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International friendlies review (March 27)

What happened during the second set of World Cup preparation friendlies and what did we learn from them? The most talked about game was the...

Which was the best World Cup final? (Part 2)

Part 1 gave you the first 11 finals. Part 2 brings you the remaining 9, plus my decision on which was the best one. 1982 ...

Which was the best World Cup final? (Part 1)

Let’s remember all the World Cup finals to date and then decide which one was the best, shall we? 1930 Winner: Uruguay - The first ever...

World Cup fun facts

Many interesting World Cup facts, all wrapped in one article that will satisfy your curiosity. - The only time there were more South American than...

Best Under-21 footballers in La Liga (Part 2)

Part 1, which included the likes of Carlos Soler, Dani Ceballos and Maxi Gomez, is followed by Part 2, headlined by Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele. AGE:...

Best Under-21 footballers in La Liga (Part 1)

Time to go to Spain and check out what type of talent is being developed there. AGE: 21 Carlos Soler (Valencia) - Valencia’s resurgence in Spain is...

Best Under-21 footballers in Ligue 1 (Part 2)

Part 1 was a mixture of the known and the unknown. What will Part 2 bring to the table? AGE: 20 Christopher Nkunku (PSG) - Whenever a...

Best Under-21 footballers in Ligue 1 (Part 1)

Ligue 1 is Europe’s biggest producer of young talent. See who you can recognize in Part 1 of this article. AGE: 21 Malcom (Bordeaux) - One of...

International friendlies review (March 23)

Ronaldo taught Egypt a valuable lesson, France scrambled a 2-0 lead, Croatia and Serbia disappointed, while Mexico impressed in yesterday’s World Cup preparation friendlies. There...

Best Under-21 footballers in Seria A (Part 2)

This is a continuation of my list of best U-21 youngsters in Italy's Seria A. AGE: 20 Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) - Federico Chiesa is the son of...

Best Under-21 footballers in Seria A (Part 1)

You might think there aren't many young players in Seria A worthy of your attention. Well, you're wrong. Here's where you learn who they...

Best Under-21 footballers in Bundesliga (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of Bundesliga's best U21 footballers article. AGE: 20 Amine Harit (Schalke) - Harit is a Frenchman of Moroccan descent who represented France during...

Best Under-21 footballers in Bundesliga (Part 1)

Who are the best U-21 prospects in the Bundesliga? Read to find out. AGE: 21 Julian Brandt (Leverkusen) - At 21, Brandt is already an established member...

Best Under-21 footballers in the Premier League

These are U-21 players who have made at least 15 appearances for their clubs this season and are deserving of recognition. AGE: 21 Dele Alli (Tottenham) -...

10 strikers every football fan should know

Ever wondered who were the most prolific center forwards in football history? Well, here's a list of 10 of the very best. Ferenc Puskas - Puskas...

Are two cups in England and France really necessary?

All countries have one cup, except England and France. Why? Do they really need them? England has the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup (the...

Who should be Argentina’s center forward?

With Aguero, Higuain and Icardi at its disposal, Argentina should never have problems scoring. It’s insane when you think that Argentina had so much trouble...

Should coaches be punished for disagreeing with referees?

In recent years, we’ve seen an uptick in fines (both in frequency and in value) for managers who are stating their opinion regarding referees’...

Young prospects in world football – Kai Havertz

If there's a midfield prospect in Europe you should know about, it's 18-year-old Kai Havertz. Kai Havertz is an 18-year-old midfielder who plays for Bundesliga...

Top 5 leagues weekend review (March 16-18)

This weekend was marked by a remarkable game between Marseille and Lyon, losses by Bayern and Atletico Madrid, and four-goal games by Salah, Icardi...

Remembering the legends of football – Romario

Romario is one of the most prolific goal scorers in world football history. However, his fame didn’t come without some controversy. Romario de Souza Faria...

Big name transfer targets for summer 2018

After reading all the transfer rumours lately, I decided to make a list of a few players who should be on the move this...

