By Enzo Del Llano | This article was first published on Football Chronicle in December, 2019.
It was the end of the 1994-5 season, and in Barcelona, there were heated discussions about the team’s direction. Johan Cruyff was still the manager, but it seemed as though the glory days of the
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
Eyebrows were raised amongst English fans over the course of the 2019/20 campaign when Italian giants Inter Milan hoarded some of the Premier League’s ageing talent. In Antonio Conte’s first season in charge, the club have spent a huge £158million pounds on transfers.
Of this, over £80 million has been used
Full-blooded Italians are, much like their monuments, a relic of a bygone era. Still, they wouldn't be so if they didn't try to clamour unhealthily for their glory days, only to bookend themselves like a Shakespearean political drama. Like many of Italy's hardmen of the early 2000s Gennaro Gattuso's foray
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
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
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 famed sporting director of Sevilla - Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, commonly known as Monchi, was one of the most in-demand figures in football a few years back. He had overseen transfers, youth promotion and managerial choices in Seville for 17 years, after being appointed as the Director of Football in
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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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
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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
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
The international break could not have come at a better time for the Partenopei. After a dismal start to the campaign, one in which Napoli were expected to go in all guns blazing and possibly force Juventus to relinquish their 8-year hegemony at the apex of the Italian top-flight; they
This is a story of a football team that once was an absolute giant. AC Milan were the poster child in Serie A and UEFA Champions League. It is shocking to see how a prodigy of a team has been dethroned from the elite stage. Almost a decade ago the
When Gianluigi Buffon moved to Juventus for a then world-record fee of €52million back in 2001, more than a few eyebrows were raised. The Bianconeri were amongst the richest in the land but splurging such a huge fee for a young goalkeeper was met with groans.
In his years coming up
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
Lights shine brightly in the home locker room at the Friuli Stadium. Yet, the spotlight is all on one man tonight. Seated at his usual place in the dressing room, today is not another normal match day for him. His focus is very much on the upcoming 90 minutes of
Atalanta B.C have graduated from being relegation candidates to regulars in European competitions. Their acclaimed academy has served them well, but it is Gian Piero Gasperini who has helped them break out of their cocoon. After making some smart investments here and there, they are now borderline outside contenders in
After having an illustrious career spanning 17 years, Thiago Silva is now a household name in Brazil as the PSG captain has surpassed all odds to become one of the greatest football leaders of the 21st century.
Abandoned by his father at the age of 5, he did not have a
Let me take you back to 2018. The scene is set in the beautiful suburbs of Hong Kong. It’s summertime and there are a bunch of kids running around playing football. There’s also a young man running along with them. This man casually nutmegs a little boy, which sends the
When Marek Hamšík was substituted off in the 74th minute against Sampdoria in February, something did not seem right. The Slovak was taking longer than usual to go off the pitch, applauding every corner of the majestic Stadio San Paolo as if it was the last time he would have
“My grandfather is Milan, my father is Milan, I’m Milan and my son is Milan. Forget it”.
And that was that. The mere suggestion that his son could one day ply his trade somewhere other than Milan was so scandalous, that even Sir Alex Ferguson could not escape Cesare Maldini’s disdain.
Rome: a city of wonder and lore. This was the axis of civilization at a time of might and myth. This was the city where Caesar the monarch witnessed feats of glory at the Colosseum. The city where Michelangelo would weave so much of his wizardry. Many famous church shrines
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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
Football is back, and more importantly, so is the Champions League. Liverpool’s loss at Napoli and Chelsea’s Valencia setback have already given the English sides plenty to think about, with the likes of PSG hosting Real Madrid and Juventus travelling to Atletico sure to provide yet another warm welcome back
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Ever since Jose Mourinho led the blue half of Milan to European glory, the club has hit a stagnant point in their attempts to relive those glory days. 12 manager changes in 9 seasons with the league table positions in those seasons being, more often than not,
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Mario Balotelli: Or can we call him football’s very own Mr. Mischief? The Great Italian striker that never was? He has come a long way indeed. In doing so, Super Mario has also made quite a name for himself. Sometimes for the right reasons but more often
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Post a long summer of talks and speculations regarding his transfer by the Vesuvius, the baby faced Mexican Hirving Lozano, also nicknamed ‘El Chucky’, finally appeared on Italian soil.
