Mythic folklore doesn't speak of the end of a dragon's life with as much aplomb as it does its heyday. The novelty of a fire breathing colossus whittled down to a chained beast, domesticated by overexposure. Gareth Bale's arc, however, seems now to have a glimmer of a different end.
The 21st century has been a witness to breathtaking football over the years. Spain’s golden generation, undoubtedly the most dominant force in world football at the time, etched their name in football folklore after their victory over Italy in the final of the UEFA Euro 2012. With successive triumphs in the
For many, Emmanuel Adebayor represents the epitome of a modern-day mercenary in the world of football. And maybe that is understandable, considering the Togolese 36-year old has represented 11 different clubs since the beginning of the 2000s, three of them alone within the borders of London. Always with an exceptionally
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
"Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles” – We cannot overemphasize the quote by Sir Alex Ferguson when it comes to Real Madrid’s title-winning season. With injuries to the likes of Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio, a lack of experience in Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo, and an uncertain place
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
Real Madrid have done it. After two years of settling for second best in La Liga, Los Blancos have finally restored their position as Champions of Spain, following a scintillating title race with their perennial rivals Barcelona. After the loss of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best player in the
By Karan Tejwani | This article was first published on Football Chronicle on January 28, 2020
When you think of Brazil’s Ronaldo, you think of the goals, the greatness of the UEFA Cup final in 1998 and the World Cup disappointment of the same year, the resurgence of 2002, the storm
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
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.
"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
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
(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
Written by Ninad Barbadkar
Every sport is influenced by the methods and style of play of a certain country. These countries are usually titans of the sport and influence the game both on and off the pitch. In a larger sense, these countries impact the very philosophy and mindset with which
When it comes to Spanish La Liga odds, it’s becoming all too predictable to wager who will win the division. The big three of Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid have been dominant and in recent years, have battled it out at the top in their own ‘mini-league’. In fact,
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
By Peter Lynch
Utterly disrespectful or just the way it goes? Whatever side of the Gareth Bale divide you’re on, only he will know exactly what is going on behind the scenes in his rollercoaster ride in Madrid, and only he knows what will happen next.
His Real future looks bleaker by
Written by Sayan Chatterjee
Football at it’s purest is an art form - It parallels life in more ways than one. Mere professionalism would make it dull and judging an art form with only glories would not be fair. The 'Los Galacticos‘ project fulfilled an unspoken dream of most football fans
By Hrishikesh Dabir | Edited by Anuli Vyas
On March 6, 2019, Real Madrid suffered their most jarring home defeat in the club’s history that ended their 3-year long undisputed run as European champions. It marked the end of an era for that generation of players. Popular opinion dictates that fans
By Srivaths Parasuraman
“You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you.” - Hendrik Johannes Cruijff
These iconic words will resonate forever within the footballing sphere. Much like an artist’s proficiency seldom depends on the tools he is given but much more so on his mind, similar is the