Young prospects in world football – Issa Diop

Tall, strong and mobile center backs are at a premium these days. Toulouse's Issa Diop is one of them. Here’s some trivia for you to...

How much time should be given to a new manager to...

Managers are falling like apples from a tree right now, which got me wondering, how much time should be given to a new manager...

Away goals rule

There has been much debate about the away goals rule in recent years. This, is my point of view. The away goals rule was introduced...

Europa League quarter-finals draw reaction

Arsenal and Atletico Madrid avoided each other in Friday’s Europa League quarter-finals draw. Not a single club from last season’s final 8 participated in this...

Champions League quarter-finals draw reaction

The big favorites avoided each other in Friday’s Champions League quarter-finals draw. Teams in draw: Barcelona Bayern Juventus Liverpool Manchester City Real Madrid Roma Sevilla Barcelona – Roma Barcelona will feel as the luckiest team...

Top 6 goalkeepers in European football

There isn't a strong team without a strong goalkeeper. Here's my list of Europe's top 6. David de Gea - The lanky David de Gea...

Remembering the legends of football – Paolo Maldini

If you asked me to choose one defender to start a football franchise, it would be Paolo Maldini. Paolo Maldini spent his entire football career,...

Young prospects in world football – Viktor Kovalenko and Viktor Tsygankov

Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev are rivals on and off the pitch. Now, they have two Viktors to epitomize that rivalry – Viktor Kovalenko...

Is Olympique Marseille finally turning its fortunes around?

What if I told you that Dimitri Payet, Florian Thauvin and the gang are on a mission to conquer Europe? Would you believe me? There...

How good is Marcus Rashford?

His display against Liverpool left me wondering – how good is Marcus Rashford? First of all, let’s start from the fact that Marcus Rashford is...

European All-Star football team

The European football season is at its pick, so I thought it would be a good time to share my All-Star team – the...

Top 5 leagues weekend review (March 9-12)

Mourinho getting the better of Jurgen Klopp, Kane getting hurt and a tribute to Davide Astori are some of the events that marked this...

The emergence of the 5-4-1 two-wing back formation

In the search for open space in the modern tactics-based football era, managers are constantly trying different methods and approaches that could give them...

Young prospects in world football – Faitout Maouassa and Joris Gnagnon

Stade Rennais has two of the brightest young stars in Europe on its roster – center back Joris Gnagnon and left back Faitout Maouassa. Faitout...

Stuttgart – a team on the rise

There’s a team in Germany that requires your attention and that team is Stuttgart. I don’t know if you knew this, but Stuttgart is one...

Remembering the legends of football – Javier Zanetti

If there was one full back I could choose in my football dream team, it would be Javier Zanetti. “Il Capitano” was born in Argentina’s...

Young prospects in world football – Kuki and Javier Ontiveros

There are a couple of players in Malaga's academy that deserve your attention. Their names are Kuki and Javi Ontiveros. Kuki. That’s the nickname of...

Wenger out

The time for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal has run out. Now, it's up to him to make the right decision and step down. After seven...

Maurizio Sarri – that’s who Italy should hire

There's manager in Napoli who would be the perfect fit as the next national team coach. His name is Maurizio Sarri. November 13 was a...

Top 5 left backs in European football

In the ever-evolving position of full back, there are several who could claim the spot as the top one. Here’s my list of the...

Remembering the legends of football – Gabriel Batistuta

Who was Gabriel Batistuta you ask? Just one of most ruthless and deadliest goal scorers in history. Gabriel Omar Batistuta was born in Santa Fe,...

Young prospects in world football – Yann Karamoh

There's a player Inter bought recently, who could be the next Ousmane Dembele. His name is Yann Karamoh. Yann Karamoh is a 19-year-old Frenchman born...

Biggest underachievers in Europe’s Top 5 leagues

As there are clubs that overachieve during a season, there are clubs that underachieve. Who are they? Let’s find out. Southampton - I’ll start with a...

Biggest overachievers in Europe’s Top 5 leagues

Every season, there are clubs that perform above expectations. Here are the ones I think have overachieved so far. Brighton - After three playoff defeats in...

