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  • Winning is not everything and it is definitely not the only thing that matters

    How football’s biggest icons taught us that life can mean much more than just claiming victories and lifting silverware.   “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing that matters”. These were the words of American football coach Henry Russell (“Red”) Sanders, little did he know the effect of what he said lasted for decades, since…

  • Tactical Analysis: Mikel Arteta’s Promising Start to Life at Arsenal

    It’s often considered difficult to consider how a new manager will do at a club, particularly in the case of Mikel Arteta. A coach at Manchester City, the most successful English club of the decade and record breaking point holders, under the tutelage of one of the best managers ever, Pep Guardiola, but Mikel himself…

  • Salomón Rondón – Underestimated at 29, Dominating at 30

    Following an eventful, and in most eyes successful, 2018-19 season with Newcastle, Salomón Rondón entered the summer of 2019 as a player most assumed was set for a long-term return to the Premier League. The Venezuelan may have had up and down years with West Brom in prior years, but under Rafa Benitez he’d found…

  • The Story of Birmingham City’s Decade

    It seems like every region in the U.K. has their own soap opera. London has Eastenders, Manchester has Coronation Street, Yorkshire has Emmerdale and Birmingham has Birmingham City Football Club. In the past 10 years, there has been more drama, shocks and surprises at the club than any TV producer could have wished for. From…

  • Daniel Vega – The Journey from River Plate to Cyprus, Amateur Football, and MLS

    This story ends, at least for now, in San Jose. What you might not realize, however, when you watch Daniel Vega put out performances between the sticks for the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS, is the strange journey across the world which led him there. Having moved to the historic Argentine club from Nueva Chicago…

  • Preston North End: Analyzing Alex Neil’s Plucky Underdogs

    Preston North End have made an impressive start to the 2018/19 EFL Championship season, sitting 3rd after 17 games. The Lancashire outfit, who boast a squad primarily made up of British players, have established themselves among the leading pack in the race for promotion to the Premier League. North End always seems to be labelled…

  • Inter Miami and the South American Connection

    Major League Soccer’s new expansion team may have been founded my English star David Beckham, but the signs are forming that Inter Miami will be the club of choice for another demographic; Miami’s vast and thriving South American communities. The most public face of the franchise’s South American identity can be found on its still…

  • Brendan Rodgers and his High-Flying Foxes

    King Power Stadium has witnessed a roller coaster of events over the last few years, from the tragic helicopter crash and death of beloved owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha to the miraculous 2015/16 title run under Claudio Ranieri. But between the highs and lows, Leicester have had prolonged bouts in the middle, hovering in a realm of…

  • Napoli’s Nightmare in November

    The Partenopei’s season seem to be falling apart as the President, players, coaching staff and fans are all on the edge. Can they possibly salvage their campaign in Campania? It all started so well for Napoli, as five wins in their first seven matches gave hope to the fans that this was indeed “their year”,…

  • The new kids on the block: Turkey’s emerging crop of center backs

    How much influence can a team’s defense have in a successful system? To answer this question, we must begin with the fundamental understanding that teams are built from back to front, a basic principle of which there are zero doubts. It’s not enough that your team can score goals; they also need defenders who can…