Wednesday, November 21, 2018

An Ode To The Almost Certain End Of Mourinho’s Era

There's a short list of managers about whom we can say the Manchester United managerial job is too big for, the only names on that list are arguably Wilf McGuinness, Frank O'Farrell, David Moyes and now, Jose Mourinho.   United are too big for Jose Mourinho. Just like Real Madrid.   Yes, he's had successes – though you might argue they were only achieved through...

Sentenced To Death By International Break

It's 3 pm on a Saturday afternoon, and you know you should be doing something. Something of utmost importance to your existence and yet, at the moment, you’re sorely pressed because you can’t remember what it is. So you surf both the couch and Television channels and then boom, it suddenly hits you! You should be watching club football. You should...

Sarri At Chelsea: Jorginho, Hazard and A New Role For Ngolo Kante?

With a new Chelsea boss, Sarri at the helm of affairs at The Blues, there is promise of a different style of play than what the Stamford bridge faithfuls are used to. Chelsea in recent times have been renowned for their astute defenses bar the Ancelotti season when they had of one of the finest attacks in the Premier...

The Persecution of Mesut Özil: Could It Be Those Groggy Eyes?

Winning a World Cup as a player doesn’t make you any smarter, and successfully running a top club doesn’t make you empathetic or a palatable human being. Mesut Özil is in a predicament which makes that much clear. To call what has happened to Özil a disgrace would be an understatement. The debacle goes back to a photograph he took...

Modern Sports Science: Evolution continues…

It is known that modern science plays a crucial role in the lives of contemporary footballers especially in contrast to their counterparts who played the game, say 30 to 40 years ago. The progress that has been made is overwhelming and it continues to impact the longevity of careers. From highly well planned nutritious meals to cryotherapy treatments that...

Re Jose Mourinho: Let’s Talk About Heritage

It has become a norm over the years for Jose Mourinho to take badly to anything other than total and undeniable success, as would be expected for a manager of his repute. It is not uncommon to hear tales of how badly some managers handle losses. Arsene Wenger in his earlier days at Arsenal would get physically sick and...

Disparaged And Belittled: Sweden, A Cinderella Story

Victor Lindelöf, John Guidetti, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Isaac Kiese Thelin were all in the u21 squad that trailed 2-0 from the first leg of their Euro U21 qualifier play off against France. They stormed to a 3-0 lead in the second leg but an 87th minute Layvin Kurzawa goal looked like it would knock them out on the...

UEFA Champions League 2017/18 Season’s Preview: Impossible Is Nothing

Few things in life can make a grown man cry, and the UEFA Champions league anthem has proven over time to be one them. And who can blame those who succumb to tears. The emotions felt when you step onto the field for your favorite team under the bright lights in a packed stadium as the sonorous tune of...

English Premier League 2017/18: Managers Heading For The Exit Door

The 2017/18 season just started but some managers have already come under fire with a string of poor performances by their respective sides. The English Premier League is in full swing and with three games played, some managers have come under heavy criticism with the kind of start their teams have made. So who are most likely to get the boot...

Entrenador’s Diary: Gooners Win Goal Fest And Other Talking Points From The Opening Day Of The Premier League

Finally, the football season is back and no better way to kick off the EPL than with a truly ‘Arsenal’ game with undulating peaks and troughs, lots of nervy moments and goals that has culminated in a truly electric season opener. With only one opening day win since 2011, the Gunners were itching to start on a bright note against...
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