Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Phillipe Coutinho: A Quality Player And Why Barcelona Need Him

  It's done and it's not surprising. A Brazilian has angled for a move to his dream club and has gotten it. Then, you check the month of the year and the teams in the latter stages of the UEFA Champions league that includes Liverpool and Barcelona and you begin to rationalize why a €160m move is made in the...

The Milan Derby: The Tale Of The Same City

Whether you're on the blue or red side of the fence or even a neutral, the Derby Della Madonnina has to be a permanently marked fixture on your football calendar. The 219th Derby and the first of the 2017/2018 season is bound to be an eye catcher for quite a few reasons. Even though the derby doesn't have as...

BARCELONA THRIVING DESPITE INSTITUTIONAL CRISIS – TALKING TACTICS

Barcelona ought to be in crisis. What is happening? Just fresh off a terrible summer of contractual lies, disappointments and scatter gun approach to transfers, motion of “vote of no confidence”, chants of #BartomeuDismision; Barca’s on pitch performance has been nothing but encouraging with a few improvements needed . Led by a false 9 Messi, the Catalan outfit has scored...

Serie A Transfers Roundup – Team By Team Analysis Of The 2017/18 Summer Transfers

Juventus’ most high profile piece of transfer market business was the signing of Fiorentina’s Italian sensation Federico Bernadeshi for €40m which was shrouded in controversy with the Fiorentina faithful labelling him a traitor, making his return to the Artemio Franchi an unmissable fixture. They also secured the signing of PSG’s experienced midfielder Blaise Matuidi in a €20m deal. Arsenal’s...

La Liga 2017/18: Youngsters To Watch This Season

Few leagues across Europe are as youth friendly as the Spanish La Liga which seems to have a never ending stream of fascinating younsters coming through the league, from Messi to Asensio and now these blooming aces. BORJA MAYORAL 20, REAL MADRID Another striker off the Real Madrid production line, described as an unapologetic scavenger. He could very well take the...

La Liga 2017/18: Season’s Preview – Team By Team Analysis

La Liga is back and there have been a lot of changes. Eight of the league’s twenty teams have new managers; four of them finished in the top 10 last season. While some players have left their teams or the league entirely, some others have come in. The most notable departure was Neymar’s for a staggering world record fee....

Season’s Preview: The Italian Serie A – Part Four

Thus far, we have previewed the Serie A team by team, looking at 15 teams in parts 1, 2 and 3. This is the concluding part of the Serie A Preview. Enjoy!   ROMA — Rome, Italy 16/17 Finish: 2nd Coach: Eusebio di Francesco Stadium: Olimpico Best Player: MF Radja Nainggolan Addition: • RB Rick Karsdorp • LW Cengiz Under • CM Lorenzo Pellegrini • CB Hector Moreno • CF...

Ligue 1 Uprising: New Lease, New Expectations, New Beginnings.

First things first, Neymar - a global football icon and phenomenon now plies his trade in the Ligue 1 and this is no small feat. In terms of individual talent, only Spain can claim to have better players than him (for now). A potential Ballon D’Or winner and the heir to Pélé’s throne in Brazilian folklore, Neymar was criticised...

Season’s Preview: The Italian Serie A – Part Three

The third part of our team by team review of the Serie A season is up. Read parts 1 and 2.  HELLAS VERONA — Verona, Italy 16/17 Finish: Serie B Runners-up Coach: Fabio Pecchia Stadium: Marc’Antonio Bentogodi Stadium Best Player: FW Giampaolo Pazzini   Additions: DM Marco Fossati RW Alessio Cerci CB Martin Caceres LB Gian Filippo Felicioli CB Nicolo Cherubin CB Thomas Heurtais CM Marcel Buchel RW Daniele Verde CM Bruno Zuculini GK Marco Silvestri After...

Spanish Super Cup Preview: Barcelona vs Real Madrid – El Clasico Special

If you take the last 1.5 years of Real Madrid into consideration, one would be forgiven for suggesting Zidane’s Madrid is on par with Pep’s Barcelona side – ignoring aesthetic value & what not. The true strength of both sides lay in midfield but what this Madrid side doesn’t have going for them is the fear factor that Pep’s...
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