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  • Player Analysis: Dominik Szoboszlai

    Over the past decade, Red Bull Salzburg has produced a treasure trove of world-class talent, with Sadio Mané, Erling Haaland, Dayot Upamecano, Naby Keïta and Konrad Laimer finding themselves amongst a star-studded list of players who have emerged as some of the finest footballers in Europe. Today, Salzburg boasts the likes of Patson Daka (22),…

  • How Important Was Olivier Giroud in France’s 2018 World Cup Triumph?

    When Didier Deschamps announced his 23-man France squad for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, many eyebrows were raised. Alexandre Lacazette was not included in the squad following a season that saw him register 17 goals and 5 assists for Arsenal. Neither was Anthony Martial, who provided 11 goals and 9 assists for…

  • Player Analysis: Pervis Estupiñán

    It has been quite the rapid rise for Pervis Estupiñán. Born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Estupiñán joined LDU Quito’s academy at the age of 13, and made his professional debut shortly after his 17th birthday. After a breakthrough season that saw him earn a spot in the Best XI of the 2015 Ecuadorian Serie A season…

  • Tactical Analysis: Southampton vs. Everton

    Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton travelled down to St. Mary’s to take on Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton on Sunday. With Everton coming into the game as the only unbeaten side in the Premier League, most would’ve expected Everton to run out victorious and go three points clear at the top of the table. However, Hasenhüttl’s side dominated proceedings…

  • Tactical Analysis: Leeds United

    After returning to the top flight for the first time in 16 years, Leeds United have enjoyed a phenomenal start to life in the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa. From their first game against Liverpool, they made it clear that they would not sacrifice their style of play for any opponent; Bielsa’s side dominated possession…

  • How Lionel Messi Could Fit in at Manchester City

    The biggest transfer saga of the summer ended up with a whimper, not a bang. After weeks of speculation, Lionel Messi announced his decision to remain at Barcelona for another season, continuing his legendary 19-year-spell at the Catalan club. While Manchester City will be disappointed in their latest failed attempt to pry the Argentine superstar…

  • Premier League Predictions: Matchday Six

    The return of the Premier League from the international break elicited several talking points ranging from VAR, season ending injuries and great comebacks. Can Matchday Six live up to last week’s drama?  Aston Villa vs Leeds United PETER POWELL | Credit: POOL/AFP via Getty Images After barely escaping relegation on the last day of last season, few would…

  • Tactical Analysis: Napoli vs. Atalanta

    After controversially receiving a 3-0 defeat and being deducted a point for failing to play their scheduled match against Juventus, Napoli thrashed Atalanta in a match that was expected to be a close contest. Poor structure and individual errors from Atalanta saw Napoli score four goals in the first half and put the game to…

  • Football, a Force for Good or Evil?

    There are usually two sides to every story. Football is proof of that, and not just because it takes two teams to play the game. It offers a backdrop which allows the concerns and views of the general population to seep through in a very visible way. Often the result is a shining force for…

  • Player Analysis: Dejan Kulusevski

    When Dejan Kulusevski joined Parma on loan in the summer of 2019, he was a 19-year-old winger who had played just 102 minutes at the senior level. Fast forward 15 months, he is now a starter for Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus, having joined on a four-and-a-half year deal in January.   Born in Vällingby, a suburb…