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  • Italy Have Found Its Identity Under Roberto Mancini

    After some early struggles under new coach Roberto Mancini, Italy seems to have developed a new football identity during the latest international break. The Azzurri drew 1-1 against Ukraine in Genoa in a friendly last Wednesday, and on Sunday, defeated Poland 1-0 away in Chorzow in their UEFA Nations League A Group C encounter. 11…

  • Giovanni Simeone: The Battling Center Forward That La Albiceleste Need

    After an uninspiring start to senior football with River Plate in his native Argentina, Giovanni Simeone is slowly establishing himself as a player in his own right. The 23-year-old may not be a natural finisher like compatriots Mauro Icardi and Gonzalo Higuaín, but he is a combative striker that has inherited the work ethic that…

  • Liverpool Have Everything It Takes To Win The Champions League

    For any football club with lofty aspirations, signing the right type of players for a coach’s tactics is absolutely critical. There are also different paths that can be taken, in terms of winning league titles and making a run in a cup competition. For Liverpool and manager Jürgen Klopp, a Champions League triumph feels within…

  • Forget The Big Names, Dean Smith Is The Right Choice For Aston Villa

    Last Wednesday, it was announced that Dean Smith would leave Brentford to become Aston Villa’s new manager, following Steve Bruce’s sacking. John Terry was named as Smith’s assistant coach, while Jesús García Pitarch would become the new sporting director at Villa Park. Unsurprisingly, Smith’s appointment has caused a mixed reaction within the Aston Villa fan…

  • Real Madrid’s Lack of Goalscoring Threat Isn’t Due to Julen Lopetegui, but Florentino Pérez

    It’s been 409 minutes – across all competitions – since Real Madrid last managed to score a goal. Real Madrid has gone through the past four and a half matches without scoring a goal. And while failing to score against defensive juggernauts like Atlético Madrid would be acceptable, Real Madrid has failed to find the…

  • The Fernandinho Conundrum

    For all the attacking flair on display last season at the Etihad, there was one man who captured the hearts of City fans for with his relentless work ethic and robotic consistency. Fernandinho may not have received the plaudits his midfield counterparts did last season, but Pep Guardiola was a keen admirer, heaping the Brazilian with praise…

  • Sokratis: The Old-Fashioned Veteran That Arsenal Didn’t Know They Needed

    This past summer transfer window was a mixed bag for Arsenal. With Lucas Torreira, Mattéo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Stephan Lichsteiner, there was a blend of youth and experience. Of the five, Sokratis, Torreira, and Leno were seen as either starters or at the very least challenging for a starting berth. Guendouzi, even…

  • Diego Simeone’s intelligent substitutions and rotation for Atlético Madrid

    Atlético Madrid came into the 2018-19 campaign with high expectations, and rightfully so in many respects. Los Rojiblancos finished second in LaLiga last term, and captured their third UEFA Europa League trophy with a dominant victory over Marseille in the final. Promising additions were made in the attack with Thomas Lemar and Gelson Martins this…

  • One Year On: How the USMNT can finally rebuild from the failure in Couva

    A few months ago, I was explaining to a Colombian classmate the topic of this paper — how key stakeholders can push aside the wreckage of U.S. soccer’s World Cup qualification failure, and stimulate meaningful soccer development in America. She laughed at the premise that soccer could ever become a major sport in America, noting…

  • Aleksandr Mitrović: the old-school, bull-dozing, stern-faced slab of Serbian bulk

    What you see is very much what you get with Aleksandar Mitrović. A stern-faced slab of Serbian bulk. Piercing, black eyes. Thick, burly biceps, scrawled with tattoos. A buzzcut that screams tough. You don’t have to be a football expert to see that Fulham’s newest Number Nine hasn’t come back to the Premier League to…