The consequences of Financial Fair Play

As teams try to combat new rules and avoid sanctions for breaking them, new trends start appearing in European football, such as loaning out...

Top 6 center backs in Europe

There's a saying that defense wins championships. For the most part, it's true. So, let's take a look at Europe's best center backs at...

Is loaning out beneficial or detrimental to player development?

As the football game is evolving, clubs are trying to devise new ways to gain an advantage. One such attempt is loaning out young...

Ranking the best managers in Europe

Who are the top 5 managers in Europe at the moment? This is my list. Managerial quality is something very subjective. Coaches fail in one...

New trend developing – Players signing early

Naby Keita and Leon Goretzka announcing they'd be joining another club before or in the middle of a season is just the beginning. Expect...

VAR technology – helpful or shameful?

VAR Technology has been one of the most talked about topics in football. What is it and is it necessary? What does VAR mean? It’s...

Who will be Real Madrid’s number 9 next season?

Real Madrid needs a new center forward. So, who will be Benzema's replacement? There are so many rumours surrounding this question that it’s difficult to...

Remembering the legends of football – George Weah

There was once a footballer who ran the entire length of the pitch and scored. His name was George Weah. George Weah was one my...

Young prospects in world football – Diogo Dalot

There's a player you've probably never heard of in Porto's youth academy, who could be playing for a team such as Bayern Munich in...

Battle for European qualification in Germany

The battle for European qualification in Germany is this - Bayern, and then everyone else. Well, literally all of those everyone else are battling...

Van Gaal tips Bayern to win the treble

Former Bayern Munich and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has praised the impact that Jupp Heynckes has had at the club and believes...

Battle for European qualification in France

The battle for European qualification in France involves three teams for the Champions League spots, and the rest of the league for Europa League...

Aubameyang may already regret Arsenal move

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may already be questioning his record breaking transfer to Arsenal after the club’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup...

Puyol defends Pique gesture to Espanyol fans

Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has defended his former teammate Gerard Pique after the defender was heavily reprimanded for his gesture after he equalised...

Nacho doesn’t think Real Madrid deserved to lose

Real Madrid defender Nacho believes that his side did not deserve to lose in their 1-0 defeat against Espanyol on Tuesday night’s La Liga...

Totti backs Napoli to win Serie A

AS Roma legend Francesco Totti has backed Napoli to go on and beat Juventus to the Serie A title this season Napoli are currently leading...

Giggs: “Bale is happy at Real Madrid”

Newly appointed Wales manager Ryan Giggs is sure that Gareth Bale is happy at Real Madrid and is not seeking a move elsewhere Since Bale...

Wright questions Ozil contract renewal at Arsenal

Ian Wright has questioned Mesut Ozil’s decision to sign a new contract at the club when he could have been a free agent in...

Lukaku calls for Premier League All-Star match

Romelu Lukaku has called for the Premier League to commission an all-star game featuring all the biggest stars in the league teaming up and...

Messi & Suarez delighted with Coutinho

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are delighted with Barcelona’s new signing Philippe Coutinho after his selfless play in the club’s 6-1 win over Girona...

Pochettino dismisses Wembley advantage in FA Cup

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off any suggestions that his side could have an unfair advantage over their rivals should they progress to...

La Liga president slams Luis Suarez

La Liga president Javier Tebas has criticized the actions of Luis Suarez in Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Girona at the weekend During Barcelona’s 6-1 win...

Wright: “Team have failed Wenger”

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that the players have let Arsene Wenger down too many times over the years and believes that a change...

Bale was given more time to rest at Tottenham

Gareth Bale’s former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes that the reason why he never got injured at the club was because they took proper...

Wilkins: “One of the worst Arsenal sides I’ve ever seen”

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins was highly critical of Arsenal following their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday Arsene...

Raul backs Zidane as “the best coach for Real Madrid”

Raul has backed his former Real Madrid teammate Zinedine Zidane to lead the side out of their current predicament and finish the season strongly Zidane...

