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  • Behind the Kits: The Relationship Between Hummel and Denmark

    Hummel and Denmark are synonymous with each other. The sportswear brand and national team started off their relationship in 1979 and ran until 2004, before German giants Adidas took over, but 2016, after 12 years away, Hummel made a return, starting a second deal that would run until 2024, exciting fans as their first tenure…

  • Analyzing Jupp Heynckes’ Treble-Winning 2012/13 Bayern Munich Side

    In the season 2012/13, Jupp Heynkes led Bayern Munich to a historical treble, breaking a number of records along the way and becoming the first German side ever to win the treble.   They recorded the highest point tally in the league of 91 points, had the biggest point gap between first and second place…

  • How Villarreal Became European Football’s Ever-Present Underdog

    When Gerónimo Rulli saved a David de Gea penalty in the 2021 Europa League Final shoot-out, he etched perhaps the greatest underdog story in Spanish football history into the record books, putting his side into the pantheon of great European upsets. Villarreal had won a trophy they, quite frankly, had no right to win.  …

  • Boavista and Os Belenenses: The Glorious Exceptions to Portuguese Football’s Oldest Rule

    In the top ten leagues of European football (ranked by the UEFA Coefficients system), there have been a total of 173 different champions. The most have come from The Netherlands and Germany, with 29 separate clubs lifting each title, while 28 account for France, and 24 from England.   A total of 16 have won…

  • 10 Greatest Brazilian Football Players Of All Time

    Brazil has some of the best football players of all time. They are Globally recognized for their national talent and are constantly pulling medals for the teams and individual players.   Today we are going to narrow down these amazing sporting heroes and show you the 10 best Brazilian football players of all time.  …

  • Wayne Rooney: The Street Footballer who Dazzled the Stretford End

    “Remember the name! Wayne Rooney!” bellowed Clive Tyldesley as a young 16-year-old born and bred scouser scored his first Premier League goal.   How did the teenager in question celebrate such a big moment? By playing football with friends in the street. Of course he did.   That summed up Wayne Rooney as a footballer.…

  • Does ‘Second Season Syndrome’ in the Premier League Really Exist?

    We’ve all heard about it: a team gets promoted, performs well above expectations in their first season in the Premier League, and it all comes crashing down in the next year – ‘second season syndrome’.   This season, it seems as if Leeds United are the latest team to suffer from it, having finished ninth…

  • Die Gefallenen Riesen: How the Bundesliga 2 Became a Graveyard of Germany’s Biggest Clubs

    As recently as 2018, the English Championship housed ten of the 24 teams to have lifted the top division of English football – with those sides accounting for 35 of the 122 titles wins since 1889.   Going one step further, if you take away the six ‘Premier League ever-presents’, then the 35 titles from…

  • Vasco: The Brazilian Giant Set for Another Season in the Second Tier

    Bellini, Brito, Mazinho, Ademir de Menezes, Juninho Pernambucano, the great team in the late 90s with Romario and Edmundo. You hear all these names and if you’ve ever had a remote interest in Brazilian football you associate them with one thing and one thing only – Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama.   I could…

  • Tactical Analysis: Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco

    Leonardo Jardim’s career has been defined by scouting and enhancing the resources at a club in order to push it to greater heights and achieve milestones that the club would never have thought about. The Portuguese coach never played professional football.   He entered this arena as an enthusiast who decided to learn the craft…