-known axiom, 'you don't know what you have until it's gone'. While people are subconsciously aware of life and its sudden and frail nature, the virus has seemingly brought these feelings of trepidation to reality. People from

The race for Champions League Qualification spots in La Liga

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La Liga is well poised to resume action behind closed doors from the eleventh of June; with matches scheduled almost every day, the thirst of the fans for Spanish football will be quenched soon. Straying away from the usual template of the big three teams automatically qualifying for Champions League

Barcelona’s problems are going to get worse

Barcelona are currently two points ahead of Real Madrid in the Liga table, with 11 games to spare. On the face of it, it looks like a 3rd Spanish title in 3 years is on it's way hinting at a trend of growing dominance and success. However, scrape away at

The under-appreciated versatility of full-backs

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The Last Dance has, to put it simply, taken the world by storm. The Netflix docuseries which provides an enthralling account of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in their golden era has captured the attention of sports fans all over the world. The story of the Bulls is phenomenal,

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

Arturo Vidal – Powerhouse of the Catalan midfield

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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

Where does Philippe Coutinho go from here?

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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

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

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

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

Lionel Messi – The Unconventional Leader

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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

Atlético Madrid vs Liverpool – Tactical Preview

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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

Fede Valverde – The Engine

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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

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

Rodrygo Goes – Building an era

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Written by Enzo Karema 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.

How do football stadiums make money?

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In some cities, football stadiums can be iconic venues. In both the US and the UK, there are plenty of well-known, iconic football stadiums that anybody from the area, or any die-hard football fan, is going to be familiar with. These grounds are often just as important to the make-up

Carles Puyol – Més Que un Capitan

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Let's turn the clock back for a bit. It's the last day of January in 2013, as light snow and cold wind cloak the streets of Madrid. Santiago Bernabeu is ready to host the first of two legs of the Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals as they welcome their abhorred rivals

Sergio Ramos- The unparalleled legacy of the Dark Knight.

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Manuel Neuer was standing tall, with his feet firmly planted to the ground. Los Blancos were facing the Bavarians in their quest for 10th European glory in the semi-finals and both teams were inseparable after 210 minutes of football. Following the penalty misses of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, Sergio Ramos

Do teams still fear playing at the Bernabeu?

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Written by Enzo Karema The fortress which is home to 13 Champions League titles, 33 La Liga titles and several other titles won by the club used to frighten anyone who would come to play there to face Madrid. Whilst there have been a few underdogs coming and winning at the

Ansu Fati – Making an impression

“He’s pure anarchy when he plays, and you need to give these kinds of talents liberty, not hide them out wide – they need to do what’s natural to them. He’s the jewel of La Masia.” - Barcelona Juvenil-A coach Victor Valdes. Anssumane Fati, the Guinean teenager has become a household name

The Left-Overs – Experienced Free agents in the lookout for clubs

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Written by Manutd_analysis This summer managers around Europe had the chance to snap up some elite talent on free transfers. The names that come directly to mind are top players such as Adrien Rabiot, Aaron Ramsey, Ander Herrera, and Diego Godin. These players went to some of the best clubs in the

The curse of the high wage

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(Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images) | Written by Abheek Dasgupta In the last decade, there has been massive inflation in the football market. A hundred million pounds, which was very recently considered exorbitant for any footballer, is now merely an erstwhile barrier that is broken every summer, even for wunderkinds who

Analysing Barcelona’s tactical set up this season

Three games, three different faces of Barcelona. While in the past two seasons Valverde's team was built upon the solidity in the domestic competitions, the start to the new campaign has been a rollercoaster for the culés. The Spanish boss has tried to implement a fresh and renewed idea into

The understated value of the modern winger

Written by Tiki Taka Style Unpredictable forces, wizards of the dribble, electricity personified. Wingers have traditionally been seen as a lovable commodity and the primary source of entertainment for football romantics. A museum piece. Capable of lifting thousands of fans from their seats and making the whole crowd roar with a

Serious concerns over Injury Marco Asensio picked up against Arsenal

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Marco Asensio left the stadium after Real Madrid's match against Arsenal in an ambulance after suffering what looked to be a very serious injury. Asensio had a good performance before having to come off on a stretcher. Madrid fans feared the worst and now it looks like their nightmares have

Iago Aspas – The story of Celta’s Messiah

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Written by Bhargav Joglekar There are some players that are synonymous with teams they played for throughout their career. Carlos Puyol with FC Barcelona, Philip Lahm with FC Bayern Munich, Raul with Real Madrid CF; the list goes on and on, but in today’s era where loyalty is a rare sight

