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  • 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…

  • The Top Five Canadian Footballers in the World

    It’s always a challenge to determine the best players of a specific demographic. But the following five soccer players are unquestionably five of the best Canadian footballers on the planet in 2020.   Samuel Piette   Born in Le Gardeur, Quebec, defensive midfielder Samuel Piette has been one of Montreal Impact’s most consistent performers over…

  • Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner: The Vilification and the Vindication

    In Nicolas Anelka’s recent Netflix documentary, titled Misunderstood, there’s a suggestion from Henry Winter of the Times that the wayfaring Frenchman felt at home in the West London surroundings. In a career spanning nearly two decades and donning the colours of 12 clubs, it is peculiar that he spent more time at Chelsea than any…

  • Monza and its Milanese Connection

    Synonymous with motor racing, Monza is known around the world for its famous racing circuit, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, which has hosted the Italian Formula One Grand Prix for every year bar one since 1950.   Situated about 15 kilometers north of Milan, Italy, the city has started to gain some attention from football fans…

  • Gabriel Magalhães: Avenging Arsenal’s Defensive Woes

      On September 1st, 2020, Arsenal announced the signing of Gabriel Magalhães from Lille for £25 million. Commonly known as Gabriel, the 6’3″ defender was subject to interest from both Manchester United and Napoli before eventually opting to make the switch to North London. For the Gunners, they’ve successfully tied down one of Europe’s most…

  • Hansi Flick and the Art of Patience

    From being sacked from third-tier Hoffenheim in 2005 to winning Bayern’s second ever treble in 2020, it has been quite a ride for Hansi Flick. In the 14 years that followed his dismissal at Hoffenheim, he has stepped into the shadows and learned from his mistakes, slowly biding his time and perfecting his craft. He…

  • Chelsea Don’t Have to Win Silverware Under Frank Lampard to Be Successful This Season

    Chelsea have had one of the best transfer windows in recent history, signing some of Europe’s most lauded talents for agreeable prices in a time when not every club can afford to splash the cash.   To many elated fans, this symbolises the fruitful blend of assertive but astute business they have been crying out…

  • Reggie Cannon, Systemic Racism and the National Anthem

    The 2020 Major League Soccer season started back in February, on schedule, but less than a month in, the league was put on hold indefinitely due to the pandemic. A return in July saw the one-off tournament called the MLS is Back Tournament with 24 out of the 26 MLS teams participating. Results of the…

  • The Curious Case of Backup Goalkeepers

    Tomasso Berni at Inter Milan, Rob Green at Chelsea, Scott Carson at Man City, Lee Grant at United, and now Joe Hart at Spurs, are just some of the back-up keepers that have found themselves at top clubs, whether by talent or circumstance.    In almost all of these cases, the third keeper remains well…

  • Harry Maguire and British Media’s Double Standard

    Framing, in the context of media, suggests that information is packaged and presented to intended audiences in order to influence how people process that information.   When discussing British football and British media outlets, framing is incredibly important to take note of. For decades, race has often decided how British media report on stories. Raheem…