Saturday, April 20, 2019

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...

#352WorldCupMemories: Argentina, Bilardo’s Horriffic Nightmare

“I know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail nonetheless. Frightening. Turns the legs to jelly.”   The 1990 World Cup will be fondly remembered by Germans but probably no one else. One man would rather forget it happened all together. The preceding quote may have come from a towering, purple...

Russia 2018: Five Things From Day Seven

  Atlas Lions Cower in Defeat: Just like North African neighbours, Egypt, Morocco have been eliminated from the competition after losing 0-1 to Portugal in the first game of day 7. Though they started strongly, a momentary lapse in concentration in the fourth minute was their undoing. A combination of wild finishing—most notably from skipper Mehdi Benatia and a...

RUSSIA 2018: Five Things From Day 5

*Two strokes of Kane: England gaffer Gareth Southgate raised eyebrows when he elevated Tottenham striker Harry Kane to skipper of the side over Gary Cahill, Jordan Henderson, Ashley Young and co. making him the youngest player ever to captain England in a World Cup. In retrospect, the decision appears to be paying off. He has handled the office well...

#352WCCountdown: Our Predicted The World Cup All-Star XI

We’re only hours away from the start of the World Cup and excitement is brimming over! Head coaches have settled on their teams, final plans for tactics and squad management are in place, we are ready to go. Debates over who should have been included or left out have inevitably been sparked naturally. Traditionally, FIFA has its own list of...

The Back 4: A Long Overdue Ode To Defenders

I remember playing football in university, challenging in various competitions, winning some & losing some. I remember one tournament in particular; we had gone all the way to the finals and were 1-0 up with a few minutes to go. A rare attack from our opponents saw our one of our defenders, the right back, isolated 1 v 1...

#352WCCOUNTDOWN: The 5 African Teams At The World Cup

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  With a few tweaks coming soon from FIFA, we could be set to see more of African teams at the biggest soccer fiesta in the near future. For now, these five have the potential to throw down a few shockers in Russia and we’re here for it. EGYPT The last time Egypt qualified for the World Cup, legendary goalkeeper Essam El...

6 Wins To Glory, A Super Eagles Story

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Could we like, really do it? We can you know? Beyond our stupendously beautiful jerseys, there is actual quality in this Super Eagles generation. This has more than just a few people (including me) optimistic that if they could just channel the winning spirit of their predecessors, they could go on to make history in Russia. We don’t even...

Where are the Super Eagles from Brazil 2014?

The World cup remains the biggest football competition on the planet and playing in it brings enormous pride and honour. This is not just for the players that get the chance to showcase their talent but also for entire nations who get the chance to partake in a collective experience with much gusto. It is just the same for...
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