The long desired signature of the Mexican starlet on a 5-year deal worth 42 million euros is awaiting final confirmation,
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Italian football is full of mysteries and spine-tingling stories - of huge tifos being unfolded at every historic stadium, of how a team formed at an alley in front of Duomo di Milano. FC Internazionale (colloquially known as Inter Milan) is undoubtedly one of the three biggest
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The days of the summer transfer window of 2019 are winding down and there's a lot that can and should happen. El Arte del Futbol takes a closer look at the transfers that are sensible for all parties involved and should go through before the window shuts.
"A choice that came from the heart."
These were the words spoken by Radja Nainggolan when asked about his come back to his former team, Cagliari. The answer given by the 31 years old Belgian midfielder was not random, his heart, in fact, does have roots in the Sardinian city. Cagliari
Juventus have pulled off the transfer coup of the summer by signing Dutch wunderkind Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax in a €75million deal. The 19-year-old was the hottest property in world football and they saw off ferocious competition from Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United to capture his signature. It came
"It's not Inzaghi who is in love with goals; it's the goals that are in love with him"
Football is the world’s most watched sport. From Africa to America and across oceans, this is one inseparable emotion that burns hotter than a furnace among its devotees and its lovers. If football is emotion
Juventus have been a European heavyweight for quite some time now. Their unmatched success in Serie A, in addition to their impressive campaigns in the Champions League in 2016 and 2018 clearly bear testament to that. With the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, they have clearly outlined their far-sighted
The 'Bosanski dijamant' or the 'Bosnian Diamond' for those who reside outside of Sarajevo, Bosnia where serial goalscorer Edin Džeko was born in 1986. From the capital of his home nation to the capital of Italy, the underrated striker is scoring goals and still enjoying his football in Serie A.
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How did Sevilla, one of the lesser known Spanish sides win 3 Europa Leagues in a row, and in the process not only establish themselves as a top-tier side but also create a pool of superstars who have moved on to more success around the world?
If Krzysztof Piątek’s story was pitched to Hollywood executives, they would turn their noses up at this notion and fling the script onto the pile of monotonous ideas for sports films at their disposal. However, the Pole’s blockbuster start to life at Genoa is anything but predictable. From plying his
ALONG with the arrival of new chief tactician Maurizio Sarri at West London, one of his more extraordinary pupils, Jorginho has brought an enticingly unique brand of football to England. It's not even been 2 months and Jorginho is already enhancing his reputation as one of the best passers in
Inter finished the 2017-18 campaign in dramatic fashion; Matias Vecino’s late header against Lazio sealed their place in the 2018-19 Champions League at the expense of their opponents, rounding off a promising first season under Luciano Spalletti. There's been a renewed sense of optimism around the club in the summer
At 5’6, Lucas Torreira isn’t exactly the most imposing of figures at the heart of midfield. In a position generally dominated by bigger, more physical players, the young Uruguayan has carved himself a niche in the Serie A making him one of the best midfielders in the league. Guest EADF
The transfer window saga has ended. As the dust settles, the squads have been finalized. Even if the managers have got the desired results, or not, they have to cope with these players only. Let us examine the signings and how the teams have performed in this crazy transfer window.
Antalyaspor signs Nasri. Image via Daily Sabah. (https://goo.gl/U4ks6e)
The transfer window sees another absurdity take place as Samir Nasri leaves City for an estimated fee of 3.2 million pounds. Reports confirm his move to Turkish club Antalyaspor. Nasri will be joining the likes of Samuel Eto’o, although reports from the Turkish
Associazione Calcio Milan. AC Milan was one of the teams who had once conquered the whole footballing world. There was once a team honouring the crest and playing in San Siro. They showed the Milan faithful what it feels like to play it The Milan Way. Or as they call