The Coutinho conundrum – Why the move hasn’t worked out

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Written by Mohammed Al Sabah | Edited by Srinivas Sadhanand Much has been said about Philippe Coutinho's status at Barcelona since his high-profile departure from Merseyside, with the question that demands answering is why Coutinho is not performing as expected this season. A simple query such as this can only be dissected

Ander Herrera – United’s captain without the armband

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When people look at Manchester United, they expect world class players to dominate proceedings, be it in England or at the summit of European football. People associate the club with legends like David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and so on. And now with

Girona vs Barcelona – Match Preview, Team news, Predicted lineups & Predictions

Girona vs Barcelona Competition - La Liga, Matchday 21 Venue - Estadio Montilivi Timings: Sunday, 27th January 2019, 16:15 pm BST/WAT (UK and Nigeria), 10:15 am EST, 7:15 am PT (USA), 20:45 pm IST (India) Barcelona travel to Estadio Montilivi today for the Catalan Derby against Girona. The Blaugrana have been successful in maintaining their

Barcelona Vs Eibar – Team News, Preview, Predicted Lineups

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Barcelona vs Eibar Competition: La Liga, Matchday 19 Venue: Camp Nou Timings: Sunday, 13th January 2019, 06:30 BST/WAT (UK and Nigeria), 12:30 am EST, 21:30 PT (USA), 23:00 IST (India) Barcelona are set to host Eibar at the Camp Nou on Matchday 19, as they look forward to increasing their lead at the top

In defence of Marco Asensio

17th August 2017 The ball went up and down in a flash, rendering Marc Andre Ter Stegen helpless. It was an unstoppable strike that was exquisitely struck. The perfect way to kill Barcelona's hopes in Supercopa de España. The man behind that venomous strike was none other than Marco Asensio Willemsen. After

Kepa Arrizabalaga – From Bilbao To The Bridge

WHEN World Cup Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois went AWOL from training, hell-bent on securing a move to Real Madrid after the showpiece event in Russia this summer, the Chelsea board wanted an ideal replacement before they could sell the Belgian. With only three days to go before the transfer

Valencia vs Barcelona: Team News, Preview, Predicted Lineups

Competition: La Liga, Matchday 8, Venue: Mestalla Timings: Sunday, 7th October 2018, 20:45 PM BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 14:45 AM EST, 11:45 AM PT (USA), 00:15 AM IST (India) Gameweek 8 in the La Liga brings to us a very special game before we're struck down by the international break. This intriguing match

Alavés vs Real Madrid : Match Preview, Team News, Predicted Line ups

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Competition: La Liga, Matchday 8 Venue: Estadio de Mendizorroza Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre Timings: Saturday, 6th October, 2018, 5:30PM CET (Madrid), 5:30PM BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 12:30PM EST, 9.30AM PT (USA), 10 pm IST (India) Real Madrid enter the weekend clash against Deportivo Alavés after a disappointing game in midweek, losing to CSKA Moscow

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

Lautaro Martínez: Inter’s New Raging Bull

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Lautaro Martinez feature Image designed by AS Argentina - Diario AS Inter Milan’s ties with Argentine strikers are nothing short of inseverable. From Diego Milito’s masterful brace to sweep aside Bayern Munich in the 2009-10 Champions League final to current skipper Mauro Icardi notching up the highest goal tally (29) in a

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

Barcelona Smash 8 Past Huesca as Messi and Suarez Grab Braces

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Written by Guest Contributor Udhav Arora Ernesto Valverde seemed to have finally taken the right approach against newly promoted side Huesca who took the lead early on, within 3 minutes of the game. A previously seen attitude of determination was visible in the team that had lost some grip last season

Athletic Bilbao: The Pride Of The Basque Country

A first exclusive by Shubhodip Bhattacharya Spain is widely known for it’s Catholicism and Roman heritage. The roots of aristocracy, artistry and revolution are reflected in the country’s football as well. The footballing culture in Spain is one of pride, politics, nationalism and identity. This arises from cultural diversity and political

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

The Road Forks here~ Barcelona’s Catalan Conundrum

On the 1st of October 2017, thousands took to the streets of Barcelona, capital of Spain’s most prosperous and wealthiest region, Catalonia. This time, however, it wasn’t a procession to watch the game against Las Palmas, which was played behind closed doors. This was a procession that would mark what

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