Wednesday, June 26, 2019

WE NEED MORE FOOTBALLERS NOW

You are most likely wondering what this piece is about considering the fact that  we have millions of professional footballers worldwide but the truth is that football as we know it is going into extinction. How excited do we get about watching matches in recent years compared to yester years times? What exactly do major tournaments like the UEFA Champions...

SLAKE’S SOLILOQUY: THE COURTOIS ISSUE

With the kind of season Chelsea FC is having, it should not come as a surprise when underperforming players, who have previously shown their class, come under fire. It began with the likes of Ivanovic, through Hazard, then Costa, and now it has come full circle; Thibaut Courtois has come under intense scrutiny recently. The reason is easy to see....

Manchester Derby Can Become Greater Than the El Classico

Since the takeover in 2008 or better still,  the “Abu Dhabi invasion”, the fans of the noisy neighbors as they are popularly known have seen the typical light blue shirt of theirs being donned by several world soccer superstars such as Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Emmanuel Adebayor, Robinho, Carlo Tevez, David Silva and so many more, these iconic stars...

Arsene Wenger, An English Football Great?

Arsene Wenger the French man whom football has popularly tagged “the Martyr of Islington” holds a degree in economics and has amongst his adversaries, passionate followers and beloved supporters been viewed in various folds. To some an excellent disciple of football management, to others a Gaffer whose methods became simply obsolete for the reason that he couldn’t keep in...

SLAKE’S SOLILOQUY: What Now Louis?

Something happened in the first 15-20 minutes of Manchester United’s game against Chelsea; something very strange. It was something we probably hadn’t seen since Sir Alex Ferguson walked out of Old Trafford for the last time as United Manager. Most people watching must have checked their calendars to be sure they weren’t back to 2012 or 2013 again, I...

Mesût Özil: The Key To Arsenal’s Success

Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. With 17 games played thus far in the Barclays Premier League, Mesut Özil has 15 assists. That equates to just a fraction below an assist a game. To put it more into perspective, Arsenal have scored 31 goals in the League this season with Özil assisting 15 of them (and scoring two). This...

‘Ifreke Inyang: Mourinho: Of Betrayal and the Last Supper – the man many see as Jesus Christ 

To many, Jose Mourinho is the modern-day Jesus Christ. An instant miracle worker. Good luck convincing Porto fans, who saw their own lift the Champions League in the 2003/2004 campaign. I dare you to argue with Chelsea fans, who celebrated back-to-back Premier League titles after he arrived. Heck, he even resurrected Inter Milan. They won an unpredecented Treble with 'dead bones'. It...

‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from the Champions League Round of 16 draws

The 16 teams left in the Champions League, have been drawn against each other. There are a few must-see clashes in February/March 2016 and a  few other 'walk-overs'. But what are the five things we learnt after Monday's draws in Nyon? 1. Same ol, same ol Ugh. Doesn't it get too boring for even UEFA. Everybody and their pet knew that Arsenal would...

José Mourinho’s 2015/16: A rival fan view

I’m a really big fan of comedy, especially stand-up. I think there is something really admirable about being able to stand in front of a crowd, talk about stuff and make people laugh. Rather than the money, many comedians thrive off the instant gratification of their listeners' laughter. I routinely listen to and watch albums and specials of the...

SLAKE’S SOLILOQUY: JOSE MOURINHO HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE GIVEN TIME

"If they sack me, they will be sacking the best manager they have ever had…” When Jose Mourinho said these words a few weeks back after another Chelsea defeat, some people felt he was clutching at straws and playing games to try to save his job. That is probably true. What is also true is that he is probably right...
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