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  • Scouting Report: Bruno Guimarães

    Bruno Guimarães, a 21-year old carioca who currently plays for Athletico Paranaense, has been linked with Chelsea this month for a reported fee of £34 million. Chelsea are struggling in the Premier League and could use some new faces in midfield, but could Guimarães be the answer to their woes? South Americans are always a coin…

  • U17 Sudamericano Team of the Tournament

    With the 2019 South American U-17 Championship wrapping up last week, Brian Bertie gives his team of the tournament. GK: Massimo Sandi – Peru Massimo Sandi in net was a no brainer. Lukas Gonzalez from Uruguay is an honourable mention, but Sandi was the reason Peru were able to stay alive for so long after a…

  • Analyzing João Félix’s performance against Eintracht Frankfurt

    Predicting the success of a teenager is not easy. There are several factors to keep in mind, and it’s more than just evaluating talent and individual quality. From the opportunities given to the way a young footballer adapts to the professional level, there are so many dependent variables that determine a player’s success. For the past six…

  • Emi Buendía: The £1.5m playmaker driving Norwich to the Premier League

    Norwich City are heading for the Premier League. They are sitting pretty at the top of the Championship, with a five-point lead over third-place Leeds United, and much of their progress owes to intelligent recruitment in the transfer market. Several players have burst onto the scene at Carrow Road this season, but few have epitomised…

  • Joachim Andersen: Sampdoria’s Answer to Milan Škriniar

    Finding undiscovered talents is something that football’s smaller clubs have to do to survive. While the giants of the sport can spend lavishly on the best players in the world, those with much smaller budgets need to be shrewder in their recruiting. Italian side Sampdoria is one of those clubs, and the Doriani have found…

  • Mohammed Ihattaren: PSV’s Next Big Thing

    Born in Utrecht, Netherlands on February 12th, 2002 to Moroccan immigrants, Mohammed Ihattaren joined the PSV academy in 2009 at 8 years old.  He became the 4th-youngest debutant in the history of PSV to make his Eredivisie debut, when he made a 4-minute cameo against FC Groningen in a 2-1 win on January 26th, 2019.…

  • Reece James: Chelsea’s Long-Term Answer to César Azpilicueta?

    Wigan Athletic are having a poor season in the Championship, hovering just 3 points above the drop zone. The Greater Manchester outfit have struggled to pick up points and have been dragged into a relegation scrap, but despite these adverse conditions, Reece James, a 19-year-old Chelsea loanee, has flourished at the DW Stadium. James has…

  • The Young Spine of Bayern Münich

    Amid a disastrous start to the Rückrunde from Borussia Dortmund, as well as an impressive return to top form from Bayern Munich, Niko Kovač’s Bavarians are now tied at the top of the table with Lucien Favre’s BVB, only two goals behind on goal differential. It appears, after an underwhelming Hinrunde, that FC Hollywood are…

  • The Top Six Transfer Windows of Summer 2018

    Six months following the closure of the summer 2018 transfer window, it’s fair to say we can make some conclusions now. Several transfer windows saw their club spend record amounts on new arrivals, yet fall into the relegation zone and sack their manager. Others saw their team’s new signings flourish, leading to prospective fees that…

  • Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons: Norwich’s Homegrown, Heavy-Hitting Fullbacks

    Jamie Carragher once claimed that fullbacks are either “failed centre-backs or failed wingers” and to some extent he is correct. Often described as the least glamorous position in football, fullbacks tend to go unnoticed when their team is playing well. Think of Dani Carvajal in Real Madrid’s Champions League-winning XI or Lucas Hernandez in the…