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  • Paulinho Alcántara: The pioneer of FC Barcelona

    Long before the likes of  Lionel Messi, Johan Cruyff, László Kubala or even César Rodríguez, there was a diminutive Filipino who was the apple of every Culé’s eye. Paulino Alcántara was FC Barcelona’s top goalscorer with 395 goals in 399 games, before finally being overtaken by Messi. His characteristic deceptive appearance made him popular with…

  • Peter Ndlovu – The first African player in the Premier League

    Since launching 27 years ago, the Premier League has been home to a number of world class players from all around the world. Several players from Africa, such as George Weah, Didier Drogba, and Yaya Touré, have graced the pinnacle of English football,  yet the first African player to play in the newly formed top…

  • Andrew Watson – The lost legacy of the pioneer for black footballers

    In the light of the recent racism storms involving Moise Kean and Raheem Sterling, the origin of black footballers inevitably seems like a familiar tale of breaking race barriers by facing racial slurs of unmentionable evil and overcoming professional prejudices. However, a complete absence of such experiences in recorded history makes the life and times…

  • Bengaluru FC and the renaissance of Indian Football

    In early 2013, in an attempt to punch its way up from the increasing footballing limbo, India applied for the hosting rights of the 2017 FIFA Under 17 World Cup. Around the same time, the All India Football Federation meeting it decided that they would accept bids from corporates for forming a club and directly…

  • Luís Campos: The rise of football’s most underrated sporting director

    Just under two years after he stepped down from his role as the technical director of AS Monaco, Luís Campos vowed to replicate his successes from his tenure at Stade Louis II. “I don’t want to appear arrogant, but I assure you I will create other ‘masterpieces’ like this in my career,” Campos said in…

  • An Ode to Il Divino Codino

    As we celebrate the 52nd birthday of Roberto Baggio this week, I took it upon myself to take a trip down memory lane and share my own personal experience with Il Divino Codino, or ‘The Divine Ponytail.’ Most fans’ favorite players either play for their national team or their club team. Roberto Baggio neither played for Malaysia,…

  • Traditionalists vs. Modernists: The Fight For The Heart and Soul of a Post-Messi Barça

    “He does not really seem human to me,” – Luis Enrique. Oh, but he is. For the generation of football fans that have watched the sport from 2005 onwards, there have only been two players who are worthy of being crowned the G.O.A.T. Their names are synonymous with talent, class, consistency, success and greatness, and…

  • Roman’s Empire: Chapter Two: The Wilderness

    José had won it all. Though it took spending hundreds of millions of pounds in the transfer market, Roman Abramovich had secured the three English trophies with José Mourinho as the pioneer. Back-to-back title wins, two League Cups, and an FA cup later, Roman was in pursuit to find the next man to take his…

  • The African Football Slaves of the 21st Century

    In the last few years, countless African talents have achieved superstardom in European club football. Not that there weren’t any earlier, but the sheer number of African players in the top five European leagues is currently higher than ever. Through their individual talent and hard work, several of these African players have attained world-class status.…

  • Finding Glory In Heaven On Earth: The Story of Real Kashmir FC

    The Indian-administered Kashmir is widely regarded as the “heaven on earth” for its picturesque landscape dotted with magnificent valleys, beautiful lakes, and rivers surrounded by magnificent Himalayan ranges. Kashmir is also the reason for an active territorial conflict primarily between Indian and Pakistan. The region has witnessed three major wars between the neighbours and another limited…