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  • How Angel Gomes is Embracing His New Environment at Lille

    Manchester United have long been synonymous with nurturing underage talent to great success. But, in recent times, there has been a seismic shift in their approach. United have shown many fledgling stars the exit door rather than holding onto precocious talents on the fringes of the first-team squad and honing their skills with patience.  …

  • Striving to Reclaim a Sense of Self – The Quest for Total Football in Barcelona

    A 97′ penalty sealed a much-needed 2-1 road victory for Barcelona against Celta Vigo in the latest installation of La Liga’s weekly opera. It was a welcome three points that allowed marginal breathing space between themselves and the imposing figure of Atlético Madrid in fourth position. But it was yet another goal conceded in a…

  • Tommaso Baldanzi: Could Rome Be the Perfect Home for the “Italian Dybala”?

    Roma’s signing of 20-year-old Italian attacking midfielder Tomaso Baldanzi for a reported €10 million fee was a footnote in the most recent transfer window, but seen as a something of a coup in Italy.   Baldanzi is a classic Italian trequartista. A player who wants to play in the lines between midfield and attack. Very…

  • Where Does Ryan Gravenberch Fit at Liverpool?

    Ryan Gravenberch’s start to life at Liverpool has been a mixed one. A part of the Reds’ summer rebuild, coined Liverpool 2.0 by manager Jurgen Klopp, the Dutch international has demonstrated in spells his bags of potential but hasn’t quite yet fully lived up to expectations. So where and how does Gravenberch fit into this…

  • Alex Iwobi’s AFCON 2023: Sacrifices, Pain, Love and Heartbreak

    The just concluded TotalEnergies 2023 African Cup Of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire was arguably the most talked about and most followed AFCON in history. No scriptwriter could have written a better story with tournament favourites like Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, and Egypt all having to bow out prematurely, and even eventual winners and tournament hosts, Cote…

  • Yankuba Minteh: The Gambian Gem Thriving at Feyenoord

    Club: Feyenoord (On Loan From Newcastle)  Nationality: Gambian  Position: Attacking Midfielder (RW)  Preferred Foot: Left  Height: 6’2”  Age: 19    Despite the success of its neighboring countries, The Gambia, a West African nation, is not typically associated with producing football talents. However, it has recently begun to nurture a budding star amidst its neighbors Nigeria,…

  • Patrick Dorgu: Lecce’s Crown Jewel in Defense

    Widely tipped for a relegation battle, Lecce enjoyed a strong start to the 2023/24 campaign under new manager Roberto D’Aversa that saw them go unbeaten in their first five matches, with a 1-0 home win against Genoa on September 22 seeing them rise to fourth in the standings. Since then, they’ve won just two league…

  • Eli Junior Kroupi: Introducing Lorient’s Next Gem

    Eli Junior Kroupi is Lorient’s new golden boy.   Born and raised in Brittany, he is Lorient through and through – and that is in no part down to his father, Eli Senior, having plied his trade for Les Merlus for four years in the early 2000s. Eli Junior worked his way through the youth…

  • Tactical Analysis: How Marcello Lippi’s Italy Won the 2006 FIFA World Cup

    The mid 2000s oversaw a dramatic shift in European football’s power dynamics as the once-dominant Italian clubs collective crowns started to slip. A combination of ageing squads, the infamous Calciopoli scandal which tarnished the league’s formerly gleaming reputation and the subsequent expulsion of Juventus, Fiorentina and Lazio, who were the best teams in the country…

  • Yukinari Sugawara: AZ’s Japanese Right Back

    Name: Yukinari Sugawara  Club: AZ Alkmaar  Nationality: Japanese  Position: Defender – Right Back  Preferred Foot: Right  Height: 5’8”/175cm  Age: 23    It has been a disappointing campaign for AZ Alkmar as far as cup competitions are concerned. Having reached the semifinals the previous season, AZ finished third in their Europa Conference League group, six behind…