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  • Aurélien Tchouaméni: The Quiet Architect of Real Madrid’s Ascending Empire

    France, with its history steeped in romance, offers a tableau of delights: the refined beauty of its language, the allure of its wines, and the timeless charm of its landscapes. This romanticism extends beyond the arts and into the arena of football, where France’s reputation remains untarnished. Our grandfathers and fathers celebrated the genius of…

  • Robert Andrich: From Germany’s Third Tier to Invincibility at Leverkusen

    Invincible: a term reserved for only the greatest of teams. Arsenal 2003/2004, Juventus 2011-2012 spring to mind as the most notable of teams who have gone a whole league season unbeaten. Now Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen are one game away from joining this illustrious group.   They have shattered records, broken Bayern Munich’s 11-year hegemony…

  • 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…

  • Thiago Silva Leaves Big Boots to Fill after Illustrious Four-Year Spell at Stamford Bridge

    Thiago Silva has confirmed that he will leave Chelsea when his contract runs out at the end of the season, ending a hugely successful four-year stint in west London. There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the Brazilian’s future at Stamford Bridge, but he has put those rumours to bed after delivering an emotional farewell…

  • Ilias Akhomach: Villarreal’s Moroccan Magician

    La Liga has no shortage of promising wingers and attacking midfielders. With the likes of Savio, Nico Williams, and Take Kubo, among many others, the Spanish first division has enough young firepower to outshine even the sun on a hot Andalusian summer afternoon.   There are many styles and profiles in the league, which makes…

  • Enzo Le Fée: Rennes’ Midfield Maestro

    Club: Stade Rennais Nationality: France Position: CM, AM Preferred Foot: Right Height: 5’8”/173cm Age: 24 Strengths: passing, dribbling, vision, tackling, shooting, football IQ Areas for Development: box-entry & shot frequency, aerial duels   There’s something about up-and-coming midfielders and the name Enzo. Enzo Fernández (23) has followed up his World Cup victory with Argentina by…

  • Bilal El Khannouss: Genk’s Moroccan Magician in Midfield

    Club: KRC Genk Nationality: Morocco Position: AM, CM Preferred Foot: Right Height: 5’11”/180cm Age: 19 Strengths: vision, through balls, passing, creativity, dribbling, first touch, agility, composure, work-rate Areas for Development: experience at higher level, shot volume   From Kevin de Bruyne to Leandro Trossard, from Thibaut Courtois to Yannick Carrasco, Genk’s academy has produced a…

  • 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…

  • Granit Xhaka: Bayer Leverkusen’s Swiss Metronome in Midfield

    Granit Xhaka has been battling against the tide of perception his whole career. Whilst he eventually jabbed, jibed, and gesticulated his way into the hearts of Arsenal fans, this wasn’t how he envisioned it. A graceful midfielder, with a range of passes and emotions. He was distilled into the lazy hardman image to fit a…

  • Marcelino Núñez Finding His Place at Norwich

    Scoring his fifth goal for the club, and third directly from a free-kick, Marcelino Núñez joined a long list of Norwich City players who have scored the winning goal in the East Anglian derby. From a set piece, it was a familiar type of goal, however, this season has seen the Chilean develop and prove…