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Emre Can – Turning his blues to Black and Yellow

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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

[Interview] – “A football career is a marathon and not a sprint.” – 17 year old teen sensation Marco John is geared up for the challenges ahead

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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.  Marco started

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

The FPL revolution which changed perspective all around

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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

Predestined – Erling Braut Håland’s sensational debut for Dortmund

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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

Julian Nagelsmann – The Managerial Wonderkid

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

Marco Rose – A world-beater in the making

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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

Mason Mount – Finding his feet in the big league

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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

Italian Football – A Journey Down Memory Lane

Written by Shubhodip Bhattacharya  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

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

Boxing Day Blockbuster – Leicester City vs Liverpool match preview

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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

What fuels Jamie Vardy?

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

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.

The Blueprint – How City played without the ball vs Chelsea

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Manchester City went into Saturday’s game against Chelsea well aware of the stakes. A loss would turn the already large 9 point deficit between them and Liverpool into an astronomical 12 points, but fortunately for Guardiola and the sky blues, they came out on top courtesy of a 2-1 victory. The

FPL Scout Report 16 – Gameweek 13 Review (Part 1)

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Resident EADF FPL contributor Samson Baretto reviews the 13th FPL gameweek of the Premier League today. Here is part 1 of the analysis - West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspurs ‘The Special One is back’ chanted the Spurs fans as West Ham faced yet another defeat despite a hard-fought second half. Fantasy

Mourinho to Tottenham – There’s A Storm Coming

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Let me take you back to 2015. A day prior to the Carabao Cup - then Capital One Cup - Final against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sat down for his presser. A Mourinho press interview is always entertaining. When asked whether he was offered the Spurs job in 2007

FPL Scout Report 15 – Captaincy options for Gameweek 13

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We’re back with the Captaincy Article ahead of Gameweek 13. We’ve picked three players and a differential who we expect to do well and do justice to their owners as captaincy options this week. Sadio Mane Sadio Mane enters gameweek 13 as a strong captaincy candidate as Liverpool travel to a struggling

Scott McTominay – Here to stay

When Barcelona visited Old Trafford to compete for a place in the Champions League semi-final on the 10th of April, all the headlines before the match were dominated by the stars headlining the clash. Every paper in town was talking about the superstars, the Paul Pogbas, the David de Geas,

Ukraine – Flying under the radar on Europe’s biggest stage

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Not many nations made it through a long and drawn-out European Championship qualifying campaign unscathed, with only big-hitters Italy and Belgium easing through their respective groups with ten wins from their ten games. Tournament regulars Spain and Denmark also qualified for Euro 2020 without any major hiccups, but it was

The downfall of Niko Kovač and what next for Bayern?

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On 3rd November 2019, FC Bayern München parted ways with Niko Kovač as the head coach after a series of poor performances with the last one being a 5-1 drubbing by his former club Eintracht Frankfurt. Kovač had a fairly good start to the Bundesliga last season winning the Bundesliga title,

Can Liverpool’s flying full-backs carry the Reds to the title?

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The red juggernaut keeps ongoing. Much like they did in the Champions League, Jürgen Klopp’s side are channeling their disappointment from last season, when they came excruciatingly close to the title and using it to fuel their bid to go one better this time around. As they passed the acid

Have Liverpool done enough to win the Premier League already?

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Micheal Oliver’s whistle at full time at the end of the clash between Liverpool and Manchester City sadly confirmed what many neutrals feared with regards to enjoying a competitive title race this season. The Reds now find themselves eight points clear of second-placed Leicester City and a massive nine points

The Northern Rivalry: Manchester City vs Liverpool

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Photo by Jack Hunter // CC0 1.0 The North West cities of England punch above their weight when it comes to football. The teams of Liverpool and Manchester have a success rate better than that of rivals in London, despite the capital city being significantly bigger. These northern teams have gone through different phases over

The downfall of a European giant – AC Milan

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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

FPL 2019/20 Scout Report 12 – The Watchlist

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We're back with the weekly Players to Watch article ahead of Gameweek 10 where we'll provide you with a list of players who we expect to do well in the upcoming gameweeks along with a differential pick to help you climb up the overall rankings. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (DEF: MUN 5.4m) Upcoming fixtures:

Michael Zorc – BVB through thick and thin

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The name Michael Zorc, to the majority of young football enthusiasts, might be synonymous with the best Sporting Director in world football. Zorc has been the Director of Football at Borussia Dortmund from well before the Jürgen Klopp era. He was instrumental in bringing the likes of Ousmane Dembélé, Shinji

FPL 2019/20 Scout Report 11 – Captaincy options for Gameweek 9

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We’re back with an article looking at the potential big-hitting captains ahead of Gameweek 9. This week there are quite a few good options available but we'll keep it simple and give our top choices. We've picked 4 players that we believe have the best probability of returning a double-digit

John McGinn – The only way is up

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You could be forgiven for not even knowing who he was just a couple of years ago, but it’s safe to say that John McGinn is now a household name in the world of football. And even if he isn’t quite there yet, he will be soon. It’s been a

O Monstro: Thiago Silva, The epitome of determination

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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

Philipp Lahm – The Magic Dwarf who became a football giant

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How does one define leadership? One technical definition according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is 'A person who leads'. Elsewhere it says that a leader is one who commands and influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal. I could go on but you get the gist. However,

The Bielsa Way – A Brief Explanation

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READING, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Marcelo Bielsa, Head Coach of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Leeds United at Madejski Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Reading, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images) Written by Enzo Karema “Football rests on four fundamentals, as outlined

John Terry – Captain, Leader, Legend!

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The commander in chief of Chelsea’s defence, who rallied his troops to every battle is the epitome of leadership. He played every minute wearing his heart on his sleeve and was a living example of the idea that the name in front of the shirt is always bigger than the

Marek Hamšík – The Prince of Naples

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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

Chris Wilder is living the dream at Sheffield United

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The party that followed Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League was a big one. An open-top bus weaving through the streets of the Steel City, confetti fluttering in the wind, flares blasting thick red smoke into the air, with thousands of gleeful Blades fans paying homage to the team

Paolo Maldini – Il Capitano

“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.

Francesco Totti – A Timeless Romance in Rome

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

Roy Keane – Irate, Insane, irreplaceable

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"Pass the fu*king ball forward, take risks, you're not at Leeds or West Ham now, you're at Manchester United!'  As Rio Ferdinand recalls the antics of his captain in his first training session there is less an air of fear and trepidation, and more a collective sense of respect. Whether he

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

FPL 2019/20 Scout Report 9 – Captain bonanza

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) Written by Samson Baretto Sergio Aguero The Argentine has been in red hot

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