Matthijs de Ligt – the Commanding Figure in the Heart of Ajax’s Defence

Ajax have one of the most famous youth academies in the world. When they won the Champions League in 1995 they did so with many graduates such as Davids, Kluivert, Reiziger, van der Sar, Seedorf and the de Boer brothers. 22 years on and Ajax are on the verge of reaching another European final. Comparisons are being[…]

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.[…]

Future Stars – Colombia’s Davinson Sánchez

Colombia’s Achilles heel since the retirement of Mario Yepes after the 2014 World Cup, has been the lack of quality central defenders. At the Copa América Centenario, Colombia’s first choice in the heart of of defence is Stefan Medina and Cristián Zapata. However, there is a lack of options in case either of them pick up a suspension or[…]

Future Stars – Zamalek Prodigy Mostafa Fathi

The first player to emerge from Egypt this millennium and make his mark on Europe was Ahmed Hossam Hussein Abdelhamid, better known as Mido. He is probably the most famous Egyptian export of the noughties. He played his trade in the Pro League, Eredivisie, Ligue 1, La Liga, Serie A and the Premier League. Despite playing[…]

Future Stars – Arkadiusz Milik, The Goal-Machine

He has scored 16 goals this season, he’s 1.86 metres tall, he’s Polish, he has great shooting and finishing ability: he may not be Lewandowski, but at 22 years-old he has the potential to be considered amongst the best strikers in Europe. Milik has developed into a hot prospect since signing for Ajax and he[…]

Zlatan Ibrahimović – The Serial Title Winner

This weekend Zlatan Ibrahimović scored four goals to help PSG seal the Ligue 1 title after a 9-0 demolition of Troyes. It’s the Parisians 4th league title in a row and it looks like that run will continue into the foreseeable future. It was also Zlatan’s 13th title in the past 15 seasons. This is a remarkable[…]

Talent Radar: 5 of the Worlds Most Talented Young Centre Backs

Podcasts, forums, opinion articles and talk shows almost always clash over the standards of todays defending. Are attackers simply much better than they were a decade ago when Italian Serie A sides were disappointed to let one goal in. Do attackers get the benefit of the doubt for big decisions? Or are defenders simply getting[…]

Five Stars of the Eredivisie so Far

After a summer of high profile departures, including Memphis Depay, Jordy Clasie and Jesus Corona we have had six weeks of action in the Eredivisie, with a new crop of players already taking the league by storm. Below are five of the outstanding performers so far this season Anwar El Ghazi – Ajax Last season fans of[…]