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  • Renato Sanches’ Rebound

    In the Ville Lumière, it is often hard to shine brightest. Paris is a city rebuilt in the image of Napolean III, and foreign entities have rarely found favour tyring to penetrate the wide, oblique, angled streets of the French capital. But in 2016, Renato Sanches masterminded the last true siege on the city of…

  • Living in the Periphery: How Olivier Giroud Became the Most Underrated Striker of His Generation

    Whether it’s the backstreets of Grenoble or the lights of London, Olivier Giroud has never been given the credit he rightfully deserves…   There are many players whose talents go unsung despite their remarkable impact on the football pitch but perhaps none so plainly as Olivier Giroud. The clinical frontman has proven time and again…

  • Billy Gilmour’s Rise to Stardom for Scotland and Chelsea

    The roots of football can be traced all the way back to the third century, when Chinese people played ‘cuju’’ (literally: kick the ball), and tried to kick the ball through the opening of a net. But as far as the ‘modern’ game goes, the first official international football match was contested on November 30,…

  • Eduardo Camavinga: Stade Rennais’ Mercurial Midfield Genius

    Rennes wonder-kid and Equipe de France’s future star Eduardo Camavinga will be embarking on the fourth season of professional football next season after completing his third and most challenging season with his boyhood club. Born in Angola but raised in France, Camavinga’s action-packed career spanning less than two years has already seen him become Rennes’s youngest…

  • The Renaissance of Renato Sanches at Lille

    Five years ago, an 18-year-old Renato Sanches broke onto the scene for Benfica and achieved history by winning the European Championship with Portugal, but after a disastrous move to Bayern Munich and an unproductive loan spell at Swansea City, his career looked to be headed nowhere fast. However, at 23 years of age, Sanches has…

  • Kral Chronicles: Why Nobody Else in World Football Could Be Burak Yılmaz

    Today, footballers who spend their swansong in Turkey and China are seen to be slowing their career down, bracing for the impact of their decorated and storied careers are coming to an end. It is rare that a player lives that story in reverse. It is even rarer that anyone has the career of Burak…

  • Sadiq Umar’s Resurgence in Almeria

    Since announcing himself to the world on the big stage with four goals that helped Nigeria to a Bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics, Sadiq Umar has struggled to meet the weight of expectations on his broad shoulders. In Rio, Sadiq painted the picture of a young, lanky striker who was just as talented as…

  • Thomas Partey’s Rise to the Top of European Football

    Born in Odumase Krobo in the southeast of Ghana, 18-year-old Thomas Partey captivated Atlético Madrid scouts with his technical skill and physical dominance whilst trialling for a second division club in Ghana. The scouts would go onto offer Thomas Partey the opportunity to showcase his talents in Spain. Partey accepted the offer with eager eyes…

  • Simon Kjær’s Renaissance in Milan

    2020 was a year many would prefer to forget due to the COVID-19 pandemic that swept around the world. Football, like many other things in life, suffered because competitions had to come to a halt and people were limited in the movement outside of home. When Serie A resumed in June, AC Milan was one…

  • Tyronne Ebuehi’s Tough Road Back to Top Form

    At the end of the 2017/18 season, Tyronne Ebuehi was one of the brightest young talents in European football, his impressive performances helped ADO Den Haag to a 7th place finish in the Eredivisie. And in the same summer in which he was part of Nigeria’s World Cup campaign in Russia 2018, Ebuehi joined Benfica…