Saturday, September 21, 2019

The 352 Annual Review: 2016 #352Mag

As far as weird years are concerned, 2016 ranks up there with the weirdest. In football terms all sorts of freak results were thrown up with a few less than surprising carried along too. If at 352, we didn't review it for you, it would be unfair and a horrid way to kick off 2017. Thus, we got together and...

Golden Boy: Is Martial Really THAT Good?

A look at Anthony Martial and his performances in his debut season at Manchester United shows why the club felt justified to spend £36 million (minus add-ons) on the former Monaco forward. Clean strikes from ridiculous difficult positions, movement & dribbles that would confuse any EPL defensive stalwart, and a killer mentality to boot. It was almost a given...

El Clasico: Title Decider or Too Early to Call?

More than a football match. More than a rivalry. This is a civil war re-enacted every year. A battle for supremacy, bragging rights and possibly a league title. Tonight, 20 of the 55 players nominated for the Fifpro XI will take to the pitch at the Camp Nou to do battle. That is the quality that the El clasico boasts....

England on the journey to the Promise Land?

England beat their neighbours Scotland 3-0 via goals from Sturridge, Lallana, Cahill. Although they recorded their biggest win over their Scottish counterpart since may 1975 (via OptaJoe), they still produced a below par performance which would have saw them lose to a supposedly inferior opposition. Unsurprisingly, England's three goals came from headers and those were their only shots on target...

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...

Aritz Aduriz: Late Bloomer or Old Wine?

In a time when youthful talent is coveted more than ever, especially in the goal-scoring and attacking roles; Aritz Aduriz is breaking barriers and reshaping paradigms.   Gabor Kiraly and Gianluigi Buffon are testaments that age sometimes is just a number in football and doesn’t always correspond with ability. Some might say this is understandable since the pair aren’t outfield players...

Jose Mourinho: A Yesterday Man

I know, I know, it’s probably too early to call Jose Mourinho a yesterday man. But this isn’t just about his slowly dying United stint. It all started from last season when he was axed from his ‘favourite’ club in the world. Mourinho has been considered one of the best football managers of his generation! He brought successes to Porto,...

Serie A Watch: Top 10 Youngsters In The Serie A

We all love a good wonderkid. Something about seeing a youngster excelling in the presence of older guys, showing ability and maturity beyond his years is satisfying to all of us. In the Serie A, there’s an abundance of youngsters that are leading the charge for their teams, and as an ardent Serie A fan I’m here to show...

Enugu Rangers: The Search For Gold

For 32 years, the faithfuls at the cathedral have waited. 32 years, they've watched their oriental rivals from the Enyimba surmount a challenge that has seen them overtake rangers as the team with record league titles in the land. But this year, the tune has been different. Rangers international, a club with six league titles, second highest in the...

10 typical Arsenal fans myths demystifyed

“There are only three types of managers in football today: the ones getting fired; the ones getting hired; and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger” - @teehem   Just yesterday I asked a friend who’s a staunch Arsenal fan who was Arsenal's manager before Arsene Wenger. For the sake of context, my friend ─ let’s call him Nnamdi ─ is that typecast Arsenal fan who...
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