• Under the Radar in Africa
  • Ballon d’Or Winner: the Reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo was better than Leo Messi last season
  • One for the future: Manuel Locatelli
  • Dog Days: Breaking Down the Cleveland Browns
  • The Clasico.  Refs play a part; Ramos breaks opposition hearts, again

Under the Radar in Africa

One of the most underrated football tournaments gets underway today-African Cup of Nations. This year, like many others in the past, features some of the best African talent from around the planet. The usually suspects are all there-Aubameyang, Mahrez, Mane, Aurier-but the supporting cast, or the “less known” players are also very important.   Here are five I think you should keep your eye on     Guelor Kanga, Red…

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Ballon d’Or Winner: the Reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo was better than Leo Messi last season

1. Performing when his team needed it most: Messi’s stats were slightly better last season, but his goals have been proven to be less crucial for his teams compared to Ronaldo’s. As soon as Benitez got sacked and Zidane came in as the new manager, Ronaldo became the instant saviour again for Real Madrid.   Key Performances: Champions League Last 16 vs Roma-Whoever watched the two legs, witnessed that there…

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One for the future: Manuel Locatelli

While most 18-20 year olds spend time on loan at various smaller clubs, so to say, AC Milan’s Manuel Locatelli has been given a chance with the first team and he has not disappointed.   Locatelli got his first start for Milan in the final match of the 2015/2016 season. Milan lost 3:1 on that day, but it was a big moment for the 18 year old wonderkid. Milan currently…

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Dog Days: Breaking Down the Cleveland Browns

Cleveland, Ohio. Nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, it is home to harsh winters, the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, the reigning NBA Champion Cavaliers, the reigning American League Champions, Cleveland Indians and the currently 0-12 Cleveland Browns. That’s right, you read that correctly, 0-12. It’s early December and the Browns’ win column still shows a glaring 0. A big part of me feels sorry for the franchise,…

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The Clasico. Refs play a part; Ramos breaks opposition hearts, again

Let’s get right into it; just about the biggest sporting event on planet earth, the first Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid has just ended today with a 1-1 tie.  We had Luis Suarez scoring an early second half header off of a set piece for Barca, and Sergio Ramos being the clutch man he is, scoring a header as well in the 90th minute to tie…

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Looking for a new home

Branislava Ivanovic, Chelsea-Ivanovic has been one of the most heavily relied upon right backs in the world for the last eight years, but it looks like his days are numbered in London. Due to a formation change under new boss Antonio Conte, Ivanovic has not seen much of the pitch in the last two months. Even though he lacks the speed he once had, Ivanovic is still a serviceable back…

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Goodbye Stevie G, the most complete midfielder of our generation

  Steven Gerrard has just retired, and if you never hated Liverpool, this should be a gloomy day for you.  They don’t really make’em like Stevie G anymore.  He had everything you could ever ask out of a midfielder, not to mention his loyalty and leadership.  Other names that come to mind are Iniesta, Xavi, and Paul Scholes to name a few, but it is very difficult to find another…

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Another major tournament for Serbia’s youth

  Serbia is off to the U-21 Euros which will be held in Poland in 2017. The Young Eagles continue Serbia’s impressive run at the U-21 level, as they have qualified for six of the last eight Euros to take place. It was a hard fought battle through two legs versus a solid Norwegian side that gave Serbia all that they can handle in the two matches. Serbia ended up…

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NBA rapid fire

  NBA rapid fire. 30 teams, quick predictions. Let’s gooo! Atlanta Hawks-if they can get the Howard of old, Hawks could be a dangerous team in the east. Bench play will be crucial throughout the season.   Boston Celtics-the combination of Thomas and Horford will work out great for the Celtics. Look out for rookie Jaylen Brown, who could have a great first season in Boston.   Brooklyn Nets-Brook Lopez…

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Serbs in the NBA: Jokic to breakout in a big way

Long gone are the days when Divac and Stojakovic would represent Serbia at the highest level of basketball in the NBA. Since their retirements, Serbia has struggled putting out talent that could compete with the best basketball players from around the world.   To be fair, Nenad Krstic did have a pretty solid NBA career that lasted seven years.  He was a pretty big piece when he played for the…

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