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  • Top 10 talents to follow at AFCON 2019

    Hamed Junior Traore – Empoli – Ivory Coast In recent years in Italian football, Empoli have been one of the most productive conveyor belts of talent. While it has mostly been on loan in the form of the likes of Piotr Zielinski, Matias Vecino and even further back with Claudio Marchisio. While they are not…

  • Top 10 talents to keep an eye on in the African Cup of Nations this summer.

      The African Cup of Nations is famous for many things. Packed stadiums, crazy games and most of all its blistering talent. In this article we’re going to have a look at the top 10 players to keep an extra eye on in the tournament this summer. Samuel Chukwueze (RW, Nigeria)     Chukwueze had…

  • Toulon Tournament: Match 10: Brazil-Qatar

    There was a moment during the match where, after lunging to make a tackle, Qatar’s Amro Abdelfatah Ali Surag tried to get back onto his feet, before his head met the sheer brunt of a Lucas Fernandes shot whilst in mid-rise. That was basically the jist of this game. With their qualification to the semis already…

  • Toulon Tournament: Match 9: Brazil-France

    Going into the most star-studded match of the group stage, we knew what we were getting into. We knew that the French side, despite their ferocious performance against Qatar, was still largely packed with precocious teenagers, many of whom were still cutting their teeth in academy football, few of which had actually managed regular minutes…

  • Toulon Tournament: Match 7: Japan-Chile

    Hours before England and Portugal gave us the best match of the tournament thus far, Japan gave us the best performance of the tournament thus far. The match took place next to Nostradamus’ former home in Salon de Provence, but as one witty commentator put it, not even Nostradamus could have predicted this. Whilst Chile’s…

  • Toulon Tournament: Match 8: England-Portugal

    If Monday’s second match gave us the dullest match of the tournament, Tuesday’s second match gave us the most exciting match of the tournament’s early stages. With both of Group A’s favorites having lost their opening games, and with Japan having already secured their first-place status with a 7-1 drubbing of Chile earlier on in…

  • Toulon Tournament: Match 6: Mexico-Bahrain

    This was, by and large, the worst game of the tournament so far. I considered skipping the last thirty minutes, but I stayed true to my commitment and grinded it out to watch the entire thing. Here you go. Bahrain’s standouts I say this in the nicest, most polite way possible: Bahrain did not have…

  • Toulon Tournament: Match 4: Brazil-Guatemala

    It’s no secret that on paper, Brazil are the strongest team in the 2019 edition of the Toulon Tournament. While Portugal and France’s young starlets are still trying to get regular minutes at their clubs, the majority of Brazil’s U-22 team has already established an impressive reputation at the senior level. This team is so…

  • Toulon Tournament: Match 3: France-Qatar

    If you had tuned into this match without having any prior background information, you’d have thought that the French side were the 22-year-olds on the cusp of their prime, while the Qatari side were the precocious teenagers making their way up from academy-level football. In fact, it was the opposite. Despite being five years their…

  • Toulon Tournament: Match 2: Portugal-Chile

    In a far more even-handed affair than the opening match, Portugal and Chile contested for all three points during the second match of the first day of the Toulon Tournament. Chile scored early with a lovely header from Mathías Pinto, and they held onto the lead to preserve a 1-0 victory. Perhaps the two most hyped…