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  • Player Analysis: Samuele Ricci

    Italy currently has a wealth of options in midfield, which allows Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini to be spoilt for choice. Even with his settled trio of Nicolò Barella, Jorginho, and Marco Verratti, there are still many quality options available to him on the bench or he unfortunately has to omit.   There are also a…

  • Why Atletico Madrid Should’ve Finally Signed Bruno Guimaraes This Summer

    The summer transfer window has come and gone, and teams across Europe now won’t be able to add any new additions until January, but in Spain, 2021 has been a story of outgoings, rather than incomings.   Cast your mind back to the early-to-mid 2010s, and there was no doubt which league was held in…

  • Moussa Diaby: The Undervalued Gem of the New Bayer Leverkusen

    A young, intelligent superstar-in-the-making at Bayer Leverkusen, linked to a top six Premier League club – and his name is not Florian Wirtz. The German has become the darling child of football scouting in 2021. Yet his teammate, Moussa Diaby, is also quietly having an explosive season.   Last campaign under Peter Bosz, the Frenchman…

  • Dayot Upamecano: Bayern Munich’s French Behemoth in Defense

    On May 19, 2009, Red Bull GmbH purchased the playing rights of German fifth-division side SSV Markranstädt, and founded RasenBallsport Leipzig. It was Red Bull’s fifth footballing entity, after Red Bull Salzburg, the New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Brasil, and Red Bull Ghana.   RB Leipzig’s founders promised its fans that they would be…

  • Ridle Baku: Germany’s Rising Young Fullback

    Ridle Baku has enjoyed a seismic rise over the past 12 months, swapping relegation-threatened Mainz 05 for Champions League football at the Volkswagen Arena. At an age where many of his peers are just beginning to take their first steps in the Bundesliga, Baku has already started over 75 topflight matches, won a U21 European…

  • Player Analysis: João Pedro

    Cagliari is a team that holds a unique place in the history of Italian football. The club from the island of Sardinia is the only team not from the mainland of Italy to have won the Serie A title, accomplishing that achievement in the 1969/70 season.      Undoubtedly the talisman of that iconic squad was…

  • Jota’s Emergence at Celtic

    In a season of vast rebuild for Celtic where it is up to Ange Postecoglou’s new young signings to step up to the plate much sooner than initially anticipated, Benfica loanee Jota has a major role to play. But if the early signs are anything to go by, then Jota will be a pivotal figure…

  • Player Analysis: Ben Brereton-Diaz

    There are times in football when a career can quickly stagnate. When, in the space of a year, a player once highly regarded is merely a thing of the past. In the ever-evolving modern game, one long-term injury, failed loan spell or dip in form can undo a lifetime of hard work, and some simply…

  • Player Analysis: Brahim Díaz

    After the conclusion of the 2020/21 season, Italian giant AC Milan saw two key players leave the club on free transfers and this prompted its directors to look for replacements.   Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma joined French club Paris-Saint Germain and the Rossoneri replaced him with Mike Maignan from Ligue 1 champions Lille for a reported…

  • Odsonne Edouard: The Final Piece of the Crystal Palace Jigsaw

    After links with Brighton, Spurs and even Leicester City, 23-year-old Odsonne Edouard sealed a late £14.67 million move to a new-look Crystal Palace. With a CV including five years spent at PSG & four years at Celtic, Patrick Vieira has certainly acquired a cultured centre forward whose tactical importance is already shining through.   If…