The Decline of the Number 10

“Football is the working-class ballet.” The hallowed and revered words of Alf Garnett. There’s no debate either – football is beautiful, in so many ways akin to the ballet. Both require precise technique. Both require brilliant vocabulary when performing. And both capture the imagination of those that watch with awe and excitement. Our sport has[…]


A Summer Move Suits Ronaldo, Real Madrid AND Florentino Perez Down to the Ground

After an embarrassing result, rumours of further discontent are going to come out once more. In the aftermath of Real Madrid’s humiliating home capitulation against arch rivals Barcelona, a distinctly off-colour Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly confronted Los Blancos president Florentino Perez and demanded Rafael Benitez be removed as head coach, or he would walk. An event[…]


Erik Lamela’s Brilliance Sees Him Embody Pochettino’s Exciting Philosophy

“I think this is a key season for him. After two seasons at Tottenham, now is the moment for him. Not to put pressure, but it’s true. It’s a key moment for him to develop and to move on his game. It’s important,” were the words of Tottenham’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, when speaking about what[…]


The Soccer Manager 2016 Challenge: January

The term ‘World XI’ and Watford FC might appear to be as dubious a partnership as Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier, but the newly promoted Premier League outfit are notorious for their global range of players. Loading up their squad list at the start of Soccer Manager 16 reveals an astonishing TWENTY THREE different nationalities.[…]


Will a Lack of Midfield Creativity Cost Inter in Serie A Title Race?

“1-0 to the Arsenal”, went the famous ditty that was regularly heard at Highbury in the mid-1990s after the Gunners had secured another narrow victory during George Graham’s tenure. It is a memorable chant, and one that fans of Internazionale may consider translating and adopting soon. Roberto Mancini’s charges sit second in the Serie A[…]


Why Juventus Can Still Win the Serie A Title This Season

Juventus are not used to losing matches in Serie A. The Bianconeri, Italy’s most successful and well-supported club, have won the last four league titles on the peninsula and were widely backed to secure a fifth consecutive championship this term. Things did not begin well for Max Allegri’s side, however. A shock opening-day loss at[…]


Five Stars of La Liga Who Need to Kick-Start Their Season After the International Break

Jackson Martínez – Atlético Madrid Signed for €30 million in the summer, Atlético’s lust for the Colombian was hinged on the fact that they felt they had a ‘guaranteed’ striker; one who could come in from day one and add the striking firepower necessary for them to challenge for the title again. After Mario Mandzukic[…]


After Living in Xavi’s Shadow for so Long, Sergio Busquets is Finally Getting Accolades he Deserves

El Clasico has become one of the must-see sporting spectacles, and the first clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid gives us a clearer indication of which of these giants of the game are in pole position to secure another La Liga crown. All the talk ahead of the latest instalment of this blockbuster has been[…]