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  • Chelsea’s Infamous Loan Empire: Future Stars or Financial Benefit?

    As we enter another season in which the amount of players that are on loan from Chelsea (40) completely dwarfs the number of players in their named 2018/19 squad (28), various questions are beginning to get thrown around. Firstly, is it worth stockpiling all this talent if it never actually materialises into quality on the…

  • La Furia Roja: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

    On the slopes of the Cherepanov hill, on the right bank of Dnieper River, there’s a 70,000-capacity edifice overlooking the entire city of Kiev. This is the heartbeat of football in Eastern Europe, but at the turn of the decade, this historic sporting venue became more significant to Spaniards than to Andriy Shevchencko and 45…

  • Arsenal and Bournemouth’s Transfer Windows Reviewed

    Ah, the transfer window. Silly season. The time of year where some claim to be In the Know (ITK) and fool others into thinking they have insider information on the comings and goings of their respective clubs. The time where supporters lament their team’s transfer business or lack thereof (looking at you, Daniel Levy). With…

  • The Enduring Legacy of Chelsea’s Serbian Generals

    22 APRIL, 2017. On the business end of an early Chelsea counter, Toby Alderweireld clipped Pedro Rodríguez on the edge of the area and Martin Atkinson rightly booked the Belgian and awarded the Blues a set-piece in dangerous territory. Willian Borges stepped up and struck spectacularly to send Chelsea fans wild and in the early…

  • Why Mo Salah should win the FIFA Men’s Best Player and why Luke Modrić should win the Ballon D’Or

    Earlier today FIFA released the shortlist for the 2018 Men’s Best Player Award. For clarification, this award is not the same as the Ballon d’Or, which will be awarded later in the year. This particular award is determined to the best player for the period of 3 July  2017-15 -July 2018.  The following list includes Cristiano Ronaldo,…

  • The Widening Gap Between South America and Europe

    Soccer, football, futebol, fussball, voetbal, calcio. Whatever the name, the sport played with your feet involving ten outfielders and a goalkeeper per side is known to most as the beautiful game – something that all fans worldwide can agree on. No matter the continent or country, individuals are brought together with the common passion and…

  • How Mesut Özil Became the DFB’s Favorite Scapegoat

    On July 22nd, Arsenal player Mesut Özil announced his retirement from international football. This came about a month after Germany’s dismal World Cup performance, where they managed to score only two goals total against the likes of Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea. Although his surprising retirement saddened many, it was his thorough statement that has…

  • The insurmountable gap between Everton and the top 6

    So near, yet so far. Right through from Big Dunc to Big Sam, those five words have rung so painfully true at Goodison Park for so many years. 5th. 6th. 7th. Even all the way down to 11th. Everton seem to be well and truly stuck in the mid-table mire. In recent years though, things…

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hate and Germany: How It All Connects

    “History is a cyclical poem written by a time upon the memories of man” – Percy Bysshe Shelley. It is indeed true that history is cyclical. It is man’s stubbornness that this unfortunate claim yields true, time and time again. Alas, that is how man is created and unfortunately, how his status will be in…

  • Roman’s Twelve

    “It always seems impossible until it is done.”
 – Nelson Mandela
 Every blockbuster Hollywood heist film has that gloss of a thrilling, pulsating, nerve vibrating journey from action to resolution in the space of a couple hours.
 Its flow is so simple too; an old genius concocting a master plan to rob a bank of…