The Five Young Stars Whose Careers Are Stalling This Season

Football is rich with tales of prodigious young players who burst onto the scene and announce themselves as the next big thing, only to slide rapidly into obscurity and mediocrity; burning brightly before quickly fading away. Whether it’s down to an inability to handle pressure, the dreaded ‘second season syndrome’ or early burnout, young players[…]

Soccer Manager Arena – Closed Beta Testing

Closed Beta testing for our brand new game, Soccer Manager Arena, is now underway. This new game is a card collecting, PvP real time football game that has been developed over the past six months independently from Soccer Manager Worlds and Soccer Manager 2017. Soccer Manager Arena allows users to collect their favourite player cards[…]

Schalke’s Knappenschmiede – German Football’s Secret Weapon

When people think of German youth academies, they instantly think of those at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Granted, they may have produced current international players such as Mario Götze and Thomas Müller, but it’s Schalke who are often overlooked as one of the best for providing the German national team with players. Manuel Neuer,[…]

Profiling Luxembourg’s 16 Year Old Wonderkid – Vincent Thill

Luxembourg is not a country we normally associate with producing great talent but finally someone has arrived who has bags of potential, the youngest player ever to be capped by Luxembourg, 16-year-old Vincent Thill, who is attracting interest far beyond the Grand Duchy. Thill was born in Luxembourg and started his playing career at Fola[…]

Is Kevin De Bruyne The Player Jose Mourinho Thought He Was Signing In Paul Pogba

In the space of three years, Kevin de Bruyne swapped London for Manchester, via Germany. Brought to Chelsea under André Villas-Boas, it was Jose Mourinho who deemed him not good enough to play in the Premier League after a loan spell at Werder Bremen which was soon followed by a permanent move to Wolfsburg. Not[…]

The Key Men Behind Nice’s Ligue 1 Title Challenge

Last season, OGC Nice outperformed all expectations to finish fourth in Ligue 1. But over the summer, hopes of repeating such success seemed to fade when they lost manager Claude Puel to Southampton and star player Hatem Ben Arfa joined champions Paris Saint Germain on a free transfer. However, Les Aiglons, under the tutelage of[…]

Ajax’s 1995 European Triumph Proved The Power Of Footballing Philosophy

World football has been split in two by a rather strange schism, one which is should fall apart at the seams but has developed into an argument with two very definite sides. It appears that those who watch the game must decide whether they want to see success, or be entertained, with both apparently inconceivable.[…]

The Five Best Young Goalkeepers In Europe

It may not be the most glamorous position on the field, with strikers and attacking midfielders often stealing the glory, but no good side is complete without a top-class goalkeeper. Here are five of the best young emerging keepers in Europe… Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan When given his senior debut by Sinisa Mihajlovic last[…]

Taking A Look Europe’s Forgotten Men

By this point, the 2016-17 season is ramping up into full gear. Title races are beginning to formulate across Europe, while it is becoming evident which clubs are going to struggle to stay afloat in their respective divisions. There have been spectacular goals, thrilling matches and wonderful skills; underdog success stories, bitter rivalries and managerial[…]