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  • Lucien Favre Faces The Hard Task of Rebuilding a Dortmund side lost in Transition

    On one of the most exciting and dramatic finales of the season, Borussia Dortmund managed to secure a Champions League qualification by the skin of their teeth. After an abject performance and a 3-1 loss against Hoffenheim, the Black and Yellows just about finished 4th thanks to goal difference. The minimum and most important goal of…

  • Arthur, el controlador que Barça necesita

    Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo. Este niño, de 21 años, fue el líder del centrocampista gremista en 2017. El controlador, Arthur fue responsable de desarmar, iniciar jugadas, dictar el ritmo del equipo y, jugando más adelante, dar pases precisos a sus compañeros. Al recibir la pelota, Arthur parece somnoliento, un “falso lento.” Con el…

  • Azerbaijan Premier League 2017-18 Review

    For the fifth straight season, to Qarabağ ran away from the rest of the league by Easter. A bitter Azerbaijan Cup semi-final loss to Sumgayit and an even more painful Champions League exit may have soured the mood for the Horsemen, but over a 28-week schedule Qarabağ once again proved simply too good and too…

  • Why Trent Alexander-Arnold Should Start In Russia

    At the start of this season, it seemed like a surefire bet that Kyle Walker and Nathaniel Clyne would be England’s right backs for the upcoming World Cup. However, with the former’s conversion to a right center back under Gareth Southgate, and the latter’s lengthy injury, the right wing-back spot, should Southgate continue with his…

  • A Golden Generation Crippled By Veterans?

    The World Cup’s perennial dark horses go into this year’s competition boasting one of the most talented squads they have ever taken to a major competition. A delightful blend of youthful flair, pace and exuberance coupled with seasoned, experienced veterans of the game has prompted many of the Portuguese faithful to have high hopes ahead…

  • Newcastle Must Keep Hold Of Rafa Benitez

    It was a long time coming. And it was much-needed. As referee Lee Mason blew for full time at the London Stadium, faith and belief in the hearts of Newcastle fans was reinstated. This was their first win in over ten games and amidst relegation troubles and massive issues surrounding the club’s ownership, the win…

  • From hero to zero: The demise of Neftchi Baku

    Many football supporters like to think that their team is “more than a club”. In Neftchi Baku’s case, the claim is true. For much of its 81-year history, its accomplishments were a source of pride for supporters throughout Azerbaijan, if not for supporters of Qarabağ FK, Azerbaijan’s other big club. Off the pitch, Neftchi was…

  • Manchester City Have Not Bought the Title

    As West Bromwich Albion’s shocking 1-0 win at Old Trafford against Manchester United confirmed that Manchester City will win their third Premier League title in seven seasons, there seemed to be an air of inevitability about everything. It was as if the side from the Red half of Manchester was resigned to endure everything that…

  • ¿Qué habría pasado sin el Cruyff entrenador?

    ¿Qué habría pasado sin el Cruyff entrenador? Es una pregunta que no nos hacemos, una pregunta compleja que tiene varias respuestas. Pero sin el Cruyff entrenador, hoy nuestro paladar futbolístico no estuviera tan educado, muchos técnicos seguirían pensando en entrenar sin darle importancia al balón, el fútbol en espacios reducidos no sería importante en la…

  • Champions League Semifinals Fan Preview: Real Madrid

    Real Madrid’s tough road to Kiev continues after drawing the Bavarians, Bayern Munich, for the semi-final of the Champions League. Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign this season has been stellar thus far, conquering Paris and Turin. However, upnext is Los Blancos’ biggest challenge of the season, facing Jupp Heynckes’ rejuvenated Bayern Munich team. The merengues…