Hulk – Zenit’s Superhero Adds Another Dimension

Zenit Saint Petersburg continue their march through the Champions League group stage after beating FC Valencia 2-0 on match day five. Zenit’s last match in the Champions League group stage will see them face off against Belgium’s KAA Gent, and a victory would make Zenit only the fifth team, and the second from Russia, to[…]

16-year-old Donnarumma Shows he Could Have a Big Future Ahead of Him

“An embrace from the best goalkeeper in the world,” Milan custodian Gianluigi Donnarumma wrote on Facebook after he swapped shirts with opposite number Gianluigi Buffon at the end of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in Serie A on Saturday evening. “What an emotion.” It must have been a rather surreal moment for both men.[…]

Stoke Return to Defensive Solidity Despite Attacking Additions

With Barcelona dominating the club game and Spain bossing the international scene, the period between around 2008 and 2012 saw many teams across Europe attempt to replicate the pair’s proactive, possession-based style of play. Stoke City under Tony Pulis were always an exception to that trend. Their football was invariably based on keeping things tight[…]

Master and Protégé: How Thiago Alcântara is Painting Pep’s Legacy

Thiago Alcântara fidgets uncomfortably in his chair. It’s late March 2015 and there’s a camera in the young man’s face. It’s been a long time since Thiago played football, which means it’s been a long time since he last spoke to a lens; the unfamiliar experience of the interview is probably slightly uncomfortable for him.[…]