Sunday, September 22, 2019

Slake’s Soliloquy: Mentality Cannot Be Taught

There is a big difference between being motivated to win and having the mentality of a winner. People often confuse these things. I recently had an interesting Twitter exchange with a coach who argued that mentality can be coached. He pointed at the work of sport psychologists and the fact that developing the psyche of players was in the football...

FORGET THE PEP AND BARCA REUNIONS, THE WORLD THIRSTS FOR A CLASSICO UCL FINAL.

Season in, season out, the El Classico, football’s greatest rival match will always be an eagerly awaited match. From the days of the great Di Stefano and a little further to that of Rivaldo, still down to Zidane and up until the present day, the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona has been one to court attraction and popular...

Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from Zambia vs Nigeria

The Super Eagles of Nigeria began their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with a gritty 2-1 win over Zambia in Ndola on Sunday. But beyond the final result, what else did we learn? Carl-ing on a pair of safe hands So when Vincent Enyeama announced he was retiring from international football last year, there was almost a...

Francesco Totti at 40: Ode To The Eternal Man

“Roma was more than a football club for us (his father). It was part of our blood, our family and our souls. Rome is the sea, the mountain, the monuments. Rome to me, is the world. This club, this city, has been my life”   A week ago, Francesco Totti scored his 250th Serie A goal for AS Roma – becoming...

10 Zlatan and Pogba Facts You Never Knew

One is a self-acclaimed football god and the other isn’t too much of a ‘long shot’ away from Mt. Olympus or wherever football gods are domiciled. Godhood or not however, no one can deny they are among the best in the game of football today. This pair who practically spend their every waking hour in the media spotlight ─ When...

10 Great Players Who Never Won The Champions League

As the UEFA Champions League season ends, we look at some of the greatest players to have played in the competition who failed to win the coveted trophy.   GEORGE WEAH The only African player to ever win either the FIFA World Player of the Year or the Ballon d'Or. You would be forgiven to think it was for a blistering run...

The UEFA Champions League 2016/17: Season Preview

Ol’ Big Ears is back!   The group stages of the battle for Club football’s most prestigious begins again on Tuesday as Europe’s elite gather to try and dethrone current champions Real Madrid. Real claimed an unprecedented Undecima last year (some would say by the luck of the draw) and will try to defend their crown against the likes of Barcelona,...

5 Realistic Defensive Options For Arsenal, Chelsea

With the transfer window in the major leagues across the major European leagues coming to a close soon, summer transfer deadline day promises to be both frantic and frenetic.   Chelsea and Arsenal have had contrasting starts to the season. The Blues have a maximum 9 points from 3 games, while Arsenal struggled in their first game against Liverpool. They had...
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