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  • Xabi Alonso: The Engineer of Leverkusen’s Unbeaten Start

    Xabi Alonso has always been synonymous with intelligence, poise and leadership, both as a player and now as a manager. José Mourinho led the singing of praises back in 2017 and predicted his successful transition into coaching. “Xabi Alonso is like a metronome, a player in the style of Xavi Hernandez. I’m sure that when…

  • Blackburn Rovers – A Tumultuous Tale

    Blackburn Rovers, the Lancashire club that has had to trade the acclimatisation of success for the lesser expectations of lower league football over the last decade, has found themselves in freefall and at risk of a second relegation to League One in the club’s history. The legendary late Jack Walker is still living and breathing…

  • Ventforet Kofu: From Japan’s Second Tier to the AFC Champions League

    Japan can brag about an immense and millennial culture, and that includes a plethoric mythology, with several gods trying to exert influence over the peasants. The champion of them, Amaterasu, is a goddess who sits above Mount Fuji, the highest point of this archipelago. Amaterasu is the goddess of the Sun, the main deity in…

  • 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…

  • Crystal Palace: A Change Has Come

    Today’s article begins with some trivia. Can you name me the only London-based Premier League team whose home stadium is south of the Thames?   If you answered Crystal Palace, give yourself a point. I’m going to be examining the pride of South London (since they’re its only Premier League side) and their relationship with…

  • 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…

  • How Do Footballers Unwind After Intense Matches?

    The life of a footballer is a sight to behold. High-adrenaline matches transform them into gladiators on the pitch, but what happens after the final whistle? Many fans wonder how these athletes, whose bodies and minds are pushed to incredible limits, manage to unwind and recover. This guide takes you beyond the pitch, revealing the…

  • Understanding IRP: A Comprehensive Guide for Transportation Professionals

    Introduction to IRP   In the realm of transportation and truck driving, the International Registration Plan (IRP) serves as a pivotal mechanism facilitating the allocation of vehicle registration fees among its member jurisdictions, which include the United States and Canadian provinces. This reciprocity agreement is specially designed for owners of trucking fleets operating across multiple…

  • Equatorial Guinea Earn Their AFCON Stripes

    Equatorial Guinea may still be seen as outsiders/minnows on the African football scene, but 4 appearances at the last 7 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, twice as hosts, suggests otherwise and their performances in the recently concluded 2023 edition, where they trounced hosts and eventual Champions Ivory Coast, has further solidified their status…

  • The Legacy of Martin O’Neill at Celtic: The Architect of Unprecedented Success in the Modern Era

    Martin O’Neill’s tenure as Celtic manager was a pivotal era in the club’s history, epitomised by a resurgence in domestic dominance in addition to memorable European campaigns in the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League. In charge from 2000 to 2005, O’Neill’s natural aura brought leadership, renewed passion, success, and pride back to Celtic…