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  • Raheem Sterling Is Right, So Listen To Him

    Let’s talk about Raheem Sterling. The 24-year old is coming off his best ever season and is showing no signs of slowing down. If he’s not there yet, he’s agonizingly close to being labelled world class, and he will be a superstar in football for years to come. He is a man doing his job…

  • Udinese: A Victim of Greed, Globalization, and Giampaoli Pozzo’s Neglect

    Udinese Calcio are currently languishing neat the wrong end of Italy’s Serie A table, in 17th place and just two points above the relegation zone. Recent years have seen a steady decline from a club that just a few years ago was flirting with European football. The club is owned by the Pozzo family, headed…

  • El Derbi Barceloní: The Rivalry That Is A One-Way Street

    Saturday evening will bring two local clubs with rich histories together for one of the most unique derbies in Spain. First-place Barcelona will travel to the RCDE Stadium to face eighth-place Espanyol, in a battle that certainly holds importance in the top half of LaLiga’s table. Espanyol enjoyed positive early results in 2018-19, but history…

  • Rescuing Southampton’s Identity: How Saints Can be Saved

    Southampton were once the envy of the Football League. How else could you perceive the club that rose from England’s third division, empowered a generation of young talent, appointed the right managers, scouts, and personnel, and ultimately, ended up at the pinnacle of the “non-top six clubs” in the Premier League? They were the club…

  • Analyzing Unai Emery’s 3-4-3

    They haven’t lost a match in nearly four months, and today, they sit fourth in the Premier League and first in their Europa group. Nonetheless, while Unai Emery has had a successful start to life in England, tactical issues continue to pervade the Gunners. From an inability to start games off on the front foot,…

  • How Azerbaijani Football Fell Apart

    Azerbaijani football is on a serious decline – and has been for around five years. There have been many factors that contributed to its demise, most notably financial problems in the country that have plagued the Azerbaijan Premier League. If you look at the game in Azerbaijan logically and sensibly, there is very little quality…

  • The Best Serie A Underdogs Of The Past 10 Years

    Predictability has become commonplace in the Serie A title chase in recent years, with Inter dominating the late 2000s under Roberto Mancini and José Mourinho, and with Juventus staking out a dynasty this decade. Since 2002, only Max Allegri’s 2010-11 side has managed to snatch the title from the two Italian giants’ grasps. Despite the…

  • Klopp’s Stubbornness Is Holding Liverpool Back From Its True Potential

    It’s been three years since Jürgen Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager. October 8, 2015 was the start of a revolution that has led the club back to where it’s supposed to be, fighting for titles both domestically and internationally. But while Klopp has turned the club into challengers, is he holding them back from becoming…

  • The Rise, Revival, and Redefining of Óliver Torres

    If you’re a Football Manager addict, a Career Mode junkie, or just some guy who likes to watch baby-faced Spanish midfielders dribble past an entire team, chances are you’ve heard of Óliver Torres. Having joined Atlético Madrid’s academy at age 13, the Extremadureño midfielder progressed through the youth ranks before landing himself a call-up to Diego…

  • Abelardo Has Instilled A Fighting Spirit In Alavés

    The 2018-19 LaLiga season has been one of surprises: pleasant surprises for some, unpleasant for others. Few would have expected Julen Lopetegui’s time with Real Madrid to end so abruptly, while perennial Europa contenders like Athletic Club and Villarreal are enduring dreadful starts to the campaign. But there have also been wonderful, positive stories near…