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  • Cândido de Oliveira: Portuguese Football’s James Bond?

    If you’re a fan of Portuguese football or have just taken a look at their Super Cup results on your score app, you might have noticed that the Portuguese Super Cup is called the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira. Apart from being one of the only tournaments in world football to bear the name of a…

  • Wembley Stadium, Welcome to Real Madrid

    This club, this stadium — each moment crafted with magic; a continuous story of unrivalled legacy. Real Madrid once stepped foot in another Champions League final, snatching joy away from Bayern Munich in the dying embers of the game to set themselves up for another coronation on British soil in the final against the lesser-known…

  • Simon Adingra: Brighton’s Ivorian Phenom

    A success story from the Right to Dream Academy that produces great African talent, Simon Adingra went from FC Nordsjælland’s starboy to a national hero with his heroics at the African Cup of Nations. What makes this 22-year-old winger such a special talent?   Moving from the Right to Dream Academy to Nordsjælland at the…

  • Elseid Hysaj: What’s Next for the Albanian Fullback?

    “No one wants to be a fullback as a kid, no one wants to grow up and be a Gary Neville.”    It’s been a decade since Jamie Carragher’s derisive comment of his former England teammate and current colleague at Sky Sports, but there is still an element of truth to his statement. Whilst millions…

  • Iñaki Williams: The Journey of Kwaku

    It has been nothing short of a magnificent campaign for Athletic Club de Bilbao. They have won their first major trophy in 40 years, edging Mallorca on penalties in the Copa del Rey Final, and they are all but guaranteed to finish in fifth place and qualify for next season’s UEFA Europa League. One player…

  • Morgan Whittaker: The Devon Dynamo

    Morgan Whittaker’s first full season for Plymouth Argyle has been nothing short of a success. Whittaker was the bright spark in an Argyle team full of young talents attempting to secure survival in the club’s first Championship season since 2010. Whilst the Green Army only managed to narrowly avoid relegation, Morgan Whittaker’s impact simply cannot…

  • Thiago Motta: Il Nuovo Ragazzo Sul Blocco

    Genius, Failure, and Success   Ideas are a funny old thing, aren’t they? You don’t need to reinvent the wheel to be a success, sometimes you just need to tweak something that already works. Football is no different, success can come from something as small as moving a defender into midfield, just ask Antonio Conte.…

  • Cartography of the Rossocrociati: An International and Domestic Survey of Swiss Football

    Ask most European football fans you come across what nations come to mind when they think about the beautiful game at the international level and the same names will always come up; Germany, Spain, England, Italy, and France.   Through a combination of historic success and/or dominant domestic competitions, the buck stops there for many.…

  • Tactical Preview: Who’s Coming Out on Top in the 2023/24 Europa Conference League Final?

    The stage is set for the 2023/24 UEFA Europa Conference League Final, and for the third straight time, an Italian team will be vying for the highest honor. The first edition of the competition would see Jose Mourinho’s Roma edge Arne Slot’s Feyenoord 1-0 in the final in Tirana, whilst the second one would see…

  • The Onerous Rise of Como 1907 – A Fitting Project for a Deserving Establishment

    Following unforgettable scenes of jubilation and unprecedented celebrations that saw Leicester City legend Jamie Vardy in attendance, Italian side Como 1907 sealed a return to Serie A after a 21-year hiatus.   The achievement is one of a collective vision of footballing greats, from shareholder Thierry Henry to former sporting director (now advisor) Dennis Wise…