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[…]

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[…]

Manuel Rui Costa, Eder And The Topsy-turvy Story Of Portuguese Football

If one year summed up the highs and lows of Portuguese football, it was most definitely 2004. It was one for the underdog, an anomaly in many ways, going against the grain. That theme was both a blessing and a curse in an Iberian country that has punched above its weight for a very long[…]

Previewing The Upcoming Manchester Derby

The Manchester derby is always a big occasion, especially since Manchester City were elevated to the level of regular Premier League contenders when Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan – better known as Sheikh Mansour – took over the club in 2008, investing heavily in the first-team squad and club’s infrastructure. And the battle for Mancunian[…]

Mourinho At Manchester United – 3 Players on The Chopping Block And Their Replacements

So the axe has finally fallen on Louis Van Gaal’s reign at Manchester United. The veteran Dutch tactician has cut a disgruntled and cantankerous figure in recent months, as he put up a defiant front against the growing reports suggesting his job was in jeopardy. Van Gaal can point the finger of blame at the[…]

Why do Foreign Managers Continue to Outshine Their English Counterparts?

The new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was ushered into the English game with an incredible fanfare, some even likening it to the revolution that swept the game in the country with Arsene Wenger’s arrival. We ask is it really such a big deal and was the revolution really Wenger’s? There was a huge air of[…]

Zlatan – One of the Most Complete Footballers the Game Has Ever Seen

CNN’s Pedro Pinto, one of the best commentators in world football, spoke to Zlatan Ibrahimovi? in 2013 just before Paris Saint-Germain played Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League; a tie that the Parisians ultimately lost. Zlatan said, when asked if he was hard to work with, that when you got to know him,[…]

Is Chelsea Vice-Captain Branislav Ivanovic Becoming the Latest Victim of the Club’s Ruthless Transfer Policy?

The 31-year-old Serbia captain is entering the final six months of his contract, and with the form he is currently in, the new offer is unlikely to follow. Contrasting opinions exist over the Chelsea’s distinctive transfer policy. The Blues have opted not to discuss new contracts with players over 30 years of age, at least[…]

Eden Hazard – A Ukrainian Replacement for Chelsea’s Playmaker?

On October 22 the German sports portal transfermarkt.de reported that Eden Hazard could be on his way from Chelsea FC to Real Madrid next summer. The French paper L’Equipe meanwhile reported that Hazard has told several teammates that he no longer feels comfortable in London, and that he doesn’t feel that his development would benefit[…]