Friday, February 28, 2020

Rise of The Fallen: Keeping an Eye on Benitez

11 years ago, he was a European champion, today he is relegated. A year ago he dined with the Kings in Madrid, today he scrapes the bottom with Newcastle United. He inspired one of the greatest comebacks in European football history but couldn’t save the Toon Army from the trapdoor. Grace to grass best describes Rafa Benitez at this...

2016 /2017 Season League Preview : The German Bundesliga

We look to the coming season with daily previews as Europe's Top 5 leagues resume. The football superpowers that brought you goal-line technology & magic spray have yet a few more tweaks to our beautiful game. Brace yourselves, summer football is upon us! Earth will experience kick-off like never before. Perhaps a one-man kick-off? (Hey Zlatan Ibrahimovic!) The tweaks in question?...

José Mourinho: Be careful what you wish for!

Manchester united is the most decorated and richest club side in English football, however one eternal figure that remains permanently tantamount with the red devils is Sir Alex Ferguson, he is the most celebrated gaffer in the clubs glamorous history, he won numerous titles in his 27 years stint, killed off the dominance of old rivals Liverpool (who have...

Has Pep Guardiola Been A Failure At Bayern Munich?

One of the things you notice about football – and society in general – in the modern day is the sensationalism that comes with every single action or inaction. There is never any middle ground; it is either black or white. Every substitution, goal, assist, offside decision is greeted with definitive conclusions in modern football. Pep has to deal...

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...
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