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,[…]

The Best 23-man Squad Missing From Euro 2016

No matter what the competition is and in which sport, spectators want to see the best competitors taking the field. In football this is no different. All of the squads have now been announced for Euro 2016 and there are numerous high-profile absentees from this year’s tournament. Out of all of the players that will be[…]

Predicting the Breakout Stars of Euro 2016 – Part 2

Part 2 of Tom Curren’s “Predicting the Breakout Stars of Euro 2016” series, and he highlights three more players to watch. If you’ve not read Part 1 then we recommend reading it. Jonathan Tah (Germany) Jonathan Tah has been labelled many things during his short career, but perhaps the most eccentric title he’s attracted is[…]

Milos Pantovic: First Serbian to Don Bayern shirt in 25 Years

It has been a quarter of a century since a Serbian footballer last played for Bayern Munich. It was in 1989 when former Yugoslav international Radmilo Mihajlovic moved from Dinamo Zagreb to West Germany where he signed for the Bavarian giants. Mihajlovic amassed 34 league appearances and scored 4 goals for Bayern Munich, before he[…]

A Matter of Tactics – Germany and Their Wing Backs

It was not Germany’s most memorable European Championship campaign — as Die Mannschaft lost to both Poland and Ireland — yet in the end a rather disappointing 2-1 victory not only secured Germany a spot in next year’s European Championships in France, but also meant that the World Champions had finished Group D in first[…]

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[…]