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  • The new kids on the block: Turkey’s emerging crop of center backs

    How much influence can a team’s defense have in a successful system? To answer this question, we must begin with the fundamental understanding that teams are built from back to front, a basic principle of which there are zero doubts. It’s not enough that your team can score goals; they also need defenders who can…

  • Five U-21 players that can make the step up from the Championship to the Premier League

    The Championship is a goldmine for young talent and the league keeps on churning out fantastic youngsters at an exceptional rate. The likes of Che Adams, Ezri Konsa, Lloyd Kelly and Daniel James made the step up to the Premier League in the summer and many more will follow suit in the coming transfer windows.…

  • Belotti ‘the rooster’ is crowing again

    Following a couple of years where his form dropped off , Andrea Belotti is seemingly firing on all cylinders both with his club and national team again and that is welcome news. In the aftermath of Italy’s 5-0 victory over Liechtenstein, Belotti exclaimed that playing them “brings me luck”, and that is not something of…

  • How five years in Hamburg shaped Tomas Rincón’s decade of European experience

    By the time Tomas Rincón arrived in Germany on January 1st, 2010, he’d registered twelve appearances for the club he’d just signed for. He’d faced Celtic, Hoffenheim, Galatasaray, and more. Rincón played the youth game for Unión Atlético Maracaibo, a now defunct club based in the capital of one of Venezuela’s largest states, Zulia. A…

  • Can coming home to Brescia revive Mario Balotelli’s career?

    While growing up, it was difficult for Mario Balotelli as his parents were unable to provide the needs to their child. He was born in Palermo, Sicily, and when the Italian striker turned three, he was placed in foster care to the Balotelli family when his own family was unable to pay for his health…

  • Superb Sensi chasing success with Inter and Italy.

    As half-time approached and it seemed that the players of Inter and Udinese were heading to the dressing room scoreless, up popped the smallest man on the field, to score a header. That man, was 24-year old central midfielder Stefano Sensi who at 5 ft 6 inches somehow rose high to meet a Diego Godin cross…