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  • Jan Bednarek: One Manager’s Trash Is Another Manager’s Treasure

    Jan Bednarek has been resurgent since the arrival of Ralph Hasenhüttl at Southampton. The 22-year-old Polish international has flourished over the Christmas period, establishing himself as not just a first choice defender, but a fan favourite too. The Polish international was out of favour at the club under the previous regime, with Mark Hughes at…

  • What’s Wrong With Gabriel Jesus?

    It’s not easy leading the line for Brazil when your predecessors are Pelé, Romário, and Ronaldo Fenômeno. Just ask Fred, Luís Fabiano and even Robinho; anything other than bringing home the Copa do Mundo is regarded as a failure. So you could imagine the pressure on a 21-year-old Gabriel Jesus’ shoulders knowing that an entire nation was…

  • The Curious Case of Christian Pulisic

    History was made on Wednesday as Christian Pulisic joined Chelsea for a fee of $73 million. The transfer fee is a record for American players, and while Pulisic has bags of potential, excitement and expectations should be tempered. Two years ago, the hype surrounding the young American was astronomical. He had finally broken into the…

  • Marcelo Brozović: The Comeback Kid

    Frustratingly inconsistent and more than capable of alienating anyone with his sloppy performances, Marcelo Brozović was a persona non grata among Inter supporters in the first three years of his time in Italy due to his hot-and-cold form and arrogant attitude. His relationship with the Nerazzurri fanbase was at an all-time low when he was…

  • Analyzing Roberto Firmino’s Importance In Liverpool’s 4-2-3-1

    Individual talent can make a big difference in any sport, especially in football. Big talents can make the unexpected happen, pull something out of nowhere, and carry the team on their back. However, it is always teamwork that wins trophies. The great Michael Jordan once said: “talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”…

  • Stefano Sorrentino: Chievo’s Unheralded Old-Timer

    In Italy, there has always been a large talent pool of goalkeepers. Italian football has rarely experienced a shortage of entertaining shot-stoppers, as most of the Azzurri’s World Cup triumphs have included inspirational goalkeeping performances. The likes of Gianpiero Combi, Dino Zoff, Walter Zenga, Gianluca Pagliuca, Francesco Toldo and Gianluigi Buffon are only a small…

  • Why Emery and Özil Need to Work It Out

    When Mesut Özil was dropped for an away match against Bournemouth, Unai Emery was quoted as saying the match was “too demanding” for the mercurial playmaker. Even back then, many fans figured Özil was just being rested for the all-important home match against bitter rivals Tottenham. However, the German was dropped for that match as…

  • Paul Pogba and Mesut Özil: Victims of a Weak Link Sport

    Paul Pogba and Mesut Özil are often held accountable for the struggles of their teams, and it showcases the difficulties we have evaluating individuals in team sports. I’ve been thinking about the situation of Paul Pogba quite a bit recently. He’s been bearing the brunt of criticism in recent weeks for Manchester United’s mediocre results…

  • Axel Witsel: Zenith

    Liège, Lisbon, St. Petersburg, Tianjin, Dortmund. A peculiar journey that invoked scrutiny and raised eyebrows, yet one that quietly shaped the emergence of one of Europe’s finest midfielders today. Now 29 years of age, Liège-born Axel Witsel calls Dortmund, a city that breathes, speaks, and pulsates with the beautiful game, home. The Belgian, amid interest…

  • The Life and Trials of Luka Jović

    The top scorer in the Bundesliga. The 2nd-leading scorer in the Europa League. The youngest ever player to score five goals in a single Bundesliga game. 20-year-old Luka Jović is an integral part of a Eintracht Frankfurt team who haven’t taken their foot off the gas pedal since last season’s unforgettable campaign. Despite losing four…