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  • Player Analysis: Marash Kumbulla

    The biggest surprise of the 2019/20 Serie A campaign was undoubtedly Ivan Jurić’s Hellas Verona. After going down 2-0 in the first leg of the promotion playoffs to Cittadella, Hellas Verona launched a remarkable comeback in the second leg to seal promotion after a sole season in Serie B. Jurić replaced caretaker manager Alfredo Aglietti…

  • Player Analysis: Ricardo Nascimento

    At 33 years old, Ricardo Nascimento has proved to be one of the best ball-playing central defenders in PSL, playing most of his matches on the left side of the Mamelodi Sundowns’ central defence. The Brazilian joined Sundowns in July 2016 from Académica in the Primeira Liga (Portugal) and seems to be getting better with…

  • How Cristian Romero Will Fit Into Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta

    Atalanta has constantly defied expectations since Gian Piero Gasperini was appointed as its coach in 2016 and La Dea have done so playing entertaining football.   Their attacking philosophy has also exposed some deficiencies in defense though but the Orobici have acquired a defender that could play a crucial part in rectifying those problems.    …

  • Why Alexander Isak Could Be One of the Revelations of the 2020/21 Season

    In the beautiful Basque city of San Sebastián, the locals expect only the highest quality.    Its lazy, winding streets are dotted with some of the world’s finest restaurants, with its acclaimed pintxo bars racking up more Michelin stars for the city than you’ll find anywhere else on the planet. Its three beaches, Zurriola, Ondarreta…

  • The Controversy, Glory, and Longevity of Emre Belözoğlu

    The unveiling of the FIFA 100 on 4 March 2004 was always going to generate an enormous amount of discussion. As part of the organisation’s centenary celebrations, FIFA had called upon Pelé to pick what he regarded as the one hundred greatest living footballers. The criteria were fifty active and fifty retired, although the latter…

  • Player Analysis: Jules Koundé

    From Aymeric Laporte to Raphaël Varane, from Presnel Kimpembe to Dayot Upamecano, there isn’t a single nation in the world that can hold a candle to France’s center back depth, and the next name in France’s laundry list of elite center backs is 21-year-old Jules Koundé.   After rising up Bordeaux’s academy and breaking into…

  • An Analytical Look at Chris Smalling’s First Season in Serie A

    After 10 years and 323 appearances, it appears that Chris Smalling’s time at Manchester United is set to come to an end in the coming days. The 30-year-old center back, who was shipped out on loan to Roma last summer following the purchase of Harry Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe’s return from his loan spell at…

  • Player Analysis: Ben Chilwell

    After completing permanent deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, Chelsea announced their third signing of the summer transfer window with the arrival of Ben Chilwell from Leicester City for a reported fee of £50 million. The Englishman will look to solve Chelsea’s problem position of left back, a position that has been one of…

  • Player Analysis: William Saliba

    After an impressive debut season in Ligue 1, Arsenal purchased 18-year-old French center back William Saliba for €30 million, before loaning him back to parent club Saint-Étienne for the following season. Saliba spent a long spell on the sidelines in 2019/20 due to a hamstring injury in May 2019 and a metatarsal fracture in November,…

  • The Redemption of Ainsley Maitland-Niles

    Scrolling through the replies on Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ Instagram account in February 2019, Arsenal’s fans were quick to be critical of the versatile player after the side’s 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town. Some messages to Maitland-Niles were blunt, stating he was too lazy for Arsenal while others were critical yet underlined how good he could be. …