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  • Sandro Tonali: Pirlo 2.0?

    Iconic footballers either leave their mark on football by exhibiting unforgettable performances in crucial matches, or by putting in a shift week in and week out, or by some combination of the two. These players have distinctive skills, distinctive ways of playing the game, and sometimes, distinctive appearances. With his graceful long pass, his viciously lethal…

  • Daishawn Redan: The Red-Hot Teenage Goalscorer

    During the spring of 2017, a sea of potential suitors enveloped the then-16-year-old Daishawn Redan. Linked with a move to a number of top European clubs including RB Leipzig, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea, Ajax were desperate to keep hold of him, and it got too much for the youngster, who did not play…

  • I Cinque Migliori Prospetti Classe ’99

    È stato un decennio prospero per il calcio portoghese. Cristiano Ronaldo ha vinto il Pallone d’Oro quattro volte questo decennio, mentre nel 2016 il Portogallo ha vinto gli Europei, il trofeo più importante della storia di A Seleção das Quinas. L’asticella è stato fissato in alto per le future stelle del Portogallo, ma la prossima…

  • Adama Traoré: The rip-roaring winger who’s refining his gems under Nuno Espírito Santo

    Old Trafford. 31st December 2016. Just two minutes gone. The game is goalless. The ball falls kindly for the young Spaniard, Adama Traoré. The space opens up. He gallops forward, roared on by the small corner of fans who had travelled from the North East in hope of a giant-killing. To his left, Stuart Downing,…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Francisco Calvo

    Although Costa Rica did not set the World Cup alight in the same way they did in 2010; when they knocked out both Italy and England, finishing top of their group above Uruguay, they certainly did their nation proud. With a population of just 4.85 million, only 1 million more than minnows Panama, Costa Rica…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Edgar Bárcenas

    Panama may have been the worst team at the World Cup, but as the now viral video of Panamanian television broadcasters crying as Panama’s anthem was played at a World Cup for the first time reminds us, the World Cup is about so much more than winning. This tournament was a just reward for the…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Oghenekaro Etebo

    Five days before Nigeria’s opening World Cup game against Croatia at the World Cup, news broke that Oghenekaro Peter Etebo had joined Stoke City from Portuguese side Feirense on a five-year contract for €7.2million. Etebo had reportedly turned down interest from a host of Premier League sides, including Leicester, West Brom and Newcastle United to…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Miguel Trauco

    While most Peruvian footballers on the national team are born in Lima and Callao, there are a few exceptions. Anderson Santamaría, the central defender born in Tingo María, Huánuco, is one of them. Luis Advíncula was born in Chincha, down in the southwest coast of Peru, but one of the stars of the team was…

  • Player Analysis: Aleksandr Golovin

    Thrust into the international footballing limelight due to a superb performance in the opening game of the 2018 World Cup, Aleksandr Golovin has certainly caught the eye of Europe’s elite. An energetic midfielder with a penchant for the spectacular, the 22-year-old first achieved notoriety in 2016,  winning the Russian Premier League with CSKA Moscow. Able…

  • Scouting World Cup Stars: Youri Tielemans

    A name that will need no introduction to fans of the FIFA or Football Manager games, Youri Tielemans is AS Monaco’s 21-year-old Belgian-Congolese midfielder; considered to be one of the brightest starlets in the modern game. Tielemans is a talisman in the making and has been tipped for greatness since an early age. Born just…