Arsenal’s Wilshere launches attack on referee after cup final defeat

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has criticized the decisions made by the referee during their 3-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final...

Raul would like Kane at Real Madrid

Real Madrid legend Raul has given the club his endorsement towards any possible summer bid for Tottenham star Harry Kane It has been another outstanding...

Mellor: James Milner a “warrior”

Former Liverpool forward Neil Mellor has labelled James Milner a “warrior” after his performance in their 4-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday’s...

Parlour tips Viera to become next Arsenal manager

  Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has tipped his former teammate Patrick Vieira to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates in the near future Both Vieira and...

The Battle for European qualification – Italy

The battle between Roma, Lazio and Inter for the remaining Champions League spots defines the current situation in Seria A, while Milan, Sampdoria and...

Players to watch on Champions League Wednesday (February 21)

Some experienced masters and some future stars will be on display in the Champions League today, including a young Turkish phenomenon named Cengiz Under. Cengiz...

Players to watch on Champions League Tuesday (February 20)

Another Champions League Tuesday is here, and with it comes another encounter between two European giants - Chelsea and Barcelona. While the game in...

The Battle for Europa League spots – England

With the FA Cup being played this weekend, it’s a great time to check the scenarios regarding the available Europa League spots in the...

The Battle for European qualification spots – Spain

Although the 2017/18 La Liga season has been somewhat uncommon, the same teams are jostling for European qualification. Who are they, and why the...

The Battle for Champions League spots – England

With the leagues around Europe heading towards the stretch run, I thought it would be a good idea to review the current Champions League...

Europa League – Who are the favorites to win?

The UEFA Europa League is entering its knockout phase. Which teams have what it takes to reach Parc Olympique Lyonnais on May 16? The Europa...

Players to watch on Champions League Wednesday (February 14)

It’s finally here. The game we’ve all been waiting for between Real Madrid and PSG is today. Which players could make the difference in...

Players to watch on Champions League Tuesday (February 13)

The two games on Tuesday have Basel on an impossible mission against Manchester City, whereas Juventus squares off with Tottenham in one of the...

Champions League first knockout round preview (Part 2)

Part 1 gave you the preview of the first four Champions League matchups. This is the second part of the Champions League first knockout...

Champions League first knockout round preview (Part 1)

This is a preview of the first four matches in the Champions League first knockout round, including my opinion on who’s going to progress...

Who will win the Champions League?

This article will not give you the answer of who’s going to win the Champions League. It’s just a quick analysis of the draw...

The ascension of RB Leipzig – Good or bad for football?

RB Leipzig put east Germany back on the football map, but at what cost? Is their achievement a success story, or is it bad...

Young prospects in world football – Maximiliano Romero

In the second edition of my “Young prospects in world football” articles, I take a look at another Argentinian wonderkid – Maximiliano Romero. Before moving...

Harry Maguire and Alfie Mawson – England’s future center back tandem

From Sol Campbell and Tony Adams, to John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Jamie Carragher, then Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, and most recently John...

What’s next for Riyad Mahrez?

At a time when football players whine to get what they want, one didn't. So, what does the future hold for Leicester's Riyad Mahrez? It’s...

Jupp Heynckes – Bayern’s savior

In 2013, Jupp Heynckes created one of the best football teams in history, saving Bayern's reputation in the process. Can he do it again...

Young prospects in world football – Lautaro Martinez

Lautaro Martinez is a name not many football fans have heard of, but it is a name that the scouts of the best teams...

Real Madrid’s season hanging by a thread

Zidane on the brink of being fired? Real Madrid sitting 4th in La Liga? Cristiano Ronaldo with only 8 goals behind his name? What is...

Chelsea’s outlook on the rest of the season

"Where would Chelsea be without Conte?", is the question football fans were asking last season. "Where is Chelsea headed with Conte?", is the question...

Klopp happy to welcome back Van Dijk

Jurgen Klopp is excited to welcome Virgil van Dijk back from suspension for their meeting with Manchester United despite admitting Liverpool did not miss him...

Zanetti hopeful of Icardi’s return

Clubs learn Europa League fate